March 2015 archive

How I Plan a Budget Friendly Vacation

Budget-Vacations

I leave for Hong Kong and Tokyo in about a week and a half and before I start flooding my feed with travel pics, I wanted to share some insight into what goes on in my brain while planning a trip and figuring out how to make a seemingly unrealistic multi-country trip fit in my budget.

This upcoming trip, like all the ones I have planned in my last two or so years of being travel obsessed started from random browsing. I was staying at my Grandma’s house in December when I first moved to LA as I waited for my stuff to get shipped from NY. One night I just started planning a fake vacation in my head to visit my friend Sam who is living in Hong Kong and then going to Tokyo, which I thought was nearby but is actually 4 hours away. I picked a range of possible dates I was into, and started plugging them into Kayak. I was pretty open since I would be taking my vacation days at work and have paid vacation days that don’t roll over, so what could be more motivation. Below I break down how I plan where to go, when to go, where to stay, and how to fly.

Please leave any of your tips and tricks in the comments! Both about saving money, taking trips, and vacation ideas! 

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My Favorite NYC Restaurants

Ok ok I am adjusting to LA. I’ll shut up about NY for a little bit after this. But I’ve been meaning to do a post about some of my favorite NYC restaurants. I’ve already done a post about my favorite Bushwick eats, as well as a bunch of other cities (San Francisco, Donuts in NY, Atlanta, Toronto)

I’ve found myself always chiming into conversations online, and in person, about where to go to eat in NY. I lived in Brooklyn so I have a few suggestions there, as well as in Lower Manhattan.

Writing this I realized I tend to like places that have lines. Maybe this means I’m boring and trendy, or NY made me tolerate a lot of B.S. like horrible weather, expensive rent, and waits longer than the actual meal, but take it or leave it. Trust me, they’re worth it. And anyone who spends their time waiting for a restaurant being bored and not exploring or drinking next door isn’t doing it right.

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