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planning for new york

19 June, 2017

So, something hit me today. I am going to New York in less than 5 weeks. And would you like to see to see the list of things I have organised so far? Well, here it is:

  1. Flights.
  2. Travel Insurance. 

Yep. That’s pretty much it. 

Ok, so admittedly, I do also have a Pinterest board with lots of information about the city. And I’ve done a fair bit of reading and general research. Plus, I have a friend living there. But as for the practical requirements for my stay, I have done next to nothing.

If I have learnt anything from my travel experiences, it’s that things tend to work themselves out. And that no matter how much you plan, things can still go wrong. I’ve had luggage lost in countries that I cannot speak the language of and accommodation fall through at the very last minute (thank God for Airbnb). I’ve been lost in random cities trying to find where I was meant to stay, and I’ve accidentally put myself in situations that may or may not have voided my travel insurance if anything went wrong (thankfully, it didn’t). I’m not saying that I’m not a cautious traveller, but when things don’t go to plan, you get an amazing chance to learn how resilient you are. Which is probably why planning my trips in too much is never a big priority (clearly). 

In saying that though there are a few things that I think are absolutely essential for anyone travelling. 

Essential Travel Preparation list: 

  1. Book flights. Otherwise, you are going nowhere anytime soon. 
  2. Buy travel insurance. Do your research to find the best option. I went through my private health insurance because I got a discount. 
  3. Figure out a vague plan for how you are going to get from the airport to your accommodation. Transfers are always the hardest part of travel, so the more prepared you are, the smoother it will be. 
  4. Register with Smart Traveller (or your country’s equivalent government body to let them know you are travelling). 
  5. Book your accommodation for your arrival. At least know where you are going when you first get there. 
  6. Make sure that you have all of the entry requirements covered (Visas etc). 
  7. Arrange your travel money, even if it is just alerting your bank that you will be travelling overseas. 
  8. Prepare all of your travel documents – plane tickets, copies of your passport and bank cards, transfer tickets (if applicable).
  9. Download travel apps, like CityMapsToGo and a currency converter. I find that these two apps are fantastic for helping you find where you need to go and track how much you are spending. 

I would love for you to share the things that you think are essential to plan before you travel. Also, if you’ve been to New York, please share your recommendations about what to do!  

Now off to plan. 

xx Elizabeth 

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  • Reply Claire B. 24 June, 2017 at 6:06 am

    I actually used to live an hour’s train ride away from NYC, and I’ve been back to visit several times since! There are so many amazing things to do there. Times Square and Central Park are definitely musts. The Met and the Frick Museum both have incredible art collections. The Museum of Natural History is probably my favorite tourist site! And the last time I was there, Eric was with me and we went to the most incredible organic vegan restaurant called Candle79, just a few blocks away from Central Park. It’s such an incredible place, you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose to do. Have a wonderful trip! xx

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 8 July, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Thank you for all of your suggestions! I cannot believe it’s only two weeks away! xx

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law 25 June, 2017 at 8:13 am

    So exciting!

    We’re busily planning our trip to Hawaii and travel insurance is the only thing left on my list to get – other than one final night of accommodation which is proving difficult 😛

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 8 July, 2017 at 8:02 am

      You’re so organised! I am soooo impressed. I can’t wait to see more about Hawaii! xx

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