This was one of the first times we flew our DJI Phantom 3 SE over the water. Isaac flew while I jetskiied and he only almost decapitated me once!
Wearing an entire suitcase worth of clothes, tubing in Harbin, China was so scary that we weren’t even cold!
The New York Explorer Pass did in fact save me $100, this isn’t just click bait. But it could have saved me even more! Or nothing at all… The New York Explorer Pass is the way to go if you want to use it to do some expensive tours and sightseeing, however it can also lose you money if you only use it for the cheaper options.
It’s basic math. The New York Explorer Pass lets you visit 3, 4, 5, 7 or 10 attractions for a set price. There is a custom option if you already know which specific places you want to visit, but I really enjoyed the flexibility of choosing from the 82 different activities on offer!
If you want to calculate whether or not the Pass will save you any money, you just need to do some basic math and you don’t need to do any research outside of this website. As you scroll through all of the offered attractions, you will see their regular admission prices that range from $18.5 for the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Immigration Museum – Ferry Ticket to a whopping $69 for the Luna Park at Coney Island: 24 Ride Pass.
During my visit to New York last Christmas, I chose the 5 attraction Pass since I only had a week to explore the city! It cost me $134 (it would have been $99 for a child) and I was planning on only using it for the most expensive attractions and visiting the cheaper places without using the pass to save the most money. Souvenir shopping excluded, I actually only spent $300 on my entire week in NYC, Airbnb included!
Of course, a week passed with the blink of an eye and I ended up running out of time and using it for whatever attraction I happened to stumble upon – and I still saved lots of money! I’m already planning my next trip to New York for August and this time I will be getting the 10 attraction Pass for $219 ($169 for children). To make this one worth it, you simply need to make sure that each of your 10 attractions costs more than $21.9.
For the 5 attraction Pass, each activity had to be over $26.8 to get your moneys worth. I originally planned to do:
- Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus New York: Classic 1-Day Tour – $60
- Night Tour by Big Bus New York – $45
- National Geographic Envounter: Ocean Odyssey – $43.01
- Gossip Girl Sites Bus Tour by On Location Tours – $49
- Catacombs by Candlelight Tour – $35
This would have had me paying just $134 for 5 attractions worth $232! If need up trading in the Night Tour and Gossip Girl Tour for the Top of the Rock and Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry which were both much cheaper options, I still ended up saving $70.
So basically, as long as you’re not just riding the $18 Ferry every day for a week or only visiting two places instead of five, you’re not losing money on the Pass!
Another clickbait title that shouldn’t upset you, because the answer is simple: you can get free coffee in Bali by going to literally any coffee plantation. They all offer a tray full of free coffees and teas to try, inluding rose tea, durian coffee and a delicious vegan hot chocolate. The only coffee that you need to pay for is luwak coffee, which we didn’t drink because we 1. tried it before and 2. consider it cruel.
Read more about Bali tips in our 10-Day Itinerary!
*photo credit goes to Travel Triangle.
Check out our video of the coffee plantation we visited in Bali:
The monkey forest sanctuary in Ubud, Bali was an exciting place where monkeys rule adn humans are allowed to feed them under supervision. Not sure how good this is for the environment, probably not at all, but the monkeys seemed happy and cared for and several badly behaved humans were told to leave.
One of the highlights of my 10 day trip to Bali was a 15 minute ride on a jet ski (my first time!) while my husband filmed the first 5 minutes of it with our drone, almost decapitating me once and managing to slice his arm while landing. Oh the stories we have to tell our future grandchildren… plus will bore them by replaying the videos over and over again too.
Please excuse the clickbate title of this blog post, there is no single cheap Airbnb in Ubud! In fact, most Airbnbs and Guest Houses have a similar price that will take your breath away. On average, a room (or in this case, mini-house) that can sleep four people in two double beds costs $15 per night for three people. At this particular place it included a free breakfast (eggs, pankcakes and/or fruit) and a steaming cup of coffee!
Check Tutde’s Place in the video below:
For more tips about Bali, check out our 10-Day Bali Itinerary!
DOHA Cafe is a great place to grab a coffee in Da Lat, Vietnam. It’s a modern cafe shaped like a flower bud and it’s as cool on the inside as it is on the outside. Speaking of cool – it’s also the perfect place to cool off during Vietnam’s steamy summers.
The cafe has lots of seating across three floors, although the top one wasn’t being air-conditioned when I was there but the view of the Xuan Huong lake and Lam Vien square was worth it. They gave a great selection of drinks including coffees, teas and juices. Although the prices are relatively steep for Vietnam, it’s still affordable on a Western budget. We didn’t get a chance to try any of their food although we were definitely tempted by their cakes and pastries.
In February 2018, my husband, mother-in-law and I spent 10 days exploring the wonderful island of Bali! We stayed busy during this time and visited between two and five places a day! We were on a mission to discover everything it had to offer. As a result we are now self-proclaimed experts on what to do and see in Bali and I have an overwhelming 43 videos in my Bali 2018 YouTube playlist.
Check out our trip highlights and a brief summary of what to expect and prepare for you upcoming Bali adventure. If you don’t have your trip booked yet, you’ll definitely add it to your bucket list after seeing these videos!
Is there something I missed while I was in Bali? Please let me know in the comment section below. Sure, I’ll be kicking myself for the oversight but why not add to my already overflowing list of reasons to return for more adventures?