I am always up for a trip--big or small, near or far.
The only thing better than traveling to me is traveling with friends and family who love new experiences as much as I do. Even if I've been somewhere before, there's nothing quite experiencing it all over again with someone else for the first time.
In 2001, I visited New York City for the first time with a group of women from work. We had planned an early September trip, which obviously had to be rescheduled for more pressing reasons.
When we finally arrived, it was early November, and the nation was still reeling from the 9/11 attacks. The World Trade Center still smoldered. Anthrax scares threatened to shut down subways. Nerves were still on edge. But the city persevered.
Although the displays weren't quite ready to be revealed, preparations were underway for Christmas. We did the obligatory sightseeing. We shopped-- a lot. I am sure we ate but nothing stands out as memorable. Did I mention we shopped?
While we accomplished quite a bit during our three days, there was so much we didn't do; most obviously, even though we stayed in Times Square, we didn't see a Broadway show.
I decided after that trip that one day I would go back, and this time, it would be with two people I knew would enjoy the energy as much as me: my mom and sister. As long as I was dreaming, I'd dream big--make it NYC at Christmas with tickets to Wicked.
Eleven years later, we are going to NYC at Christmas! And we have Wicked tickets!
This time tomorrow, we'll be landing and preparing to embark on our big adventure.
We're a group of four women with varied experiences. For example, my sister will be visiting for the first time while my mom went many years ago. My friend Austin, a theater buff, has been several times, most recently last Christmas. While we've got a full three days planned, but we are open for suggestions, too.
must-do, must-see, must-eat places