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Exploring New York | Things To Do

A few months ago, I decided to travel to the USA to visit a friend (who I met in South Korea) in Florida and my cousin who had recently relocated to New York. Unfortunately, my trip to Florida was cut short by two days due to Hurricane Matthew but it meant that I gained an 2 extra days in New York. Most days I explored the city alone and on the other days/a few evenings, my cousin showed me local spots around Harlem.

I wanted to share a few things I would recommend whilst exploring New York as it was a city that I immediately fell in love with and still hold quite close to my heart!

Here are 7 things you must experience when visiting New York:

1.Central Park

Oh the famous Central park! Central Park is absolutely enormous so I would recommend hiring a bike for a few hours. I used a company called Central Park Bike Rentals which were reasonable priced and quite close to Columbus Circle (the station I would recommend travelling to).

Having a bike meant that I was able to see the quite a few of the parks attractions such as the Alice in Wonderland statue & Belvedere Castle.
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2. Times Square

You can’t go to New York without visiting the most busiest square in the world!

Times square is somewhere you’ll probably want to visit once during your trip just because of how congested it is but it’s certainly a place you need to experience. It won’t be just the billboards that capture your attention, the numerous street entertainers will too. For example, the women with nothing but spray paint covering their privates! It may be worth either sitting on the steps or one of the chairs provided to just to take the craziness of it all in.
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3. Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you love culture and art you must visit The Met. It’s as simple as that.

I had planned to stay for 1/2 hours and ended up wandering around the museum for 4 hours. The Met is the largest art museum in America and houses artwork from all areas of the world. Honestly, just go. Make sure you allocate a sufficient amount of time as the museum is quite large and if you have even extra time, try to visit the rooftop bar as it provides an incredible view of the city’s skyline.

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4. Visit a local Jazz Bar

My cousin took me to a local Jazz bar called ‘Mintons’ where you can order a drink, grab a seat and take in the beautiful sounds created from some of the local jazz musicians.

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5. Go for Saturday Brunch

I was made aware that Saturday brunch is a regular affair for New Yorkers (who are prepared to wait in long queues to get a table as some of the most popular brunch spots).

We arrived at Jacobs pickles around 10:30am and best believe there was already a queue! Thankfully, because we were a little early, we managed to get a table within 10-15 mins of waiting. If you were wondering, the food was absolutely delicious and the food portions were HUGE (as usual for America!).

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6. Pay Respects at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

I remember the day the 9/11 attack occurred so vividly as a child, so I made sure to visit and pay my respects at the memorial site and museum. If I am honest, it was a very sad experience and my heart was very heavy as I re-lived the events of the day. It certainly made me appreciate life so much more.

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7. If you haven’t already, visit Brooklyn

I stayed in Harlem during my time in New York, but I had heard so much about Brooklyn. I was told to see Brooklyn bridge, Dumbo and to stroll through Brooklyn heights. I didn’t quite make it to Dumbo but I did see the bridge and I got a feel of Brooklyn heights.

I didn’t spend to long in Brooklyn especially as a girl I spoke to pretty much said that there wasn’t much to do there, so I headed to back to Manhattan for the rest of the day

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Those are my recommended things to do in New York based on my first trip to the city. I did try to visit the High Line but it started raining.

Are there other things you would recommend to do in New York? Does anyone else wish they could just move there?

Until next time!

x

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5 Things I loved about Lisbon!

Following on from our stay in Rome and horrendous Airbnb experience, Naidene and I continued onto the next leg of our trip, Lisbon. We were greeted with sunshine and palm trees upon our arrival which made me happy (if anyone knows me, they know that I love sun!). This time round we stayed at the Holiday Inn so we did not have anything to worry about in terms of accommodation. I’m sure Airbnb options would be amazing though!

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Girls Trip To Rome & Our Airbnb Disaster Experience!

Earlier this year, I went on a trip with two of my girlfriends over the Easter period. The plan was to initially visit Lisbon with my friend Naidene (a fellow globe-trotter!), but I decided to add a few more days of annual leave and another country! I mean why not?! After a few days of deal hunting, Naidene and I decided to also head to Rome. Fast forward a few weeks, I found out that another friend of ours (Toni) decided to join us on the first leg of the trip.

Since Toni booked her tickets separately from us, she ended up leaving London on a different flight (which actually worked in her favour in the end). Our flight had delays which meant that she arrived before us. After meeting up, we hopped into a cab that we shared with another British guy (he was visiting his italian girlfriend) to our Airbnb apartment that we rented for our stay. We met up with the couple our Airbnb host sent to give us the keys to the apartment. The place was quite old but spacious – nothing fancy. Continue Reading

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Travelling solo? 5 Tips Before You Leave

People often share their desire of travelling solo with me and I always get so excited for them because I know how amazing it can be. Travelling with friends and loved ones is great as you can share memories, but you may find yourself in a predicament where you want to travel and but you have no one to go with! Or even simply, you want to have different travel experience that is based solely on your interests. I found solo travel to be freeing and allowed me to meet people & experience things that I may not necessarily have had the opportunity to have if I was travelling with someone else.

My solo travel experience began whilst I was living in South Korea. During my first vacation, I travelled to Malaysia and Singapore with a friend, however when winter vacation came round, I knew I would be moving back home and Thailand was one of the places I had always wanted to visit. My friends all had different ideas for their winter vacation so I knew that this meant I had to go alone! You can read more about my trip to Thailand here. Since then, I have travelled to Japan, Busan, South Korea and Copenhagen alone. Continue Reading

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Visiting The City of Love (Paris)

Known as the city of lights and also as the city of love, Paris has a charm to it that just makes you almost wish you could drop everything, learn french and become a Parisian. Paris left me with my head in the clouds. My boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Paris after I had mentioned to him (awhile back) that Paris was a city that I would one day love to visit. Low and behold, on my 25th birthday, I found out that a trip had been booked for us. This was most certainly the most elaborate surprise I had ever received and it truly meant so much. Continue Reading

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Long Weekend in Copenhagen

I started off this year with the intention of travelling more. Unfortunately, moving out last year meant that finances didn’t allow me to travel as much as I would have liked but now that I’m back home it means I can travel a little bit more. During the January sale, I managed to snag up really cheap tickets to Copenhagen (£33 return! – What a bargain!). I decided to travel solo for a long weekend as it would be something nice to look forward to.

I arrived in Copenhagen and was met by extremely gloomy weather. Additionally, it was freezing which wasn’t encouraging. I stayed at the ‘Urban House’ hostel which I must say was very impressive. It was very clean and the beds were really comfortable. I didn’t really use much of the facilities aside from the bike rental but overall it was a very nice hostel. The staff were very friendly and quite helpful but I did find it quite difficult to meet new people. That could have been down to the people in my dorm. I tried speaking to a Korean girl who slept in the bunk above mine but she was not very interested in chatting (despite my cringing efforts of speaking in Korean to her – ah well!).

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Solo Travel In Thailand – Bangkok!

I’ll first start of by apologising for only just uploading the final stop of my Thailand adventure. It’s crazy to think that I went on this trip 1 year ago. It’s been so long, and to be honest, I’m unable to remember exact details but I feel like I need to at least share my pictures of this trip before I can  move on and begin sharing my most recent trips. I feel like I need to finish what I started, if you know what I mean?

So, here it goes…

I arrived bright and early in the bustling capital of Thailand by plane (AirAsia) to Don Mueang International Airport. I had been looking forward to leaving Chiang Mai as although, it gave me some much needed time to myself to relax and recoup my energy from being on the go, I eventually got bored. My first impressions of Bangkok was that it was certainly a lot more developed compared to the other parts of Thailand (which is too be expected – it’s the capital). I was quite impressed with their metro system.

I stayed at a hostel called ‘Lub d Bangkok – Siam Square’ which I chose after reading mutiple reviews. It had a really great location as it was in the shopping district and additionally was literally outside a metro stop so getting around was very easy and convenient.

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Happy New Year – I’m Back!

Happy New Year!

I’ll just go ahead and first start off with an apology for neglecting this blog.

If I’m honest, after moving back home from South Korea, life eventually just got in the way. The excitement I once had to write blog posts was no longer there.  I found myself back in the ‘real world’ and it was just not quite as adventurous as the life I was previously living in South Korea. I fortunate enough to have found a job in the field I was pursuing relatively quickly (two weeks after I arrived – yes, I know, I was pretty eager!) and I moved out of my parents house a few weeks after that. It seemed like life was going in the right direction but I just couldn’t help but feel like I was struggling to fit back in to the life I once lived.  Continue Reading

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Solo Travel in Thailand – Chiang Mai

After a superb couple of days in Krabi, I boarded a plane to Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand which was known for its markets, elephant camps, temples and general laid back vibe.

I arrived at TR Residence to find that it was everything I had imagined and more! Although I arrived earlier than they anticipated, I was still checked in. Whilst I waited for my room to be prepared, the guest house owner provided me with a map and showed me how to navigate around the city. I also booked onto a tour that consisted of a half day elephant camp experience, hike to a nearby waterfall and bamboo rafting.

After settling into my room and having a quick nap, I went exploring around the town. Walking through the streets of Chiang Mai, there was certainly had a different feel to it (apart from the cooler temperature). Continue Reading

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Solo Travel in Thailand! – Krabi

So carrying on from where I left off, Krabi was my next stop. Checking out was smooth, but I met an old British man who insisted on walking me to the bus stop. As a novice solo traveller, I was still quite weary as he offered to carry my back pack. I politely declined and off we went to the bus stop as he told me about how he found himself living in the south of France with his wife. He also insisted that I visit a few places in Chiang Mi. I boarded the bus to the bus terminal where I met sisters from America that were couch surfing. Couch surfing was something I had heard about but I was surprised that people actually had the guts to do it. Females especially! Continue Reading