Terrified of driving on the wrong side on my road trip

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I realise that I’m in danger of sounding like an over-excited schoolgirl here, but I’m flying off to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York on a work trip!

Yeah baby! I’ve got the Yankee twang already and I haven’t even set off yet.

I’ve got some meetings with US TV channels and production companies to discuss a few things, but my feet are planted firmly on the ground.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, is ever guaranteed in the media industry and things can literally change within minutes.

So I really am not getting my hopes up too much about the meetings, although I’m mega-thrilled about the vacation that will follow on from my business appointments.

My other half Matt is coming with me and we’re planning a little road trip from LA to Vegas.

I’m completely and utterly terrified about this as I’ve never driven abroad before, let alone in the US where cars are left-hand drive and everyone drives on the wrong side of the road. This could be interesting!

Nevertheless, I’m sure the trip will be memorable (even if it is for the wrong reasons). I’ve got to get to the airport first, which is a bit of a feat in itself.

We’ve decided to drive to Heathrow and park at the airport, which we’ve never done before.

But I want to see how it compares to paying out for a taxi, so I’ll keep you posted on that one.

I’ve never driven to Heathrow, so this is a trip for ‘firsts’ all round.

We’re extremely lucky to be going, although we really can’t afford it. We’re staying at the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills, the Vdara Hotel in Vegas and the Paramount in NYC - all incredible hotels.

As a Pompey girl who is more used to hostels abroad than fancy hotels, I can assure you I will be making the most of it.

This will include taking advantage of the free hotel toiletries on offer, which I will be bringing back as ‘presents’.

Don’t call me tight. Didn’t I tell you I’m trying to do this trip on a shoestring because it cost so much to get there and stay in hotels in the first place?

Anyway, America here I come! Don’t say you weren’t warned.