Top 10 Best Places for Street Eats in the World

If you’re a foodie like I am, you’re going to want to make your travel arrangements to these exciting locations. You may want to consider taking some vacation time; these hot spots may be hard to reach during a traditional lunch hour.

10. Singapore

One of the safest street food cities in the world. They have strictly enforced regulations and centralized hawker areas. Plus, stalls are required to show cleanliness grades (“A” through “D”), so you know exactly which vendor to choose. Order: Hainanese chicken rice; bak chor mee (pork noodles); sup tulang (bone marrow soup); min chiang ku.

Maxwell Food Center, very near Chinatown, is one of Singapore’s most popular hawker centers. The longest lines will be for Hainanese chicken rice and congee.

Hong Lim Food Centre, also very close is great for spicy, delicious laksa and seafood-based noodle dishes.

At Lagoon Food Village, by the beach, you will see an entire row of satay stalls.

9. Sydney

Sydney’s diverse food scene has you covered for most any craving. Variety aside, the city’s street stalls and food trucks are some the world’s cleanest. Like Singapore, the city enforces food safety guidelines and performs regular cleanliness inspections.

For ramen or pho, during the month of October, Hyde Park’s Night Noodle Markets are worth the trek.

Other times of the year, you’ll find the best Asian street food at Cabramatta or Marrickville, in Sydney’s Western suburb.

Order the fat boy burger and truffle fries at Mister Gee Burger truck.
Gnocchi with lamb ragu is good at Urban Pasta food truck.
Banh mi at Marrickville Pork Roll.

Because Sydney’s food trucks are scattered and on the move, across the city, we recommend downloading the Sydney Food Truck application, to know exactly where everyone is located on the day of your visit.

8. Istanbul

These city streets are crawling with street vendors and shops where you can grab a quick sandwich, hot dog, or cold beer. While the food is usually safe, err on the side of caution and stick with cooked foods, rather than raw meat or seafood. Lahmacun is a Turkish-style pizza covered in ground meat, onions, and spices, grilled corn on the cob is called m?s?r; kokoreç or lamb intestines wrapped around skewered sweetbreads and grilled over charcoal; and the flaky pastry, börek usually has either a vegetable or cheese filling.

7. Bangkok

Street food is so inherent in Bangkok you can eat well in the city and never set foot inside a restaurant, and that covers three meals a day. There are an estimated 12,000 vendors in the Thai capital; however, they are not all licensed. We suggest you hang with the stalls that display a sticker of a smiling plate, which is the health official’s seal of approval. Som tum Gai Yang or green papaya salad with chicken; grilled pork skewers served with sticky rice; boat noodles; moo dad died (deep-fried pork jerky) are all great choices.

Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, and the Soi 38 night market off Sukhumvit Road are packed full of delicious street food options.

For the best boat noodles visit the boat noodle alley at Victory Monument.

6. Marrakesh

Street food in Marrakesh is some of the most exciting and flavorsome in the world, with all its spices, colors, textures, and influences. Food safety is not a primary concern at the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s iconic central square because there are frequent inspections, and leftover food is disposed of nightly. We still think it’s a good idea to go for tagines, sandwiches, and cooked foods when possible, especially if you are outside the Medina.

Each night, Djemaa el-Fna turns into the city’s greatest outdoor dining hall, overflowing with sizzling grilled meats, fragrant tagines, and fluffy, spicy couscous. Tagine; ghouls; bastille (Moroccan pigeon pie); ma’qooda (deep-fried potato balls); chebakia (sesame cookies) are all yummy options.

5. Mumbai

About 250,000 hawkers, cover the streets of Mumbai and all of them are rich in culinary exploration. Most of Mumbai’s street food is hearty, filling and vegetarian-friendly. But beware: food safety is a concern in Mumbai because only around 17,000 hawkers are legally licensed. Stay with cooked food and avoid dairy.

A wallah will be on every street corner, but the best vada pav is at Shivaji on Rajwadkar Street, Colaba. They make vada pav fresh daily. Vada pav is a fried potato patty on bread.

The best pav bhaji or spicy vegetable curry served with a butter-soaked bun will be at the stalls in front of Juhu Beach.

Pick up a tasty bhelpuri, which is a crunchy puffed rice and vegetable salad at any chaat-wallah on Chowpatty Beach.

4. Palermo

It goes without saying that pizza and pasta are awesome. But don’t discount the curbside cooking. Chickpea fritters and liver sandwiches are daily fares. Most everything is deep fried, so food safety isn’t a huge concern, although your waistline maybe something else when you return home.

Food stalls are everywhere, and a spleen sandwich which tastes better than it sounds is a must order and be sure to ask for a lemon wedge. Try one at Pani ca Meusa di Porta Carbone on Via Cala.

Fish are caught daily and grilled in front of you at Borgo Vecchio.

3. Rio De Janeiro

The natives at this location, called Cariocans take eating to a new level by starting their day with an acai bowl, for lunch a beef and cheese flatbread esfiha to be followed by a food truck burger of stuffed bean patties or acaraje for dinner. While there are food regulations, we are unclear on enforcement, so uncooked foods are best left alone except for acai bowls.

Santa Teresa’s boho neighborhood is a great place for authentic acaraje, but for everything else, hit the beach! Try the Acai bowls, tapioca crepes filled with bananas and Nutella, cheese puffs or pastries stuffed with veggies, shrimp or beef.

2. New York City

There is nothing you can’t find on the streets of New York friends! The Health Department is strict about regulating and monitoring the sanitation of mobile food vendors, and offenders are heavily fined. So, eat what you want and enjoy!
Brooklyn’s Smorgasbord Festival – don’t miss it during the summer
Any other time of year, Prince Street in Soho is the place to be for all day food trucks.
King o Falafel: order the lamb shawarma.
Milk Truck: grilled cheese.
Dirty Water Dog: chipotle pork burrito.

1. Cartegena

African and Spanish influences run amuck here, and while you will find and taste some of the tastiest and innovative dishes, there are no existing regulations for food safety so proceed with caution, please. We suggest a street food tour so you can bypass the testing and head straight for the very best foods.

Plaza de la Trinidad is a good start, and you will want to order Arepas, mazorca desgranada, which is a corn, meat and cheese combo topped with crunchy potatoes. Guava and cheese filled pastry or bocadillo con queso and bollos, which are boiled yucca buns.


Top 10 Wine Destinations

Pack your bags and prepare your senses – you are going on a wine vacation! Before it reaches your glass, the world’s best wine starts its life in gorgeous vineyards across the globe. It is only right that you go directly to the source as you explore vineyards, pair your wines with delicious foods, and enjoy the scenery that accompanies. To get you started, here are 10 of some of the worlds best wine destinations to appease your inner sommelier and connoisseur.

10. Napa Valley, USA
Welcome to US wine country. Just an hour north of San Francisco, Napa Valley has produced some of the best wines in the USA and world over. Over 50 types of grapes are grown in this scenic sanctuary, so there are plenty of unique blends to explore. You can make it a day trip or a full Napa vacation, visiting the various wine estates, some of which even offer accommodation and various activities centered around wine and food.

9. Adelaide, Australia
Australia’s wine capital and the home of some of the best shiraz the world has to offer, Adelaide is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts who are visiting down under. Between Barossa and McLaren Vale, you are able to explore the Shiraz variations in the region. Whilst you are are in the area, you can indulge in some of the unique wine-related activities such as wine tasting on a hot air balloon. You can also take the time to tour some of the local restaurants that offer wine pairing and sampling selections.

8. Cape Town, South Africa
Chardonnay with a view. That is exactly what you can expect when you visit the Constantia Valley, just half an hour out of Cape Town. You will be greeted by the stunning Table Mountains, as you explore the various world-renowned estates across the valley. Most of these estates also have award-winning chefs that prepare both local and international cuisine that pairs well with the wine on offer. Whilst you are in Cape Town, you can also take advantage of the plethora of activities available on offer.

7. La Rioja, Spain
With over 500 wineries and centuries of grape-growing history, La Rioja is your Spanish wine destination. Here you will find winemakers using traditional, high-quality winemaking techniques that make every glass an experience. You will also find wineries using new technologies and exploring with different blends to bring variation in every bottle. For the full experience, be sure to book a night at the renowned wine hotel; Marqués de Riscal. Here you will be treated to some of the best reds, and delicious foods to create a wholesome wine experience.

6. Sonoma, USA
Located right next to Napa Valley, Sonoma is often overlooked among wine destinations in the world. Do not be fooled, this area is rich in high-quality wineries and lush landscapes that will surely take your breath away. You are also invited to enjoy the top-tier cuisine served in California’s best restaurants. You will find that there are also plenty of lodging options in the Sonoma region allowing you to spend time enjoying all Sonoma has to offer.

5. Loire Valley, France
This is the perfect destination for romance, peace, and variety. Loire Valley is one of the most picturesque regions of France that boasts luxury hotels, with peaceful surroundings that make for the most relaxing getaway. In the valley, you are going to be treated to a variety of wines, from smoky cabernets to sweet blends; paired with food prepared by world-class chefs. You will not be disappointed by this magical wine getaway.

4. Bordeaux, France
Known for its scrumptious reds, Bordeaux is a bucket list destination for wine lovers world over. 80% of the wine produced in the area is red, and red blends that are simply a magical dance on the taste buds. The city is riddled with Michelin star restaurants that offer local wines on the menu – be sure to visit at least one on your wine getaway. There are also plenty of activities to partake in the region for when you need to take a break from the delicious wine.

3. Central Otago, New Zealand
If this location sounds familiar, you have probably glimpsed the landscape in Lord of the Rings. There is more to the green valleys and snow-capped peaks – the region boasts a booming wine industry. Central Otago offers a plethora of sweet and aromatic wines that are simply to die for. You can sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, sipping on some of the worlds finest liquids.

2. Santorini, Greece
Wine, good views, and the freshest foods- what more do you need in this world? For those who are looking for the ultimate summer wine holiday, Santorini is the destination that is calling your name. Here you can enjoy popular Mediterranean wines that are made from unique tasting grapes that you will not find elsewhere. The wines are paired with an abundance of freshly delicious Greek cuisine, making for a heavenly experience. There is also plenty to see and do in Santorini, including touring wineries, lounging by the water, or exploring the exquisite architecture in the city. This is a wine holiday that your whole family can enjoy.

1. Porto, Portugal
If the name doesn’t give it away, Porto is the home of… guessed it, Port Wine. For the lovers of sweet wine, Porto is the ultimate wine destination for you. Here you will enjoy various port blends, as well as their renowned Vinho. Wine tasting is accompanied well paired local cuisine and an abundance of culture. You can also make a stop at the Port Wine Museum where you can learn anything and everything there is to learn about your favorite wine.


Top 10 Hiking Trails in Pennsylvania

During the winter months, Pennsylvania is covered in thick coats of snow. But as soon as the temperatures start to rise, the snow melts and uncovers lush greenery and the thick forests welcome avid hikers from all over the country to explore their untamed beauty. Because Pennsylvania is so mountainous, there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails to discover and love. Here are 10 of the top hiking trails that are sure to satisfy even the most novice of hikers.

10. Mt Nittany, State College
Mt Nittany is an obligatory hike if you are a Penn State student, and rightly so. This beautiful hike is great for all levels of experience, varying in difficulty depending on the trail that you choose. The hike is heavily trafficked and clearly marked, meaning that if you are hiking alone, you will not get lost. The trail loop is 4.6 miles long and accessible year round. At the top of the mountain is a 360-degree view of State College and neighboring counties. This is also the perfect trail for those who are looking to train or increase their endurance.

9. Ringing Rocks County Park, Upper Black Eddy
This hike is perfect for those audiophiles among us. This trail was given its name for a reason – the rocks really do ring. Make sure you bring a hammer along on your hike so that you can unlock the hidden sounds. When hit with a hammer, these rocks make distinct ring-like sounds. This hike is interactive, and for that reason, is great for children as well. There is also a beautiful waterfall just a short hike from the ringing rocks which is worth the few extra minutes. Ringing Rocks is perfect for beginners, casual hikers, and children, and great for pictures as well.

8. Lehigh Gap / Superfund Trailhead
This is one of the hardest trails on the Appalachian Trail, and it is located in Pennsylvania. Whilst this hike is short – in distance- it is almost vertical and extremely rocky. This is definitely a climb for the more seasoned climbers. Once you do get to the top of the trail, you are treated to the beautiful view of the Lehigh River below. This is definitely a bucket-list trail for Pennsylvania Hikers.

7. High Rocks, Pipersville
The High Rocks, or Ralph Stover State Park as it is formally named, is the hike for rock climbing aficionados. The surrounding mountains are popular among rock climbers of every level. For those who do not want to climb, the hike is equally as enjoyable, with areas for picnics by Tohickon Creek, which runs through the area.  The hike is good for every level of experience, as there are trails of all difficulty levels. The views are beautiful all year round and the trails are open for use all year. Rock climbing is not recommended during the winter months as the rocks become slippery and unstable

6. Glen Onoko Falls, Jim Thorpe
If you are searching for Instagram worthy backdrops throughout your hike, look no further than Glen Onoko Falls. This 3-mile loop offers a moderate hike with various little and bigger waterfalls along the way. It is worth noting that safety is an important consideration when making this hike. It is a steep and rocky hike, with water from the falls, therefore it is very important to ensure that you climb with sturdy and slip-resistant footwear. Although this is a difficult hike with an 1188 ft elevation, it is extremely rewarding and the pictures are absolutely worth it.

5. Bushkill Falls, Poconos
These are arguably some of the most famous falls in Pennsylvania, affectionately dubbed the Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania. This hike is perfect for all ages and there are different, well-marked trails for different experience levels. Along the hike, there are eight major waterfalls, with the tallest standing at 150 feet. The more casual trails are highly trafficked, but the traffic lessens as you reach the more challenging paths. The falls are also popular for birdwatchers, as there is an abundance of various birds and other wildlife in the area. To hike Bushkill Falls costs $13.50 per adult, and $8 per child – for a day pass.

4. Mingo Creek County Park, Finleyville
This county park has a number of beautiful trails to hike depending on the desired level of difficulty. This park is shared with horse riders and bikers, but the trails are equipped for all. There are creeks and an abundance of animals, making the trails in this park perfect for family hikes with younger children. There are loops as short as 1.4 miles which are great for novice hikers. The best time to visit the park is during the warmer months of the year, as there is no plowing done during the snow season

3. Promised Land State Park, Pike County
From hiking to camping, there is something for everyone in the  Promised Land (State Park). The park boasts a 50-mile trail system, so your energy is the limit. There are trails for varying skill levels. All the hiking trails are clearly marked using the parks marking system. There are plenty of other activities to do at the state park, such as fishing, boating, horseback riding, and biking. There are also resorts nearby if you would like to make a vacation out of your visit.

2. Golden Eagle Trail, Cammal
For those who want to dedicate a whole day hiking, this is the trail for you. The Golden Eagle Trail is a well-traveled 8-mile loop that is in use all year round. Equally as beautiful in winter as it is in the warmer months, the trail is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. This is a moderately difficult trail, which is not recommended for beginners during the winter months. Along the hike, there is the chance to see an abundance of wildlife and is a favorite for avid birdwatchers as well. It is recommended that hikers wear very sturdy footwear and be aware of the various animals that are around the area.

1. Dingmans Ferry Creek Trail, Pike County
This is probably one of the easiest and shortest trails you will hike, but that does not take away from its beauty. The trail is approximately half a mile – one way. At the end of the trail, you find yourself looking at a breathtaking sight of Dingmans Falls, the second largest falls in Pennsylvania. This is a fantastic trail for those with very young children who are curious about nature, or those are just trying to find their love for hiking.


Top 10 Girls Trip Destinations in the US

Whether you are getting together for a bachelorette party, college reunion, or just need to take some time with your best girlfriends, a girls trip is always a fantastic idea. Although you can really go anywhere, there are just some cities that go above and beyond to cater for all your girls’ trip needs – whether you are there to relax and lounge, or eat, drink and dance the night away.  Here are 10 of some of the best cities and destinations to have your next girls trip.

10. New Orleans
If you watched the movie “Girls Trip”, then you probably why this city is on the list. If you are looking to party and eat, this is definitely the city for you. Nola, as it is so affectionately called, is a city filled with history and a lot of fun. There are plenty of live performances and vibrant dance clubs. During the day, there is plenty of shopping to be done. You can also take group cooking classes, where famous Nola chefs teach you how to prepare some of the most delicious foods that Nola has to offer. This is definitely a top destination for bachelorette parties, as well as reunions with your best pals.

9. Honolulu
This is an international getaway without “technically” leaving the country. Honolulu is a popular destination for a reason – it has it all. Nevermind that this commonly a family vacation spot, Honolulu is the perfect getaway for your next girls trip. Among being one of the safest cities in the world, this place is a haven for relaxation. If you stay at one of the resort, you can expect day long pampering, morning yoga, and specially made cocktails available around the clock, There are plenty of activities to enjoy around the city and in the water, of course.

8. Savannah
This city in Georgia is best for the group of girls who want a sophisticated getaway that includes everything. Savannah is a historic city with plenty of sights to visit and cultural daytime activities. For those looking for relaxation, there is a spa district that offers regular specials and group discounts for the full pampering experience. Savannah also has a very active night scene with plenty of bars and clubs to dance the night away. This city will have you wanting to come back for more

7. New York City
The city that never sleeps. That says it all. New York City has absolutely everything that you could ever want and more. If you are looking to party, NYC has every kind of party you can imagine. There is, of course, plenty of shopping and eating in this city as well. If you are looking for cultural activities, there is Broadway, art galleries, museums, and free sightseeing across the city. The city is your oyster. If you want to get the most out of your girls trip, it is recommended to arrive with at least a rough itinerary of everything you would like to achieve. You will not be disappointed.

6. Providence
For the group of girls that are looking for a more low-key girls trip, Rhode Island’s capital city is the place for you. The city is rich in art and culture – great if you are looking to spend the day watching performances and visiting galleries. You can also check out some of the local breweries and go on the beer tours where you can taste some of Providence’s uniques brews. The food in the city is amazingly delicious and pairs well with all the local brews. Win!

5. San Juan
Food, sun, and sand. This getaway destination is perfect for the group of girls who just need a break. This is an especially fantastic destination for foodies – there is plenty of world class and street cuisine to try. The weather is always beautiful, which makes it a perfect location to meet up with your girls. You can spend your days being pampered in the spas, or explore the city. The choice is yours. There is also an active nightlife if you wish to dance the nights away.

4. Denver
Denver is the girls trip destination for that group that loves to love the outdoors. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. There are also plenty of microbreweries and wine bars to check out whilst you are in the city. This is the place to catch up with minimal interruptions and just enjoy the company of your friends.

3. Los Angeles
If you and your girlfriends are looking to live like A-listers for a weekend, or week, LA is the place to go. There are plenty of world-class spas, hotels, and restaurants to check out and tick off your bucket list. It is normal to bump shoulder with celebrities on your day out, and plenty of perfect picture backdrops for you and your friends. This is definitely one of the more costly destinations to vacation, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2. Seattle
This is yet another city to visit if you are looking for a cultural and inclusive city. There are plenty of cultural sights to see and take in. The city is very relaxed, urging you to really enjoy your surroundings without having to worry about fitting in. Seattle also boasts a very active and culture-infused inclusive night scene. You can expect to enjoy high-class drag shows, nightclubs, and live performances.

1. Santa Fe
Peace and tranquility are what set this city apart from the rest. Santa Fe is a cultural getaway for those who love the arts. You and your group can spend days enjoying all the artistic offerings, and participate in many of the free art classes and workshops that are offered by various galleries in the city. If you visit in the summer, you are guaranteed to be treated to free concerts throughout the city.


Top 10 Instagram Worthy Destinations

One of the best parts of travelling is being able to take pictures to share with the rest of the world, as well as some for your own memory box. Whilst every vacation is picture worthy, there are some destinations that make for breathtaking snaps. Here are 10 of some of the most picturesque destinations to add to your Bucket list.

10. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It has graced the covers of travel magazines for years, and looks as pretty as a picture in real life. Bora Bora is located in an old volcano-turned-paradise. The volcano subsided and allowed the formation of a reef ecosystem with the clearest blue water and limited waves. Bora Bora is a calm sanctuary with absolutely no bad angles.

9. Northern Lights, Iceland
You might need a few tries to catch this natural wonder but when you do, you will see heaven. Nothing can compare to the colours illuminated across the Icelandic skies, which photograph beautifully. If you happen to miss the lights, rest assured that the rest of Iceland is truly a sight you’ll want to capture and remember forever.

8. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Serving as the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Neuschwanstein is real life Disney magic. The castle is completed by the mountainous backdrop, making it look like it came right out of a movie. Visit in the winter to get some of the best images, aided by the snowfall that creates a fairytale aesthetic.

7. Railay, Thailand
Only accessible by boat, this peninsula is so perfect you almost don’t want to touch it. The water is so clear that you can see the fish swimming beneath you. The water is complemented by and cave systems, that not only make for a fun vacation, but gorgeous unfiltered pictures.

6. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
One of the seven natural wonders of the world – and what a majestic one this is. Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world, dropping off a 350 foot cliff. This is the dream backdrop for those water lovers, and will make you realise just how big the world truly is. The pictures at Victoria Falls are almost guaranteed to feature a rainbow – no flash needed.

5. Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China
If science and art met, and had a love child, the Rainbow Mountains would be it. These mountains are brightly colored as a result of the weathering and erosion of trace minerals within the sandstone. You’ll have to see them to believe that it is not photoshopped. A natural work of art.

4. Torres Del Paine Patagonia, Chile
This destination looks like the background of the cover of The Sound of Music……except more. Torres Del Paine is a national park that requires hiking to get to see the full park, but the work is definitely worth it. The park is home to glaciers, rivers, lakes, mountains, and lush greenery that make for the most serene and picturesque back drop. There is also various wildlife in the park and a unique experience for those who love hiking and nature.

3. Taj Mahal, India
A jewel that makes a diamond look like an ordinary rock. The Taj Mahal is a popular place for worship and tourism, and rightly so. This white marble mausoleum stands boldly among other Indian architecture and simply takes your breath away. Some of the most popular pictures of the Taj Mahal are taken at sundown, when the orange speckles of the sun reflect against the marble, creating an ethereal tone.

2. Venice, Italy
Venice is a romantic city, built on over a hundred small islands that are separated by a network or canals. This is a unique city that begs you to capture it forever. Whilst cruising along the canals, visitors have a clear view of the beautiful city and the homes that have been on the water for centuries. Photographs taken at sunset beautifully showcase the sun dancing on the water, and light reflecting from the windows of the buildings. No description, or even picture does Venice justice.

1. Antarctica
Yes. This is a holiday destination that people go to. Despite being one of the harshest environments on the planet – an icy desert – Antarctica is a continent of beauty. The serene, untouched ice mountains provide the most calm yet bold backdrop to a beautiful narrative. The continent is also filled with vast wildlife. This is a once in a lifetime experience.


Top 10 Things to do in New York City

In the famous words of Alicia Keys, New York is the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of”. There is truly nothing that you can’t do in this city. However, if you are on a budget, you can start to feel limited in all that you can do in this popular global city. However, there are plenty of free things to do around the city of dream, and here are 10 of some of the best things to see and do in New York City that do not cost a dime.

10. MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art in New  York City is one that people travel thousands of miles, just to see and experience. There are plenty of exhibits to see and experience, especially since they are constantly being changed and refreshed. However, the MoMA has a $25 UNLESS you go on Friday evenings. Every Friday, from 4 pm to 8 pm, the museum offers free admission, where you are welcome to explore and bask in the art. If you live in the area, you can also visit the sculpture garden from 9:30 am to 10 am.

9. Bryant Park
If you in NYC during the summer months, you are in for a treat and a full NYC experience indeed. If you are a yogi, Bryant Park is the place to be every Tuesday morning and Thursday evening. You will find free yoga classes being offered by qualified and renowned local instructors. Classes are held on the lawn or upper terrace and are popular for New York yogis who are looking to enjoy the warm weather and take a break from the indoor studios

8. Federal Bank of New York
This is one of the lesser known attractions in NYC, but a worthwhile experience, especially for those who love to learn a bit about finance and gold. Located in the Financial District, the Federal Bank’s gold vault is available for tour. All you have to do is sign up for a free tour on the website. Inside the vault is over 6,000 tons of gold and history. You will receive a guided tour of the history of the building, gold and more. Great tour for the curious mind.

7. Staten Island Ferry
During the summer months, there is nothing better than taking a ride on the river. Visitors can ride the Staten Island Ferry and explore new destinations for free! You can also ride the East River Ferry for $4, which is an affordable travel option for those on a budget.

6. Public Beaches
Yet another way to enjoy the New York summers. There are a few public beaches that New Yorkers can visit for free. You can visit Coney Island, Brighton Beach, The Rockaways and Fort Tilden – you have a range of options. Around the beaches are a plethora of restaurants, stores, and there are often plenty of free festivals and live performances to enjoy as well.

5. The Tonight Show
For fans of the show, you can catch a live taping with Jimmy Fallon at the NBC studios, which are located in Rockefeller Center. This is an activity that will need advance planning, as free tickets are released a month in advance. This is a bucket list item for people across the country, who travel from all over to be a part of the live audience

4. New York Distilling Company
If you love gin and whiskey, this is definitely something you need to check out in NYC. The New York Distilling Company is one of Brooklyn’s finest distilleries. From 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the distillery offers free tasting tours where visitors can learn about all things gin, whiskey, and distilling, as well as taste some of the most popular creations, as well as their newer and more experimental spirits.

3. High Line
For a romantic night out, you should check out New York’s elevated park. For those who live in NYC, this feels like a break from the city. An evening visit is most romantic as you can go stargazing on the Highline. On Tuesday evening, the American Astronomers Association sets up telescopes in the park that you can use to see the stars.

2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
An escape from the city is sometimes needed, especially for those who are accustomed to the hustle and bustle of city life. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a beautiful and serene get away from the busy city, without actually leaving the city. If you want to visit, there is free entry on Tuesdays. You can spend hours exploring the gardens, as well as the zoo, lake, and Lefferts Historic House. This is a great place if you are looking for a day to yourself, or if you want to get the kids out of the house.

1. Times Square
When many non-New-Yorkers think of NYC, they think of Times Square. Whilst this is definitely not representative of NYC as a whole, it is a great place to visit if you are looking to do something touristy in the city. You can spend the day exploring the bright lights, window shopping, enjoying the diverse foods, and people watching. In this relatively small place, you will meet a plethora of people from different places, marveling at the grandeur that is Times Square. Whilst visiting is free, you may be tempted by the supersize stores and exquisite store displays – don’t say you weren’t warned.