First Time Flyer Tales | New York City Travel Diaries

Ohhh where to begin with this trip! I have been the little travel queen lately, which is on the unusual side for me, but I have been eating up every minute of it due to wedding season kicking back up in a little less than 2 weeks!

For this trip, I headed up to New York City to visit my sister, Stephanie, who just so happens to be stationed up there as a flight attendant for Delta! With Steph's time in NYC coming to a close, I knew I had to get myself up there sooner rather than later if I wanted to take advantage of a free place to stay, a live-in tour guide, and of course, discounted plane tickets. So 4 days after being home from Disney, I re-packed my bags and jumped the first flight out to spend the next 48 hours in the city that never sleeps. 

But before I was able to get up there, I had to go through the motions of flying for the first time in a decade. Yes you read that right, I havent been on a plane since I was 16 years old and let's just say that trip 10 years ago was the only flight I have ever been on. So here we are 10 years later, flying for the 2nd ever, and traveling by myself for the very first time. Lucky for me, flying out of Savannah made the process dummy-proof because its small, quaint, and everything was right next to each other. 

I was also extremely luckily because I was flying via buddy pass, which for those that dont know, my sister was able to get extremely discounted round trip tickets for me, but the catch is that you have to fly stand by and basically take whatever seats are left. To my surprise, I landed first class tickets on BOTH trips there and back, had the window seat each time, and found myself in the first row each time that allowed me to be the first one off the plane. Talk about a GREAT first experience flying! 

The rest of the trip really went by in this crazy blur! We had to have walked 13 miles in that first day as we toured Time Square, made it to the Top of the Rock, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, went inside Grand Central Station, got a quick glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, and saw an amazing, authentic comedy show! After wearing ourselves out the first day and almost being up for 24 hours straight, we spent the next afternoon strolling around Central Park, eating lunch on the Met Steps (xoxo gossip girl anyone!?), browsed by Bryant Park, and went inside the NY Public Library! I got to experience real new york pizza, became a pro at riding the subway (even though my card swiping skills were not the best), bought food off a street vendor, watch street performers, and so much more! New York was everything I thought it would be and more. I honestly can say that I have never seen anything like it or probably will for a while!

*Side Note: please excuse all the photos included in this post! I decided to leave my professional camera at home due to NYC's unpredictable rainy weather and just wanting to be present throughout my short time in the city. Plus, I love these photos and wouldnt change them for the world. 

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN WITH MY DINOSAUR OF AN IPHONE 5 -- HENCE THE GRAIN :)

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