Frankfurt – Chicago / New York – Frankfurt

Yep. Those are flights.

(Please cover your ears while I do an inappropriate amount of squealing. You may also close your eyes during my dance moves.)

I have bought the tickets and alerted all my friends – I’m flying to the USA in the summer, travelling in the north-east for four weeks! Given my financial situation (read: the fact that I’m skint) this does not seem like an obvious choice of travel destination. The obvious choice would probably be to go camping in the garden.

However, my hand was slightly forced by the fact that one of my best friends is getting married in New York State and she and I would never forgive me if I hadn’t at least given it a serious thought. And once I had given it a serious thought or two (actually, I’ve thought about it from November till three days ago…), I found that it was possible after all. And since the plane tickets are the most expensive part, I decided to hang around and do some sightseeing. :)

I’m excited beyond everything and have mountains of travel literature (alright, six guide books and a couple of maps) lying in my office space so I can daydream and plan! To understand my excitement you’ll have to know that I LOVE travelling – I never feel more alive than when I explore a new place. Also, I’ll be meeting a good friend in Chicago (for the first time – how exciting in itself!) and attend my beautiful friend’s wedding, where quite a number of our mutual good friends will be as well. Plus, we (those friends and me) will do some travelling/road-tripping for a week after the wedding. PLUS, another best friend, that I asked on a sudden inspiration to accompany me, has just bought her tickets, on the same planes, in the seat next to me.

Is there any part of this that does not sound delicious, wonderful and amazing!?!?! My cup of joy is not overflowing – it’s bubbling and dancing. :)

.travel guides and map

Alright, over to you – I’m calling all the travel experts and those who know the area (the area being Chicago, New York and anything in between that’s accessible by public transport):

Any travel tips? Any must-see destinations? Any tips on saving money? Cheap bus lines? Good eating places, cheap places to stay (camping?)? Any hiking, exploring, nature-worshipping that I absolute cannot miss? Also: any music tips? 

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writer, ex-teacher, human rights believer & fighter, traveller, adventure-seeker, freedom lover, global citizen. big on daydreams, less so on reality.

Posted on April 7, 2013, in day-to-day, travels and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. It definitely sounds exciting!!! Enjoy!!! and good to be back!

    • I still have lots of time to daydream – which is another really nice part about travelling… all the browsing and planning and dreaming. :)
      It’s really good to have you online again.

  2. How awesome! You are going to have a great summer – and you deserve it.

    We were in New York a couple of years ago and the biggest learning curve for us was dining. We found that if you walk a few blocks away from the tourist attractions – Times Square, Central Park, etc. there are some really great places to eat that won’t break the bank. One of our favorite places was a little Jewish deli a block or two off of 5th Ave. Great breakfast, good coffee, $6.

  3. 최다해 gongjumonica

    Wow. I envy you! I haven’t done any major travels this year and I am itching to go and fly somewhere. If only I’ve been there, I could give you advises on your itinerary. Anyhow, enjoy and wish you luck!

    • Yeah, I haven’t done any “big” travelling in quite a while…. actually, for two years, now I think about it. High time to be off again! :) Well, there’s still time, but I so enjoy thinking about it and daydreaming and reading…

  4. Fantastic! Two great places to visit! You will love it…

    • I already am! Just the planning and daydreaming about it give me so much joy. My heart beats faster every time I look into the guide books and I’m already afraid I won’t have enough time to do everything I want to do. :)

  5. free penny press

    Sounds like a wonderful and exciting time.. Have a great trip and takes lots and lots of photos ..oh and blog about your travels too :-)

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