It can seem overwhelming when planning a trip to New York, finding the best flights, hotels, getting a good deal on your dollars, so planning an entire itinerary may be the last thing on your mind. There is so much to do in New York that we struggled to visit everywhere we wanted to, even in 8 days. While we definitely recommend using a travel planning app such as UGotIt, bookmark some of these attractions on our hits list to help narrow down your must-sees.
There are lots of different things to do in Toronto: sports, food, history and shopping and whilst some of these are obvious (and included in the incredible CityPass!) some things to do in the city aren't as obvious. Read our guide to the hits and misses of Toronto for some ideas of attractions to visit in the city and those which aren't really worth the time.
Coming straight from New York I had no idea what to expect from Toronto and other than tourism attractions I didn’t plan anything to do, so it came as a surprise to us that we spent so much time eating and drinking in the city. there is such a huge variety of cuisines in the city, with everything from Vietnamese to Indian, Japanese to Korean and a really amazing Chinatown, allowing us to try so many different styles of food. I would definitely recommend trying the huge range of dining styles and cultures, so here’s a few of the restaurants and bars I would (or wouldn't) recommend visiting while in the city.
Canada's largest city, Toronto is a blending pot of cultures and ethnicities, which makes it home to a vast array of restaurants with everything from Vietnamese to Korean and Jamaican. Although English may be the first language of its citizens, it is at first confusing to see French just as frequently spoken and with most English instructions and signs followed by a French translation. Toronto is truly a multicultural city, with a lively entertainment district and North America's largest underground pedestrian system, host to over 1,000 shops so check out our quick guide to this culturally rich city.
More often than not, city breaks are cheaper in the off-peak winter months through October to February. Or perhaps you have chosen to travel during this frozen season because your destination will be much prettier during the Christmassy months, covered in a layer of pristine snow and surrounded by the aroma of mulled wine and mince pies. But these holidays are very different from those which only require a bikini and SPF20, so we’ve compiled a list of the essentials when travelling on a winter break and how best to prepared for the cold abroad.
How do you prepare for a trip to America? Buy a ticket and go? Think again. Our journey to America/Canada was not as easy as you think and required several bookings, visas, flights and Airbnb's. Whilst everyone assured me I would have an amazing time on my travels to America, no-one warned me of the extensive planning a trip to New York over New Year would be, or how many airports there are in the state. If you're planning a trip to different destinations within the USA and Canada then read on for our timeline of how we prepared for our break to New York and Toronto.
When I visited New York it wasn’t my first time in the city that never sleeps, I had previously visited on a school trip when I was 15, but visiting at my own leisure I had no idea how to even beginning planning such an immense trip. Whilst I knew what kind of things I would like to go and see, I didn’t know which attractions were close to each other, where I would eat and in what order was best to visit. This is where the UGotIt came in. A travel assistant which plans your trip whilst matching to your personality and preference via an AI assistant, UGotIt was a massive help in planning our dream trip.
There are THOUSANDS of restaurants and bars in New York, ranging in price, service and cuisine, so when it comes to that all important question at the end of the day of ‘where shall we eat’ this can soon descend into a hopeless argument which inevitably ends in Mcdonalds. We tried a range of restaurants and bars while in New York thanks to travelling with my cousin and New York citizen, we were able to find some hidden gems. If you’re looking for some inspiration for meals and drinks in New York read our recommendations!