Ip­swich trip ad­vi­sor

New York and Las Ve­gas live up to rep­u­ta­tions

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Each month in QT Mag­a­zine we’re giv­ing YOU the op­por­tu­nity to share sto­ries of your trav­els, your hol­i­day sto­ries and what ad­vice you’d give to other peo­ple look­ing to do the same. This month’s Trip Ad­vi­sor is Brenda Kelly from Spring­field who shared with QT Mag­a­zine all the ins and outs of her month long visit to Canada and the United States, in­clud­ing New York (NYC) and Las Ve­gas.

WHO WENT ON YOUR HOL­I­DAY?

My hus­band Garth and my mother-in-law Pam. When it came to book­ing it took me a good two months to get it all sorted from flights to ac­com­mo­da­tion. My hus­band and I have been mar­ried for four years and have no kids (yet), so it was a great chance to spend some time to­gether.

HOW DID YOU PLAN AHEAD?

Garth and I would look up and com­pare dif­fer­ent sites to give us an idea of what we wanted to do. Other than a fa­mous brew­ery tour in NYC we didn’t re­ally have any plans. As for Ve­gas, we trav­elled with a friend who’d been be­fore, and knew the best spots.

WHERE DID YOU GO?

We started our hol­i­day in Canada as we have fam­ily there. We vis­ited Barry and then went to Hamil­ton be­fore go­ing to NYC and Ve­gas.

HOW DID YOU GET THERE?

When it came to flights we went with Vir­gin Busi­ness class. It was a bit dearer, but was the way to go as my hubby is over six foot tall. I used book­ing.com for ac­com­mo­da­tion, we only had to book our ho­tel in New York and LA, as our friends booked the ac­com­mo­da­tion in Ve­gas for us.

WHAT WERE YOUR IM­PRES­SIONS OF LAS VE­GAS?

Ini­tially,met up with ‘hot’, friend­sas it was from the Can­berra,mid­dle of and sum­mer.one of the We best parts was The Bea­tles LOVE by Cirque de Soleil, it was so good. While in Ve­gas we learnt how to play craps, my hus­band and his mate went to a gun shop while us girls went to The Strip to book things

added Foun­tain­sand do in some someof Bel­la­giose­ri­ous­bar hop­ping. shop­ping.then ran We throughIt also was sawso the hot The casi­nowe to go see the choco­late foun­tain. OMG. Soooo yum. We also vis­ited The Yard House Town Square in Ve­gas that had 195 taps, with 165 dif­fer­ent types of beer on of­fer. We had the best day tast­ing all the dif­fer­ent kinds of beer and the food was the best I had eaten in the whole time we had been in Ve­gas.

WAS NYC WHAT YOU EX­PECTED?

Yes, ev­ery­thing and more. The sounds, the smells, the peo­ple … just what you ex­pect it but so much more. We stayed at Ho­tel Metro on 45 West 35th Street, New York, so we were very cen­tral to ev­ery­thing we want to be close to. We could go up onto our rooftop and look up at the Em­pire State Build­ing as we were one block away. We booked our bus tour through the ho­tel, which gave us dis­counts to get into over 100 dif­fer­ent things. We did all our sight­see­ing dur­ing the day on the bus and at night we would go walk­ing around. We went to In­trepid Sea, Air and Space Cen­ter on the Hudson River which was great.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE EX­PE­RI­ENCE IN NYC?

We did a horse and car­riage ride in Cen­tral Park (one of my bucket list items) and see­ing the 9/11 me­mo­rial was a very emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. The Brook­lyn Brew­ery tour was amaz­ing, you have to book a month in ad­vance at least. We met some lo­cals there who took us on the sub­way. Hav­ing New York Pizza, hail­ing a cab … all those things are just so much fun when you are ac­tu­ally there in “Noo Yawk!” It just has this amaz­ing vibe that you can’t ex­plain, but you can feel it.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT NYC NOW YOU'VE EX­PE­RI­ENCED IT FOR YOUR­SELF?

We can’t wait to go back and spend more time there, it was only four days and ran around ev­ery­where, but we didn’t even scratch the sur­face of things to do.

WHAT AD­VICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY­ONE IN IP­SWICH THINK­ING ABOUT VIS­IT­ING LAS VE­GAS OR NYC FOR A HOL­I­DAY?

I think if you’re do­ing Ve­gas al­low four to five days, you don’t need a whole week there to see most things, and def­i­nitely books shows in ad­vance. As for NYC, I’d say take a good week at least. Do the hop on/hop off buses and fer­ries … you get to see so much and find out about the his­tory of the place you’re in. At night the streets of NYC turn into kerb­side rub­bish tips, the smell is very full on but when you wake in the morn­ing the streets are back to clean. When catch­ing a cab, do not tell them your des­ti­na­tion un­til the me­ter starts as we got kicked out of a few cabs as they didn't want to drive us to Brook­lyn. But once the me­ter has started they have to take you. If in doubt get your ho­tel to hail a cab for you. An­other good tip is al­ways talk to the per­son be­hind the bar, don’t sit at a ta­ble. They al­ways gave us great ad­vice on places to see that only lo­cals know. As for tip­ping, al­ways tip no mat­ter what, but if it’s good tip more. We found it hard to get used to, but you get the hang of it.

IF YOU WENT TO NYC OR VE­GAS AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIF­FER­ENTLY?

Def­i­nitely less time in Ve­gas, more time in New York.

WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL TO NEXT?

We are off to South Is­land of New Zealand for two weeks. Can’t wait. Have you been some­where for the first time in the last cou­ple of years? Care to share your ex­pe­ri­ences with the read­ers of QT Mag­a­zine? Email darren.hallesy@qt.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

We did a horse and car­riage ride in Cen­tral Park (one of my bucket list items) and see­ing the 9/11 me­mo­rial was a very emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

PHOTO: BRENDA KELLY

PHO­TOS: BRENDA KELLY

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