Disclaimer: Since no one actually reads my blog, I won’t write this as a travel guide to Orlando/NYC, so don’t expect too much detail with regard to planning or getting around/transportation. The last time I tried writing a comprehensive travel guide was for my Seoul trip, and it took way too long to write cos of all the details I included. I’ll just write these posts as travel diaries instead, so if you’re interested in getting more details, feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help you plan your dream vacation! ^_^
In April, I went on a 2-week family trip to USA to celebrate the end of my 2nd year in med school, and also to commemorate the end of my happiness – a.k.a the last month of freedom before the dreadful clinical years start (in June 2018). This is the longest vacation I’ve ever been on, so I’ll be splitting it up into many parts (maybe 10?) so that each post isn’t too lengthy.
As always, our family vacations are extremely intense and we averaged 12km of walking everyday for the 2 weeks we were there, which amounts to 3 full marathons…which is way more exercise than I do in a
whole lifetime year. Anyway, before I ramble further, this is a very rough itinerary; be sure to follow this blog for more details and pictures from the trip in subsequent posts!
|Day 0 // Sat||A full day of flying T_T
SIN ✈ TPE ✈ JFK
|Day 1 // Sun||JFK ✈ MCO
|Day 2 // Mon||°o° Magic Kingdom|
|Day 3 // Tue||°o° EPCOT|
|Day 4 // Wed||°o° Animal Kingdom|
|Day 5 // Thurs||°o° Magic Kingdom (again)|
|Day 6 // Fri||°o° Hollywood Studios|
|Day 7 // Sat||Vineland Premium Outlets
Orlando International Premium Outlets
|Day 8 // Sun||Mall at Millenia
|Day 9 // Mon||Universal Orlando|
|Day 10 // Tue||MCO ✈ JFK
|Day 11 // Wed||Grand Central Station
Staten Island & the Statue of Liberty
Museum of Jewish Heritage
|Day 12 // Thurs||Thrift shopping
Sightseeing (Union Square, Flat Iron building, Fifth Avenue, Rockerfeller Center)
|Day 13 // Fri||Central Park
JFK ✈ TPE
|Day 14 // Sat||Still on the plane…✈|
|Day 15 // Sun||TPE ✈ SIN
Home sweet home
Ugh. Long haul flights, where do I begin? They’re dreadful, dehydrating and tiring, but a necessary evil when you’re trying to fly halfway around the globe to get to the happiest place on earth.
Our flight from Changi was at 1pm on the 14th of April (the day after my last exam), so we woke up as per normal and then headed to the airport at 11am to check in for our flight. We were flying by EVA Air in their Premium Economy class, which is basically Economy class but with more space (seat width and pitch). It was only slightly more expensive, but the expense was certainly justifiable since we wanted to be able to sleep well and be comfortable on our long-haul flight. We had also requested and prayed hard for bulkhead seats, which we thankfully managed to get for all our 4 flights with EVA Air (Singapore to Taiwan to JFK, and even on the way back home!).
After over 19 hours of flying, we arrived at JFK at 10pm local time, where a 10-hour layover awaited us. We spent 8 hours in a deserted airport, exploring empty terminals with our huge suitcases and trying not to freeze in the extremely chilly spring air. The temperature was around 5-10 degrees that night, and let’s just say that our jackets were far from sufficient to keep us warm.
Before we knew it, it was 8am and time to hop onto a domestic flight to Orlando (MCO)! We arrived at 11am, shopped for a while and had lunch at the terminal before taking a Lyft ride to our hotel, the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista. We rested for a while and headed out to Disney Springs later on in the day. I’ll write more about Disney Springs, purchasing discounted park tickets and deciding between Disney hotels in the next post; stay tuned for that!
And so, that marked the beginning of our 2-week family adventure in the USA…
The Chronicles of America
This is an index of all the posts I’ve written for my US trip, hope you’ll have fun reading through all of them, but be warned: my trigger-happy self has included far too many photographs 😛
Getting Discounted Tickets + Disney Springs: Part 1
Shopping in Orlando: Part 6
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