Pod 51 Hotel room tour & review || NYC Hotel

hey! Here is a room tour at pod51 hotel in New York City.

We stayed in a Queen room for a weekend and put together our review of the place. The location is the best part! I’ve always wanted to stay in a pod or capsule hotel and this is as close as I can get before doing the international tiny pods.

pros:

– stay in Manhattan on a budget

– best for people who are out and about all day

– location in Manhattan is great, a lot of places are walkable from here

– very good service and easy check-in/check-out

cons:

– you can sometimes hear people in the hallways

– if you easily feel claustrophobic/are a bigger person you may not like this hotel (we booked this knowing and expecting a small space so we were ok with it)

heads up:

– the private Queen bathroom has a window has a window that anyone staying in the room can look into

Packing for 4 DAYS in a backpack || Pack With Me + TIPS

Hey! I recently did a 4 day trip with a backpack and here’s how I packed it. I challenged myself to pack everything I needed for the long weekend in my backpack because the airline I flew (JetBlue) changed their basic fare policy to not include carry-ons anymore.

A few years ago, I could never do this. I went to Minneapolis for 2 days, 1 night and could barely fit my stuff into my North Face Borealis Backpack at the time! (I did have to bring a bath towel + shower flip flops.)

00:00 Intro & Backpack Tour

00:39 What I’m Packing

02:29 Packing My Backpack

——EXTRA TIPS——

  • If you don’t need a lot of a liquid like skincare, put it in a clean contacts lens case that you don’t need!
  • Roll your clothes to be able to pack more. Play around with roll sizes and see what works best. Keep the most wrinkle-able items on the outside.

——CLOTHING/SHOES——

-1 Sweatshirt*

-1 Black sneakers*

-1 Sandals

-1 Dress

-1 Tank top*

-1 Hiking top/crop top

-3 T Shirts

-3 Workout or Lounging Shorts

-1 Jean Shorts

-1 Leggings*

-8 underwear + 2.5 bras

*items worn on the plane

——OUTFITS——

  • Day 1: Airplane outfit (Sneakers, Sweatshirt, tank top, leggings—change to jean shorts)
  • Day 2: Hiking outfit (workout top, workout bottoms + maybe jean shorts)
  • Day 3: Dress
  • Day 4: Sweatshirt, T Shirt, leggings, sneakers

Luckily I have a backpack with a lot of compartments plus a bottle holder and zipper pocket on the sides which helps a lot!

I understand this was more doable because I was traveling to a warmer area but I might do a 3-day Fall in New York City backpack version where I also flew Jetblue.

My company gave me this backpack when I started my career but I believe this is the model if you are interested as well: https://amzn.to/3BH15TU

AUSTIN TEXAS || Enchanted Rock – Mount Bonnell – Ramen – MORE || Sony RX100 vii vlog

Hey guys! We road tripped from Dallas to middle of TX to hike Enchanted Rock and later caught the sunset at Mount Bonnell in Austin. Some food stops included Ramen Tatsu-ya, Churro Co Austin, and Buc-ee’s!

FYI to enter the Enchanted Rock Area you need to make a reservation here. We did not have one because my cousins have been a few times already and didn’t need to so it was new to us. Luckily they did a recount and we were able to buy tickets inside their welcome building and get in! 

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Texas State Fair || 2021 Fair Food, Dog Stunts, Pig Races, & MORE

Hey guys, I finally had the chance to attend the State Fair of Texas and created my vlog!

I went with my sister and two cousins and we had so much food!

We tried Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs, Dole Whips, Pina Coladas, Various Eggrolls, Fried Frito Pie Bites, and last but THE BEST, the Armadillo dessert – the BEST sweet for the State Fair 2021.

We also had the chance to watch some pig races that were pretty entertaining along with the stunt dog show!

Pop Century Resort ROOM TOUR + Resort Tour! || Walt Disney World Resorts

Hey there! Here’s a quick Pop Century Resort room and resort tour at Walt Disney World!

We booked a standard room and requested an upper floor. It’s a great option if you want to stay on-site and on a budget! Our section options at the time were only the 50s or 70s buildings—I’m not sure if it’s bc of covid restrictions or the fact that we booked it a month before. We decided on 70s for the Bowling Pool area.

——OVERVIEW & RECOMMENDATIONS——

  • Use a grocery delivery service before arriving—we did it for liquid hand soap, paper towels, snacks, sunscreen, and etc. It gets dropped off at the bell services area in front of Pop Century where they are able to store your orders with your name.
  • Transportation was sooo convenient at Pop! Just walk up to the bus area for where you want to go and one will show up shortly. You can always check the app for current times. If you want to go to Epcot or Hollywood Studios, you will need to take the Skyliner (if it’s thunderstorming they will have buses running instead).
  • The beds are comfortable for a good night’s rest. It’s cool how they had a murphy bed that could be put back up for more space during the day. For the most part, the rooms are pretty quiet, keep in mind that we were on the highest floor (4th). I only heard something loud at night on our first night, which was the sound of a toilet somewhere flushing which sounded sharp and loud. After that, I never heard it again. I slept through this but Ricky said he heard people moving into their room really late at night one night around 3am because he woke up to use the bathroom.
  • On your checkout day, use the baggage hold! It is in a covered outdoor area behind the main building, behind where the bell services area is. If you’re coming from your room you’ll see this part. It’s where they also hold strollers/scooters.

Check out the other Disney World vlogs and stay tuned for weekly uploads!

Thanks for watching! Feel free to smash the like button and subscribe for the algorithm xx Sami

Hollywood Studios VLOG || Rise of the Resistance, Toy Story Land, MMRR & more – Walt Disney World

Hey there! This my Walt Disney World Vlog series EP4 where we go to Hollywood Studios! We got the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance, went to Toy Story Land, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, ate at Ronto Roasters and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, and more!

Check out the other Disney World vlogs and stay tuned for weekly uploads!

Stay tuned for more! xx Sami

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival || Rides, The BOATHOUSE, Amorette’s Patisserie, MORE

Hey there! Here’s our Epcot day at Disney World for the International Food and Wine Festival PLUS Disney Springs The BOATHOUSE & Amorette’s Patisserie vlog.

We had a late start, rode the skyliner from Pop Century Resort, hopped on a few rides, and then ran around the world to eat different foods before Epcot Forever (fireworks) started! Ft. Harry & Kristi who we met up with in Orlando!

Booths we went to:

– Hawaii

– Italy

– Germany

– Japan

– Canada (not pictured: “Le Cellier” Filet Mignon)

– Swanky Saucy Swine (not pictured: Roasted Porchetta)

Favorite food: pulled pork slider (Hawaii) & mezzelune croccanti (Italy).

Favorite drink: Aulani Sunrise (Hawaii)

Thank you for watching and don’t forget to thumbs up for the alg! xx Sami

Check out my other Disney videos:

– Disney Springs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyxeGX2tVSE

– Magic Kingdom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMu1hfQcTEQ

– Hollywood Studios

– Animal Kingdom

MAGIC KINGDOM || Disney World Vlog 2021 – Be Our Guest Dinner, Fireworks, Rope Drop, & MORE

Hey there! This my Walt Disney World Vlog series EP2 where we go to Magic Kingdom! We rope-dropped for rides, had dinner at Be Our Guest in the Beast’s Castle, and watched the fireworks show (Happily Ever After). Disney’s 50th Anniversary is coming soon so there’s the decorated castle!

Check out the other Disney World vlogs and stay tuned for weekly uploads of the other Disney parks!

Some of the rides featured in this video: Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World.

We tried food and snacks from: Peco Bill’s, Aloha Isle, Be Our Guest

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Disney Springs || Disney World 2021

Hey there, I explored Disney Springs during my first trip to Disney World this month ft. Ricky! We tried food from Morimoto Asia, The Polite Pig, and of course Dole Whip from a marketplace stand! We came back to Disney Springs another day mid-trip but I’ll include that in a future vlog.

We also checked out World of Disney (store), Uniqlo, the Disney Marketplace, and just wandered around Disney Springs in general.

Thanks for watching and don’t forget to like & subscribe, I appreciate your support! xx Sami