In Photos: Newport, Rhode Island

Newport Rhode Island Red Parrot

Driving between New York City and Boston, we knew that we wanted to stop along the way and explore a new town. While it would have been amazing to go to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, that could be an entirely different trip. So we settled on Newport, Rhode Island which is slightly out of the way, but not enough that we didn’t mind the detour. Rhode Island marks the 23rd US State that I’ve visited! Famous for its huge mansions and known as the perfect summer getaway, Newport now contains one of the highest number of surviving colonial Continue Reading

7 Free Things to Do in New York City

New York City Skyline

There’s no doubt about it. New York City is an expensive city to visit (and to live!). With hotel nights running upwards of $200 - $300 dollars a night for a crappy hotel in the middle of nowhere, a budget is definitely needed keep your vacation in check. Despite the high costs, there are a surprising number of things you can do in the city for free. Here are 7 of my favourites: Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge The Brooklyn Bridge is an architectural icon in the New York City skyline. Completed in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge Continue Reading

Eating New York City 2.0

Momofuku Noodle Bar Buns Ramen

You can’t go to New York City and not eat well. Actually, scratch that. You still can, but it's not hard to find delicious food in the city. Even though my visit this time to New York was short and I was busy with various graduating events for my brother, I still managed to try some new places that have been on my radar for awhile and even revisited a few favourites. Madison Sq Eats We arrived in New York City under the cover of darkness. By the time we were settled in our apartment, it was quite late and I knew ahead of time I wouldn’t Continue Reading

A New York State of Mind

New York City LIttle Italy

Curious about the silence the past couple weeks? I took some time off for a family trip to New York City and Boston. This was the first major family trip that I’ve been on in almost 5 years. It was definitely an adventure! It’s quite different traveling with family as a child or teen and then as an adult, but more about this later. Visiting NYC was like visiting an old friend. One where you know regardless of how long you’ve been apart, you’re able to just pick right up again as if you had seen each other just yesterday. I’m fortunate Continue Reading