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New York City is a bit of an indescribable place. Actually it’s describable by words such as big, loud, over the top – but I think these words can be used to describe any major city and don’t really do New York justice.

It’s the sheer volume of buildings, the fact that everyday things such as buses, cars, personalities, even sandwiches are twice the size of their London counterparts that make it such a city to behold. If you caught my first New York post you’ll know that we didn’t arrive on the best of evenings (it certainly wasn’t the ‘Trump’ card I was hoping for…) and the following day was pretty dreary as a result.

After the initial shock wore off we managed to fill our time with a whole host of New York City attractions, as well as exploring some new areas that I’d not seen before. On the first evening I was convinced that New York’s shine had worn slightly thin after my first visit about ten years ago, but a few days later and I’m back to frantically planning how much we could squeeze into our few days there.

I have another city guide planned where I’ll go into far more detail about what we got up to, where we stayed and more, so keep your eyes peeled for that. But for the mean time I thought I would share a few of my favourite photos with you. The photos of the Oculus below are some of my favourites from the whole trip – what an insane building just to house a Subway station and shopping mall. There were a couple of photos I was determined to get, some of the more iconic shots you often see of New York City like the skyline from the river and the Brooklyn Bridge. Although I didn’t get a great photo of a pretzel stand (or have a pretzel for myself!) but that’s just another reason to head back some time.

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I’m back! I can only apologise for the blogging hiatus around here. After getting back from New York at the start of the week, I’m not exactly sure where the days and evenings have gone. A mixture of jet lag, unpacking, washing, and heading back to the office have taken up my time and I’m only now beginning to look at all the photos I took whilst away.

Myself and Dom were a little bit nervous about the trip on the few days leading up to it. Having scoured the internet for the most reasonably priced flights we could find, it was only after having booked and paid for them that we realised that we’d be landing on the night of the election. And we all know how that has ended. I’ll try not to make this a political post but let’s just say if I was American, I would have been crying on the subway as well.

I thought I would start off the New York themed posts with a round up of the photos I posted on Instagram, just in case you haven’t seen them already. I generally take all the photos I post on Instagram on my iPhone, so you’ll have to excuse me if they are slightly lacking in quality this time. I have sooo many photos to sift through, but I’m planning lots of posts that will hopefully convey the great time we both had.

So, I hope you enjoy this first little titbit of NYC action! You can follow me on Instagram as I’ll be sharing New York photos on there for quite a while, and on Bloglovin to catch all the new posts coming up. In the meantime Dom have made a mashup video with bits of film and photos he took. Make sure you give it a watch!

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See you State side…

Just a quick little post from me this morning as I’m off to New York City today! I’m unbelievably excited – it’s a trip I’ve been dreaming about for years. I will make sure to take lots of photos and get all the recommendations you might need, either for inspiration or if you’re planning a trip sometime soon. If anyone has any last minute recommendations of must see things, then please do let me know.

Hopefully I’ll still be able to Instagram, Tweet and maybe even get a little bit of content out for you while I’m there, so keep your eyes peeled on Bloglovin.

So long until then! xx

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Saving the money to travel can be a long and tiresome process. If, like me, you have rent and bills to pay and still want to have fun on the weekends it can get tricky when trying to put money aside for your next adventure. There are a few things that I like to keep a check on so that I’m still able to stash a little something away each month. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom while saving your pennies!

Budget weekly – I’m sure most people have a monthly budget that they stick to, but what I like to do is cut it down into weekly costs. Whilst at university I had a job that paid in cash and on a weekly basis, so it became very easy to keep back what I needed for the week, and put the rest away in the bank.

Once I moved on and started a full time job that paid a salary, once a month I suddenly had to make that money last the whole four weeks. With cards, and especially contactless cards it’s very east to fritter away money without really noticing. One of the best things you can do to keep on track is to head to a cash machine every Monday morning and take out a set amount to last you the whole week. If you have to use your card as well, then that’s absolutely fine of course, but make sure it’s not for multiple purchases of £1.99. They soon add up.

Check your bank account – It may be tempting to ignore what’s hiding in your account, especially if you’ve gone a little over budget, but it’s best to just get it over with. Have a look, reassess what you can realistically save and spend, then move on. I check my bank account pretty much everyday, mainly in the hope that a little fairly has deposited a surprise in there for me (no luck yet) but also so that I’m always aware of what’s going in and out.

Cut out unnecessary spending – When I started my full time job I was always slightly at a loss for what to do at lunch. Working in the centre of town, surrounded by all the high street shops may seem like a dream but it’s also a bit of a temptation nightmare. Most days I would find myself going to buy a coffee, until I realised just how much money you can rack up by that one habit. Let’s say a coffee costs, on average, £2.50. That’s £12.50 a week, or £50 a month depending on how you want to look at it. Overall though, if you cut out that one coffee on the weekdays it adds up to a yearly saving of £600!

Since realising this I now try to spend absolutely nothing on the weekdays. I walk to work, take my lunch with me and occupy myself at lunchtime to make sure I’m not tempted to pop into a shop or pick up a Pumpkin Spice latte.

Set up a Savings account that you can only access online – This was really the key for me. Keeping your savings separate from your main account can really help in the saving process. Not only can you see how much is adding up, which is an excellent incentive to keep going, but setting up an account that you can’t access by a card means it’s also quite tricky to spend. Having to log in to your account to transfer money around means that you really think twice about what your using it for. If you shop around as well you might be able to find one with a decent Interest Rate.

If you have anything left over save that as well! If you make it to the end of the month and have come in under budget it can be very tempting to spend that little leftover amount on whatever you fancy. But what I aim to do (aim to, because it rarely actually happens) is move any left over money to my savings account on payday. Of course it’s optional, you’ve already saved what you wanted to that month and maybe you want to spend the rest. But it can be really handy to start afresh with your next months salary by adding that little extra to your savings. The choice is yours!

These are a few things that I like to stand by each month to ensure that a little something is saved away each month. I get great satisfaction from seeing a little extra added into my savings account each month. What tricks do you use to save your money? Let me know in the comments below! I have also spoken a little about keeping on budget while your travelling in case your interested in that.

As always you can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin – I’m off to the Big Apple next week so don’t miss out on any of that content! See you soon with some new travel posts.

 

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For the longest time I have been banging on about visiting Brighton. I’m not entirely sure why the idea suddenly popped up and I couldn’t let go of it. Possibly because I haven’t visited for years and recently it’s been featured on many of my favourite blogs, either as a destination or as a hometown.

With it’s coastal location and independent business scene it’s a place that is right up my street. On the way down I was struggling to remember the last time I had visited (answer: so long ago that I can’t recall) but I was excited to revisit the seafront and explore the Lanes. In the end we only managed one night but man, it was lovely and the perfect way to spend your days off for the daily grind. Here are a few photos and recommendations, as well as places that I’ve heard are amazing but sadly didn’t get a chance to visit on this occasion. But all the more reason to pop back another time, hey!

Where to stay: Now we were incredibly last minute with our trip so ended up paying a fortune for a pretty standard hotel, so I’m not going to leave that as the recommended choice to make your trip extra special. But the place we really wanted to stay at is the Artists Residence hotel. I’ve heard great things from both friends who have stayed and from various blog posts. Next time I’ll be more organised and book a room in this small quirky hotel.

There is also The Grand and the Harbour Hotel which both look pretty amazing, and of course Airbnb will have some gems on offer.

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What to do: We really lucked out with the weather this weekend so by the time we got to Brighton we had a little bit of lunch sat outside, and then headed down to the seafront. Brighton is a pebble beach and while that’s not ideal for sunbathing in the summer, it’s great for watching the waves and people go by on a sunny afternoon – and no sandy bums!

Of course the Pier is a must-do, and it’s fairground rides if that’s your thing. Don’t neglect the penny machines inside though! They’re my favourite part.

I highly recommend having a wander around the Lanes and popping into the cute independent shops. It’s also where you’ll find Snoopers Paradise and it’s infamous photo booth somewhere inside.

Take a stroll around the Pavilion Gardens and marvel at Brighton’s answer to the Taj Mahal before popping into the Brighton Art Gallery and Museum.

If you fancy getting out of town for a bit then I hear Lewes is a very nice small town with all the Sussex charm to be had. Or alternatively take a walk up Beachy Head for the best views around.

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Where to eat: I did a small amount of research on where’s good to eat in Brighton, only to find that it’s overloaded with fantastic independent choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and cake. We stopped in on Bread & Milk for lunch which is a charmingly small cafe in the north of the Lanes.

Later we had a spot of tea and cake in Cafe Coho, also in the Lanes – they also have another location in Hove if you’re over that way. Small Batch Coffee is a little local chain worth checking out too.

There’s plenty of options for dinner too. We opted for Franco Manca, which is not necessarily independent to Brighton but their only other location is in Brixton. I have to say it was some of the cheapest and best pizza I’ve had. Any overpriced pizza is just going to be unforgivable now.

Other places I’ve heard are worth a visit are Fatto O Mano for more pizza, Plateau for all the meat, and Food for Friends for excellent vegetarian food.

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So there we have it, 24 hours  in Brighton. If you’re after a few more recommendations then I will gladly point you in the direction of Suzie from Hello October and Anna from The Anna Edit, both Brighton residents and have some very knowledgeable posts on the subject.

Make sure to check out my Instagram for more photos from the weekend and follow me on Bloglovin to never miss a post on here!