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broadway trip?

The other night my friend jane and I were drinking wine, possibly to excess, and she mentioned that she really wanted to go to New York to see neal patrick harris in hedwig (!) and said we should go... girl weekend! split a hotel, see shows, it'd be awesome!

my first response was "oh no, marc will be insanely jealous if I see a real broadway show without him!" but marc was a good sport, he was like "GOOO!" he generally thinks i'm not impulsive enough, knows I need time to myself, knows that I'm more supportive of his trips when I've had something too, all that. nice guy.

so I was like "okay let's go!"

and now I'm wondering if that was a good idea or not? jane is so excited, planning ticket prices and checking dates. The issue I have is that the trip will probably be in the $2000 range. I have a savings account, but remember a while ago I wrote about how I had a goal of being a world traveler? opening up my perspectives, leaving the continent? that's what my travel savings is supposed to be for... in about three years, when we can leave the kids at grandma's for a week, I want to be on the other side of the world with my husband.

I also wrote an entry about how I hate New York and am never going back, but both jane and marc say that maybe I just need a good experience of the place to remember the cool things about it. everyone else loves New York.

I'm conflicted. I don't think this trip will kill my chances of traveling the world, but it might delay it a year, or take away from the trip. this New York idea... good for me? maybe. but not my goal.


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May. 12th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
I know someone who has an AirBnB somewhere in NYC... I think only one bed in their guest room, you'd have to share but nice peoples. or we often book on vrbo.com but for two people I'm not sure just a hotel wouldn't be better. you could check though.

Just go! I bet it won't delay things much if at all, actually.
May. 12th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I assume, since you're talking about Broadway, that when you say you hate NY, and that everyone else loves it, that you are talking about NYC. Trust me, lots of people HATE NYC, many of whom live in New York State. I am one of them. I have a degree in theatre and have only seen three shows actually ON Broadway, because I hate being in the city that much. I like a few select places, but as a rule, I avoid NYC as much as possible. You can see great theatre so many places, and I'm sure NPH goes other places to perform. If you do want good memories of NY, and like wine....come to the finger lakes region of NY, and we'll give you an amazing experience to remember and love, without having to deal with NYC.

Sorry about the rant, I love my state, and wish that Manhattan would go off and make it's own state. Of course, it can't afford to, but a girl can dream.

Edited because I forgot about a show.

Edited at 2014-05-12 06:00 pm (UTC)
May. 12th, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
First, I love NYC and love going to Broadway shows, but I don't feel everyone needs to. But I have a lot of personal touchstones in NYC, so what I love is just walking around and finding new architectural details I didn't know existed and stumbling upon a block where, say, all the Korean restaurants are, and stuff like that.

Second, I am not sure where you are getting your price estimate. I see airfares of $422 from ICT into EWR, returning from LGA. I assume you would go for a weekend, so 2 hotel nights? I usually use hotel points if I can't find a good price. But the lower end chain franchises (e.g. Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express, etc.) can be affordable. Lots of hotels are under $200 a night (including breakfast) and, assuming you split that with your friend, that means $200 for the 2 nights. I also hear that people find good prices (under $100) via Priceline, but I am a bit too much of a control freak to do that myself. As for the theatre, balcony seats are under $70, mezzanine about $120. Adding in meals and other sightseeing and such, I would still think you could make it work for under $1000.

As for deciding, it's always a question of priorities. Nobody can figure that out for you. If you do go, let me know and I will get my friend's fabric and notions shopping tips. (That could, however, put you up to the $2000 mark!)
May. 13th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
Seconded on the pricing. My husband and I just got back from a 5-day trip to NYC and spent $5k on the whole trip, including full-price tickets to TWO Broadway shows, 3 museum visits, a couple of outrageously expensive meals, various other tourist attractions, and 5 nights at the Waldorf Astoria. You can do a weekend trip for one for far less than $2k.
May. 12th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
I think you should go because I think it will be excellent practice for world travel. Yes, NYC is overwhelming and has its own cultural norms. Guess what? That's exactly true of anywhere you go in the world. I think if you spend the next 7 years saving for the monumental world trip you'll be disappointed in the end. I think this because - 1. you'll have built that one trip up as so monumental it will be difficult for it to live up to your expectations and 2. you need practice doing some of the things that necessarily happen when you travel that you said in an earlier post you don't like (spending money on things that cost less at home, getting lost, "wasting time", etc.). I think there is no way to enjoy your trip abroad if you treat it as "this is my one and only chance to enjoy world travel ever". You have to practice by putting yourself in situations outside your comfort zone, especially if there's something in that situation you're likely to enjoy (like the play).

Bonus - I think of NYC as a world city, not really an an American city. Meaning, I think it has a lot more in common culturally with say London and Paris than those cities do with the rest of their respective countries. I think it's as good a place as any to start your world travels, it just also happens to speak the same language as you.
May. 12th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
Agree. There's always something that sucks about a trip, but it shouldn't overshadow the awesomeness of travel, if you do enjoy seeing new places. It just teaches you something better for next time. I've been to NYC a few times, and there's always something new to see. Last time we went to the botanical garden in the Bronx. Super awesome and not something I'd done on the previous trip. I love the second trip to a city, because you're totally over any need to do panicked sightseeing and you can just relax and focus on a few things.

Also agree with the person above that says you can likely get the costs way down.
May. 12th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
I think that's awesome. What I love about NY is how easy it is to get around.
May. 12th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
It shouldn't cost that much. Check Southwest for your flight, and hit me up for info on where I stay for sub-$100. If you absolutely can't do it cheaply, I kinda say skip it.
May. 13th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
I agree with others that $2000 seems a little too much. Plane tickets look to be about $400, sharing a hotel shouldn't be that much, and how much are the Broadway tickets? What does Jane have as a big expenditure? Can we LJ friends help lower that cost?

Of course, I am biased because I love NYC to death.

I also love world travel, but if it's only delaying it by a year, I don't think that's such a big deal, in the grand scheme of things? (Said by someone who travels internationally every year, I know, but I think if it's your first time off Americas, it should be OK?)
May. 15th, 2014 08:00 am (UTC)
Go. Kansas to NYC counts as world-traveling in my book, it's just a smaller part of the world. And I agree about needing a good experience to counteract a bad one. It took me awhile to get past my first experience of Paris, when 25 out of 37 kids on a high school trip got food poisoning (I was not one of them, but I was getting over a nasty cold which had prompted the obtaining of codeine (! when you're 16 years old and out on your own) in Tyrol). It turns out, when you're not surrounded by vomiting high schoolers, Paris is actually pretty wonderful!
May. 25th, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
I have no opinion on the travelling to NY, but I saw NPH in Hedwig, and it was AMAZING. A trip into NY is a $32 train ticket and a few hours for me, so not a big deal, but Hedwig was phenomenal. Like, best thing I've seen on Broadway in a long time.
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