TRAVEL | 08.19.20

COVID Summer: Things to do in NYC

 

Tired of being in the house? Don't have any ideas on what to do? No worries! Here is a list of things for you to do with friends and family or even for an awesome date!

1. Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Being in the water is always great this time of year. What's even better is that you can do it for FREE! You can now Kayak at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Registration is required, and you can register up to two weeks in advance up until October 14th. New time slots open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can also choose to be in a single or two-person boat and you don't have to have past experience. For more information, feel free to visit www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/kayaking

Brooklyn Bridge Park Kayaking

2. Skyline Drive-in NYC

Another way to go out while remaining socially distant is this amazing drive-in theater located at 1 Oak Street. The view alone of the Manhattan skyline is a sight to see but what's also cool about this experience is that if you don't have a car, they now offer outdoor seating as an option! Pricing ranges from $22 to $55 so if you would like to check it out, visit https://skylinedriveinnyc.com/

Skyline Drive in

3. Ampia Rooftop

I don't know about you, but I get tired of cooking or ordering food. I recently came across this place and thought it would be such a cute date idea so I decided to share! The Ampia rooftop is located at 100 Broad St (Entrance on Bridge Street) on the third floor. What caught my eye the most about this restaurant is the individual green houses for a social distance dining experience. The food looks amazing and is reasonably priced. I can't wait to try it out myself! This place gets booked fast so if you would like to be seated in one of the green houses, reservations need to be made 7 days in advance. Masks must also be worn while walking to and from tables. Want to know more? Visit https://www.ampianyc.com/

Ampia Rooftop

4. The Greens Rooftop at Pier 17

Who ever would've thought you could have your own mini lawn in NYC? The Greens offer a dining experience like no other. With the corona virus still present, eating establishments have had to come up with safe and creative ways to get customers. Not only do you get to chill out on your very own mini lawn, but it also comes with a USB charging port, umbrellas, and even a built in Yeti cooler. How cool is that? The maximum capacity is 8 guests so grab your friends and family and head on over. The menu has a great variety of food options and are offered at a great price. For booking and further information visit https://thegreens.pier17ny.com/

The Greens Rooftop

5. Online Paint and Sip

Although this is an activity that is done at home it does make being at home more fun. You can invite friends or even make it a date as well. Paint and Sip Studio NY offers virtual pre-recorded and Zoom painting classes online!  No Supplies? No problem! You can purchase supplies on their website get it delivered directly to your door with free shipping. Set the tone with your own music and get some of your favorite wine. There are so many different pictures to paint from with artist such as Monet to Van Gogh, you decide. You can even do it with people who live in another state! Visit https://onlinepaintandsip.com/

Online paint and Sip

Know of any other activities to do? Thinking about trying some of the ones I mentioned? Comment below.

TRAVEL | 06.21.20

What You Should Know Before Moving to NYC

 

 They say if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. I have to say that statement is completely true. New York isn't for everyone so if you want to live here, you should be sure it's what you want to do. Researching information on moving can be overwhelming so here are a few things I wish I would've known before and when I made the big move from Atlanta.

1. Same Name Streets

I can't tell you how many times I got lost when I first moved here. Since New York City is made up of 5 boroughs, it's no surprise that some streets might have the same name. If you're meeting someone be mindful of the borough you need to go to.

2. Apartment Hunting

NY is expensive, there's no way around it. Hunting for the right place can be time consuming and even after you find a place, there are numerous steps in being able to get it. A guarantor is a person that co-signs for the apartment and agrees to be legally responsible. Most landlords don't like to rent to first time renters due to lack of experience. In NY, in order have someone sign to be a guarantor for you they have to make 30x the rent! On top of that, most of the time you will have to pay first month, last month, and security in order to solidify your apartment.

3. Subway Routes 

I can not stress enough how important it is to know which subways run local and express! New York City is a busy place with thousands of people so construction is done pretty often. You could be running late for work one morning and all of a sudden you hear that the subway will be running local all the way to 42nd street. For the most part, there are signs ahead of time days before delays occur. However, if there was a situation on a different subway line it could cause the rest of the trains to get backed up.

All in all, NYC is a great place to live. I personally love it because although it is expensive, you meet so many great people and you can get just about any kind of food you can think of in relatively close proximity. There's never a dull moment and there's always something to do. New York is a place where you can either find yourself or you can also get lost in. Opportunity is everywhere and it's up to you to find out how to make it happen! 

If you have any questions or thinking about moving to the city, feel free to comment or just hit the contact button in the footer below!

TRAVEL | 05.04.20

Visiting the Seven Magic Mountains

Seven Magic mountains
 

The Seven Magic Mountains are a group of colorful rocks located in Nevada. When I went to Las Vegas, I knew I just had to stop by and check it out. However, there were a few things I wish I would've known before I made the trip. 

Getting there can be difficult for some, being that it's in the middle of the desert. I'd recommend taking an Uber and asking the driver to stay so they can take you back. As stated before, the mountains are in the desert so besides the colorful rocks that's all that is there. Upon visiting the exhibition, there are no restrooms! The nearest restroom is about 5 miles away. Luckily when I went, there was a man who owned a porter potty who was also selling refreshments for a small fee. 

The rocks are absolutely amazing and it's interesting to see how they were stacked. It's almost like they are defying gravity. Another thing to be mindful of is the area because there might be venomous snakes. Thankfully, I didn't see any when I went but you should be aware. On the drive back it wasn't as bad and actually seemed like it took a shorter amount of time. 

The artwork was created by Ugo Rondinone in May 2016. An interesting fact about the stone sculptures is that they are one of the largest land based sculptures in the United States completed in over forty years. For more information on the site, visit www.sevenmagicmountains.com

Places to go in Morocco

What to Expect When Visiting Chefchaouen

TRAVEL | 04.15.20
 

Chefchaouen is a city in Morocco that's about a 2 hour bus ride from Tangier. Known for its blue color, this city is a place that should be on your bucket list when visiting Morocco. 

Ok so here's the breakdown!

If you plan on making the trip, I would not suggest going on your own. The streets are all blue and look alike so getting lost is very easy! Make sure you have enough money with you because in this particular area they do not accept debit/credit cards. 

People are always trying to make a dollar or in their currency, a quick Dirham. Just getting dropped off at the bus station from Tangier to go to Chefchaouen was crazy! People were yelling left and right trying to get me to buy a ticket from them. Thankfully the hotel driver escorted me and my friend in. If I could relate the experience to anything, it would be those videos you see of people in the trading pits trying to trade stock. The bus isn't like Greyhound so make sure you use the bathroom before departing! When you get to the blue city, there is a restroom but be aware, it's not clean so bring hand sanitizer! It also costs to use it! It's not that far of a walk up to the city from the station. Not knowing the distance originally, I took a car up and then ended up walking back to the bus station when it was time to leave. 

Travel blogger in Morocco

I must admit, Chefchaouen wasn't as blue as I thought. I had to find spots where the color was more distinct. When entering the city, you see tourists from all around the world. Two girls even stopped me to take my picture. They were so intrigued by my hair and my eyes. This goes to show how important it is to get outside of your own country. This way you can have encounters with more diverse groups of people. As I continued to walk, I saw so many different shops that sold items from clothing  down to small little trinkets. 

Scarves from Morocco

Nothing is truly free, so if a local young man comes up to you letting you know he can take you around for good views be mindful. Also be careful of dangerous situations. I had one boy tell me he knew of a better view but in order to see it, I'd have to go through a house to the top. He claimed it was his, but there was no way I was going into some random person's house! 

According to some, the city is blue because when the Jews were being persecuted during the Spanish Inquisition, they fled to Chefchaouen and brought their tradition of painting their houses blue. There are other explanations as to why the city is this color. However, it turned out to be extremely profitable for the city. With the help of social media, tourism has increased. Overall my trip was great! Most people tend to do day trips and for me that timespan was enough. Last but not least, buy your bus ticket back ahead of time. It will be easier to plan your time accordingly and the times for departure are not back to back. 

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How to Travel for Cheap

TRAVEL | 04.01.20

How to Travel for Cheap

travel booking websites
 

We all know traveling can get costly. However, there are various ways to not break the bank to do it. If I can travel as much as I do then so can you. In this post, I'm going to give you some tips on the different services I use to book my trips. I never fly anywhere without having some sort of deal on flights and hotels. Have a birthday coming up but don't know where to go? Need a vacation from work? These are the top 3 sites I use. 

1. Secret Flying

Secret Flying  is a website that allows you to book inexpensive flights anywhere in the world with a given time frame. I personally use this site when I want to go on a trip within the next few months and don't have a destination in mind. The only catch, is that each deal is accurate when published so if you are viewing a deal at a later date the price could change; therefore, you have to be quick. Secret Flying also has a FREE smartphone App that you can download to receive instant flight deal alerts.

2. Sky Scanner

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3. Hopper

Hopper is an app that can be downloaded to your phone that lets you when prices will drop. It also does the same thing for hotels. What's cool about Hopper is that for every booking, they plant up to four trees for FREE as part of their carbon offset program. 

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 Often times we say we want to do certain things and we think it's easier said than done. We all make resolutions of how we want to travel more without knowing that there's a ton of information out there that can make it easy for you. So if you're reading this, I challenge you to try using one of these sites and take that trip you've been waiting for. All the resources you need to get the best prices are at your fingertips. 

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