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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Traveling to London, England

Traveling to London, England

Trip: 5 days; Month: May – Jun 2018; Weather: Spring (☁️,🌧️, ☔️)

Things you should know before the actual itinerary

When should you buy tickets?:
In 2018, we bought our tickets in December for about $584 /pp. Next year in 2020 TheSibLims are traveling to Europe and we bought our tickets a couple of days after Thanksgiving for a really low price of $350/pp. That's the lowest I've seen it! The best time to leave is usually on the weekday on Tuesday, but you might be able to find the same price for a Tuesday on a weekend prior to Tuesday.

Tickets to Harry Potter and Brigit's Afternoon Tea:
Book the tickets before you head to London. Booking in London might be too late (especially if you want to go during October/Halloween for Harry Potter).

Pack a light jacket or umbrella:
Our trip was between May 26 to June 7. When we got to London it rained quite a handful of days. Just make sure to pack a light jacket or umbrella to make sure you're protected from the rain.

Transportation took a bit to get used to, but we finally got it. You have to get Oyster cards to get anywhere in London. That's their metro tap card (for LA folks). We also took buses too and they were pretty easy to navigate. They take Oyster cards as well.

What to wear?:
We packed very light. I packed a couple of skirts, crop tops, a long sleeve, nice blouse (if you wanna dress it up), and one pair of pant.

We stayed at a family friend’s house for the first two days and then experienced the rest of London at the tail end of our trip heading home. During this Europe trip we also traveled to Paris and Brussels (post about these coming soon).

Things to do in London, Europe

  • Trafalgar Square
    • Brigit’s Afternoon London Bus Tour
      It was cute. We definitely enjoyed the tour and the food. It’s definitely something we recommend to try. You get to keep the cup; it was complimentary.
//Note// Brigit's Afternoon London Bus Tour
No bathrooms on the bus, so go before or book a sit down tea place. The bus tour takes about 80 minutes.
  • Kings Cross Inn Hotel
    We stayed here on our last night in London. It’s very close to the train station to take us to the airport which was the reason why we chose the place.
  • Borough Market
    Think Farmer’s Market. Lots of deliciousness here! This is London’s oldest food market and is worth a trip to check out the food vendors and the scene. It’s also near London Bridge.
  • Rock Climbed at Mile End Climbing Gym
    If you enjoy rock climbing check this place out! I really liked the structure of the climbing gym. They sectioned everything like it had its own department. Training section, traversing section, and so forth; you get it.
  • Megaro Eatery
    We were looking for a place to eat breakfast on our last day in London and came across this restaurant which is actually located inside the Megaro Hotel near where we were staying. We all enjoyed our food and we would come back here again.
  • WB Studio Harry Potter Tour
    This tour was really fun. If you’re a Harry Potter fan this is a must-go-to. They show you the the behind the scenes of Harry Potter and how they did their magic. Make sure you check out their souvenirs. They have items you can’t buy in America.
  • Gordan Ramsay Restaurant ($500)
    D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! Also reallyyyyyy E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E. Don’t get the apple tarte tatin dessert (unless you want to spend $60 or so on an apple tart the size of your palm). We got their fix course meal and everything was super amazing. If you want to experience a restaurant by Gordan Ramsay. This place was bomb. Make sure you bring nice shoes or they’ll give you one to wear.
  • Harrods
    High-end multi-level department store with restaurants where you can buy souvenirs from London. (Devonshire cream!)
  • Tower of London: The Crown Jewels
    Can have a long queue. It was neat seeing the Crown Jewels, but personally not worth the wait (2.5 hrs). Recommend going early to avoid the long queue.

We’ll be revisiting London in May 2020, so stay tuned for more posts about our next itinerary to London.

If you have any other recommendations for us that you think we should check us. Comment below!