Ipswich trip advisor
New York and Las Vegas live up to reputations
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?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.