48 Hours in New York

Last weekend I spent 48 hours in New York City.

New York is my favourite city that I’ve ever been to (except London of course). Last year I spent 2 weeks there and I didn’t think I’d get a chance to go this year. But a production company got in touch and said they were filming a sex ed series for YouTube and wanted me to be in it. And they were filming in New York.

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So of course I said yes! Even though it meant only spending 48 hours in the city and despite my fear of flying. 

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I was on set for one afternoon and the rest of the time I had to myself to do what I liked! Which was basically seeing friends and eating. I also didn’t take my vlogging camera with me. Instead I decided to take lots of pictures and I really enjoyed posting a little “48 hours in New York” series on my Twitter.

Day 1 – arrival

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The production company had left me a gift basket in my hotel (which I managed to get back to England with me!). Inside was chocolate, wine, tea, a mug and a vibrator. Perfect. That evening we went to this gorgeous little Greek place in East Village and sat at a table on the street. Then we went to this arcade bar round the corner called “Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade” which was so much fun! I’m no gamer but I love bars and arcade games.

Day 2 – my only full day 

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I went to breakfast with Rosianna at The Standard Grill and we walked along the High Line. I then wondered around Lower Manhattan by myself. Went to Union Square then Washington Square Park and got myself ice-cream and pizza (in that order).

Then in the afternoon I was filming for The Box. The series has started now on YouTube and I’ll let you know on Twitter when my episodes are live. You can watch my little teaser here:

In the evening I hung out with Sara Dietschy who is an amazing daily vlogger/film maker you need to watch if you don’t already! We went to the famous Shake Shack in Madison Square Park with her snapchatter friends Frankie and Izzy.

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Day 3 – leaving 

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My flight wasn’t until the evening so I got up early and had breakfast with Tim Kellner – incredible film maker and photographer and just cool guy! We walked around West Village and along the river (a bit of the city I hadn’t seen before). I then visited the YouTube Space and they had an Oval Office set! So I played President for a bit before getting my nails done and going to the airport.

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I was exhausted by the end of the trip and arrived back in London Sunday morning and did absolutely nothing for the rest of the day and it felt wonderful. If it’s your first visit to NYC then I wouldn’t recommend trying to do it in 48 hours. I didn’t need to do the tourist stuff and just filled my time with people and food.

Maybe I’m insane but it’s a lifestyle I could definitely get used to.

What’s the shortest amount of time you’ve spent in a new place? Did you manage to enjoy it? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. Hey Hannah, I visit London like three or four times a year for two or three days at a time and until the last couple I’ve been so full with things to do that I still have done the major touristy things.

    I’ve been to New York twice and the first time was only for a few days and it definitely wasn’t enough time and I barely saw anything I wanted to. Then last year I went back for five days and still didn’t get to do everything though my list is much shorter. I’m planning on going back for a week over Halloween 2017 to finish it all off.

    When I visit these places I do prefer to just “live” there and not be a tourist so much. Both New York and London are really good at making just existing fun for a few days. Even simple things you can do at home like going to a park or going for a morning coffee can feel different somehow because they are in these places

    1. Oh, and you should absolutely get your butt to Philadelphia when you have the chance! So. Much. History. And I’d love to see a video of you exploring my favorite city. It’s no NYC, but it has its own unique feel to it.

  2. Right now im staying in paris for ten days, but in a few days i will go to london for 10 hours by bus over night and then come back to paris over night again. It will most likely kill me but its worth it ithink. I live in south germany so i dont come up here often and i really love london so i had to go there!! This will be probably one of the shortest trips. But last year i visitet my friend in philadelphia, PA and we went to new york for like 1 hour. And the other day on that us trip i went to washington, DC for 8 hours all by myself. That was really short as well. But so worth it!!!

  3. Loved all the photos! Glad you had a great time in NY! 🙂

    The only time I’ve ever been outside the U.S. was to go to a friend’s wedding in Canada about 10 years ago. I was there 2 days and nights. I spent most of my time there at her husband’s parents’ house and the motel room. I didn’t see much of Montreal, but it was pretty! I enjoyed the trip, for the most part (weddings can be stressful). This was back before we Americans needed a passport to travel to Canada, so I’ve never owned one.

    I’ve had lots of day trips to other places, of course (visiting family or friends), but those trips were all inside Texas or right across the border into Louisiana or Oklahoma. The only other place I’ve traveled to is Minnesota, and I was there for four days (I think; it was 20 years ago) visiting my friend Amy. So I think the Canada trip best meets your question’s parameters. 🙂

  4. I once visited Paris for two days. Although my time there was quite short, it was amazing and very eventful. Because we had only a little bit of time, we were running from monument to monument and eating as many crepes and macaroons as possible. At one point we went to a sit down dinner and once we had finished eating and we’re just relaxing, a mouse fell down onto our table. It was both scary and hilarious. What made it even more memorable was that the maitre’d brought out a cat from the kitchen and placed it on out table. I felt like I was being punk’d.

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