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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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Food Food Food

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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The Best Family Road Trip Begins With A Plan

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With road trips representing 39% of US vacations, it comes as no surprise that British families are beginning to adopt the trend. Known for being a great way to spend time with your kids and hitting up all of the sights to see, road tripping is a great choice for many, no matter where you are in the world. However, if you’re thinking about taking your family on a road trip, having a plan beforehand can not only help the trip go more smoothly, but can ensure everyone will have a great time.

 

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Planning ahead

When it comes to planning the best family road trip possible, it’s important to start early. Making lists, packing, and deciding what car you’ll take is imperative to having a smooth trip – and you’re going to need time to plan everything just so. Depending on where you want to go and what you want to do and see, it’s important to do your research as early on as possible to make sure you’re informed of possible entry fees, rules, regulations and opening hours of the places you want to visit – after all, the last thing you want is to get a nasty surprise on the day of your trip.

Making sure you bring along everything you will need is a must, including clothes, blankets and snacks. While a simple checklist can ensure that you don’t forget anything, it’s important that you begin packing at least four days to a week before you embark, depending on how long your trip is. And when it comes to packing for the children, allowing them to bring a small bag of toys can be a great idea for entertainment along the way – an in-car DVD player is also a good thing to think about, especially if your trip will be on the longer side.

 

 

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The best places to go

On any road trip, it’s important to know where you’re headed – or at least know where you want to stop along the way. While there are many great places to visit, there are a few that really stand out when it comes to captivating the family, and can help give you some ideas when you’re mapping out a route.

Over an hour away from London, West Sussex is a great destination choice for any family planning a road trip this summer. Filled with history, West Sussex has plenty for your family to explore – including Arundel Castle – a restored castle from the medieval times. This trip is perfect for inquisitive children who like to learn, and is a great way for them to see a part of history in real life. However, if you’re looking for a more beachy road trip filled with swimming, fishing and the like, then look no further than a route through Cornwall, located in the southwest of Great Britain. This route is truly one with amazing scenery, as there is plenty to see and explore, from beaches to coastal trails. The seaside villages are a great stopping point, and allow for the perfect place to explore shops and restaurants.

Road trips can be a great vacation idea for any family – and planning one doesn’t have to be stressful. By planning and packing ahead of time and doing your research when mapping a route, you’ll be able to plan the perfect road trip that your family is sure to enjoy.

Guide to Holiday Packing

*I was recently commissioned by Simply Beach to give my thoughts on the following topic.

 

Holiday packing can be very stressful, but good planning makes it a lot easier. I like to take my time when packing for a holiday. I usually pack for 3, so I have to make sure I pack all the important stuff. Packing for kids can be tricky as they usually need extra clothing, snacks, toiletries and entertainment. Forgetting a pair of pyjamas or shoes can mess up the entire holiday, which is why I make use these tips when holiday packing –

 

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Set the scene

When it comes to packing for a holiday, I like to set the scene. In other to pack quickly and properly, I take note of the number of days we are going away. Next I lay down all the clothes and shoes I will be taking for each person. That way I can quickly see if any important item is missing. Laying all the items down also allows me see if I have packed more or less than we need for the trip.

 

Pack for the type of holiday you are going to have

When it comes to packing for a holiday, I pack for the trip depending on the sort of holiday we are going to have. Lighter pieces and accessories for a summery weather or warmer clothing for a chilly weather. If we are visiting a warmer city like Dubai for example, I make sure we have our sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, swimsuits, sandals and other light clothing packed and ready to go. It makes sense to check the weather forecast for the city you will be visiting so you have a good idea of how the weather would be like during your holiday.

I am hoping we have a summer vacation this year, and I have my eye on some stunning designer swim and beachwear by Simply Beach. The brand stocks some lovely looking swimwear. I currently have my eye on a couple of pieces on the website and can see myself grabbing them soon. If you are after fabulous designer swimsuits and beachwear, you need to check out Simply Beach. I bet you would be spoilt for choice.

 

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Have a theme

I always like to pack with a theme in mind. That way I ensure we can mix and match various pieces and accessories together. It is like having a capsule suitcase with you on holiday. Having a theme saves you packing more items, which save your packing space and washing when you get back.

 

Crossbody bag

Go with at least 1 crossbody bag. This will free up your hands for when you need it, especially with little ones. It also helps you secure your valuable when out and about in a foreign place. Crossbody bags are a lot more practical than shoulder bags while on holiday. Also, make sure you get rid of any recipes in your purse that you won’t be needing on your holiday. You can also keep bank cards and other valuables at home while going on vacation. That way you keep your purse contents low, and easy to carry in your crossbody bag.

 

Bag them up and steam clean

Keep your underwear separate in lingerie bags and shoes in shoe bags to keep your box neat and organised. You can steam clean any rumpled clothing in the bathroom whole having a shower. Just hang them in the bathroom for a few minutes while showering. The steam will get rid of the creases.

 

 

Put some clothes and underwear in your hand luggage

You should put some clothes, underwear and other essentials in your hand luggage incase your suitcase goes missing. Good to have a change of clothes just incase, you never know.

 

What do you think of these tips? Do you have any holiday packing tips to share?

 

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