Light travel in a digital world
It’s been a month shy of 21 years to the day that I first travelled to New York and it is still as clear to me as if it happened yesterday. Last year we gave our daughter, Zoe, the choice of experiencing London, Paris or New York as a “gift” for her 16th birthday. She chose New York (clever girl).
Preparing for the trip has been an experience in itself and I’ve been struck by just how much things have changed. Almost everything has been done online.
Our visa applications were relatively painless and 80% of the grunt work was completed online. Airplane tickets, seats and even boarding tickets, which I have in my bag, check. Hotel booking – got an awesome deal at the Waldorf Astoria with booking.com.
New York Pass for entry into a number of museums and places of interest, plus bus transport – booked online. Ice hockey, theatre and ballet tickets – booked, printed and in my bag. Forex ordered (and delivered to my door) – you guessed it – all done online. Horse drawn carriage ride through Central Park – got the tickets, walking tour of Wall Street – ditto and priceless shopping tips from a local New Yorker – sorted.