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I used to be one of those people who said "but why would you go back to somewhere you've already been?" but then I went to New York City and ding! I got it. For me, New York is always going to be one of those destinations I'll return to again and again. Who knows, I might even move there at some point, if only for a few months. That's the dream, anyway. From the moment I touched town at Newark airport and saw the Manhattan skyline in person for the first time, I fell in love. Cliche, but true.

My first trip to New York was a bit of a whirlwind, cut short from 7 days down to three thanks to hurricane Irma. Seeing as I didn't get to tick everything off of my list, just a year after my first USA road trip (which technically wasn't a road trip, but again, you can read more about that here), I booked my return to the big apple. After my first visit being cut short, there was so much more left to explore, and I was itching to go back from the second I left. As usual when I go to the states, I booked my flights with Virgin Atlantic for a pretty decent £342 for a direct return. After a bit of searching, I booked a room at the Hudson, a cool but affordable-for-NYC hotel near Columbus Circle. Before I knew it, me and my mum were heading stateside for my second trip, and her first.

A mother daughter trip wasn't the original plan, but I'm so, so glad it turned out that way. Getting to show my mum around the city I'd like to one day call home gave me soooo much joy. In fact, I think it made me appreciate New York even more than ever. I got to show her around my favourite spots that I'd discovered 18 months ago, like the Brooklyn Bridge and the top of the rock. Somehow, I loved them more than the first time, and getting to share those special New York City moments with my mum is something I'll always be grateful for.

Initially, I have to admit, I was a bit worried about spending money on tourist attractions I'd already visited, galleries I'd already seen, but I shouldn't have worried at all. Somehow, New York was so much better the second time around. Maybe it was sharing the experience with my mum, who of course I love so much, and thankfully, who also really loved New York, even if she was a little hesitant before we left. Or maybe that's just the magic of the city. We all know it's got that something special. Whether it's your absolute dream to see the lights in Times Square or you couldn't think of anything worse, you can't deny New York is incredible in its own right.

Seeing as my second trip was so enjoyable - literally every second, apart from when my mum sat on an ancient exhibit in the met and I was mortified - it's made me think, could New York be that city for me that just gets better and better every time? I mean, I love Liverpool more each day than the day before, which everyday I never think is possible, but it is. Liverpool is my home, and I even wrote a blog post about why Liverpool is a great place to live. They say there are a lot of similarities between NYC and Liverpool, and maybe this is one of them.

I've been lucky enough to travel a lot, especially compared to most other 24 year olds, but when I think about the idea of going back to a place I've already been, nowhere gets me quite as excited as NYC. I think that's also helped by the fact there's just so. much. to do there. You'll never tick every coffee shop, restaurant or cool Instagram spot off your list, it just keeps changing all the time. It is the city that never sleeps, after all. And now after writing this, I don't think I'll be able to sleep, thinking about my next trip, whenever that may be...

Good vibes guys ✌🏼