Planning a trip βœˆοΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ—½

I’m not saying its totally necessary to plan every trip you’re taking in great detail, but its definitely handy to have a look at things you might want to see & do, not only will it help you in exploring your destination but also provide a guideline for budgeting.
In May myself and some friends are taking a trip to America to celebrate the end of my degree & my 21st birthday, we fly to New York for 4 nights, San Diego for 3 nights, LA for 4 nights, Vegas for 5 nights before heading back to LA for our final 2 nights before flying back to the UK. Ideally, I’d have liked to have gone for longer & visited more places however work commitments mean this trip is just under 3 weeks in total.

We booked this trip in advance, partly because it was so cheap & partly to allow us enough time to save for our trip. We have SO much to cram in to each leg of our trip.

So here is a few tips on how I like to plan my trips:
 Make a list of attractions you want to visit in each place

– Number them in order of importance

– Find out the price for each attraction

– Set a budget for each day of your trip (e.g $150 per day) then select as many attractions that fit your budget 

– Buy attraction tickets before your trip, this means you can take less cash with you & you are guaranteed entry to the attractions 

– Use trip advisor or Expedia to find attractions in each area

– Look for multi tickets and transport options to save money

– Research each place before you visit

– Talk to friends or family that have visited the area before 

– Pick a hotel central to the attractions you plan to visit, it may be a little more expensive to stay central but it will save time and money on transport once you are there! 

Once I have planned one of my stopovers in full I will share it with you so you can see what we plan to get up to. I would love to hear any tips you have, so please share them with me below! Thanks for reading xo

17 thoughts on “Planning a trip βœˆοΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ—½

      1. I know you probably have your hotel arrangements, but stay in midtown Manhattan if possible, you will be able to walk to Central Park/Times Square, be sure to buy tickets for Subway, cheaper and easier to get to other boroughs! There is so much to do, you can go to museums, the MET and the Guggenheim and the New York Public Library are all very close (take the green taxis when you find them, cheaper, you can bargin)

        In Vegas, my only advice, like NYC, Wear sneakers with support, vs sandals, walking the strip is fun, but you will be tired at the end of the day, most Casinos offer very reasonable meals vs dining out at free standing restaurants, hopefully your staying in the middle of the strip, so much to do! I would not recommend going off the main drag, could be dangerous, same in NYC, make sure to catch a show in either city, ride the roller coaster over New York, New York in Vegas, they also offer a day trip to the Grand Canyon if you have time, it is beautiful!

        Hope that helps, feel free to ask any questions you might have!

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      2. Amazing thank you! We are staying in Times Square for New York at a hotel called Row NYC! And for Vegas we are staying at the Bellagio, have you ever stayed there before? Definitely going to try & take a trip to the Grand Canyon!

        Thank you so much for all the suggestions!

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      3. Never stayed at the Row, but it sounds amazing, I always stay at the Hudson Hotel, maybe you will be really close to the Empire State Building! I’m so excited for you, NYC, is such a great experience, don’t be alarmed if it rains, never last long! Yes, I have stayed at the Bellagio, it’s beautiful…….. Your going to have such a wonderful time! EnjoyπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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  1. Hi, myself and 5 friends did 7 weeks in the states last year and it was so much fun, you will have a great time! We went to all the destinations you have listed so feel free to check out a few of the posts I did for any ideas or ask me if you have any questions. I think my tip would be if you have a bit of spare time in LA go to a smaller beach town such as Newport or Laguna beach for the day. We stopped at both these places and enjoyed them much more than we did LA or Santa Monica

    Another place I quite enjoyed that wasn’t originally planned was our visit to Chelsea Food Market in NYC. We stopped there on the way to the 9/11 memorial and were pleasantly surprised with the cute shops and yummy food.

    I could probably go on forever about places I recommend but I will stop haha. Have a great trip!

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      1. I was staying in Hollywood but we’ve changed our hotel to Ventura Boulevard (Studio city) so were close to Universal & Hollywood. We were going to stay in Santa Monica but it seemed a little far from the places we wanted to visit! If we do go back to LA before we fly home I will definitely stay in a beach city! Thank you πŸ™‚

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