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A few bits and pieces of news to share with you. I’m returning to the States at the end of June! I’ll be speaking at Nomadic Matt’s TravelCon conference and also fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting New York. ( If you live in New York or Boston, leave me a note below ) To celebrate my trip to the States I have £200 of holiday vouchers to giveaway to one of you lucky people. Scroll below to ‘How to Enter’ for more details.
New York, New York. I lie, a little. I have been to New York briefly 8 years ago but only for a day so I barely got a chance to properly experience the city. I know what you are saying. There are so many places worth visiting in the States. Trust me, I have a huge bucket list of experiences that I’d love to experience in the States. I’ve love to go from coast to coast with Amtrak, party in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras and eat Gumbo, go hiking in the red rock wilderness of Utah , go to Key West Florida to retrace the footsteps of one of my literary heroes- Ernest Hemingway, eat Voodoo doughnuts in Portland and have a walk on the weird side…. the list is endless.
What would be your dream trip to the United States?
Where would you go….what would be your dream trip to the United States? To help plan your trip I have a giveaway to offer you. Courtesy of Brand USA, I have £200 of holiday vouchers to help towards the cost of your dream trip to you.
How to enter
All you have to is checkout Brand USA’s pretty nifty USA trip planner that lets you help plan your trip to the States. Then comment on this post below with the top 5 destinations you’d like to go to in the US. State your personal reasons in a few lines of why you would want to go to these places and who you would bring with you. Add the hashtag #WanderlustWish
The competition is open until midnight BST on April 18, 2019. Please see the terms and conditions below for more details.
The trip planner is a pretty useful tool. For example for my 6 day planned trip to New York, the tool creates a customised trip plan based on my interests which were: ‘culture’, ‘romantic’ , ‘museums’, ‘relaxing’ and ‘outdoors’
The trip planner then pulled together a 6 day itinerary for me and at first instance, I was impressed with some of the suggestions. I had already been doing a fair bit of research but hadn’t come across for example Chelsea Market, an urban food court with over 40 foodie experiences to choose from- everything from Maine’s lobsters to cupcakes, Italian style gelato and pastrami sandwiches. Then it offered me some suggestions for nightlife. For example I discovered a show called Blogologues a show created by two Yale graduates -Jen Jamula and Allison Goldberg — who crawl blogs and social media for obscure strangest items of content and then re-imagine it as theatre.
The trip planner then creates a personalised itinerary for you which you can use for your trip.
Why New York?
In my invisible list of places I’d like live in , New York has always figured high on them. I guess growing up watching movies, New York gets burned into your imagination. I’d love to visit the city to experience firsthand its incredible diversity. Ever since Ellis Island served as the gateway to America, New York has the proud tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world. It has always struck me as a city that welcomes people from all walks of life irrespective of colour creed and wealth… a city where everyone gets an opportunity to make something out of themselves. It many ways I imagine New York to have the same open minded and creative vibe that my current home town Berlin has. A place where the American dream lives on. I’d love to go to New York to experience that vibe.
I’d go to New York to experience the culture. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see masterworks from Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Gogh just to name a few. MoMA, Guggenheim and esp Frick Collection to checkout their Vermeers, Rembrandts & Turners. Have a picnic in Central Park and maybe catch one of their summertime concerts. As an opera lover I’d love to catch a show at the Metropolitan Opera where I’ve heard the stage productions are quite breathtaking. Go to the Strand Bookstore , home to ’18 miles of books’. The city has an amazing food scene-I’d love to check out some of the amazing food trucks here like Kimchi Taco for their Kimchi Tacos, go to Katz for monstrous pastrami sandwiches and try the iconic New York style bagel-heard Absolute Bagels is good.
These are just a few things I’d love to do in New York. Welcome your suggestions below too in the comments below.
Plus don’t forget to share in the comments your 5 favourite places you’d love to visit in USA for the prize giveaway.
The deadline for entries again is April 19th, 2019, midnight BST.
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On your trip don’t overlook the Staten Island Ferry. Take some time to explore the southern tip of Manhattan then go down to Battery Park and get on the ferry for a free trip to Staten Island and gaze on France’s gift to the US sitting on a small island in New Jersey as a bonus and the entry point for millions, Ellis Island. You turn around and come right back but not before taking in the skyline of Manhattan. Soak up the atmosphere that is one of the greatest natural harbors in the world. Total cost — $0.00. Enjoy. Hope your winner enjoys the trip. Next time throw in Chicago.
Staten Island Ferry is on the list Patrick! Thanks for the awesome tip. Will hopefully make it to Chicago soon!
First I would travel to florida to Orlando, I would take my family and make fantastic memories in the theme park world, I would then travel to New York, take in the sights of the movies and the biggest Xmas tree in winter, San Francisco and walk the golden bridge and ride on the trams l, los Angeles in a famous person search, ride the famous homes bus and the Hollywood sign, finally las Vegas to play the machines (over 21’s only on this one!) #WanderlustWish
San Francisco was the one that stood out for me in your selection-so many movies I love have been shot there like Vertigo, Bullitt. Vegas too…. Thanks for entering Rob and best of luck to winning the vouchers! ^ Kash
My #WanderlustWish would be to take my brother to the Deep South and take in the atmosphere and the music of Nashville
I love all things nasa, Florida and Texas is a must to both nasa sites and hopefully see some action.
Relax on the beach in Miami. Road trip to key west #WanderlustWish
Brilliant Kenneth. Heard the music scene in Nashville is amazing. Been to Cape Canaveral and loved it. Miami to top it off!- Great wishlist. Thanks for entering and good luck!
The ultimate roadtrip: LA to San Francisco via Santa Barbara, from there to Portland and on to Seattle. Lots of activities, lots of nature, delicious food… what more could you want? #WanderlustWish
Sounds like a pretty awesome roadtrip to me! Good luck
Would really like to explore more of the South America. Loved what you shared.
Inumber one on my US bucket list has to be driving the scenic Pacific coast highway – ever sonce Reading Kerouac’s Big Sue many years ago, I’ve wanted to see it. From San Francisco, I’d want to visit Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and then Vegas (I know it’s cheesy, but it’s probably a place I should visit at some point). You know, all the iconic places. I’d agree with you though on New Orleans! Other than those, I’d like to get some southern flavour and sounds in Nashville! #wanderlustwish