I spend a lot of time in my second home in Orlando but let's be honest. It can get kinda boring. I was looking for something to do and heard a lot of talk about St. Augustine and decided to jump in the car and go. It's a two hour drive and unfortunately the weather was not in our favor but it definitely didn't disappoint. I was also surprised at how cheap it could be so it definitely was a budget friendly day trip.
Parking was a bit expensive at 15 bucks however it's our fault because we parked in the garage out of laziness. Parking in town is metered and will run you about 2.50 an hour however with a little patience and some walking you can find free parking just outside the old city. Specifically near the old jail and fountain of youth. Just be prepared to walk (which I do not mind at all).
There are tons of tours including the trolley and red train however you can do your own self guided tour for free. First, stop at the visitors center where you can pick up a map and the lovely people there will assist you with things to do. The other option is to find discount tickets for the trolley tours. Even though we didn't go I did a search online and was able to find tickets to the trolley for 12.50 which was about half price. Not bad if you are not interested in walking.
Things to do for Free or Cheap
Most of the museums and sites require an admission fee however here are my top five things you can do for free.
(1) Walk St. George Street. This is a pedestrian only street with a ton of cute little shops and historic sites. Most of the historic sites require admission but you can definitely admire the architecture and read about their history on the plaques.
(2) Trinity Parish. This is a beautiful church at the corner of St. George and King Street. You can explore the church for free however be respectful of parishioners who may be attending mass or saying a prayer.
(3) Lightner Museum. Continuing down King Street you will run into the Lightner Museum as well as Flagler College which are both amazing. You have to pay to go into the actual Museum however you can walk the grounds for free. The courtyard is especially beautiful. They have a little shop where you can order coffee, ice cream, beer and wine and sit in one of the outdoor tables. If you need a break it is worth the few bucks you may spend on a beverage or treat as it is such a pretty place.
(4) St. Augustine Distillery. This place is really cool and they offer a tour and tasting for free. You sign up when you get there and there may be a little bit of a wait but how cool does this sounds. If you are impatient like me you can skip the tour and head to the gift shop where they offer the free tastings. I tried the three types of gin. They were pretty good.
(5). San Sebastián Winery. You will find this place at the end of King St. so it's a little walk from town but so worth it. They also offer a tour and tasting for free. The tour is self guided however it includes 6 wines to taste. For an extra five bucks you can add on two additional premium wines. Well worth the five bucks as these wines were awesome and they were very generous with their pours. Extra tip: Keep going up to the third floor where you will find a rooftop deck with a bar and amazing views. They even had live music. We ordered a few glasses of wine and a snack while up there. Since we didn't spend money all day we thought we would splurge. It was a great way to end our day of exploring.
I can keep going with this list as there is so much to see and do in St. Augustine. I definitely would love to visit again sometime soon.
Happy New Year!!!!!! Welcome to 2018. Can't wait to see what adventures are coming our way.
When I first started blogging I thought that I was going to write about fashion all the time. I mean it is my obsession. I love to shop and I love to play dress up. Over the years my blogging started to evolve into fashion posts about traveling and fashion posts about what I was packing for a weekend getaway. The more I posted about the places I was going or was getting ready to go the more people started to ask questions about how I could afford the time and the money to travel so much. As I started to share tips and tricks about how I keep up my lifestyle on a budget I wanted to write about it and here we are with Poor in a Private Plane.
Living Poor in a Private Plane is not just about travel. It is about a lifestyle. Anyone who knows me knows that deep down inside I am not a money motivated person. I like to have nice things and nice experiences but I don't necessarily think you need all the money in the world to do that. Yeah I wear Louboutins (that I got on sale or consignment) and travel all the time(using airline points), but it is not because I am rich. I have a regular 9-5 job, a mortgage that I wish would just go away and the usual bills that sometimes causes us to delay the things we really want to do. I am able to travel the way I do because I am creative. With the initial launch of this blog I hoped to share a little bit about my lifestyle and how I manage it. I've seemed to lose track a bit but I am excited to get back into it and really share who I really am and why I consider myself to be Poor in a Private Plane. There is more to the fun trips and fancy clothes. I spend hours online looking for flight deals. I do lots of research prior to visiting a place to figure out how I can save a few bucks here and there. I cut corners where I can on my daily expenses (like bringing lunch to work. This is a big deal people!!!). This is not a fashion blog or a travel blog. I am not here to make money (although that would be nice one day). I am really looking to genuinely share with everyone how they can realistically have the luxe life on a not so luxe budget.
I am looking forward to to sharing my experiences with everyone. Tell me what you want to see. Fashion, travel, deals??!!! I love hearing from my readers.
Happy Tuesday!!! It is finally starting to cool down in NY. I hope. The last two weekends have been amazing (I am not really complaining) but I am so ready for cold and snow. Yes I said it. Kill me. I love the winter. So today I decided to share a little bit about me. I am sharing 10 facts about me that you may or may not know. So lets start with Number 1. I am from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Yup!! Born and raised. Some people thing native New Yorkers are unicorns. Well guess what. We exist.
Over the next couple of posts I will be sharing my experience with everyone on my cruise to Cuba. I've been wanting to go to Cuba for a while but was hesitant. Maybe it was because I didn't have the time to plan the perfect Cuba getaway. Maybe it was because there wasn't enough information or all the information I read was conflicting. Some people love it and some people hated it. When my family decided to take a cruise to Cuba I jumped at the opportunity. I mean everything would be planned out and I wouldn't have to worry about anything other than how to spend my days in Havana. Well I started to look things up and found very limited info on this topic as well.
I decided to share my experience with everyone in hopes it will help you plan your vacation to Cuba. Please note if you are from the US be sure to check out the updated rules on travel to Cuba. I went on a people to people visa but at the time of this post that is no longer an option.
I cannot explain why it took me so long but I finally got a chance to spend a weekend in Montreal. It's always been on my places to visit and my friends talk about it all the time but for some reason I never made any plans to visit. Well that has changed. We decided to go on a road trip and it was awesome.
I am always looking for something to do and places to go. I drive my husband crazy since every weekend has to involve some kind of adventure. Whether it be a road trip or jumping on a plane to the west coast I have to make the best of my weekends. If you haven't figured it out I am an oenophile. Im obsessed with wines. And my goal is to hit up every wine region in North America. So for my next adventured I googled under the radar wine regions in North American and discovered Eastern Townships just across the border in Canada.
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The weather was amazing here in New York last weekend and being that there are only a few summer weekends left we decided to head out of the city and head out to Long Island.
We spent both Saturday and Sunday on the beach in Fire Island. The weather was spectacular so we jumped in the car early and made the drive over to my version of paradise close to home. There are a few ways to get to Fire Island depending on where you want to go. I love taking the Ferry but a few years ago we discovered Robert Moses State Park and have not looked back since. It is the only part of the island that is accessible by car and while it can get crowded at times it is no where near as chaotic as it's neighbor Jones Beach.
After we had enough of the beach on Sunday we decided to head out to the North Fork for some wine tasting. First stop was one of my faves, Raphael. We became wine club members of Raphael a couple of years ago and every time we go I feel like I am somewhere in Italy. I absolutely love that place and make it a point to go at least once a month. After we had our fill of wine, cheese and flatbreads we were off to our second spot which was Lieb Cellars. I have only been once before this last visit but this time I fell head over heels. This place is awesome. It is super casual but not crazy like some of the larger wineries on the island. It is just a chill and relaxed place. They are also open until 7pm (even on Sundays) which is a nice way to finish off your weekend with a bottle and the sunset. It was definitely the highlight of the weekend.
Because I was looking for something pretty but casual to wear to our trip to the wineries I decided to give the Kimono trend a try. This kimono is from AmiClubWear and it is meant to be a beach cover up but I put it over a pair of old navy cutoffs and white tank top. It was perfect. This one is sold out but they have a ton of other cute ones so check it out. It is such a fun piece and I can't wait to style it which white jeans once the weather starts to cool down. Hopefully no one notices if I show up to the wineries again in the "same" outfit. How was your weekend? What is your favorite after the beach outfit of choice?
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I love blogging and I love to post on Insta. But it could sometimes be exhausting trying to keep up with it. This weekend I took a break from social media. I even took a break from my phone. And it was fabulous. Sometimes you need to put it down and just enjoy your life. Now that I am back and refreshed I am ready to talk about my latest obsession with two piece sets.
We all know I love rompers and jumpsuits but two piece sets are even better. It's like 1 million different outfits in one. Be warned you're going to get sick of this set. I already had at least five outfits in mind.I think this will keep me covered for the rest of the summer. How would you style this?
Location: Bronx, NY
Two Piece Set: She In Similar here and here
Shoes: Ralph Lauren Similar here or here
Sunnies: No brand Similar here or here
Summer in New York City is a beautiful thing. Well at least that is what everyone tells me. I personally prefer the Fall but I can appreciate a nice summer night. We try to spend as much time outdoors as we can in the summer because come winter we are not leaving the house for at least 9 months. Living in New York City can be expensive but in Poor In A Private Plane fashion I have managed to figure out how to have date night for under $15 including food and wine. Keep on reading to learn more.
I am starting to think that I am starting to develop an obsessive personality. I tend to get fixated on things and I am not happy until have it. Sorta kinda like the maxi romper. It is my new obsession. I only have one because I am trying to exercise some restraint but every time I see one I stop dead in my tracks. Should I buy it? Should I buy it? I've been a very good girl but I can't help but share some of my faves that I am eyeing this week. Most are under $100. What are you currently obsessed with?
Who is Taima?
I am a native New Yorker that is addicted to travel and fashion. Wealth is not measured by the amount of money you have but by your life experiences.
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