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    Amsterdam Amsterdam is a city I have visited several times over the years. I simply adore the layout of the city with its cobbled streets and canals. There is a wonderful atmosphere in the city at all times of the year.   I have visited in the dead of winter and the height of the summer. I prefer the spring as it is warm without being too hot/cold. Here are my top recommendations for visiting the city. Flower Market (bloemenmarkt) This is a floating market on the canal side. There is a whole street full of various vendors selling all kinds of flowers and bulbs. You can arrange to have…

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    Tips for visiting New York City on a budget!

    Here are my top tips for visiting New York City on a budget. Its been two months since we were in New York and to be honest it feels like an entire lifetime ago. With the weather a little warmer and the prospect of summer in sight, I wanted to pop a little post together on the costs of our travels during the month of January. However this post turned into my top tips so I will cost our trip out at the end of the post. I will give a run down on accommodation, travel as well as food and entertainment costs. Obviously you can do the same trip to…

  • Christine McCaughey on New York Street

    New York Part 2 – 2019

    Guys welcome back to New York Part 2!   Monday 21/1/19 Today we visited Woodbury Common. This is a huge designer outlet mall outside New York. It usually costs around $50 return per person. However I had been shopping on Groupon and got us a return for only $27 each! Bargain! We bought fresh turkey wraps, fruit and drinks ($17) to eat for breakfast on the bus. Shopping is hungry work and I wasn’t stopping for anyone! We got the Shoreline bus which is the same company that brought us in from the Airport. I was, again, impressed with the condition of the coaches. My only gripe would be that…

  • Christine McCaughey in subway station

    New York Part 1 – 2019

    New York was our first stop on the 2019 America/Canada/Iceland tour. I have been before around February 2015 and it was cold and full of snow. I didn’t enjoy it. But I knew that so many people go to New York and have such a great time so I though that would start there. Flights from Dublin are super cheap. It cost us only £267 to fly from Dublin to Stewart Airport. Stewart Airport is about 1 hour north of Manhattan but you can get a coach directly for only £16 each one way. Accommodation I didn’t post much on social media about our accommodation. It was based in Chinatown.…

  • Christine McCaughey on Norweigan Plane

    Norweigan Airlines

    Travelling with Norwegian Air Flight prices have been coming down. In fact there have been huge fare battles between the airlines offering cut price tickets to popular destinations especially in the United States. Norwegian Airlines are one of these such airlines. They recently (2017) commenced their Dublin to Stewart Airport which is just outside New York City. With fares as low as €99 and even less during promotional offers is it too good to be true? Booking online was a doddle (www.norweigan.com ) A confirmation email was sent and that was it. I didn’t need to print anything off. I decided to add another piece of luggage after and I…

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    Packing my suitcase – travelling light

    January again. It feels like only yesterday I was writing posts like this one on Lean January. This year we are doing something a lot different and heading away on our travels which raises the burning question – where do you even start to plan when you are packing a suitcase for several months of travelling? Better still how do you pack when you usually have the kitchen sink in your bags? This is my essential guide to packing my suitcase – travelling light for anyone planning on taking a trip. It is a post that has been a long time in the making therefore I wrote this guide will help you…