We’ve all seen Matilda, that childhood classic. The story of a bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Matilda’s parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, have no time for her and treat her as a nuisance. She spends most of her time reading books from the library astonishingly quickly, whilst they watch TV. Life for Matilda is no better at school despite the care and support of her teacher, Miss Honey. Matilda decides the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and in the process discovers her supernatural powers!
Roald Dahl’s Matilda is performed at the Sam S Shubert Theater on Broadway! Such a beautiful theater only a stones throw away from Times Square. I was so excited to see Matilda on Broadway as I’d heard great reviews of the show! We headed off to TKTS ticket booth to pick up our last minute tickets for the show and, of course, the only tickets available were in the upper tier. FEAR NOT FRIENDS, this matters not! The theater itself is small in comparison to so many others so although we were ‘high’ up, this was nothing compared to the seat’s we’ve had in the past.
12 of the oddest things you should come probably come to terms with before you visit the USA
1. They tip! EVERYONE! See here, my guide to tipping in the USA
2. Tax, you pick it up at a nice round $10 and then BOOM ‘that’ll be $12.39 please’ WHAT?!
3. Their amazing approach to explaining directions ‘ok so what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna make a right, and then make a left’ AWSOME!
4. Supersize! Oh yes, been faced with the ‘want to make that a large’ is considered an insult ‘want to make that supersize’ is now the question
5. Crossing the road. In England, its pretty much a free for all. Crossings are there but whatever. Oh no in America, you cross at crossings, crazy right?
6. Cheerleaders, at almost every sporting event they are there! WHY?!
7. Pep rally’s, again, what even is this?!
8. Peanut Butter, you guys have it on all the menu’s, even with Jam.
9. Flags, patriotism and dedicated love for the United States of America
11. Free refills, amazing and slowly reaching us in the UK but American’s love the free refills!
12. 7/11, you’ve got one on EVERY corner.
Accept these 12 factors for an awesome trip! I love you America!
One of my many passions in travel writing is discovering likeminded people with different goals in life. Recently I discovered the wonderful Liz who created her company The Citizen of the World in October 2013. Liz has created two stunning products, the New York City Travel Guide & Map, and Luggage Tag. I’m fascinated with unique designers and their products, a combination of experience, talent & desire is what stands these people aside from the everyday brands.
I have a passion for New York and after my 4th trip decided to invest in one of Liz’s New York City Travel Guides & Maps for my 5th trip to the city. The Citizen of the World map retails at a reasonable USD 12 and can be purchased directly via their Etsy Store.
Liz so kindly shared they story of herself, and how she came to create her brand with us, enjoy and as always, we love to hear your feedback!
“One of the first memories that I have from being a little kid was waking up very early every Sunday morning and telling my dad to take me out on a “trip”. It did not matter where he would take me or how long it would take to get there as long as I was in route to a new place. He had no choice but to take me places in my little hometown: Merida, Venezuela.
I am an adult now. I am also an avid traveler. I have lived in South America, Europe and I am currently based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. I am absolutely in love with travel. Experiencing different cultures, cities, flavors, nationalities and idiosyncrasies is my ultimate dream. I think the best way to get to know a new place and its culture is by walking and mixing up with the locals. And this is where my creation comes handy: The Citizen of The World – Travel Guide and Map will help you decide where to go and what to do.
I merge my passion for photography with traveling. I also write about my travel experiences for two Spanish language online publications: Inspirulina and De Todo Un Foco. I strive to improve travel experiences by designing objects and content which are appealing to the eye while also practical and efficient.
My first project is a New York City Guide & Travel Map accompanied by a Luggage Tag. I wrote all the content and developed the sketches. Then I paired with a very talented graphic designer based in Oporto, Portugal. We worked together to portrait my ideas, aesthetic and travel experiences. I decided to design these two items out of frustration with travel books and other travel related objects: bulky books with tons of text, lack of specific addresses for interesting places and a somewhat biased narrative of what to visit. I don’t want someone telling me about their experiences beforehand. Just point me to the right places and leave it for me to enjoy the experience in my own terms. For instance, the NYC Guide has some of the landmarks that you can’t miss but it also includes some places that had a particular impact in me. My product is beautifully designed, compact to carry, simple to understand. It includes addresses meant to be keyed into GPS devices and smart phones. The Luggage Tag is an artistic representation of a passport with some names in English & Spanish, this latter my native language.
My message to everybody is: it does not matter if you have lots of little money, if you are going somewhere close by or to the other side of the world; the most important thing is to experience new places, because the world is waiting for you!”
I love America and have visited the continent on numerous occasions, but recently I undertook one large road trip across the states. As a UK citizen I found it difficult to gage the expenditure and budget for ‘cost of living’ against the activities I wanted to experience. I thought it useful to outline to travellers how much of the budget I actually blew on my road trip and the best ways to save when travelling the states.
In most countries, particularly Asia, it’s far cheaper to ‘wing it’ shall we say and book your accommodation as you arrive, this is not the case in America. Planning is everything when it comes to travelling America. Work out your route, and opt to spend more days in the cheaper areas, also consider weekends, it’s cheaper to stay out of the large conventional cities such as LA, San Francisco & New York on weekends.
Do your research, travelling by car appears expensive on the surface, but split it 4 ways and this makes getting about a less costly experience. Gas in the states costs nothing compared to Petrol in the UK so don’t just assume that a budget trip can’t include a car. A secondary advantage of having a car is you are able to sleep in it, or get to the more rural areas to camp, this will bring the cost of your trip down whilst being a fun alternative to another night in the Hotel.
Tips, I wrote an article on tips that you should check out before travelling. A minimum of 15% is compulsory and is not considered a generous tip, you should budget to leave 18-20% for all sit down meals, take this into account before you opt to eat in the establishment.
Wifi is available in mass across America, from bars and restaurants to historical establishments. Make sure you request the wifi password and Skype/Facetime home for free, far cheaper than purchasing an unnecessary and costly Sim Card.
The total budget for my trip was £2,000 (including flights from the UK), my total expenditure was around £2,400. It’s important you take into account all additional costs before you budget for the states! But always remember, you’ll make back your money when travelling Asia a less costly part of the world.
It’s difficult putting your itinerary together when planning for a city as dense as New York. After 4 separate breaks to the city I finally feel like I might have got it down to a tee. Here’s my ideal itinerary for catching all the tourist hotspots in just 2 days.
9.00am – wake up early and head down to Brooklyn Diner (just off Times Square) for a great New York breakfast.
10.00am – jump onto the Downtown loop on the hop on hop off bus departing outside the Renaissance hotel on Times Square.
Everyone’s got to do NYC at some point in their life, preferably when its fashion season. I did. 2 weeks ago in fact! It’s not the first time I’ve been to New York, but judging by the constant shrieking of a typical ‘Yorkshire lass’ you’d of thought it was!
We flew into JFK on the morning of the 15th (cheeky 4sq check in.. Keching! Jetsetter badge unlocked). We hailed a Yellow cab from outside the airport, with Norris the Nikon in hand I began to snap everything in sight. Ok, priorities. Staying in the Roosevelt hotel, just off Times Square we dropped off our bags and hit the city. That first moment when you stop and take in your surroundings is breath taking. I had to take a minute to compose myself as I stood on the corner of a busy sidewalk.
Hopping on a Grey Line tour bus we headed downtown to Ellis Island. Being 3pm by this point, the last ferry over to Ellis Island had departed. Error. So we casually jumped on the commuters ferry to Staten Island, listening to New Yorkers discussing their affairs as we went. Continue reading →