As a single girl who loves to travel, I sometimes set my mind on a particular trip or destination but don’t have anyone to travel with.
Recently I did a girl’s trip to New York. It was “New York with Sami” and it was absolutely perfect.
We were a group of twelve girls with Sami Lukis as our guide. Nine of the twelve girls went on their own. It’s a great option if you really want to go to New York but don’t have anyone to go with. And let’s face it, some trips are better as girls only.
The tour was seven nights and we all stayed at The New Yorker in Midtown. Before leaving Australia Sami put together a draft itinerary and also a large document detailing things to do in New York. The document listed restaurants, bars, rooftop bars, shopping, key places of interest, where to get ‘good’ coffee etcetera plus useful information like riding the subway, taxis, tipping, safety, the street layout of New York and more.
We met Sami in the foyer every morning at 9am. She emailed a finalised itinerary, every afternoon for the next day.
Most days we did lots and lots of walking (so make sure you wear your Ankalia sandals for comfort) to various places of interest up until lunchtime. From lunch onwards we had free time and then usually we would meet in the foyer of our hotel for evening activities, which was often drinks at a cool bar with views and dinner at a beautiful restaurant.
Some of the highlights of the seven days with Sami were:
- A private tour of the new Tiffany & Co on Fifth Avenue
- 911 Memorial
- MJ: The Musical on Broadway
- SUMMIT One Vanderbilt – Midtown’s tallest skyscraper with amazing views
- Walking The Highline
- Ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty
- A private yoga class in Central Park
- A Harlem Gospel Choir
- Day trip to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
- Walking the neighbourhoods of some of the most iconic television shows of our time. Think – The Soup Kitchen (Seinfeld), Monica’s apartment (Friends), Carrie’s stoop (Sex and the City) and more.
Due to the massive time difference from Australia (10 hours difference from the East coast) the jetlag was a killer for me. I arrived three days prior to the tour commencement but still struggled with the jetlag for the entire time I was there. I also stayed three additional nights after the tour, and it was only then at about day 12 that I started to feel “normal.”
If you like the idea of a girls’ trip to New York, then I definitely recommend “New York with Sami.” Check her out at www.samilukis.com
Lots of love,