5 New York City Highlights

New York is one of the greatest cities on the planet – here’s what to do on a trip to this fantastic place.

There is nothing quite like the excitement of planning a trip to New York. The hardest part is knowing exactly how big a bite you will be able to take out of the Big Apple due to not only it’s size but the amount of attractions it boasts. It can be daunting to try and narrow down what to see and what not to, and trying to fit too much in will just leave you exhausted and not enough time to enjoy what you are seeing.

Before you go to the USA you will need to prepare – here’s a quick guide how:

  • Book flights with a competitive quality travel provider like Travel Pirates
  • Organize your visa with a provider like ESTA to ensure no issues with entry
  • Make a List and Pack
  • Call a Taxi with plenty of time to spare to ensure you get to the airport
  • Be ready for the taxi and if it’s an early flight set two alarms

With the short term visitor in mind we have compiled this list of 5 must see things in New York that combines attractions with getting the essence of this incredible metropolis.

1. Empire State Building

You can’t go to New York and not visit the Empire State Building, simple as that. Whether you have seen King Kong swatting toy airplanes or grab the tissues every time you see Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan having their famous meeting this is a must see in every sense of the word. Taking a trip to the observation deck on the 102 floor of this 103-story skyscraper is something you will never forget. Now, sadly, once again the tallest structure in New York the Empire State Building should be on everyone’s itinerary.

2. Chinatown, Manhattan

Home to the biggest enclave of Chinese outside of Asia, Chinatown is a cacophony of sounds, sights and smells that is like no other. There are actually at least 9 separate town scattered across New York but this one in Manhattan is the oldest, the biggest and by far the most famous. Easily located and bordering Little Italy, another area worth a visit, and time your visit to include one of their amazing parades is well worth it.

3. Statue of Liberty

Perhaps the most iconic representation of New York and recognized the world over, a boat trip to experience this very special lady close up is awe inspiring. Alternatively you can catch the ferry to Liberty Island where the statue is located but you do get the best view from a distance rather than standing at the bottom looking up at it.

Ellis Island of course is also home to the immigration offices that met the millions that came to this great nation from Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.

4. Times Square

Lights, music, action and much much more awaits you when you take time out to experience the assault on the senses that is Times Square. This major commercial intersection is found in Midtown Manhattan and is the junction between Broadway and Seventh Action. You will have seen this so many times in films but, once again, nothing beats being there to appreciate it in all its glory.

5. Central Park

New York City

New York City’s Central Park

843 acres of lush greenery smack bang in the middle of the city, there isn’t another park in the world like this one. You have to actually be there to appreciate not only its size but its diversity. The best way to appreciate the beauty of Central Park is on a bike. These are really cheap to hire and thanks to the excellent sign post system you can take in the model sail boats on Conservatory Water, Belvedere Castle on top of Vista Rock, the sculpture of Alice in Wonderland, and one of the parks most photographed features the Bow Bridge. Built in 1862, this cast iron arched bridge stretches for 60 miles over a lake and connects Cherry Hill to the Ramble.

New York is a fantastic place to go and one of the most exciting cities on earth, so get planning and you’re sure to have a great time.

4 Best Cities in the World for Skateboarders

Some action sports enthusiast, spend a lot of their lives on skateboards. The Heroic Adventures team has collectively skated all over the world; it’s been a privilege to experience exotic urban landscapes while skating on multiple continents.

What we’ve learned is this — not all places are created equal, especially when you are traveling as a skateboarder.

The peaceful small city of Varna, Bulgaria? Scenic, indeed, but its cobblestone roads are not going to be very friendly to urethane wheels.

With some of these past experiences in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the 4 best cities in the world to ride a skateboard.

1. Los Angeles, California

OK, so this is an obvious one, but there was no way we could overlook it for this article.

After all, LA really does have everything, and it is especially perfect for those into board sports — surfing, skating, and even snowboarding (within a few hours). Its legendary Venice Beach, it’s skate park featured in the photo at the top of this article, was the birthplace of the Z-boys, and it has been at the center of the skate industry for years.

Currently, mainstream events such as the X-Games, Street League, and Dew Tour all make regular stops through LA, and it is home to some of the world’s most famous street spots and skate parks.

An additional factor that makes LA such a great place for action sports lovers is that it has perfect weather year round, with an average temperature of 70 degrees.

Los Angeles Skateboard

Downtown LA, skating on some of Frank Gehry’s iconic architecture — the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

2. Barcelona, Spain

In the early 2000s, Barcelona became a sort of mythical skate mecca for skateboarders. Tired of contending with skatestoppers and overzealous security guards in California and other parts of the US, pros and amateurs alike began skipping across the pond to session the amazing and virtually untapped terrain of Barcelona.

With nary a skatestopper in sight and a populace that hadn’t yet learned to dislike skateboarding and the property damage it unfortunately causes, it became a veritable skate playground until the latter half of the 2000s.

These days, Barcelona isn’t quite the skate mecca that it once was, but it still offers a bunch of amazing and still somewhat untapped terrain for the intrepid traveler.

3. Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen, China might just be the best place in the world to skate that you have never heard of.

With amazing marble terrain and lax security, Shenzhen emerged in the late 2000s as a place where you could fly to at the 11th hour to film a video part and walk away with several minutes of gold footage.

While Shenzhen is firmly located in communist China, the reality is that the police there have bigger problems to contend with than skateboarding, and most of them have never even seen a skateboard in the first place. Also, it’s easy to get to: it’s just an hour away from downtown Hong Kong.

This, combined with an abundance of marble ledges and unconventional architecture, contributes to make Shenzhen one of the best cities in the world to skate in.

4. Shanghai, China

What?!

Another Chinese city on the list?

Absolutely.

The reality is that China is “the place to be” for a wide swath of industries in 2014, and skateboarding is no exception.

Like Shenzhen, Shanghai is full of perfect marble ledges that require no wax at all to slide. However, it makes our list not because of its marble-y perfection, but because of the uniqueness of some of its skatespots.

You see, while many skatespots in Shanghai are perfect, not all of them are, and skating here is a bit like being dropped in the middle of a Static vide. If you are comfortable adapting to new, quirky terrain and like the harsh east coast vibe (and east coast winter) that Shanghai is known for, this is your city.

It also earns bonus points for the lifestyle. While Shenzhen and Guangzhou might have the highest percentage of perfect skate spots in China (and probably the world), Shanghai has the highest percentage of bottle shops serving imported brews.

And after a long heroic session, nothing is better than an ice, cold beer. Mmm, beer.

Best Place to Skateboard in the World

Whether you want to grind some curbs, or just roll around, skateboards are easy to pack and fun transport to expand your adventures when traveling.

No Need for the Amazon: Ayahuasca Ceremonies in the USA

There are physical adventures, there are mental adventures, and then there is ayahuasca: a relentless spiritual-physical-mental adventure that may be one of the most intense ordeals your soul can choose to experience in this life.

If an ayahuasca ceremony is on your bucket list, you no longer have to go all the way to South America’s Amazon to reach your goal.

Thanks to religious freedoms in the USA, you can finally check-off this list item, the ayahuasca ceremony, without leaving the USA. There are a handful of legal ceremonies popping up in urban areas and far-out locations in scattered pockets across the United States of America.

According to a page on the ayahuasca retreat section of AyahuascaRecipe.org, a UDV member who goes by the title Chief Minister Hupp is offering ayahuasca in the United States for people interested in the UDV religion and it’s full-on spiritual practice of ayahuasca tea imbibing.

“The tea, known as Ayahuasca or Hoasca, is revered as sacred by UDV members. It is a sacrament serving to heighten spiritual understanding and perception, and brings the practitioners closer to God and the Divine.” — Chief Minister Steve Hupp

It seems that the religious protections invoked by the UDV, a Brazilian religion, have made it possible — for people acting on the church’s behalf — to recruit new members to the church’s spiritual practices, where, as a potential member, you can partake in the ritual drinking of ayahuasca.

It’s typical for UDV ayahuasca sessions to include dancing all night, wearing pure white clothes, and singing Christian songs.

That’s right, the UDV is Christian. During a ceremony you’ll be immersed in an alternative Christian world that — to outsiders, the uninitiated, fundamentalist, or bible pounding puritans — may seem like sacrilege.

This is the most unusual US ayahuasca experience to come across Heroic Adventures’ radar, and it happens to be located in the same state as one of North America’s most famous horse races, the Kentucky Derby.

Yes, you read that correctly, Kentucky.

Save the South American journey. Instead, buy your plane ticket to Kentucky.

In all fairness, probably not everyone is as excited about an ayahuasca adventure in Kentucky as they would be taking the sacred medicine, say, with a Shipibo medicine man in South America — but, the novelty of the offer can’t be disputed.

Imagine it, you can fly from New York City down to Kentucky in a weekend. After drinking ayahuasca and having a lifetime’s worth of spiritual bombardment entering your consciousness, you’ll be a new person when you go back to the office in New York on Monday.

It’s time to take a Heroic Adventure not to the Amazon but to Kentucky.


Compare the first photo from the Amazon, below, to the second photo of Kentucky, below, it would appear there is a spiritual connection between the two… Well, at least, they both have a lot of nice green plants.

USA Ayahuasca Retreats

The Amazon isn’t the only place to legally ingest ayahuasca. Ceremonies are now emerging commercially in the United States of America.

Kentucky, USA

Looking a bit like the Amazon without the river, in Kentucky you can now legally drink ayahuasca with a Minister from the UDV.

Motorhome Holiday Essentials: What to Pack

Jumping into a motorhome and experiencing the freedom of the road, either home or away, is the perfect holiday for many.

Sales of motorhomes are booming, and it is little wonder when you consider what you can gain from a holiday of this kind as opposed to one just spent sitting by a pool all day.

Whether you are an experienced motorhome holiday maker or planning your first trip, here are 7 essential items that will make your motorhome holiday go a lot more smoothly.

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7 Best Secret Islands to Relax in Privacy

Islands have become one of the most celebrated places in the whole world. They are a favorite by people who find pleasure in having a cool place to spend their holidays. They have also proved to be the perfect destinations for enjoying a romantic holiday. However, not all Islands are capable of offering pleasure in the same measure. While seeking a place to enjoy your holiday, there are 7 best secret Islands you should know about. Below is a list and description of these destinations and what you will like about them. Continue Reading →

Top Summertime Destinations You Can’t Miss

The United States has a lot of beautiful places to visit when the weather is warm. Summer always brings out the best in cities around the country. In this article you will learn about the best places to travel during summer. It’s a good thing to know where to travel during certain seasons.

Miami Beach in Florida has some of the best weather during summer. Walk through the sand, shop at the nearby shopping centers, and enjoy fine dining all within walking distance from your hotel. Miami Beach has a lot of fun night activities such as drinking and dancing. Young couples that want to take their first trip together can make this trip a memorable experience. Families can also have loads of fun by visiting the local attractions, spending a full day at the beach, and eating great food all over the city. Continue Reading →

The Most Important Travel Tips – Health, Lodging and Money

Traveling can be fun and even more exciting with proper preparation for your social or official trip. There are therefore some very important tips you must keep in mind to manage and realize a comfortable trip. These tips are so important that some can never be overlooked in the preparation of any form of travel.

Health

Your health is the utmost important factor to consider whenever you are traveling away from your home or place of work. You need to inform your doctor and insurance provider of your planned trip in order to receive necessary vaccinations and renew prescriptions as you find out if your insurance policy applies in your destination’s hospitals in case of emergencies. Continue Reading →

6 Essential Elements to Consider When Planning To Travel For Vacation

Proper planning for your vacation is very important because it ensures that your expedition is stress-free and memorable. It is therefore, vital that before you set-off your journey to your preferred holiday destination ensure that you incorporate all the essential elements in your travel checklist to help you avert any cases of inconvenience that would compromise your voyage in one way or the other.

Here are some of the ideal elements that you should never overlook as you plan your vacation to make it possible for your journey to be efficient. Continue Reading →

5 Amazing Adventure Travel Ideas For Your Next Vacation

If you’re planning to take up an adventure trip on your next vacation, you probably be looking for some exotic and exciting adventure travel ideas. Look no further! In this excerpt, we’ve got for you 5 incredible and astounding adventure tour ideas from six different countries.

1. Ski touring the Haute Route, France and Switzerland

If you’re looking for an amazing ski experience on your tour, this is the perfect place to be. The Haute Route Ski Tour is one of the most famous ski tours in the Alps. It is a must trip for those who are totally committed and dedicated to their passion for ski. It features legendary high alpine, linking two historic alpine centers, Chamonix and Zermatt. Continue Reading →

Female Traveler? Top Five Places To Go Solo

All year round, women seek a place to travel and venture out on their own; a place away from their daily life, demands of friends, family and work. They want for once to forget about wearing make-up, truly be themselves and enjoy an experience of their life time. Well, some women prefer to travel in small groups but at times, you just want to do it completely alone.

There are many places I would recommend for such a tour but even before I give you the good news, always adhere to the basic safety principles of traveling. Keep your valuables in different places (your wallet, pockets, hotel safe), and always maintain a copy of your passport in case its stolen or lost. Above all, appear confident and sure of things and you will go along way in averting danger. Continue Reading →