I hate big cities. I find they give off an exhausting vibe. I even hate London and I have lived here forever. But when I found a Primera Air flight to Boston for just £209 one way, even I couldn’t say no. And in truth, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

My travel blogger friend Megan and I had been planning a road trip at either side of two weddings we’ve both been invited to. Our route takes us from Boston, to Maine, Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Baltimore, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Nashville, North Carolina, South Carolina, Savannah and ending in New Orleans.

Admittedly, I was nervous about flying Primera.

As a low budget airline I expected an easyJet or Ryanair experience - but the flight was comfortable, the staff were lovely and we even landed an hour ahead of schedule.

The only downside is that there are no televisions on the back of the seats, but for £209, I didn't complain. 

As I got off the plane, we headed to Hostel International, our lodgings for the evening.

I’ve never been into the hostel life and would always rather stay in a hotel or an Airbnb, but I was pleasantly surprised by the cool, eclectic vibe.

We opted for a private room, as girls in our (very, very early) 30s, and the beds were fairly comfortable, too.

I was also not expecting people of all ages to stay there - we encountered families with children.

Stereotypically, I always assumed that hostels were for young, nomadic travellers, but this could be a cheap way to see a new city with your young children.

They have events on every day, but we headed to The Beehive for dinner and a night of late night live jazz. A cool, fun spot and a must-visit location.

Breakfast at the hostel is substantial but minimal so we headed to a doughnut spot for breakfast.

Megan and I can struggle when we eat out together - she has Coeliac Disease and I'm allergic to fish and seafood. 

We were aware our options may be limited, but then we found Kain. It is downtown has gluten free options, and it was one of Megan's first doughnuts in years. They were delicious. 

We chomped on those at the harbour - a gorgeous location full of yachts, before wandering around Quincy Market, the home of Feneuil Hall, which was constructed in 1825 and named in honour of the Mayor, Josiah Quincy.

He managed to get it built without tax or debt and it is now a national landmark. It’s in a busy, eclectic location and a great spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack or all three.

I loved Boston, but we piled back into the car and decided to go and see another part of Massachusetts, Salem. It’s a half-hour drive from downtown Boston and parking is much easier than London.

We had lunch at Tavern in the Square, which has an excellent choice of salads - quinoa, halloumi, Greek, you name it. It was refreshing definitely needed after our indulgent doughnuts of the morning.

If you do find yourself in Salem, you must go to the Salem Witch Museum. Salem is known for its notorious witch trials, after which several people were executed in the 1600s. Legend has it the town is haunted and it’s a popular tourist destination. A dramatic re-enactment of what is went on all those years ago makes it a fun and informative tour, and admission costs 16$.

It’s a quaint and interesting place, but aside from learning about the history, there isn’t masses to do.

So back to the car and onto our next destination: Kennebunk, Maine.