The countdown is on! 88 days until I achieve as-long-as-i-can-remember dream of taking a juicy bite out of The Big Apple. New York City we are coming!!
When my mum entered palliative care my hubby had a great idea. Why don’t we grab life with two hands and each achieve a wanderlust dream. Seeing my best friend passing made me realise that life is too short and if you can, you should make those dreams a reality.
Mum was still coherent and in hospital when I told her I was using some of my inheritance to fund the New York trip – she was thrilled and full of joy. Ma said it made her so happy hearing the news. Even now as I write, tears well-up in my eyes remembering this special moment. One of a mother wanting her child to go for what life can offer…
Hubby and I didn’t want to leave our boys (nearly three and a one year old) while we both went somewhere together. Travelling separately allows one of us to be with the kids. Plus, as individuals we have some different travel goals. So we came to a solution – he will do a New Zealand boys trip full of golf and adventure, and I get to go to NYC with a girlfriend.
So today I meet up with my travel buddy/dear friend (who has been a constant support/lifeline over the last few years) to discuss our trip and share our ‘must dos’ list. Here is what we have come up with so far:
-Being Jimmy Fallon audience members
-Museums such as the Guggenheim and MoMA
-Brooklyn including Williamsburg
-Food, food, food and more FOOD
-Empire State and/or Rockefeller Center
-Staten Island Ferry to see the sights including Statue of Liberty
-Watch an ice hockey match
-Explore all the different districts such as Little Italy, China Town, SoHo, Meatpackers, Greenwich Village etc..
-Take in some live music
-5th Avenue to see how the others live
We are both mums who need a break and not ‘type A travellers’ so most of the time will be spent being loosey goosey and wandering the streets, sucking in all the vibes that come our way. This trip screams progress for both of us – completing life-long dreams, practising self love by doing something big for ourselves and accepting the freedom that comes with 10 days of no real responsibilities.
Yes, I feel guilty and nervous leaving my little ones, but this article has cheered me up and as departure time draws closer so does my desire for a massive break – I think even the loooong flight will feel like a holiday with no nappy bag in sight and time to myself!
Time to YOLO biatches!!! 😉
I would love to hear all your travel tips! Have you been to NYC before? What was the best/worse things? Have you ever achieved a wanderlust dream? How did it make you feel? How do you ensure you have a relaxed, enjoyable experience, not a stressed out one? Please share by leaving a comment!