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chelsea market New York City Travel

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TBP 0009 New York City – Travel Less Expensive

Posted on 28 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

chelsea market New York City Travel

This week I went into New York City (or “the city” is all you need to say if you’re coming from Northern New Jersey) to sell some of my vinyl records at Chelsea Market. I decided to walk the High Line (see link below for more info) and ended up meeting a German tourist who was in town to explore the city for a week.

After we talked for a bit, he lamented that he only had a week to experience New York.  He said that one week was not enough, but that the time that he had was a lot compared to his friends, who usually only schedule three days for exploring New York because it is so expensive.

As someone who grew up in New York, I know that it can be outrageously expensive, but there are ways to prepare for your trip that will allow you to get the most out of your money and still see everything (including Museums and monuments) and have a great time.

That’s what this week’s podcast is about! Below are the podcast notes to help you find more in depth information on the things that I mention, and if I can answer any additional questions for you, please let me know!

Happy Travels!

Leslie Lello

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PODCAST NOTES FOR TBP 0009 New York City – Make Your Trip Less Expensive

GIMME SHELTER:

HI Hostel in Harlem/Upper West Side:
http://hinewyork.org/contact/

Hostel (Chelsea):
http://www.chelseahostel.com/

Couchsurfing:
www.couchsurfing.com

Airbnb:
https://www.airbnb.com/

Home Away:
www.homeaway.com

EAT CHEAP:

I didn’t mention this in the podcast, but my favorite cheap (but yummy) meals in the city are at Dojos on 4th street, and for breakfast I have always loved the pushcarts that make egg sandwiches (if I can find one).  Also, check out MenuPages to find an inexpensive restaurant in the neighborhood.  You can also use Yelp and Where.
http://www.dojorestaurant.com/
http://www.menupages.com
www.Yelp.com
Where app on iTunes and Android

Food trucks are different than pushcarts, and often more expensive, but here is the link to find food trucks which is trendy right now:  http://nyctruckfood.com/

GET INFORMATION ABOUT ACTIVITIES THAT FIT YOUR BUDGET:

New York Press:
http://nypress.com/

Village Voice:
http://www.villagevoice.com/

Time Out New York:
http://www.timeout.com/newyork

Website with Information about Free Stuff to do in New York:
http://www.nycgo.com/free?cid=em_et__

New York Podcast that I refer to in my podcast: The Bowery Boys
http://theboweryboys.blogspot.com/
I couldn’t find a link to the podcast on their website so you should just do a search in iTunes if you want to find them.

OTHER THINGS I MENTIONED ABOUT NEW YORK IN THE PODCAST:

New York City High Line:
http://www.thehighline.org/

Cathedral of St. John the Divine:
www.stjohndivine.org/

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NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

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TBP 0008: Las Vegas – Avoiding the Traps in the Most Touristy City in the World

Posted on 20 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

I had a rough time planning trips for Las Vegas the first few times.  I had always gone with people that were familiar with the city, so when it was my time to plan, I was surprised when I realized how little I knew.

But now that I am a more savvy traveler and actually lived in Vegas for a while, I can give you the scoop on how to do it with greater ease, save money and find some places that are off the strip that you wouldn’t know to visit if you hadn’t heard it here.

TB 0008: Las Vegas Podcast Links

Las Vegas People Mover/Train Monorail: http://www.lvmonorail.com/

HACIENDA HOTEL in Boulder City (toward AZ) FOR GOOD ACCESS TO LAKE MEAD, HIKING AND HOOVER DAM. (AND A HELICOPTER RIDE) There is one hotel out by Hoover dam that is nice and inexpensive with helicopter rides at $29. That might be good if you are not drinking and are doing sight seeing outside of Vegas
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60881-d91585-Reviews-or10-Hacienda_Hotel_Casino-Boulder_City_Nevada.html

Hoover Dam: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/

PRIMM!  www.primmvalleyresorts.com

SKY MANIA!!! On the outskirts of Las Vegas on the Henderson side.  If you have a car, it’s worth going out there. This was my favorite thing to do in vegas.
http://www.skymaniatrampolines.com/

Stuff I forgot to say in the Podcast:

*** PET TRAVEL: DON’T BRING A DOG.  they charge a lot for dogs ($50/day typically), and aren’t you going to be partying too much to remember to walk your little pup?
*** Cabs can take longer than walking because there is so much traffic on the strip. Sometimes it is faster to walk.
Happy Travels!

 

Leslie Lello

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Redwood Forest, Garberville to Eureka, CA - Avenue of Giants

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TBP 0007: The Redwood Forest’s Sacred Peace and Beauty

Posted on 13 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

This week I was talking with a friend who travels a lot but has never been to the Redwood Forest in Northern California.

I had so much fun telling him what he he MUST do there, that I decided that would be a great Better Traveling show!

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The redwood forest is tied with Sedona for my favorite place on earth, so I had a lot of fun making this podcast!

I have presented the information as a road trip from Southern California or San Francisco, but you can rent a car from Southern Oregon and go the opposite direction.

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(Side Note: There are redwoods near San Francisco but those are not the ones that we are going to talk about today.)

REDWOOD FOREST LINKS:

http://avenueofthegiants.net/: Avenue of Giants is where the southern redwoods are of Humboldt County. It is essentially Rt 101, which leads to the biggies on the coast, which are my favorite,  but you could spend ages exploring the Avenue of Giants just in itself.

Going to Shelter Cove is not part of the Avenue of Giants, but still beautiful. I stayed in a Best Western in Garberville and then moved on to Eureka and Crescent City for the next couple evenings. It took me a full day to get to Eureka and then another full day to get to Crescent City.

Garberville can be pricy in terms of hotels.  If you are into camping, there are some good ones in the Avenue.

http://avenueofthegiants.net/Zoom/map.htm

Eureka is the other end of the Avenue of Giants.  You will arrive to Eureka before you get to Crescent City.  They have good restaurants and hotels. They also have a great natural foods co-op, cute shopping, and a few historical landmarks.

YOU MAY WANT TO STOP THERE IF IT IS GETTING DARK SO THAT YOU DON’T MISS ANYTHING AWESOME AS YOU DRIVE IN THE DARK. The next leg of the trip is also beautiful and along the water… It’s very beautiful and you miss all that beauty at night because it is very dark.
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http://www.treesofmystery.net/ looks like a tourist trap which it is but it’s worth the stop. Take a gondola through the forest with several trees highlighted on the way to the gondola and a beautiful look out at the top of the mountain. You can hike down if you like.

Between Trees of Mystery and Crescent city there are a lot of little turn offs to go explore and lookout points along the coast.

One of my favorite spots is the REDWOOD HOSTEL which is closed for renovations right now. Across from the Redwood Hostel is a parking lot which a beautiful spot to watch a sunset over the water.

http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=4583  This is a link to an article about “10 must see trees”, but once you are in the area you will see so many amazing and huge trees that, to me, it didn’t matter whether I got to see every one on this list. Trees of Mystery had a lot of big ones.

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http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=2464&source=Favorites
The drive through trees were ok, and this is the link that tells you about it. I did it my third time there, with my mom, but we also needed to have lunch and it was a good place to picnic. Not terribly expensive. Small cars only. There are a few of drive through (“Drive-thru”) trees. We did Chandler Tree.

REDWOOD FOREST TRAILS:
http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=3637
Trails. Many are accessible only by dirt road and if there are heavy rains these roads get washed away. These roads are narrow, but worth going if you can deal with being inches from the side of a road that drops off rather severely and slides around because of mud.

Lady Bird Johnson Trail
http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=3637

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is dirt road accessible with many trails leading off the sides. My favorite area in the redwoods.

Boyscout trail is one of my favorites 5 miles. Go with a friend.

Stout grove is about a half mile . Brought my mom there and she loved it.

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RULES for Visiting the Redwood Forest:

  • Every time you walk on the ground it can disturb the root system so walk gently and do not tread anywhere that has been blocked off
  • Don’t climb down trees because there is a whole fertile ecosystem on ever inch of down tree that serves the rest of the community
  • Obviously  no litter and don’t take anything or cut anything
  • Always hike with other people.

 

Save the Redwoods League:

www.savetheredwoods.org/
http://rcci.savetheredwoods.org/ This page discusses the effect of climate change on the redwood forest.

 

Happy Travels!

Leslie

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1st Secret Pocket - Inside Pant Leg tourism tourist

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TBP 0006: Paranoid about Pick Pockets? Prevent Pickpocketing with Pick-Pocket Proof Pockets!

Posted on 06 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

This week’s podcast  is about alliterations…

Just kidding (sort of)…

One of the biggest concerns I had about going to Italy was pickpockets and thieves.  I had heard a lot about them and even a close family member had almost had his wallet stolen at the Colleseum.

I wanted to figure out how to prevent pickpocketing because I heard that it happened a lot there.

Listen to this weeks Travel Better Podcast to find out how to make a secret pocket and protect yourself from thieves when traveling.

Here are some pictures from my makeshift homemade secret security pockets (sorry the trousers are so messy – they were fresh out of the washer so the dryer hadn’t yet pulled the lint off, and taking pictures was really an afterthought for this post.)

 

Helpful Items When Making a Secret Pocket:
Iron-on Velcro
Iron
Cloth/material
Sewing Needle & Thread
Sewing Kit
Scissors
Safety Pins

 

SOME IDEAS FOR SECRET POCKETS:

1. Inside the pants, shirt, vest – sew the bottom and sides of the pockets, then use Iron-On Velcro to seal the top of the homemade pocket with velcro
2. Outside but in pocket with velcro – use Iron-On Velcro to seal the top
3. Wrist band – if you have a money wristband that seals with velcro, you can attach that to the velcro in the pant leg pocket on the cargo pants
4. Bra – snip the inside layer of lace to create pocket out of the inside lace and outside lace or use the pockets in the cup of a padded bra and velcro the pocket closed.
5. Tiny cloth change purse safety pinned to inside of clothes
6. Tiny cloth change purse safety pinned inside of one of the outside pockets
7. Money in shoe or sock
8. Use safe in hotel
9. Makeshift safe: your locked suitcase

The nice thing about these homemade secret pockets is that if they break or come apart you can usually repair them on the road.  You can find an iron in most hotels, and the sewing kit is often be provided by most hotels or can be easily purchased in a drug store. You just need to be sure to bring enough velcro, which is fairly portable.

I give instructions in my podcast, though it is fairly easy to garner the construction from my pictures.
Happy Travels!

Leslie Lello aka Ramblin Gal

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