NEW YORK CITY!!
October 10-14, 2018 | 5 days / 4 nights | $2,495
“Autumn in New York City – the changing leaves, the cool crisp air – what could be better?Join me on this adventure in one of the world’s greatest cities. Sure, we’ll hit some of the “can’t miss” sights but hidden gems and unique experiences will get equal billing. Come prepared for adventure as we explore this amazingly diverse and vibrant city! I’ve spent the last decade of my life researching and planning annual vacations to New York City and I’m ready to share the best of my discoveries with you!” —— Lora, Living Big Travel trip host for this adventure. To learn more about Lora, click here.
Day 1 – October 10
Make your way to New York City (we suggest you land by 3PM) to join the group at the hotel in the heart of Times Square and kick off the long weekend of fun. We’ll get to know the group, and learn about the weekend adventure ahead, over dinner at a New York institution. After dinner we’ll catch our first Broadway Show ‘Come From Away’ which is the remarkable story of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland that welcomed 7,000 stranded airline passengers during 9/11. After this amazing show we’ll wander the Midtown streets and explore the magic and energy of Times Square after dark. Dinner included.
Day 2 – October 11
We’ll begin the day with a stop in Grand Central Station for breakfast at a famous food hall. Afterwards we’ll make our way up to Central Park for a stroll through the park and a classic New York street food lunch, before heading down 5th Avenue, doing a little shopping, or if you need a rest – some down time at the hotel. We’ll gather back together in the late afternoon to make our way to the Lower Eastside for a visit to the Tenement Museum, which tells the story of America’s urban immigrant history. We’ll hop on the Staten Island Ferry to catch the sun setting on the city, and then enjoy dinner at a restaurant that celebrates menus from Nonna’s around the world! All meals included.
Day 3 – October 12
We’ll hit the streets early this day to see/do/taste/experience as much as we can! We’ll start by grabbing breakfast bites and coffee to go, then head out to walk The High Line – a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. We’ll then browse our way through Chelsea Market, and visit an amazing Mexican restaurant for lunch. From there we’ll make our way over to the West Village and Washington Square Park, then shop and stroll our way through Soho and Little Italy (with lots of rest stops, coffee stops and snack stops along the way!) After a bit of R&R with your feet up back at the hotel, we’ll make our way to dinner and a little live music at a Harlem institution! All meals included.
Day 4 – October 13
No visit to New York City is complete these days without a visit to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. After paying our respects, we’ll walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge where we’ll join Scott’s WORLD FAMOUS Pizza Tour. After learning more than you ever thought possible about pizza, and samples to prove it, you’ll have a few hours on your own to rest, shop, explore or indulge any curiosity that’s been piqued! Your Trip Host will be there to point you in the right direction. We’ll gather later that evening for our final meal (maybe just happy hour and wine since we’ll likely STILL be full from pizza!) then head back to Broadway for one final show; the smash-hit musical Kinky Boots! All meals included.
Day 5 – October 14
On this final day, everyone will either start the journey home or the next leg of their personal vacations. We’ll swap phone numbers, share photos and make plans for our next adventure and opportunity to ‘live big’ together. No meals included.
Trip itinerary is subject to change but will always maintain a spirit of adventure and diverse activities. Questions? Check out the FAQs (click here) for this trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is going on the trip?
This trip is made up of 10 women: 9 guests and your Trip Host. A major tenet of Living Big Travel is to make international travel more accessible to women who don’t want to go at it alone. To learn more about the philosophy, click here.
Can I join the trip solo? Or can I invite a few of my friends to join me on the trip?
Yes and yes to both questions! Some people join Living Big Travel trips on their own; there to make friends and see the world, and others join Living Big Travel trips because they want to share the experience with their friends, sisters, mothers or daughters and don’t want to do any of the planning!
You’ll find that the trips are structured in a way that you’ll have a good amount of group time, but also a fair amount of independent time to explore on your own, with new friends you met in the group, or with the friends joining you on the trip.
Who is the Trip Host? And what is her role?
On this trip your Trip Host is Lora. To learn more about Lora, click here.
The role of the Trip Host is to be there to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible, even when the inevitable travel bumps come our way – such as an unexpected rainy afternoon, traffic, missing luggage, etc. But more importantly, to be a resource that will give you the space you need to really enjoy the experience. So if throughout the trip there is something your Trip Host can do to support you in this regard – please let her know. For example, if you’re not feeling well, having trouble sleeping, not getting along with someone, not satisfied with something, etc. please please share these concerns. No one needs a ‘Mother’ on this trip – that’s not our intention, but if there are small adjustments that can be made to create more space for you to enjoy the experience —- the Trip Host will see what she can do!
How much does the trip cost? And what is included/excluded in this price?
The total price per person is $2,495. This includes the following:
- Planning: all trip logistics, including pre-trip negotiations with all hotels and vendors, onsite coordination, useful information leading up to your trip such as advice on what to pack, how much to budget for spending money, travel tips, local advice and more.
- Hotels: 4 nights accommodation in Times Square based on two people sharing a room.
- Meals: see the daily itinerary for meals included each day. On some days, you’ll be on your own for a meal. Some alcohol, water and snacks are also included.
- Transport: all ground transportation during the trip are included.
- Activities: all activities, unless specified in the itinerary, are included.
- Gratuities for all local guides.
The following expenses are not included in the total trip price:
- Round-trip airfare is not included, but gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles or to extend your trip as you wish. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities. You will be required to share flight details at least 4 weeks before the adventure commences.
- Transfers to/from the airport to the hotel.
- A set amount of wine and beer will be purchased with each hosted dinner, but each guest will be responsible for alcoholic beverages beyond this amount.
- While not required, each guest is encouraged to consult their existing insurance policy to determine what is covered while on the trip, and if needed, secure an individual insurance policy for the trip.
- Any additional activities you want to book along the way or outside of the coordinated group trip: spa visits, private tours, etc.
- Spending money, additional tips for the Trip Host and excess luggage fees.
What are the health and physical fitness requirements to join on the trip?
Guests should take personal responsibility to ensure they are physically able and healthy to participate in all group trip activities, such as walking in an urban environment for up to 6-10 hours/7-10 miles a day, being outside for long periods of time, climbing up and down up to 500 steps, riding in underground subway trains and taxi cabs, carrying luggage, and getting on/off various modes of public transportation. The trip is moderately strenuous and best enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. You should consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are healthy and physically able to participate.
Is there a minimum/maximum age to participate?
Women over the age of 21, that are physically able to participate in the activities outlined on the trip itinerary, are welcome to join for this adventure. Please see the detailed itinerary and FAQ on minimum physical fitness requirements to learn more.
What should I do to secure my spot on the trip?
Click on the ‘Request a Spot’ tab (or click here) to get started! Please note: registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Is airfare included in the trip fee?
Round-trip airfare is not included in the trip fee, but this gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles, to extend your trip any way you like, and to select the routes and airlines you prefer. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare to New York City and ground transportation to/from the hotel. You will be required to share flight details at least 4 weeks before the adventure commences.
What do I need to know before I book my flight?
Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare to New York City and ground transportation to/from the hotel. You will be required to share flight details at least 4 weeks before the adventure commences. You should plan to land at the airport no later then 3PM on October 10 and can leave anytime on October 14. There are multiple airports you can fly into/out of, including: John F. Kennedy International Airport (airport code: JFK) LaGuardia Airport (airport code: LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (airport code: EWR.)
Will I be sharing a hotel room? Can I choose my roommate?
Yes, everyone will be sharing a room with at least one other person, and you will have your own bed. You can request a roommate preference on forms that will be included in your Trip Packet, which you will receive approximately 12 weeks before the adventure begins.
Can you tell me about the type of accommodations we'll be staying at?
You betcha! We’ll be staying right in the heart of Times Square at a 4 star property. The hotel does have an elevator, but you may need to carry your luggage up about 3-5 steps to reach the elevator, and will need to carry your luggage to/from taxi’s.
What kind of ground transportation will we use?
We will be doing a lot of exploration by foot (between 7-10 miles/day!) but also on the underground subway, and we’ll also be going on the Stanten Island ferry.
What should I pack?
Prior to the trip, you’ll be given a packing checklist and advised on what type of clothes and supplies you’ll need.
Do I need to carry my luggage?
Yes, plan on carrying your bags to/from the airport, on/off buses and vans and in/out of the hotel.
What will the weather be like?
October is a beautiful month to visit New York City! Temperatures average between 55-65 degrees fahrenheit, and there might be occasional rain and winds (or bursts of sun!)
What if I don't need every hotel/activity/etc. on my trip?
Unfortunately, refunds aren’t possible for unused hotel rooms, meals or activities. The total trip price is a package deal; credits are not given for services not used. Please contact Living Big Travel (click here) if you have questions or concerns about any trip activities due to a physical condition. If there is a reasonable alternative, we can explore it.
How do I communicate information like allergies, injuries, etc?
About 12 weeks before we begin our adventure, you’ll receive your Trip Packet. It includes forms, questionnaires and waivers that you’ll need to submit no later than 8 weeks before the trip begins. The forms in the Trip Packet allow you to share these important details. Living Big Travel will provide meals as outlined in the official trip itinerary and will work with you to try and accommodate special dietary requirements; however, Living Big is not required to provide such meals, supplements and/or any special requests beyond what is outlined in official trip itinerary.
Do I have to pay for the entire trip up front or can I make payments?
No, you do not need to pay for the entire trip up front. (Although you can, if you prefer.) Check out the Trip Pricing tab (click here) for payment details.
What if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide you need to cancel your trip the following refund schedule applies upon written notice of your cancellation:
- Cancellations made on or before August 10, 2018:
- Your trip deposit is nonrefundable. If you paid in full for the trip the deposit is $500.
- You will be reimbursed 50% of what you have paid to date, less the nonrefundable deposit.
- As an example, if you made a $500 deposit, then made two additional payments each for $250 (total paid = $1,000) then the amount you would receive back is $250.
- Cancellations made on or after August 11, 2018:
- All payments made to date are nonrefundable.
Travel insurance helps protect against last-minute cancellation, trip interruption, and to cover medical treatment or emergency medical evacuation during your trip. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance and flight cancellation insurance in advance of your trip. To learn about travel insurance, click here for a quick lesson!
What if the trip doesn't fill up or is cancelled?
The trip requires a minimum number of participants in order to take place at the stated price, since it takes into account group discounts, shared accommodations and other factors that create cost efficiencies. Once an adequate number of participants sign up for the trip, you will be notified. If a trip does not have enough participants, or if someone unexpectedly cancels, you will be refunded your deposit or you will be given the option to pay a trip supplement to continue the trip with fewer participants. Should additional participants sign-up after you have paid the trip supplement, this fee will be refunded. Your air travel itinerary is yours to decide, and we recommend you purchase flight cancellation insurance. Living Big Travel is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip including non-refundable air tickets, gear, medical equipment or travelers insurance.
What is the Living Big Travel policy on non-discrimination and violence?
What if I can't make payments according to the payment schedule?
If unusual circumstances arise and you can’t make payments on time please contact Living Big Travel (click here) to discuss. Generally speaking, failure to make payments according to the schedule may result in losing your spot on the trip.
Trip Pricing + Payment Options
See below for key details and next steps to save your spot!
This trip is nearly all-inclusive of all meals, all hotels, ground transportation, and all activities outlined in the trip details tab (click here) all the planning and booking (so you don’t have to do ANY work but show up!) and advice on what to pack, travel tips and a go-to resource who is here to answer any questions you have leading up to the trip, and on the trip, to help ensure that you have an amazing experience!
If you’re interested in requesting a spot on this trip please make note of the following booking process and payment terms:
- The first step is to request a spot, which you can do online. Once you request your spot, we’ll reach out to you to schedule a call to review the trip details, get to know you, give you a chance to ask questions about Living Big Travel, etc. provided there are spots available on the trip.
- If after this conversation you’re on board to join for the adventure, you’ll receive a link to the registration page where you can formally register, submit your first payment and sign the trip waiver.
There are two options for payment:
- Pay the full amount by credit card or by check.
- Break your payments into equal monthly installments. Make a deposit of $500 to formally register for your spot, and then on the first of each month (following the month you made your deposit payment) your credit card will be automatically charged a set amount, so that the final payment is applied on September 1, 2018. If you decide to make monthly installment payments, you will receive a payment schedule based on when you register. If you decide to make installment payments, payments are only accepted by credit card.
Please note that spots are limited, and registration is taken on a first come, first serve basis.