I may sound a wee bit chirpier today as i have just had 3 days away from the craziness of New York City. As amazing as this city is sometimes you just need to get the hell out for a couple of days to appreciate it again. Luckily there is a lot more to New York State than New York City and it’s not too far away! The original plan was to go to Niagara Falls but because of the terrible weather the East Coast had this Winter parts of it are still closed off so it’s not the best time to visit. I started researching and found some really beautiful places Upstate to visit.
We hired a car through Budget using discount codes from USAA which is a military website. I heard that anyone can sign up and use the codes so that’s what I did! If you are Under 25 and renting a car over here you get charged all kinds of absurd fees. The discount codes were meant to get rid of these. It worked out to be $244 for 3 days which is extremely cheap. Of course though, this was too good to be true. When we got to the pick up destination in Jersey City they said we couldn’t use the code because we didn’t use the USAA services such as insurance or banking. Urrrrrgh. This was extremely stressful seeing as I had already booked accommodation so couldn’t really cancel the car rental. He ended up giving us the car for the same price as a one off probably because we seemed so foreign. So that was amazing!