We are so excited!! Alex and I are going on vacation to New York City in March. You see we live way out west and we grew up in little ol’ Idaho, actually very close to Yellowstone National Park which was quite cool to have the opportunity to easily go and our dozens of visits to God’s Beautiful Creation in that part of the country. So you see, New York City is quite a ways away and probably quite an experience for us Idahoans!
We’ve always wanted to go and it has been at the top of our “want to go to” places. The crazy part is that in the few years that we collected our $100K of consumer debt, traveling was a huge contributor, but somehow we never made it to New York before we woke up to the spending stupidity!
So… we’ve been debt-free for three years and we have saved for this trip during part of this time and from a portion of the 15% from our “extra income budget.” Most of our travel budget is for family vacations, but we have been setting aside a little for this couple’s adventure!
We were able to both fly from all the way out in the wild west to NYC for $400 total for the two of us. We booked our hotel room through Groupon for over 50% off (and it is right on Times’ Square…eeek!) and far more affordable than we originally planned – which both the cheap plane tickets and stumbling across the Groupon deal as brought us under budget. So you can bet that we will be enjoying NYC offerings like the sites, foods and sounds!
Here the deal……. we are leaving early on a Thursday morning next month and arriving in NYC later afternoon. So we will have Thursday night on Times Square. We will then have all day Friday and Saturday and then travel home all day on Sunday. So, we literally have only 2 full days in NYC. This is enough to get our feet wet and to see much of what we want to see (we think!) but we need your help!!
So here’s the questions we have for those of you that have been there, live there or visit there:
- What are your favorite things to see/do in Manhattan, NY? We have to make a list and be precise about what we plan to see.
- We are very interested in doing the 48-hour (or possibly the 72 -hour as we have Thursday eve. and Sunday am too) hop on, hop off bus tours or the double-decker bus tours. Are these a good way to go??
- Finally, what NYC eats should we NOT miss? We like to watch Man V. Food and so because of Adam’s recommendation – we have the 1888 Katz’s Deli on our list of a must eats! What other places should we try? Where is the best place for REAL NYC Pizza, other best deli’s and of course the best street vendor locations?
Do you have any other tips or recommendations for us? If you can’t tell, we are super excited and this has been a long anticipated vacation and we want to make the best of it!
We look forward to hearing your suggestions!
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