NEW YORK CITY!!
November 8-12, 2017 | 5 days / 4 nights | $2,495
“New York City is nothing short of magical during the holiday season! Join me on this adventure in one of the world’s greatest cities. Sure, we’ll hit some of the “can’t miss” sights but hidden gems and unique experiences will get equal billing. Come prepared for adventure as we explore this amazingly diverse and vibrant city! I’ve spent the last decade of my life researching and planning annual vacations to New York City and I’m ready to share the best of my discoveries with you!” —— Lora, Living Big trip host for this adventure. To learn more about Lora, click here.
Day 1 – November 8
Make your way to New York City by 3PM to join the group at the hotel in the heart of Times Square and kick off the long weekend of fun. We’ll get to know the group, and learn about the weekend adventure ahead, over dinner at a New York institution. After dinner we’ll wander the mid-town streets and explore the magic and energy of Times Square after dark. Dinner included.
Day 2 – November 9
We’ll begin the day with a breakfast stop at a local bakery. We’ll then make our way to the Hudson River to catch a local cruise ship that will sail along Manhattan’s shoreline and into New York Harbor. We’ll come within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty for optimal photo opportunities. We’ll see Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade Center (aka the Freedom Tower) rising to a symbolic height of 1776 feet above the famed New York City skyline. Next we’ll jump on the subway to make our way up to Central Park for a classic New York street food lunch and stroll through the park, before heading to Wollman Rink for a New York holiday tradition: ice skating. We’ll enjoy dinner in the ever-changing Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood before we end our night on Broadway to see the live performance of “Hello, Dolly!” featuring the Divine Miss M (Bette Midler) and David Hyde Pierce. All meals included.
Day 3 – November 10
We’ll hit the streets early this day to see/do/taste/experience as much as we can! We’ll start by grabbing breakfast bites and coffee to go, then head out to walk The High Line- a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. We’ll then browse our way through Chelsea Market, and visit a popular industrial-chic food hall for lunch. From there we’ll make our way over to the West Village and Washington Square Park, then shop and stroll our way through Soho, Little Italy and Canal Street (with lots of rest stops, coffee stops and snack stops along the way!) After a bit of R&R with your feet up back at the hotel, we’ll head out for a fun evening of dinner, dancing and live music — Cuban style ☺ All meals included.
Day 4 – November 11
No visit to New York City is complete these days without a visit to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. After paying our respects, we’ll walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge where we’ll join Scott’s WORLD FAMOUS Pizza Tour. After learning more than you ever thought possible about pizza, and samples to prove it, you’ll have a few hours on your own to rest, shop, explore or indulge any curiosity that’s been piqued! Your Trip Host will be there to point you in the right direction. We’ll gather later that evening for our final meal (maybe just happy hour and wine since we’ll likely STILL be full from pizza!) then head to Radio City Music Hall to see the Rockette’s legendary Christmas Spectacular. There’s no better way to kick-off the holiday season! All meals included.
Day 5 – November 12
On this final day, everyone will either start the journey home or the next leg of their personal vacations. We’ll swap phone numbers, share photos and make plans for our next adventure and opportunity to ‘live big’ together. No meals included.
Trip itinerary is subject to change but will always maintain a spirit of adventure and diverse activities. Questions? Check out the FAQs (click here) for this trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is going on the trip?
This trip is made up of 11 women: 10 guests and your Trip Host. A major tenet of Living Big is to make international travel more accessible to women who don’t want to go at it alone. To learn more about the philosophy, click here.
Can I join the trip solo? Or can I invite a few of my friends to join me on the trip?
Yes and yes to both questions! Some people join Living Big trips on their own; there to make friends and see the world, and others join Living Big trips because they want to share the experience with their friends, sisters, mothers or daughters and don’t want to do any of the planning!
You’ll find that the trips are structured in a way that you’ll have a good amount of group time, but also a fair amount of independent time to explore on your own, with new friends you met in the group, or with the friends joining you on the trip.
Who is the Trip Host? And what is her role?
On this trip your Trip Host is Lora. To learn more about Lora, click here.
The role of the Trip Host is to be there to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible, even when the inevitable travel bumps come our way – such as an unexpected rainy afternoon, traffic, missing luggage, etc. But more importantly, to be a resource that will give you the space you need to really enjoy the experience. So if throughout the trip there is something your Trip Host can do to support you in this regard – please let her know. For example, if you’re not feeling well, having trouble sleeping, not getting along with someone, not satisfied with something, etc. please please share these concerns. No one needs a ‘Mother’ on this trip – that’s not our intention, but if there are small adjustments that can be made to create more space for you to enjoy the experience —- the Trip Host will see what she can do!
How much does the trip cost? And what is included/excluded in this price?
The total price per person is $2,495. This includes the following:
- Planning: all trip logistics, including pre-trip negotiations with all hotels and vendors, onsite coordination, useful information leading up to your trip such as advice on what to pack, how much to budget for spending money, travel tips, local advice and more.
- Hotels: 4 nights accommodation in Times Square based on two people sharing a room.
- Meals: see the daily itinerary for meals included each day. On some days, you’ll be on your own for a meal. Some alcohol, water and snacks are also included.
- Transport: all ground transportation during the trip are included.
- Activities: all activities, unless specified in the itinerary, are included.
- Gratuities for all local guides.
The following expenses are not included in the total trip price:
- Round-trip airfare is not included, but gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles or to extend your trip as you wish. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare and transportation to the stated start and end cities. You will be required to share flight details at least 4 weeks before the adventure commences.
- Transfers to/from the airport to the hotel.
- A set amount of wine and beer will be purchased with each hosted dinner, but each guest will be responsible for alcoholic beverages beyond this amount.
- While not required, each guest is encouraged to consult their existing insurance policy to determine what is covered while on the trip, and if needed, secure an individual insurance policy for the trip.
- Any additional activities you want to book along the way or outside of the coordinated group trip: spa visits, private tours, etc.
- Spending money, additional tips for the Trip Host and excess luggage fees.
What are the health and physical fitness requirements to join on the trip?
Guests should take personal responsibility to ensure they are physically able and healthy to participate in all group trip activities, such as walking in an urban environment for up to 6-10 hours a day in cold weather, climbing up and down up to 500 steps, riding in underground subway trains and taxi cabs, carrying luggage, and getting on/off various modes of public transportation. The trip is mildly strenuous and best enjoyed by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys active days. You should consult with a medical doctor to determine if you are healthy and physically able to participate.
Is there a minimum/maximum age to participate?
Women over the age of 21, that are physically able to participate in the activities outlined on the trip itinerary, are welcome to join for this adventure. Please see the detailed itinerary and FAQ on minimum physical fitness requirements to learn more.
What should I do to secure my spot on the trip?
Click on the ‘Register Now’ tab (or click here) to get started! Please note: registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Is airfare included in the trip fee?
Round-trip airfare is not included in the trip fee, but this gives you flexibility in using airline reward miles, to extend your trip any way you like, and to select the routes and airlines you prefer. Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare to New York City and ground transportation to/from the hotel. You will be required to share flight details at least 4 weeks before the adventure commences.
What do I need to know before I book my flight?
Each guest is responsible for organizing their own airfare to New York City and ground transportation to/from the hotel. You will be required to share flight details at least 4 weeks before the adventure commences. You should plan to be at the hotel no later then 5PM on November 8 and can leave anytime on November 12. There are multiple airports you can fly into/out of, including: John F. Kennedy International Airport (airport code: JFK) LaGuardia Airport (airport code: LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (airport code: EWR.)
Will I be sharing a hotel room? Can I choose my roommate?
Yes, everyone will be sharing a room with at least one other person, and you will have your own bed. You can request a roommate preference on forms that will be included in your Trip Packet, which you will receive approximately 12 weeks before the adventure begins.
Can you tell me about the type of accommodations we'll be staying at?
You betcha! We’ll be staying right in the heart of Times Square at a 4 star property. The hotel does have an elevator, but you may need to carry your luggage up about 3-5 steps to reach the elevator, and will need to carry your luggage to/from taxi’s.
What kind of ground transportation will we use?
We will be doing a good amount of exploration by foot, but also in local taxi’s, on the underground subway, and we’ll also be going on a boat ride around the southern end of Manhattan.
What should I pack?
Prior to the trip, you’ll be given a packing checklist and advised on what type of clothes and supplies you’ll need.
Do I need to carry my luggage?
Yes, plan on carrying your bags to/from the airport, on/off buses and vans and in/out of the hotel.
What will the weather be like?
Weather in November will be relatively cold, with temperatures averaging between 40-60 degrees fahrenheit. There might be occasional rain and winds.
What if I don't need every hotel/activity/etc. on my trip?
Unfortunately, refunds aren’t possible for unused hotel rooms, meals or activities. The total trip price is a package deal; credits are not given for services not used. Please contact Living Big (click here) if you have questions or concerns about any trip activities due to a physical condition. If there is a reasonable alternative, we can explore it.
How do I communicate information like allergies, injuries, etc?
About 12 weeks before we begin our adventure, you’ll receive your Trip Packet. It includes forms, questionnaires and waivers that you’ll need to submit no later than 8 weeks before the trip begins. The forms in the Trip Packet allow you to share these important details. Living Big will provide meals as outlined in the official trip itinerary and will work with you to try and accommodate special dietary requirements; however, Living Big is not required to provide such meals, supplements and/or any special requests beyond what is outlined in official trip itinerary.
Do I have to pay for the entire trip up front or can I make payments?
No, you do not need to pay for the entire trip up front. (Although you can, if you prefer.) Check out the Trip Pricing tab (click here) for payment details.
What if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide you need to cancel your trip the following refund schedule applies upon written notice of your cancellation:
- Cancellations made on or before September 8, 2017:
- Your trip deposit is nonrefundable. If you paid in full for the trip the deposit is $500.
- You will be reimbursed 50% of what you have paid to date, less the nonrefundable deposit.
- As an example, if you made a $500 deposit, then made two additional payments each for $250 (total paid = $1,000) then the amount you would receive back is $250.
- Cancellations made on or after September 9, 2017:
- All payments made to date are nonrefundable.
Travel insurance helps protect against last-minute cancellation, trip interruption, and to cover medical treatment or emergency medical evacuation during your trip. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance and flight cancellation insurance in advance of your trip. To learn about travel insurance, click here for a quick lesson!
What if the trip doesn't fill up or is cancelled?
The trip requires a minimum number of participants in order to take place at the stated price, since it takes into account group discounts, shared accommodations and other factors that create cost efficiencies. Once an adequate number of participants sign up for the trip, you will be notified. If a trip does not have enough participants, or if someone unexpectedly cancels, you will be refunded your deposit or you will be given the option to pay a trip supplement to continue the trip with fewer participants. Should additional participants sign-up after you have paid the trip supplement, this fee will be refunded. Your air travel itinerary is yours to decide, and we recommend you purchase flight cancellation insurance. Living Big is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip including non-refundable air tickets, gear, medical equipment or travelers insurance.
What if I can't make payments according to the payment schedule?
If unusual circumstances arise and you can’t make payments on time please contact Living Big (click here) to discuss. Generally speaking, failure to make payments according to the schedule may result in losing your spot on the trip.
Oh no! The trip is sold out -- but I really want to go on this trip!
Because all Living Big adventure are kept to small groups, it’s highly likely that the trips will sell out. If we had our way everyone would be able to join (but we can’t grow that fast!)
It’s highly likely that there will be a second Living Big trip to New York offered in 2018 — so be sure to contact Living Big (click here) to request early notification list for that trip.
Trip Pricing + Payment Options
See below for key details and next steps to save your spot!
This trip is nearly all-inclusive of all meals, all hotels, ground transportation, and all activities outlined in the trip details tab (click here), all the planning and booking (so you don’t have to do ANY work but show up!) and advice on what to pack, travel tips and a go-to resource who is here to answer any questions you have leading up to the trip, and on the trip, to help ensure that you have an amazing experience!
Please note that spots are limited, and registration is taken on a first come, first serve basis.
There are two options for payment:
- Pay the full amount by credit card or by check.
- Break your payments into five installment payments:
- Payment 1: make a deposit of $500 to formally register for the trip
- Payment 2: 25% of the remaining balance ($498.75) will automatically be charged to your credit card on April 1
- Payment 3: 25% of the remaining balance ($498.75) will automatically be charged to your credit card on June 1
- Payment 4: 25% of the remaining balance ($498.75) will automatically be charged to your credit card on August 1
- Payment 5: 25% of the remaining balance ($498.75) will automatically be charged to your credit card on September 1
- Note: if you decide to make installment payments, payments are only accepted by credit card.
Thank you for your interest in this Living Big Adventure! If you have any questions, or would like to discuss details of the trip before you register, please fill out the form below. A member of the Living Big team will reach out to you within the next 48 hours, unless we’re out hosting an adventure.
Ready to join Living Big in New York City?
To confirm your spot on the trip please fill out the form below and decide what payment method you prefer. Once you’ve submitted your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email with more information about your trip.
Living Big LLC Trip Waiver and Release
- TRIP AND ASSOCIATED RISKS
I have chosen to participate in the New York 2017 trip (the “Trip”) organized by Living Big LLC. I acknowledge that:
- The Trip involves activities that are inherently hazardous, including those described in the trip agenda;
- During the Trip, I may be exposed to dangers and hazards, including equipment failures and negligence by others;
- As a consequence of these risks, I may be seriously hurt or disabled or may die from the resulting injuries, and that my property may also be damaged;
- Hospital facilities, qualified medical care, and emergency medical evacuation may be limited or unavailable during portions of the Trip and, where available, may be expensive;
- Living Big LLC assumes no responsibility for providing medical care during the Trip, and I will have to pay for any medical care and evacuation costs that I incur;
- Living Big LLC’s obligation is to the group, not any one individual, and I may not receive assistance from Living Big LLC if I am required deviate from the Trip itinerary; and
- In consideration of the permission to participate in the Trip, I agree to the terms contained in this agreement.
- ASSUMPTION OF THE RISKS
I freely assume the above mentioned risks and any harm, injury or loss that may occur to me or my property as a result of my participation in the Trip – including any risks caused by the negligence of Living Big LLC, its members, employees, officers and contractors, or other trip participants.
- WAIVER, RELEASE OF LIABILITY, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE
I hereby WAIVE AND RELEASE ALL LIABILITIES, CAUSES OF ACTION, CLAIMS AND DEMANDS against Living Big LLC, its members, employees, officers, vendors and contractors (“Released Parties”), where such liabilities, causes of action, claims and demands are in any way related to any injury, death, loss or harm (whether foreseen or unforeseen) attributable to the Released Parties’ negligence that occur to me or to any other person or to any property during the Trip or are in any way related to the Trip. This release includes, but is not limited to claims for strict liability for any abnormally dangerous activities in which I choose to participate in the course of the Trip. The only claims I am not releasing are those based upon intentional misconduct by the Released Parties. I acknowledge that Living Big LLC has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the actions of any independent contractors providing any services for the Trip. I also agree NOT TO SUE or make a claim against the Released Parties for death, injuries, loss, or harm that occur on the Trip.
I shall INDEMNIFY, WARRANT, HOLD HARMLESS AND DEFEND the Released Parties against any and all liabilities, causes of action, claims and demands that arise from my acts or my failure to act, including my own negligence, during or relating to the Trip. In accordance with this promise, I shall reimburse the Released Parties for any damages, reasonable settlements and defense costs, including attorney’s fees, that they incur because of any such claims made against them, including through appeal. I agree that in the event of my death or disability, the terms of this agreement, including the indemnification obligation in this Section 4, will be binding on my estate, and my personal representative, executor, administrator or guardian will be obligated to respect and enforce them.
- HEALTH AND SAFETY
I have been advised to consult with a medical doctor with regard to my personal medical needs. I state that there are no health-related reasons or problems that preclude or restrict my participation in the Trip. I am physically able to walk on unstable surfaces, transport my own luggage, and enter and exit whatever modes of transportation are required during the Trip. I have obtained the required immunizations, if any. I acknowledge that Living Big LLC is not obligated to attend to any of my medical or medication needs, and I assume all risk and responsibility for those needs. In case of a medical emergency occurring during my participation in the Trip, I authorize in advance Living Big LLC to secure whatever treatment is necessary, including the administration of any anesthetic and surgery. Living Big LLC may (but is not obligated to) take any actions it considers to be warranted under the circumstances regarding my health and safety. Such actions do not create a special relationship between me and Living Big LLC. I RELEASE Living Big LLC, its members, employees, officers and contractors, agents and assigns from all liability for any bodily injury or damage I sustain as a result of any medical care that I receive resulting from my participation in the Trip, as well as any medical treatment decision or recommendation made by a member, officer, employee, or agent of Living Big LLC. I agree to pay all expenses relating to such treatment and release Living Big LLC from any liability for actions taken under this Section 5.
- TRAVEL CHANGES
If I become separated from the travel group, fail to meet a departure airplane, bus, train, car, or other mode of transportation, or become sick or injured, I will to a reasonable extent, and at my own expense seek out, contact, and reach the group at its next available destination.
- OTHER FORMS & TERMS
I have carefully read and understand all the information regarding the Trip posted online at www.LivingBig.org including the minimum requirements for participants’ level of physical fitness, accommodation of dietary restrictions, frequently asked questions, payment terms and schedule, and cancellation terms (collectively, the “Trip Packet”). I agree to all of the information and conditions in the Trip Packet, including the sections about my responsibilities and about Living Big LLC’s legal limitations.
I agree that the purpose of this agreement is that it shall be an enforceable release of liability and indemnity as broad and inclusive as is permitted by Oregon law. I agree that if any portion or provision of this agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, then the remainder will continue in full force and effect. I also agree that any invalid provision will be modified or partially enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law to carry out the purpose of the agreement.
- APPLICABLE LAW, FORUM & ATTORNEY’S FEES
This agreement is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Oregon, without any reference to its choice of law rules. I agree that any dispute arising from this Agreement or in any way associated with the Trip shall be brought in the Circuit Court of Multnomah County, Oregon, or depending on applicable laws concerning jurisdiction, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and I agree to the jurisdiction and venue of those courts for any such dispute. In any litigation in which the validity or enforceability of this agreement is contested, I agree that the prevailing party will pay all attorney’s fees and costs of the parties seeking to uphold the agreement.
- LEGAL LIMITATIONS
Living Big LLC may contract with independent contractors to provide transportation, guide services and all other related travel services. Living Big LLC and the Released Parties assume no responsibility, however caused, for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service provided by an independent contractor or resulting directly from the following: – acts of God – detention – annoyance – terrorism – thefts – pilferage – civil disturbances – government restrictions or regulations – strikes – delays and expenses arising from quarantine – failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled – discrepancies or change in transit or hotel services over which we have no control.