For international students especially, Spring Break means time to go back home, or, in my case, bring home a little closer.
Boston is the perfect location for short trips to wonderful places without spending too much money. Because New England is located only four hours by bus from New York, I chose the Big Apple to be the place I would spend these days with my parents, who came from Brazil. When you are away from home, taking advantage of these short breaks or long weekends to spend more time with your family and friends is priceless (or really, really cheap, if you consider that the round trip from BOS-NY is only $20.00, if you plan in advance).
I like to say that Boston is very “dense”: everything you may need for living is in easy reach. This makes touring the city pretty fast: if you dedicate yourself, in 2 or 3 days you can consider yourself local. By the same token, my parents choose to spend a weekend in Boston, in order to get to know the campus, Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall, Little Italy, and the parks, such as the Public Garden.
New York, in turn, requires a few extra days in order to get a big picture of the New Yorker’s fast-paced lifestyle. Therefore, we decided to spend 5 nights in the city that never sleeps.
So if you are an International Student coming to America, or even a local who wants to get tips about introducing NYC and BOS to foreigners in a week, check it out:
Plan in advance: It can save you some money!
BUS ROUND TRIP: Bought 1 month in advance.
Where to buy: Greyhound (https://greyhound.com)
Place to pick up the bus: South Station
CITYPASS NY: Gives you access to the main attractions of the city, such as museums, rooftops, parks, cruises, etc. There you can find savings for Boston and New York, for example.
Where to buy: City Pass (http://citypass.com)
Price NY: $116.00 (Saving $77.00)
Price BOS: $55.00 (Saving $41.25)
I know some people that hate to do “tourist’s programs.” But there are some places that you must go at least once, even though they seem cliché. Once you go, you can say either you like it or not. So the Statue of Liberty was one of the places I wasn’t excited about, because all of the past times I’ve been to NY it wasn’t on my priority list. But I can say that this time, spending some time at the Statue of Liberty just to contemplate it made me feel like I finally belonged to America. Check some must-go places I visited in both cities:
Here are some trendy places in New York City that are not so touristy:
BROOKLYN (NYC): One of NYC’s 5 boroughs, famous for the Brooklyn Bridge!
- Bedford Avenue: The place with great restaurants and thrift shops! The “Oregano” restaurant has the best Italian Food in the neighborhood, for reasonable prices!
SOHO (NYC): This is the most stylish and charming neighborhood in NYC. There you can find really fancy stores, art galleries, great deals at thrift shops and great places to eat!
- Black Tap NYC: This place is TRENDY! If you don’t believe me, follow their Instagram or you can see for yourself. Just be prepared to wait a few minutes in a loooong line that justifies its fame.
- Ladurée Soho: If you love macarons as much as I do, you can’t miss this place!
- Laffayette Street: The place to find the best bakeries and restaurants in SoHo!
BOSTON COMMON AND BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN: I love to walk through these beautiful green areas in Boston, especially during the spring and summer, when I can enjoy the weather!
NEWBURY STREET: The place to see and to be seen in Boston. Newbury has some really great restaurants, bakeries, and stores. During spring and summer I like to enjoy the weather choosing restaurants with outdoor seating.
LITTLE ITALY BOSTON: This is the most romantic and cozy place to be with your friends or beloved ones.
- Mike’s Pastry: If you are a sugar-addict as I am, this is Disneyland! The place is simple but once you taste their cannoli you’ll understand why everyone is so crazy about it!
THE ESPLANADE: I love to watch the sunsets and Boston’s skyline near to the Charles River, listening to some music with my friends or by myself.
SPECTACLE ISLAND: Save some time take a sweet escapade to the Islands near to Boston! I was very impressed!
Spring Break is over but these memories stay with me forever!