Monday, November 23, 2015

Lunch and a Show

This past weekend, I did something I hadn't done in over ten years: I went to a Broadway show. I think the last show I saw was Fiddler on the Roof with Alfred Molina (who I knew better as Doctor Octopus, as Spiderman 2 had just been released). And it's not like I'm some Broadway buff that's taken a long leave of absence or anything; I've only seen three shows total (the other two being Les Miserables and The Lion King). However, being in such close proximity to the city and a subtle lover of musicals, you'd think I would have gone more often.

I think the biggest wrench has been the price. Tickets for the more popular shows tend to be rather expensive (exceeding $100 per person for decent seats) and I don't have the patience to hang around the TKTS line. So, when my aunt was coming into town from Korea and she suggested we go see something, it was a nice little excuse to drop serious dough on a show. I looked at Wicked and Matilda before my sister suggested we see something Disney. Aladdin seemed to have the most buzz and cheaper tickets so I just went for it. We ended up paying $140 for our center mezzanine seats (plus a hefty amount in fees, which I found ridiculous). But, the show was awesome so I was really happy we got to see it.
Sis and I got up bright and early and drove to JFK to pick up our aunt. She hopped in the car with her luggage and then we were off to Manhattan. I'd researched a few parking garages beforehand and found a $30 coupon for a garage on 56th so we dropped the car off and then walked over to our lunch spot.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The 10 Worst Traveling Mistakes

I'm back from Grand Cayman, which is sad, but now I get to look at all of the photos and video I captured and relive the adventures so it's not all tears. In the meantime, I have a "filler" post which is actually pretty helpful, I'd say.

Traveling will forever be one of my favorite hobbies. I love every aspect of it, from the planning to the packing to the exploring and learning. Even coming home is an amazing part of traveling because there's nothing like setting your head on your own pillow after being away for a while.

I feel so lucky to have grown up in the internet age where everything I want to know is at my fingertips. The first trip I booked on my own (to London my senior year of college with a group of friends) was done online; the research, the flights, the hotel, the tube maps, everything we needed we found online. Unlike our parents' generation, we didn't need travel agents and we didn't once have to pick up a phone. We were our own travel agents.

Having this independence was and is amazing. I love that I can cater a trip specifically to my own wants and needs. The luxury of having a travel agent is that (if he/she is a good one) he/she will give good advice and tell you want to expect on a trip but doing it all on my own means I've made a blunder here and there. I've rounded up what I consider to be the top ten worst traveling mistakes.
Luckily, I haven't experienced anything too tragic - like getting kidnapped because I was lurking around some renowned kidnap zone - but the minor tragedies listed below can certainly be prevented.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

72 Hours in NOLA: Video Diary

As promised, here is my little travel video diary from NOLA. Despite the rainy, dreary weather, I still managed to keep my camera out at all times and did my best to try and capture interesting tidbits of our trip.
I've really been loving these little videos. They're great reminders of my trips and I'm actually excited to shoot footage whenever I go on trips now.
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