When I travel, I always want to make the most of my time in that location. If you’re like me, you research the destination online, and make your list of must see places. On our whirlwind 36 hour trip to New York last month, I was so surprised at how much we were able to achieve. We ticked off everything on our list, and still managed to have a leisurely brunch, explore a few neighbourhoods, and take photos along the way.
We are currently in London and will be off to explore Prague and Paris later this week. I’m staying true to my formula of how to make the most of your time in a new city, so today I’m sharing my five tips for your next adventure.CHECK THE WEATHER REPORT, AND DRESS ACCORDINGLY
A clap of lightening woke me from a deep sleep at the Ludlow on the Lower East Side. As I peered out the window, my cityscape view was eclipsed by a massive thunder storms. Although we were all very excited to have a few hours in Manhattan, the storm looked menacing. But when I turned on the Today Show, Al Roker assured me the storm would be passing quick. Within the hour, we were dressed, checked out of the Ludlow Hotel and ready to take on Manhattan in the sunshine. No umbrella or sweater required!
MAP OUT YOUR ROUTE
Take a good look at the map before your depart, and figure out what way is best to get to each destination. Time of day can drastically affect if its better to take a cab, uber, subway or just walk. In London, they have an app called ‘City Mapper’ which is a life saver! It tells you the best route, way to get there and even how many calories you’ll burn!
If you’ve never been to a city like New York or London, you’ll probably want to see all the recognizable landmarks. In NYC, Times Square and Grand Central station are very close by each other, and just a block away from Bryant Park, and the New York Public Library. New Yorkers are actually really friendly, so if you get turned around, just ask someone for help.FIND THE INSTAGRAMABLE SPOTS
For us, a style shoot at a pictureque location was at the top of our to do list. Traveling with a bunch of bloggers meant that we were all okay with skipping breakfast (AND coffee) to get to our chosen location early before the crowds. New York and London are both so photogenic, and instagram can be really helpful with finding pretty location and coffee shops. That’s actually how I found Cha Cha Matcha last year. As you can tell, its just screaming to be photographed!
My ‘Instagram Guide To NYC’ I created a few months ago made our destination decisions easy. Check out the link above to see some of my other New York Instagram Favourites.PICK A NEIGHBOURHOOD TO EXPLORE
You can’t do it all. I’ve been to New York many times, and I still find something new to do every time I visit. My advice? Pick a neighbourhood to explore. Each area is so different, and if you try to do too much, you’ll miss the gems. We chose the West Village, as its a great neighbourhood to walk around. Bleecker street is amazing for shopping, restaurants and people watching.
CHOOSE A GREAT SPOT FOR FOOD
New York is filled with amazing food restaurants. Jonathon joked with me that yes NY has amazing food, but you’re still going to order avocado toast. He was right, but they do make REALLY good avocado toast in NYC! My favourite spots are Eggshop on the Lower East Side, and now I have to add The Ludlow as there version was incredible. For this trip, we went to my favourite place, the darling, and very instagram friendly Jack’s Wife Freda. I’m sure you have seen their adorable menus and sugar packets on instagram. The food is fantastic, so it gets incredibly busy at lunch time. We arrived just before 11, so sat right down at a marble table. EXPLORE WHAT’S NEAR YOUR HOTEL
Every neighbourhood in NYC has something different to offer, so if you are short on time, just stick to your neighbourhood and explore the area. We’ve had quite a lot of time in London, but it’s HUGE and filled with SO things to do. We’ve really enjoyed exploring different areas, but also the neighbourhood we’re staying. We’re off to Europe in a few days and I can’t wait to see what we discover.
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What are your favourite things to do in New York and London?
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