NEW YORK CITY IN THE WINTER

January 17, 2017 in Trips in Eastern United States

This post is a little late, but I figured better late than never.  My family and I ventured back to New York City a couple of months ago for the day via the fabulous Megabus.  It’s only about 3 hours away and NYC is one of my favorite winter destinations.  Between the amazing holiday decor blanketing the city and the hustle and bustle of shoppers, it really is an exciting time to be there.

This time, for the first time since just prior to the 9/11 tragedy, I visited Ground Zero.  Six months prior to September 11th, 2001, I was on a field trip to New York City.  We stayed in the city for about 3 days and one of our tours happened to be at the World Trade Center.  It blows my mind that not even a year later those buildings were destroyed and a city was devastated.  I still have a souvenir penny from that trip as well as a few photos.  Being back to that spot was surreal.  I couldn’t believe it was the same place I had been before, but this time, minus two of the most famous buildings – side by side.  The memorial was beautiful, however, and the newly built Freedom Tower watches over.

Another stop that I always love is the famous Bryant Park.  The shops are unique (um, if you haven’t tried No Chewing Allowed Truffles – you’re missing out!) and it’s a quaint area to hang out and enjoy the city for a bit.

Take a look at the photos below to see what our trip was like.  New York City is a great idea near Christmas time!

Bryant Park, NYC

Bryant Park, NYC

NYC Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building, NYC

New York City 34th Street Macy's  9/11 Wall Memorial Freedom Tower NYC reflection WTC Site in New York City

9/11 Memorial in New York City

My Biggest Adventure Yet

December 8, 2016 in Everything Else

I apologize for being so silent lately.  My life has been pretty hectic since purchasing a home in April and then everything that follows!  Work, unpacking, etc.  Now that the house is coming together, things are beginning to settle down.  I haven’t been able to do much traveling this year, so instead, I have been accessorizing the house with travel related decor.  It has been a lot of fun and it’s nice to have a place to call home without wasting money on rent every month.

Speaking of settling down, I am about to embark on my biggest adventure yet! hm, the irony of those words.
My boyfriend of 10 years proposed on November 26th!  We’re so happy to be taking the next step in this relationship and embarking on this incredible journey.  I hope you all continue to follow through this next chapter in my life!

Christmas tree proposal
Christmas tree proposal

 

THURSDAY INSPIRATION – 9/29/16

September 29, 2016 in Travel Quotes

travel quote by edith wharton

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September 22, 2016 in Travel Quotes

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5 Ways to “Get Away” when you can’t Actually Get Away

September 20, 2016 in Travel Tips / Uncategorized

Sure, buying a plane ticket and escaping to somewhere AMAZING sounds fantastic, but let’s be real – we can’t all do that!  Sometimes we just need to put our day to day routines on pause and find a change of scenery in order to recharge our batteries a little.  If you can’t make a grand escape somewhere exotic, here are a few ways to shake things up a little and get away without actually getting away.


Camping
1.  Go Camping

Camping is a GREAT way to recharge!  One, because chances are, you have campground close by.  Two, it’s an inexpensive way to escape reality and Three, it’s an easy weekend trip.  ReserveAmerica.com is a handy resource to find places to camp.  Just decide what part of the world you would like to camp, and find campgrounds in and around that area.
We did this last minute on labor day weekend.  We found a site in a campground nearby and went for a night.  While it would have been nice to stay longer, it was still a lot of fun and a nice change of pace!

Hiking through Glacier NP - Montana

2.  Take a Hike

Hiking is a fun way to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors.  A quick google search or alltrails.com will help you find a hike nearby (or wherever you prefer to go) that suits your needs.

3.  Explore Towns that Surround You

The internet makes finding cool new places a really simple task.  All you need to do is search!  Find areas that are around you within a reasonable distance that you haven’t been.  Sometimes the best places really are closer than you think.  Make it a day trip!

4.  Discover Unique Shops Nearby

This might sound weird, but I get really excited when I find a really cool coffee shop.  Why?  I just love a good latte.  Maybe you do too.  Or maybe you prefer a neat antique shop.  Take a walk and see what local shops you may have missed.

5.  Utilize TripAdvisor

I’m not getting any sort of compensation for talking about TripAdvisor.  I just plain love utilizing them to find great new places!  Look up the top places in your area.  Or, look up the top places in a town close by.

 

Have any other ideas?  Feel free to comment below!

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