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Where to stay in New York City

We have lived in a suburb of New York City for 20 years and have grown to know New York City very well.  The question people always ask when they want to visit is: Where is the best place to stay? My answer depends on who is asking, and what they want to do. New York is a big place, and there isn’t one right answer. Read on to find the very best place to stay, whether you are traveling with your family, by yourself or with your sweetheart and the best deal for your dollar! First a little background…

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The Ultimate Guide to NYC for first timers

This city is so amazing it needs many names to describe it: The Big Apple, Gotham, The Center of The Universe, The Empire City, etc. (I always wondered why “The Big Apple” and found that it was named after a book on horse racing, but the name didn’t gain popularity until a 1970’s campaign.) No matter what you call it, New York City has something for everyone and can easily be a family friendly destination with a little planning. The city can be overwhelming for kids and grownups as well, the subway is confusing to some, the noise of traffic…

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Planning our travel for 2019 with Rocketbook

It’s the new year and, therefore, time to pretend that I am super organized! I really do mean to be, it’s just not something I do really well. But I do love to plan trips! Normally we sit down and plan out the trips we want to take for the year. I scribble it down on a scrap piece of paper and promptly lose it! This year I am trying something new. I am writing down our plans for the year in my new Rocketbook. The Rocketbook is a multi use notebook that syncs to your phone. When you are…

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How to decorate your Airbnb for Christmas

Our family had our first foray in Christmas Travel 10 years ago. I’m not talking about travel during Christmas break, but actually traveling over Christmas day. My parents, siblings, and all our spouses and kids decided to go to Alsace, France, for Christmas. We were delightfully under prepared for our usual Christmas traditions. We ended up buying a package of men’s socks that we decorated with sharpie to fill in for stockings. We couldn’t find yeast for our traditional Christmas morning monkeybread. And aside from the tree our host bought and decorated, we didn’t really have decorations. We ended up…

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Visit Toronto with CityPASS

We are self-proclaimed Canada lovers and have had our eye on Toronto for a very long time! I think it wasn’t at the top of our list because we dismissed it as a big city that doesn’t have as much history as New York or Chicago. I don’t know why I do that! Why prejudged place you have never been? But I did it and I apologize Toronto! You are way cooler than I imagined. Toronto is a big city, the 4th largest in North America to be exact. It recently beat out Chicago to make it the 4th largest,…

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