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Road Trip from New York to Maryland

After spending 48 hours in New York City, our next stop was Maryland. We decided we were going to drive down, so we rented a car from Enterprise. The process of renting the car was smooth and straight forward. The car was in a good shape, and car seats were provided for the kids as requested.

The road trip was fun overall. The kids didn’t bug as much, so it was a good journey. As soon as we got out of New York, and got into New Jersey, there was difference. The air felt different. The people looked a lot happier. It was like a breath of fresh air. We stopped over at a service centre in New Jersey, so I had the opportunity to take in the city and observe the people. People watching is one of my favourite things to do. I also got the chance to grab a New Jersey souvenir. It would be amazing to spend a few days in the city one day. I am sure there would be a lot to see.

 

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Driving in the US is always fun. The driving rules are different from the rules in the UK, so you have to pay attention. The roads are so wide in comparison to the tiny roads we have here. And there were quite a few toll gates on our way, but it was all good. We all enjoyed the road trip, and I can see us doing it again, from other cities.

 

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I know we are a bit adventurous when it comes to how we holiday. And I like that about our trips. When the kids get older, we plan to be even more adventurous. I would love to visit California one day. The distance is putting me off, but I am hoping we could make the trip when the kids are a bit older. There is a lot to see in the world and I plan to see as much as possible.

 

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You can see more of my trip on my 48 hours in New York and Madame Tussauds posts. I will be writing more on my stay in Maryland. I didn’t get to do much of exploring. Majority of my time was spent shopping. We planned to take the kids to see the White House and other parts of Washington DC, but we didn’t get the chance to do all that. It was my 3rd time in Maryland so I have done most of the tourist stuff already but maybe when next we are in the area, we will get to do more.

 

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Have you had a road trip from New York to Maryland? What do you think go both cities?

 

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Our Visit to Madame Tussauds New York

While we were in New York, we visited Madame Tussauds. It was my first time visiting a Madame Tussauds. I am yet to visit the one in London, so I was happy to visit this one. The wax museum was celebrating Bollywood, so there was a DJ and some Bollywood dancers, which was good entertainment. We didn’t plan to visit Madame Tussauds. It just happened because our hotel was next door to the museum, and we decided to go in. I wish we planned our visit beforehand. It is a lot cheaper to buy the tickets online, rather than at the door. We would have saved around $20 if we booked the tickets online.

 

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My first impression of Madame Tussauds New York was that I got the feeling of being in a club. The music was way too loud. I didn’t understand why the music had to be that loud in a wax museum but we quickly got on with it.

We got closer to the stars for sure, and we took lots of photos. You may have seen some of my shots on Instagram if you follow me on there. I have been disturbing the timelines all week now.

 

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There was a lot to photograph. The kids loved posing next to the celebs, especially my daughter. She had a fantastic time. It was like Christmas came early for her.

We took a break after an hour or so. There was a little restaurant, so we got some drinks and pizza. The kids needed a break and we adults were shattered as well. After our lunch, we carried on admiring the beautiful wax creations. Some were more amazing than others. I really like the ones of the Royal Family and Princess Diana. They looked very real.

 

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We decided to skip the world-exclusive Ghostbusters: Dimension Virtual Reality Experience bit because we were advised our kids may not like it much. Which was a shame, since we had that package on our tickets already.We would have saved a few dollars and not bothered getting a platinum ticket if we knew the reality experience may not be age appropriate. But we made the most of the rest of our time there by heading off to watch Marvel 4D movie. It was about 20 minutes, and we all enjoyed the short movie.

 

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Overall, we had a great time. We were at the museum for around 3 hours in all. I would love to visit Madame Tussauds in other locations, but will make sure to plan the visit.

Hav you been to Madame Tussauds New York?

Let your Travelling Dreams Come True

Our travelling dreams are often crushed by the reality of life, especially as we get older. We find that bills need to be paid, and one thing after another seems to go wrong that means we’re paying money out left right and center. Plus, there’s the commitment of work that we have to try and navigate. But, let’s quit all of this negativity and focus on the positives. The world really is your oyster if you take the time to realise it. One of the reasons why we’re so restricted is because we let our lives be that way. Well, no more, we know exactly how to make your travelling dreams come true. Have a read on to find out more.

 

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Budget

You need to set yourself some kind of budget if you want to be successful with this. It is the main reason why so many people struggle with getting away more than once a year. So, be strict. Stop having that take away just because you can’t be bothered to cook. Stop going out to every single thing you get asked to do. We’re not expecting you to become a hermit, but you need to cut back on the luxuries in life if you want to travel the world and see things you’ve never seen before. Figure out how much money you’re going to need in total. That’s accounting for the holiday itself, spending money, clothes etc. and make sure you’re putting enough money aside each month to be able to afford it. If you just cut back on a few things you’ll be surprised at how many holidays you could actually go on. Here’s more tips on how you can budget for a big holiday, https://www.lonelyplanet.com.

 

Find The Perfect Destination

This is the part that creates the most conflict for a lot of people, especially if you’re travelling with someone else. There are so many perfect destinations around the world, so why not just pull one out of a hat. Think of all the places you’d most like to go, and put them on a folded piece of paper into a hat. Whatever you pull out is the destination you’re going to. It takes all the awkwardness and arguing out of picking a destination, and makes it fun. Then look at companies such as G Adventures to see if they have a holiday suitable for your destination. Their FAQ page answers a lot of questions you might have about your travels, check out the link https://www.gadventures.com/faqs/. Once you’ve picked your destination, it makes the whole process of budgeting a lot easier as you know exactly how much you’re going to need to spend. Make sure you’re getting the best deal with your holiday, and that you’re going at the right time of year for that particular climate.

 

Pack Your Bags And Travel For Good

Your last option is truly liberating. Pack your bags and head out for good. Travelling for 6 months or a year is just so freeing. You can move from country to country whilst working in places such as bars to get money. You’ll have experience like no other, and no doubt make friends for life. It’s a big life change, but it doesn’t have to be permanent and it can give you an amazing life.

 

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