Hello, and welcome to Around the World in 24 Hours! I am here to provide humorous and educational 24 hour travel itineraries for all the world’s enjoyment! I hope that I can motivate you to get out there, see the world, learn something, and have a sense of humor about it all. If you are interested in having me write a personalized travel itinerary for you, please contact me at stellajane@aroundtheworldin24hours (not a fake email address, even though it sounds like one), and I will be happy to arrange something.
This is how I create my magical travel itineraries:
- Each day you should plan three BIG things you absolutely must do. These can range from taking a walking tour, visiting a museum, seeing a performance, dining at a restaurant, or exploring a neighborhood on your own. Do one of these things in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. If you were to have one day in my hometown of NYC, you might spend the morning at the Natural History Museum, the afternoon exploring Central Park, and the evening dining at one of my favorite Upper West Side restaurants, Dovetail.
- Once you have chosen your BIG thing to do in the morning, try to find approximately five interesting things during your morning. For example, if you have chosen to visit the Natural History Museum that morning, you should explore approximately five different rooms in the museum. If you want to explore Central Park, you should find approximately five different interesting little places in the neighborhood. And if you are taking a food tour, you should eat approximately five different things…at least!
- Repeat the process for the morning in the afternoon, except with a different kind of activity. I don’t recommend, for example, doing two big museums in one day.
- Almost every attraction/restaurant all over the world is closed between the hours of 5-7. So these hours should be precious free hours during which you can do what you want. You can go for a drink, walk in a park, go back to your hotel and nap/do your hair, or just do what I did in San Diego and spend two hours walking down an ugly highway. This is the time to do you.
- In the evening, stick to one exciting cultural experience: dinner, a show, a concert, a fireworks spectacular…whatever you want! Then you should sleep. Sleep is necessary for health, unless you are a robot.
- No matter what, you should learn three fun facts each morning, afternoon, and evening. As I most definitely did not learn from my 8th grade math teacher, learning is fun!
Why should you listen me? Well, I have a great many useful skills. Here are just a few of them:
- I am a native New Yorker and if you don’t listen to me, I will hit your car and yell, “Hey, I’m walkin’ here!”
- I don’t know how to drive or ride a bicycle. You might think that’s not a skill, but I’ve gotten very good at exploring the world without either of those things, so I can share those tips with you.
- My mother always told me I was very cute and had an excellent sense of humor.
- I speak English extremely well.
- I speak French very well.
- I speak Japanese very poorly, but I can read hiragana and katakana.
- In almost four years time I have traveled in 6 continents, 34 countries, and about 100 cities.
- I eat everything and that includes natto, grasshoppers, and chicken feet.
My next travel goal is to visit all 50 states (and DC) in five years, even if I have been to a state before. So far I am in Year Three and I have visited:
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- New Mexico
If you have any Must-Dos in the United States, please share them with me! I look forward to hearing from you! I’m sure we’ll have a great time exploring the world and making each other smile.
XOXO Stella Jane