Following on from last year's 10 reasons that I'm really looking forward to my holiday to Orlando, Florida blog post, I thought that I would make one for this year's holiday; my solo trip to New York.
I feel like most of my meticulous planning (I've already got a daily itinerary ready to go) has been going on behind the scenes and I really wanted to share some of it with you on here, especially as I'll be reporting back after my trip to let you know what I got up to. But until then, here are the 10 things that I'm most excited about;
1. Being a tourist - From walking through Grand Central, paying my respects at the 9/11 memorial and museum, taking in the spectacular views from the Empire State building and Top Of The Rock, sauntering through Central Park and spending hours, if not days, in the many museums, it's all on my list. I also can't wait to visit Ellis Island. As someone with an unusual name, knowing that there was a whole island, in New York of all places, that shared my namesake was always something that made me smile growing up. I've always said, one day I'll visit it, so to make that happen will be such a special moment for me. And to see the Statue of Liberty close up (I've only ever seen her in the distance on a short layover via Newark about 10 years ago) is something I can't wait to do.
2. Pretending I'm in one of my favourite movies or TV shows - I think the main reason that I've always wanted to visit New York was the fact that I grew up watching it feature in so many of my favourite movies and TV shows. Friends, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada, You've Got Mail, Girls, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Home Alone 2. Queue me running around the city like Carrie Bradshaw and hopefully not Kevin McAllister.
3. Staying at CitizenM - There are so many options when it comes to where to stay in NYC but for me, there was only one place that I wanted to stay; CitizenM. I absolutely adored my stay at their Glasgow hotel and for that reason, every other comparable or cheaper hotel room in the Big Apple just didn't have the wow factor that CitizenM has. It was well worth spending that little bit extra for what I'm getting as part of my room, plus there's no resort fees to pay when you get there, unlike many others and I also got 10% off as a Citizen. You can also sign up to get 10% off too and the best price guaranteed.
4. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge - I know that most people visiting New York for the first time will probably have this on their 'to do' list and there's good reason why. It just looks absolutely breathtaking. From the bridge itself to the views of Manhattan as you make your way across, it's something that takes my breath away in photographs, so to actually experience it for myself will be a little mind blowing, I can imagine. I also intend on spending at least one full day in Brooklyn exploring DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the surrounding areas and if the weather is particularly nice that day, I'd love to make the trip to Coney Island. I don't know the last time that I saw an actual beach and it might be a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city, for a couple of hours anyway.
5. Spending a small fortune at Glossier - Normally when I visit the States, Sephora and Bath & Body Works are what I look forward to the most, when it comes to shopping but as I'm travelling with hand luggage only, I can't go too crazy with my buying, especially when it comes to liquids not being over 100ml. So this trip I'm saving all my pennies to make a trip to the Glossier showroom. I've wanted to try a few of their products, namely Boy Brow, the Perfecting Skin Tint and Balm Dotcom, for so long and have heard amazing things. Who'd be interested in a Glossier haul when I get back?
6. All the sweet treats - Doughnuts, cronuts, cookie dough, cupcakes, ice cream; I have a list as long as my arm of the sweet treats that I want to try, with Magnolia Bakery, Dough and Milk Bar all high up on my list.
7. Shopping at Woodbury Commons - Having found many a bargain on my trips to the outlet malls in Orlando, Woodbury Commons was always going to be on my list of places to visit when I went to New York. The fact that there's a Kate Spade outlet pretty much sold me on the idea really and I'll definitely be leaving space in my suitcase for something Kate Spade related, no matter what.
8. Hopefully seeing a show of some sort - The one thing that I've not booked in advance, unlike my attraction tickets and New York CityPASS, is a show of some sort. I'm hoping to bag a bargain and pick up a ticket to one of the incredible shows or musicals on the day from the TKTS booth and I'm even more hopeful that I can secure tickets to see a late night show taping. They do run a lottery system for these tickets so it might not be possible but I'd love to see Jimmy Fallon or Seth Myers or even one of the summer concerts that they often hold in the park. Wish me luck!
9. Spending the 4th of July in the US - Now this is something that has always been on my bucket list of sorts. Americans really go all out when it comes to the holidays. Having visited Florida both in the run up to Easter and Halloween, I can certainly attest to that. So to spend the day in the US watching the fireworks and having a little party, definitely influenced what month to visit.
10. Travelling on my own - For some this might be their idea of hell or something that they'd worry about but I am so excited to go solo. I can take things at my own pace and go where I want when I want. I will be meeting up with friends and hopefully a blogger or two throughout my visit but other than that I'm in charge of my itinerary and I cannot wait.
Have you got any holidays planned for this year or the next? If so, what are you looking forward to most about it? And have any of you visited New York before? And have I missed anything out that you would recommend doing/eating/exploring?