Lee and I are the impulsive type (OK, it’s mainly my influence) and the last time we fled to New York it was on just 6 weeks notice. I booked it before Christmas 2009 and we were there for my birthday in early Feb 2010. They are my favourite trips. I usually relish anticipation but when you’re looking forward to a holiday all year it’s always a bit sad when it’s over.. when it’s last minute it’s that much more exciting and definitely appeals to the impatient side of me. When looking online for vacation inspiration we always come back to New York, we’d love to go in the spring/summer when it’s milder but the cheapest time to visit is Jan/Feb and it’s not like we’re going to sunbathe so it seems daft to spend twice the money for a bit of sunshine. Saying that it can get painfully cold at the start of the year and when we went last we were stuck there for several days because of the snow/no flights.. Not the worst place to be stuck of course but we’d run out of cash by the end of our trip so it’s definitely something to factor in. All that aside when we married on the 28th January I had an anniversary trip in mind and given that said anniversary is just 5 short months away we are starting to do our sums and with me returning to work in 2 weeks time it’s looking very possible.. exciting! I know this is a beauty blog but I do throw these kind of posts in from time to time.. I don’t have enough to say about my day to day life to create yet another blog dedicated to lifestyle posts so I do hope you don’t mind my diluting the lipstick and blush with my New York dreams.
For me it’s the most magical, romantic place in the world.. The Empire State Building is life changing (not exaggerating) it’s like being on a film set everywhere you go and if I had to choose one holiday destination for the rest of my life it would be this city.. snow or no snow. There are some great benefits to visiting in January.. SALES! The Knicks! Ice Skating! Yes it’s cold but so long as you’re prepared (I’m talking thermal underwear not just wooly hats) there’s no reason you wont have a fantastic time. I’d also suggest you stay somewhere central because there’s a lot of walking to be done and if you’re far away from the action you’ll be frozen before you get to any of it.
If we do book the trip you can expect some excited prep posts as well as ‘things to do’ type features so apologies if you’re less than uninterested in travel stuff but I can’t contain my love for New York and if I can help anyone else plan their holiday in the process that’s just a wonderful bonus! Any advice veteran cold-weatherers have would be much appreciates as well as any tips for things to do. I’ve been twice but you can never see it all.. it’s ever-changing!
If you’d like to see more pictures from our 2010 trip I have an online album here