Vacation to New York City: Food

New York is the ideal place for a foodie. New York offers a fun experiment of food fusion, ethnic foods, and  food trucks! I grew up in the low country. I remember walking down to the fishing port and seeing the bleach white shells and docked boats. In terms of scenery, the low country  is beautiful but I have never been a fan of sea food. Growing up so close to a fishing dock you’d think I’d be a sea food lover but, I am not.

I loved the accessibility of  fast food. Every corner offered a new culinary experience. There are food tours I would like to try the next time I go. Free Tours by Foot offers a variety of tours of the boroughs. If you want to go to Manhattan and try Molly’s Cupcakes, you can reserve and pay a registration fee of $70. The tour price includes many restaurants and you decide what you eat.

While I was in New York I stuck to Taco Bell. An old but favorite restaurant. Next time I go, I’ll try and review Free Tours by Foot for you guys. You’ll work up and appetite walking up and down the islands so enjoy a nice big meal.

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VACATION TO NEW YORK CITY: COUCHSURFING

Happy first day of summer everyone! I’m nearing the end of my New York series, and one of the things I wanted to talk about was my experience with Couchsurfing. When scrabbling for the cheapest travel options I remembered Couchsurfing. I went to a liberal arts college and it wasn’t uncommon for the more travel-savvy students to use Couchsurfing.

A couple weeks before I went to the website. Since the time I’ve visited, it has updated.  To briefly explain Couchsurfing  is a site that hosts travelers for free. You basically crash on the couch and tour the city with your host. People on the website are very weary of hosting guests without references or verified profiles. I would do both before requesting a couch.

My experience is that the site is lacking active members. I contacted a couple of people and realized they have not been active. The profile would show activity from three years ago. There’s also a disproportionate amount of hosts. Most hosts are male, there are few female host.  Couchsurfing is adamant on safety, and verification but is still lacking in hosts.

The hosts are moving to sites like Airbnb where they receive payment for their room and service.
If you look at my previous posting you can check out my experience with Airbnb. I did notice that Couchsurfing has a great meet-up community. You can check on their website or app to meet-up
with fellow couchsurfers.

In the future, I won’t use Couchsurfing to find a place to stay but I will use it to find fellow travelers
in the area.

Vacation to New York City: Getting There

The first step was getting to New York. The simplest way would be to fly, but due to my ill planning by the time I wanted to get tickets, it was 300. So I had to do the next best thing, take the train. I know taking the train is a bit old school but it’s still economical.

I arrived at the train station on Wednesday, by the time I got to New York it would be Thursday morning. Honestly, the ride was hard, I don’t like sitting for that long.  The pros of taking the train are that you arrive at Penn Station and don’t have the burden of parking a car. I arrived at Penn Station and took the subway to my Airbnb.

In the future, I will do a couple of things differently.
  1. Buy a plane ticket in advance.
  2. Buy the 7-day Transit pass (unlimited rides)
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions
  4. Subway and Buses are the most effective forms of transportation in NYC
  5. Bring a book and snacks for long train rides 🙂
I found the subway to be an efficient way to travel. I can say that the subway is secure. As a solo traveler, it is intimidating to travel alone. My advice is of you feel uneasy you can sit in the car with the conductor. The subway has emergency buttons throughout the station, or sit next to someone like yourself, like another solo traveler.
 
Do you guys have any tips? Leave a comment below.

Vacation to New York City

Last week I posted that I was going to travel.

Surprise, surprise! I went to the Big Apple, the center of it all.

After going there, it sure was! I didn’t rent a car or stay in a

fancy hotel. This was truly a budget trip, and it was amazing.

I enjoyed the challenge of finding budget-friendly alternatives

to travel.  I hope to do more again in the future, maybe on Youtube?

Leave a comment below and tell me what you guys think.

Anyway, I decided to attend the Governor’s Ball music festival.

It had a great lineup like the Bleachers, Tove Lo, Chance the Rapper and more.

 I was super pumped. Big musicians like that don’t perform where

I live. So I bought my ticket and off I went!

 In the light of everything that happened in Manchester,

you may be hesitant to be a solo traveler. But we can not

fear life.The night before I was so stressed. I did not start packing nor did I know how

to navigate the city. I went anyway, my stomach cramped and I couldn’t

stop fidgeting. (BTW this is my first time going to NYC and traveling solo)

I pushed on anyway even though every thought in my mind said ‘turn back,’

 ‘are you crazy?’, ‘It’s not safe, it’s not familiar.’

I needed this trip because I  was in a rut. I needed to break

free of the monotony of my life. The same places, the same people, day after day

I was sick of it.

I believe that new experiences, meeting new people are the purpose of life.

We are meant to connect.

So I went forward. I pushed past all the doubts and after it all, I’ve become

a better person.

I hope my trip insipres you to do some solo travel of your own.

In the next couple of posts, I’ll explain how I traveled on

a budget.