Traveling to New York City

Traveling to New York City

Trip: 5 days; Month: November 2021; Weather: Winter(🌤️, 🌧️); Itinerary: Download

Things you should know before the actual itinerary

When should you buy tickets?:
My siblings (TheSibLims) and I purchased our tickets on Expedia for $400/traveler in June and with the fluctuation of COVID, prices dropped about $350/traveler in October. That's a huge price drop! I recommend to wait to get your tickets around that month; however, it isn't guaranteed that the prices will be around the same and you're cutting it really close if you're planning to travel a month later! Opting for insurance might be an option where you pay a premium and gamble that there might be a price drop, but you're taking the risk of IF.

Metro Pass for NYC:
Luckily all the metros and subways appear the same to me. There's a Kiosk at every subway station you can purchase your Metro Pass. It cost about $33/pp if you do 7-day Unlimited Metro Pass + $1 fee for a Metro Card. I think its worth getting the unlimited if you're staying the 5 days. They offer 30-day Unlimited Metro Pass too if you're planning on staying longer than 5 days. One tip I can tell you about using your Metro Card is to swipe fast! If you swipe slow you'll get an Error message on the screen.

What should you wear?:
Depending on how long you stay and whether or not you're a male or a female. During the month of November, I packed a lot of long sleeves, jeans, sweaters, light all-weather jacket and one pair of shoe. If you're planning on doing a lot of sight seeing, a lot of the places if you enter will have the heater on so if you're briskly walking you're gonna get hot staying in the buildings.

If you're a fan of musicals like my whole family. You could potentially buy same day tickets if you go early in the morning when the box offices open. The seats aren't the "best", but I think it's still worth it; if you get lucky. If you are lucky, you'll get to sit somewhere in the front where you can feel the actors spit! That's a souvenir that you'll never be able to forget.

Mapping around:
Google Maps, City Mapper or Apple Maps is your friend!

The Met Museum:
If you're planning on make a stop here to check out this beautiful museum. I recommend buying tickets online so you don't have to go through the hassle of purchasing tickets when you get into the museum.
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CALPAK Kaya Laptop Backpack Review

CALPAK Kaya Laptop Backpack Review

Color: Black; Price: $105; Buy: Nordstrom, CALPAK; Collection: Kaya Collection

First things first, some history on why I got this backpack. I’m on a journey to find the best travel backpack that is fit for my body size and weight. Something easy to carry and not have to struggle with back problems. I have scoliosis, so I need to make sure that my back is protected along with the belongings I bring with me.

Note: I am 5 ft and weight about 105lbs.

The CALPAK Kaya Laptop Backpack initially attracted me because of how stylish it looked and the fact that it has a suitcase back strap. I like the idea that I can prop this backpack on the suitcase handle and not have to worry about it wobbling or falling. I absolutely hate the idea of having to stop my footing just to correct the backpack that was hanging on my suitcase because my back gave out on carrying it.

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