It was goodbye New York City

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Last day in NYC 2012

Just a short post for Travel Inspiration Thursday today, and I apologise for it been late! I have decided to share one of my favourite pictures from my trip to the USA in 2012. It was taken during an early morning walk with half of the Contiki group I was traveling with, from Brooklyn to Manhattan across the bridge.

It was a lovely walk and a great way to see the city from a different perspective.

I then spent the day on my own in the city before meeting back up with Contiki buddies that evening. I was completely in awe of the city that day. Total wanderlust. I wanted to soak it all in. I went to little parks, ate macarons from street vendors, got rained on and visited Central Park (where it went from sun to torrential downpour… where I decided not to risk my camera in the rain and currently have no photos of the park, but can vividly remember it!). I then went shopping, ensuring I had one last visit to Tiffanys.

That is how I said my own personal goodbye to New York City, and in just over two months I will get to meet up with it again. No doubt I will fall in love with it all over again, and will dread leaving one more.

Have you read past travel posts from KOOKLAH – such as why I am thankful for travel opportunities, five destinations that fill this blogger with intense wanderlust or shots from 2012’s visit to Los Angeles

Goodnight dolls,
Sarah XO
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Travel Inspiration Thursdays

There is nothing I love more then planning a trip and going away to explore another town, city, country or culture. I find it gives you a whole new perspective on life and broadens your world view. In light of this, each Thursday I will publish a travel themed post – from shots of places I’ve been or places on my wish list, anecdotes or stories or advice such as packing tips and tricks.

I often get the urge to pack a tote bag or suitcase and be on my way, traveling doesn’t just have to mean an international flight… explore your own country too. I used to head up the coast for a few nights a year, always at random and stay with a friend who lived along the way. I have also visited different places within my country of Australia (still have a few to go).

I’m no expert, but I love to travel and with that, comes experience and lessons learnt. In the coming weeks I will write about finding the ideal day bag for your travels, five things that must be in your carry on for long haul flights,  why you should limit the amount of shoes you take and tips for preventing swollen legs and promoting good circulation during long haul flights. If you think of a topic or question you would like answered please comment or email.

Below I have included some snapshots I took on my first international trip – a Contiki to the USA, called Best of USA first stop Los Angeles, then on to San Fransisco, Las Vegas and New York City. For today’s post I have used L.A shots – I didn’t love L.A as much as I thought I would,  Hollywood isn’t like in the movies or an episode of The Hills (goes without saying but there was still a small glimmer of hope in me that it would), don’t get me wrong, I had fun there and would go again (and I am in 7 months) but the areas I loved were Santa Monica and Venice Beach with it’s famous freakshow boardwalk.

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The beautiful rooftop garden at The Double Tree by Hilton in downtown Los Angeles – it started my love for rooftop bars and gardens + helpful staff who gave out warm chocolate chip cookies!

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The iconic tourist thing… you have to do it, don’t be afraid to take the shot or sidle up to something that is symbolic to you. You are a tourist so embrace it! I had to get a shot with Marilyn’s star I’ve idolised her since I was young.  I enjoyed Hollywood Boulevard and going to a ‘mall’ that could put most of our shopping centres to shame! (Hence the shopping bag) It also provided a clear shot of the Hollywood Sign.

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My whole trip reinforced my love of street art, but particularly in Los Angeles. The elephants are from a Korean BBQ place we went to and the art of the woman is from a section of wall along Venice Beach Boardwalk (unable to credit artists as they are unknown, if these works are yours or you know the artist contact me and I’ll happily credit them)

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Santa Monica Pier with quirky vendors, beach and souvenirs

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Venice Beach with lifeguard house just before sunset

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Watching some performers on the boardwalk… they were a troupe from Chicago who stated “we joke about racism because racism is a joke”, they had a humerous way of making a stand that got the message across to a large and varied audience.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some snapshots Los Angeles, all photos taken by Sarah, Kooklah creator and writer. Don’t forget you can follow on instagram for a daily insight to my life (handle is @saregiak), follow Kooklah on Facebook and either like/share/comment on this post. Enjoy your day + invest in some travel daydreaming, I know I will be!

Sarah ☆ KOOKLAH