Part 1 – The arrangements
This is going to be a 4 part blog about my trip to New York.
The first part is making travel arrangements.
I was having a conversation with my mum about what to do with the 2 weeks I booked off work.
I debated about cancelling them, about doing mini trips and about going on holiday with my mum.
My mum suggested I spoke with my Auntie who is currently living in New Jersey.
I spent 3 days thinking of the politest way I could ask if I could come visit.
In my message to her I told her what had happened with my ex and that I would love to come visit. She said yes for me visiting.
The hardest part was trying to find flights. This would have been twice as hard if I had to get a hotel too.
I managed to find a flight on Travel Junction. I hadn’t used this site before and read some poor reviews but the flights were perfect and at a reasonable price – around £300 for a return. I put my faith in the company and I was surprised but how quickly I got my ticket reference.
The day I booked the flights, I emailed them asking when I would get my reference number, I was promised next day and I got it next day.
The flights were direct from Birmingham going to Newark. Coming back I had to go via Edinburgh (an experience I will detail later).
With the flights booked I let my Auntie know and I ordered my money.
I always seem to get my money from FairFX. They do the best exchange rates and have a quick turn around. For secruity reasons I had to call them to clarify but my money came the next day.
Next was travel insurance, again my go to company is Alpha Insurance. Travel insurance to USA is expensive but with Alpha insurance I spent about £40. They normally do good deals if you want £0-£50 excess.
Second to last was the Visa. This application is quick and simple. Simply fill out the details and pay a £14 fee. You will need to know the address and phone number of your final destination so I would suggest do this once the hotel is booked.
Lastly was to pack. The weather in September is still in the high 20’s so I packed shorts and t-shirts. Items like sunscreen, bug repellent and itch cream I didn’t pack as I knew I could buy it there. Remember to pack comfy shoes! New York requires a lot of walking, It’s one of the quickest ways to get about. Even if you are wearing a cute dress no one will judge if you throw on a pair of sketchers run 400’s (so comfy) because everyone is in the same boat.
Coming up :
Part 2 arrival and my time in NYC
Part 3 the hell of a return
Part 4 Bec’s tips for New York