48 Hours in NYC

So this is my third time in NYC and I can’t believe I’ve never posted about it!! My friend Keeley lives there so she did a great job planing our weekend.

First, I flew into JFK and split a taxi which was cheaper than Uber with my friend. It cost around $70 with tip in the the city to my friends apartment in West Village.

Work Out

I’ve been dying to try Barry’s bootcamp. Since we don’t have it in Scottsdale I had to try during my time in NYC. The one con is it’s $30+ a class, but it’s worth it. You can even pre-order shakes so they are ready for you once you are done with the class.

Eats & Drinks

Lil Frankies

Touristy Things

Get your steps in and head to Central Park. New York in the spring is absolutely stunning while all the flowers are blooming!

Things to Do During a 12 Hour OVERNIGHT Layover in Hong Kong

We landed in Hong Kong around 8pm with a 12 hour layover overnight… Obviously we would go completely insane if we didn’t leave the airport so why not go check out the good food and night scene in Hong Kong?!

It took us about 30-45 minutes to get through immigration & customs.

From there, we took the airport express $15 a person. It took about 20 minutes to get to the city.

We decided not to get a hotel since we would just head back to the airport in a few hours. A lot of restaurants were already closed, but we found Tsui Wah Restaurant on Yelp open until 2am here.

I did get two free guests in the Plaza Premium Lounge with free food, alcohol and even showers. Read my post on the Chase Sapphire Reserve to see how we get over 1,000 lounges all over the world for FREE (comes in the annual fee, but well worth it in my opinion)!!

We wanted to go to Victoria’s Peak which overlooks the city, but we were worried since everything closes around midnight we were worried we wouldn’t be able to figure out the bus system so we headed back to the lounge since it’s open 24 hours and hung out until our flight.

All in all, Hong Kong was a very clean and safe city. I would highly recommend going to check out if you have the time, even if it’s overnight.

Flashback to Italy

Nearly two years ago I headed to Italy with my family. We went to three cities while we were there: Rome, Sorrento and Bari. For those of you who don’t know the Shaffer’s travel like the Griswold family, except my dad is a mean Clark Griswold. First of all, my dad insists on getting a stick shift car since its about half the price in Europe. Every time we go to Europe we always come close to near death situations (stay tuned for our Germany Autobahn experience).

Anyways, Rome is one of my all time favorite cities. I love the history, fashion and food. Next time I go I will for sure spend more than a few days here. You need at least a week to explore everything.

Sites to see in Rome:

  • The Coliseum
  • Trevi Fountain-make sure you throw a penny from your right hand over your left shoulder for good luck!

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Sites to see in Sorrento:

  • Amalfi coast

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Where we stayed:

  • Hilton Sorrento

Our favorite restaurant:

  • Ristorante Donna Sofia

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Owners catching fresh tuna & a common shot to settle the stomach after meals-limoncello!

Sites to see in Bari:

Oh wait…nothing. Literally nothing. I would not suggest visiting this part of Italy. My dad forgot to mention its an industrial seaport. We were probably the only americans in the town. My dad booked a hotel with points that used to be previously owned by a Sheraton. Before our arrival, the hotel was sold to a hostel, but our stay was still guaranteed. My sister threw one of her biggest tantrums known to date. Here is a picture of my sister and Dad at dinner. The smile on Ashley’s face is from pure joy of winning a fight to go back to Rome early. I rarely say this, but good job Ashley. It is a running joke in the family “Remember that one time we went to Bari”….never gets old.IMG_2899

P.S. We still to this day don’t know why my dad chose to go here. We think it was some weird travel channel he watches, but I guess we’ll never know.