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The Re-Opening of the 1964 World's Fair

The 1964 World's Fair was the third World's Fair to be held in New York. Taking place in Queens Corona Park, this World's Fair embodied the space frenzie of the 1960's. What was really important about this fair is that it was the first to give fair-goers direct interaction with computers! The most notable features of the fair were the giant globe called the Unisphere and the New York State Pavillion with the UFO-looking observation towers and "Tent of Tomorrow."  The fair grounds have been abandoned since the 1970's, but on April 22, 2014, they opened the grounds of Tent of Tomorrow to visitors for a few hours.   My girlfriend and I got there right at 11 when the park opened and the line was already down the promenade of the park into the parking lot.    Three hours later, we got to what we thought was the front…
1. What is the best way to balance eating well and eating out every meal while you're on vacation? It's all about moderation and the game plan. Having a plan in place will help you stay in control of your environment. You pack for the weather, you pack for different activities and you should pack snacks to stay on a healthy track, especially since it is hard to stick to a normal eating schedule and avoid temptations when vacationing and eating out. Oranges, apples, nuts, seeds, and granola are small, easy items to take along anywhere. Grocery shop and take advantage of that mini-fridge! It is hard to avoid the great cocktails, bread basket, the amazing appetizers, the delicious entrees, sides, and dessert while eating out. I get it, I love to travel and I LOVE to eat. But, balance those meals with healthier meals. If you know you'll be…

5 Tips for Riding the NY Subway During Rush Hour

New Yorkers take their subway transit pretty seriously; home to work is complete autopilot. To an outsider, riding the subway can be a really daunting experience, especially during the morning rush hour. We're come up with some tips for riding between the weekday hours of 8-10am. 1. Stay silent Most people have not had coffee yet and are pretty cranky. The morning commute is the one time when New York is silent, and we like to keep it that way! 2. Always hold on to the pole Too often, tourists don't hold on and then fall onto a stranger when the train jerks around. If this happens, try not to have your whole group giggle. Just apologize and follow rule #1. (And remember your Purell) 3. Don't stand in the doorw You will get run over. If you must stand in the doorway, exit the train at the stop and…

5 Surefire Ways to Combat Jetlag

1. Pre-Adjust your schedule to mimic your destination I took a 9 am flight from Chicago to Shanghai. As rough as it was, I stayed up all night the night. Resist the urge to drink! I boarded the 9am flight, which was 8pm Shanghai time, completely exhausted and was able to sleep a full night. When I woke up, it was morning in Shanghai and I was fully rested.  2. Eat a clean diet Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables for natural energy. Avoid salt and be wary of your caffeine intake. 3. Stay busy! Resist the urge to "lie down for just a few minutes" when you arrive at your hotel room to drop off your bags. Plan a really busy day that is so exciting, you will be too enthralled to be sleepy. 4. Freshen up As soon as you arrive at a…

Scenterprises: Personalizing Perfume in TriBeCa

I'm always on the lookout for unique and interesting workshops in NY, so when I stumbled upon Sue Phillips's company Scenterprises. Sue's has made a name for herself in the perfume world. Sue's background includes Elizabeth Arden, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld Burgerry, Trish McEvoy, and Lancome Paris. She was also name VP of marketing for Tiffany and launched the Tiffany perfume for their 150th anniversary. Scenterprises has just found a new home in a quintessential TriBeCa townhouse. I made my way down the stairs and immediately felt like I was transported to the country-house parlor of a dear friend. Over tea and freshly baked cookies, Sue told me about the power and allure of scent, and how to properly wear it. As a teenager, a friend's older sister teaches you the spray and walk technique, which, almost ironically is the absolute worst way to apply scent. Firstly, you're wasting a ton…

Vegas for Haters

I had been to Las Vegas 4 times and I always hated it. Even being used to New York pricing, I find it Vegas soul-sucking expensive. The Strip is not my scene; I don't like rowdy woo-girls***, obnoxious frat guys, or anyone who can't hold their liquor making a fool of themselves. I see there are good qualities about Vegas, but there are shows and most of the same restaurants in New York. Vegas reminds me of a year-round New York Times Square New Year's Eve- minus the cold. I understand why it's so special for a lot of people. And, unfortunately, it is a great location for trade shows.  So you must imagine how surprised I was to meet my husband in the pool of Planet Hollywood. We felt an obligation to return to the scene of the crime for our wedding anniversary. On my first two trips to…

The Shoe that Revolutionized Travel

We at The Trip Trotter are all about traveling with carryon luggage. But for the fashionista, plotting a shoe plan can be very difficult. Luckily, our friends at Day2Night have solved that problem for us. Introducing the convertible shoe! The convertible shoe starts off as a black patent leather flat, but when you add one of the 5 heel heights, you can turn this shoe into a stylish pump. The heel starts at ¾" and grows to 3 ¾". No longer do you need to pack several different black shoes. The convertible shoe is durable with a flexible rubber sole, and has even been tested on runners! Check out the convertible shoe and make packing for your next vacation easier!

A Drive Up the Grand Canyon: Page, Arizona

View Larger Map What an odd title, I know. The last place I left off in our Grand Canyon saga, we had just exited from the East side via highway 64. If you missed this exciting tale, you can read about it here. I feel the need to say again how much I love driving in the Southwest, where I pretend there is no speed limit. I rarely drive; we don't own a car in Brooklyn. When I drive, the congestion of New York makes my road rage gets so bad, that I am put in a bad mood and need at least a half hour of recovery time after I'm relieved of my duty. I also pretend to be a horrible driver so my husband does it all whenever we travel. I get to sit in the passengers seat "navigating" and promising not to fall asleep, a feat which…

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