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.

Home Base For Travelers

A home base is a place you stay for a few months between traveling. A few travelers on popular travel sites don’t see the need for a home base.  They believe it’s a waste to pay rent if you’re not living there all the time.

There are travelers that disagree. A home base, especially in your country of origin, is important. A home is a place to spend time with your

friends and family, and celebrate holidays.

I was thinking about this recently since I’ll be relocating soon. The idea of traveling from country to country is exciting yet terrifying. I like traveling but a home base is important to me. A familiar place that I can recharge when I get tried.

The pros of having a home base are; familiarity, a place for your belongings, you can rent it out on

Airbnb until you come back, and conveniences of a home.

The pros of not having a home base are: the world is your home, constant adventure, in-depth learning of culture and languages.

My family is important to me and the fatigue I get when traveling is unbearable. I cannot get a good night sleep unless I am in my own bed!   While it sounds appealing to constantly travel I think I need a home base for now. I like the flexibility of traveling while still being able to come home.

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.

Hey, guys. I want to get back to my budget vacation series. The next step of my budget trip

was staying there. Staying in New York especially on the main island can be expensive. Thankfully

Airbnb exists. Airbnb is a website that hosts small independent bed and breakfast, rooms, even houses.

So before arriving in New York, I reserved two different rooms at two different places for two nights. One room was in Queens, the other was in Brooklyn. Airbnb allows you to request a room when approved they take payment. Rooms in Brooklyn are available from 20 to 150 dollars.

I was fortunate enough to stay in Brooklyn right next to the subway. My host was Ms. M, she is an entrepreneur in Brooklyn. She rents out a room in her family home to Airbnb every summer.

The room was only available for one night, so I made another reservation in Queens which is not that far from the main island.  A useful tool on the website is the map tool. You can see how far the hostel is from the attraction. I was doing a walking tour of  Manhattan so I chose rooms close to Manhattan.

Below are a couple of tips for future budget travelers.

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  1. Make Reservations Two Weeks Before
  2. Communicate With Your Host (about your expected arrival and departure)
  3. Be Courteous (Respect your Hosts’  Home, and House Rules)
  4. Make Memories (Airbnb are some of the coolest people on Earth)
  5. Write honest reviews

I enjoyed my stay with Airbnb and hope to use them again in my future budget adventures!

Quick question for you guys, have you used Airbnb? What was your experience?

A Brief History of Spas

A spa is a place where you go and relax.

A good spa experience melts away your tension and stress.

But if you’re curious like me you’re probably wondering, why do we have spas?

Spas were a place people gathered and socialized. Before the great

advancements of the Romans the spa experience were often near hot springs.

During the time of Rome, the spa experience greatly advanced.

The Romans used sophisticated piping and heating of water to improve the experience.

The Spas were a social place, people would swim, and

bathe. It wasn’t uncommon to pick up a date because men and women shared the spa.

Today hospitality and wellness is a rapidly expanding profession. The hospitality industry employs people from all over the world and provides an unforgettable experience.

So now that you know a little about spas, do you think you’ll check one out this summer? Which one? Leave it i the comments below.