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Getaway Guide: NYC | places to eat and things to do to get your Started in New York city

Getaway Guide: NYC | places to eat and things to do to get your Started in New York city

I LOVE traveling, and I love sharing restaurants and things to do so other people can enjoy the same amazing destination. There are so many options, ESPECIALLY in a place like NYC, that the lists of good eats and things to do and see are endless. My getaway guides are simply meant to give you a head start so you’re not going into a trip totally clueless. You’ll find middle of the road restaurant options, and a few things to get your day started with adventure. I’m a huge fan of going with the flow when I travel, but I’ve found doing a bit of researching and pre-planning helps me get the most out of a new city or area. So, consider this your basic research. I’m going to give you deets by area so you have some places to hit as you explore the island.

Getaway Guide: FLORENCE, ITALY | Part III | By Amanda | Destination Wedding + Elopement Photographer

Getaway Guide: FLORENCE, ITALY | Part III | By Amanda | Destination Wedding + Elopement Photographer

I’M OBSESSED WITH THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY. It is full of romance, rich history, and some of the world’s best wine. We only got to explore a small portion of Tuscany, but it’s evident God spent a little extra time here. There are rolling hills, snow capped mountains in the distance, and views for days. We ventured out into the countryside (which is a must), but it’s no surprise this preeeecious little town in the heart of the region was a fave. I tell people, if you want to experience true Italian culture, Florence is your place (remember, this is based on the 4 “touristy” cities we visited). There are definitely touristy areas of the city, but you are just a couple alleys away from local hole-n-the-wall bliss.

Packing the ultimate carry on bag | DESTINATION INTIMATE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Packing the ultimate carry on bag | DESTINATION INTIMATE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

I’ve been on the road more than normal this month, and efficiency has been key to my sanity. I want to share a couple of ways I've found to keep packing quick and easy.  I love quick 24-48 hour trips whether it's a getaway with my husband or a shoot outside of Georgia.  My carry-on is my LIFE, even when I’m not traveling. All the essentials are in there, and I never unpack it.  If you travel a lot, here are 5 ways to have the ultimate carry-on ready all the time: