Thursday, March 17, 2011

what I learned: traveling to NYC

We had such a great and fun trip visiting 2 of my best friends in NYC and showing Brian all of the glory that is the city.  This was probably my 6th time going as my parents both lived there for many years but this was the first time going without them. I was so nervous about finding my way around, feeling like a tourist, getting lost etc. since every other time I've been I've just followed around my parents! I was pleasantly surprised that finding my way around New York was SO easy. Love cities that are grids, in numerical order.  Here are a few things that I learned on our trip:

1. Staying warm: this coat saved my life :)

It was so great to be able to zip up, snap up, have my bum warm with big pockets but still feel like I was looking stylish J I also always had on hand gloves (these beauties with finger holes), hat, scarf, head band (via my sweet friend from CHWH Swap) tissues, hand sanitizer, chapstick

2. The Bag: cross body bag- so brilliant for the city. It’s small enough that it made me not carry too many things at one time, so I always had the essentials and I didn’t have to dig through my purse to find things when needed. I also always had my hands free to take pictures and never felt lopsided by a tired shoulder

3. Game plan & neighborhood walks- We had one, and then we got to spontaneous… we really only had 2 days to see the sights but we ended up Uptown and Downtown both days, we should have stayed Uptown one day and downtown the next. We did a ton of walking and just wanted to experience all of the neighborhoods. This was our favorite part of our trip, just getting to walk around and take it all in. There are SO many different neighborhoods and they each differ SO much, I feel like you need to see them all to experience NYC as a whole :)

4. Subway: make sure you have a map of NYC with subway stations- this helped us so much when getting on subways.  You can see where they stop and you always feel prepared before you enter the subway. I was never stressed at all during transportation because I had a map like this: along with brian's iphone to tell us how to get from where we were walking to the nearest subway station that I found on my map :)

5. Happy Feet- I brought these boots, flats and converse. I thought I would wear the boots most of the time, but once we got here I realized I had brought the wrong socks to make my feet happy

6. Take your Time: its sometimes nice just to walk with no agenda, slow, especially around central park

to see more pictures from our trip go here


  1. Sounds (and looks!) like a wonderful time!! Isn't NY a fun place to be? Thought I'd tell you about a brand new link party I'm hosting tomorrow (Friday) at Living Graciously. You just post a pic of something that had brought you joy this week. Let's spread some positivity around blogland, shall we? You can read more details here: Hope you join in the fun!

  2. Looks like you had a great time--I love NYC!

  3. so glad you had a great time! I live in NJ and still don't know my way around the city. I feel like a fish out of water every time I'm there:) Love the map of all the neighborhoods - my parents are coming to town next weekend and this will be helpful!

  4. I dream of going to NYC one day, I would love to see broadway in all of its glory!

  5. I have never been so thank you for the fabulous tips! I am bookmarking this in my travel section =)
    Glad you had a great trip!
    Amber's Notebook

  6. cross body bags are the best for cities! i rarely wear a regular purse these days. i need my hands free to jump on the bus and pull my camera out!

  7. i love seeing what people think of NYC - i live 20 mins from it, so it's so "normal" to me ..

  8. As I read your post, I kept nodding along.
    There's nothing like walking NYC all day
    getting lost in the wrong shoes and without a jacket.
    Glad y'all had fun!!

  9. I love NYC so much. Last month we went for our honeymoon and had an incredible time! Glad you enjoyed it too! I can't wait to revisit someday.


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