I have visited New York City four times now. In fact, NYC was my first ever trip abroad as a teenage university student, with £199 burning a hole in my pocket ready to spend on a return flight with Kuwait Airways. There were definitely some interesting moments on that trip (I could write a whole blog post on it), but they were the moments that gave me the travel bug and the desire to explore the world. I also have fond memories of visiting the World Trade Center pre 9/11, memories I will always cherish.

For my second trip, I stayed with a friend –  a true New Yorker brought up on Roosevelt Island (that sliver of an island between Manhattan and Queens that the cable car from the Spiderman film goes to). She was living in the Colombia University district when I visited, so it was nice to get a feel for that neighbourhood. She also introduced us to some more local, and less touristy places.

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It’s not so grim up North, you know. My choice of using mostly black and white photos isn’t the best way to convince you of that but take my word for it.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea is small coastal town in North Yorkshire, situated on the North East coast of England.  It is, for one thing, a beautiful place for a stroll on the beach to blow away those cobwebs.

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“To be for one day entirely at leisure is to be for one day an immortal” H.H.Hart 1937

Sometimes you just need to switch off from everything and have a well earned break. So where better suited than the Caribbean island of Antigua.

Having done a lot of research into various All Inclusive resorts on the island, we opted for the adults-only Galley Bay Resort & Spa. Located on the northwest coast of the island, about 10 minutes drive from the capital St. John’s, Galley Bay markets itself as a luxury boutique hideaway. How could you resist eh?

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