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Finding The Best Restaurants While Visiting NYC

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When you go out for a meal with family and friends you want to pick somewhere which will offer you more than something which is merely tasty. You should make the most of the experience and seek to try new foods and different cultures. After all, if you prepare a certain dish in your home, then why eat it when you leave the house? If you are visiting one of the many restaurants in NYC, then it undoubtedly means that you are going to be spending your money, and so you want to be spending it on something which is worthwhile; something memorable and enjoyable – something which you will be telling people about at work the next day.

 

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First and foremost, why not try food from a different country and experience a different culture? A lot of people shy away from trying something new because they automatically assume that they won’t like it. For instance, when it comes to Indian food, people assume that everything is spicy and suited to those who have a taste for all things hot. However, there are some fantastic dishes for those who like something milder, such as korma and pasanda. And these milder dishes aren’t just related to the main course, there are the likes of poppadoms and the cool fresh cucumber dip raita as well. After all, a restaurant’s menu will be suited to encompass dishes for all different taste buds and thus you are bound to find something you like. 

 

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Dine in a fine restaurant

It goes without saying that when you visit a restaurant the main component you need to have a memorable night is succulent food. However, it is not the only factor that goes into creating a great culinary experience in one of the restaurants in NYC. Imagine if you had a delicious meal, but were sitting in a boring, uninspiring and dirty restaurant with rude staff – your evening would be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Therefore, to really ensure you pick somewhere which will make for an exciting evening, you need to consider the restaurant’s atmosphere. Read reviews on the internet and get a feel for what people have said about the restaurant and whether the experience was a pleasant one.

The atmosphere is something which again links to trying food from different cultures and countries. This is because the restaurant is bound to incorporate traditional styles and adornments. Therefore the evening is intriguing and interesting as you get to experience something new in excess of the food. This is why it is advisable to seek family run businesses as well, rather than big mass chains which use generic design settings. Also, take the time to look for special offers and menus. Some restaurants offer theater menus for those last minute Broadway tickets. You can easily hunt down deals and discounts online.  

All in all, when visiting one of the many restaurants in NYC you need to seek somewhere new, delicious and atmospheric in order to make it a night to remember.

 

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What I look for when booking a hotel for a holiday

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I like to pay extra attention when booking a hotel for a holiday. The last thing I need is to discover the hotel does not suit my needs after checking in.  That would be a holiday from hell. That is why I like to research the hotel we intend to stay especially now that I have kids. When it comes to hotels, I like them luxurious and comfortable. I want a home away from home. The hotel needs to feel like a hotel. It needs to look and feel better than my home, after all it is a holiday and should feel like one.

 

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Here are some of the things I look out for when booking a hotel for holiday –

 

Hotel Facilities

I always check the hotel facilities before booking a hotel. It is important to check the facilities you need are available before booking a hotel. I like to have an amazing room, room service, gym facilities, swimming pool, spa, restaurants and concierge. Room service is so important because sometimes we are just to tired or lazy to go down to the restaurant. So I like to have the option of eating in.

Having a spa in the hotel is also vert important. I like to sneak in a massage whilst on holiday. Having a massage with M is always on the cards too! We have been busy visiting cities in England this year. So far we have explored Essex, London, Birmingham and Blackpool this year, and we have many more cities to strike off our travel bucket list. Cornwall and Yorkshire are on our travel list. We are hoping to visit the both cities soon. I have my eye on a couples spa break in Yorkshire and I can’t wait for that to happen.

 

Location

The hotel location is very important. I like to stay in a decent area and I like the hotel to be reasonably close to the tourist attractions we will be visiting. Being fairly close to the airport is also important. I don’t like to spend hours commuting to and from the airport, so the closer the better really. However, the more central a hotel the more expensive it is, but it is a price we are willing to pay.

 

 

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Reviews

I make sure I read the hotel reviews online before booking. I like to read the good and bad comments to see if the hotel would suit our needs. The reviews with real pictures are also very useful. I don’t pay too much attention to the photoshopped pictures on the hotel’s websites. Sometimes, the pictures look nothing like the rooms in real life. I also check the hotel rating as that is another way of checking the quality of the hotel. The hotels we like to go for usually have a 4 or 5 star rating, especially when we go abroad.

 

Luggage Storage

Hotels with luggage storage are amazing. We like to make use of the luggage storage option when we have an evening or night flight. Sitting around in the airport for hours with kids is not wise. We rather explore the city for a few more hours after checking out so the luggage storage option is very important.

 

Free WIFI

I work from home and pretty much anywhere, so having free wifi is so important, especially when we go abroad. Free WIFI is an essential I won’t stay in a hotel where I have to pay for an internet connection. It is shocking that we still have many hotels charging expensive fees for WIFI.

 

What do you look out for when booking a hotel?

Ways You Could Reduce Travel Stress This Holiday Season

I have always been so excited for the holidays, especially Christmas. The holidays are the best time to spend with your family and loved ones. So are you making plans to travel this holiday season?

If you are, then here’s something you need to know: travelling during the holidays is stressful. Just like you millions of people are planning to travel this holiday to spend it with their loved ones. This is a sign that traveling this season will be extremely hectic.

Encountering the crowd travelling at the same time will be overwhelming. That is not as bad if you’re an experienced traveller. But as a first time traveller, it can be a lot to handle.

 

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It’s normal to get stressed out in such a situation. You may find some of these nifty tips that will help reduce travel stress this holiday season.

 

Plan what you will do when you are faced with delay

When you’re travelling, delays are inevitable. Flights could be delayed due to bad weather, which could make you miss your hotel reservation. The long queues at the airport could also slow you down.

Planning is key before you set out to travel. Of all the things that you need to plan for, one of the things that will keep stress at bay is to plan what to do when you’re faced with delays.

Some credit card providers provide reimbursements for meals and lodging when you’re delayed. This will help you make sure that you don’t suffer a loss when you’re delayed.

 

Have a checklist

Checklists are very helpful especially when you’re preparing to travel. Create a checklist of all the travel arrangements you need to make or of the things you need to pack for your journey.  I always have my checklist with me when I want to make sure that I have packed everything I need. It also helps me know if I have done all the necessary travel arrangements. It saves you from all the hassles and keeps you focused on the tasks that you need to pay attention to first.

 

Maintain calm as much as possible

It can get pretty hectic when you want to travel. It can be so overwhelming that you end up snapping at people especially at the airport.

Try and maintain calm as much as possible. When someone does something to tick you off, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. This will help you calm down and deal with situations with a clear mind and composure.

 

Make sure your carry-on has everything you need

When you’re traveling , your carry-on bag is the one you’re always with. So, its important to make sure that you have the essentials with you in your carry-on bag.

You can never know what could happen during your travels. That’s why your carry-on bag has what you need to help you through contingencies like inordinate delays or even accidents. A good rule of thumb while packing your carry-on bag is to pack the things you’ll need over the span of 12 hours. Never underestimate the possibility of needing a snack or some toiletries.

 

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