12 Towns To Visit In Upstate NY

12 Upstate New York Towns You Need To Visit

I love NYC as much as the next girl, but upstate New York is a beautiful underrated gem.

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New York is a lovely place, but most people tend to forget about the state and only focus on the city and MAYBE Long Island. Don't get me wrong, NYC and Long Island are amazing and lovely places, but there are some amazing and lovely places upstate as well. Just be warned; it tends to get pretty freezing up there!

1. Corning (Steuben County)

Located in the Finger Lakes region, Corning is a small city with a big list of things to do. It's nicknamed America's Crystal City and it's the home to all things glass. Yes, glass.

The Corning Museum of Glass is a must-see if you choose to visit this town. The Rockwell Museum is great, too! Most things there are affordable, and those that aren't are worth the money. There's a lot of rooftop dining options available as well. Just bring a coat.

2. Binghamton (Broome County)

I have a few family members in Binghamton, and it's always a treat to go and visit them. Roberson Museum and Science Center is fun if you're looking for something educational; Ross Park Zoo if you're looking for cute animals; and Recreation Park if you're looking for something, well, recreational.

It gets cloudy a lot, but rarely gloomy. It's also a college town, with Binghamton University being a huge thing there.

3. Ithaca (Tompkins County)

Most people just know Ithaca because of Cornell University, but there are loads more to the town than just that! There are tons of scenic waterfalls to look at, shopping opportunities (don't miss the Farmer's Market, even if you have one in your own town), as well as entertainment like theatres and museums.

The Sciencenter is great for kids, and even teenagers and adults may enjoy it.

4. Buffalo (Erie County)

Almost everyone has had buffalo wings, but how many people have visited Buffalo, NY? It is one of the northernmost cities in New York, only about half an hour away from Canada. Points of interest include the Allentown Historic District, the Buffalo Zoological Gardens, the Buffalo History Museum, and the Times Beach Preserve.

5. Niagara Falls (Niagara County)

This is a town even closer to Canada than Buffalo is! If you want to see the beauty of Niagara Falls without having to pay for a passport, there's nothing wrong with staying on the American side of the waterfall. There are tons of hotel and restaurant options to accommodate you during your stay. It can get a bit pricey, but the memories and experiences are worth every single penny.

Some of my favorite things to do include the Maid In America Boat Tour (be prepared to get wet - but don't worry, ponchos are provided and the water isn't as freezing as you would expect), the Helicopter Tour, and the Cave Of The Winds tour. The falls even turn rainbow at night!

I also recommend Old Fort Niagara and Devil's Hole State Park when you're looking to dry off.

6. Syracuse (Onondaga County)

Destiny USA is a MUST VISIT in Syracuse. It is an indoor shopping and entertainment center, and it is so much more than your average mall. There are a bunch of parks to visit too if you prefer to spend your time outdoors. It's really easy to get around, and most of the residents are super helpful and friendly.

7. Albany (Albany County)

Obviously, the New York State Capital building is a good point of interest. There's also the NY State Museum, the Schuyler Mansion, and Park Playhouse. Visit during the summer to catch free outdoor concerts! It's additionally quite the historic place, being not only the capital but also one of the oldest towns in the country.

8. Schenectady (Schenectady County)

Schenectady has so many beautiful buildings and architecture that it's fun to just walk around the city and sightsee. However, if you're looking for something more specific, Schenectady is the home to Rivers Casino & Resort, Via Aquarium, Central Park Rose Garden, and Edison Tech Center. It's a small and quiet town, but not a boring one.

9. Rochester (Monroe County)

The Strong National Museum of Play is a place where kids will never want to leave, and adults will be equally fond of the winery tours. If you like video games, head on over to the National Center for the History of Electronic Games. If you're more of a music person, check out the House of Guitars.

There's also the trampoline park, escape rooms, the Seneca Park Zoo...My point is, there's stuff for people of all ages and all interests here.

10. Beacon (Dutchess County)

If you like hiking, check out the Beacon Mountain trails. If you're a proud nerd, you can't miss the "Doctor Who" themed restaurant called The Pandorica. It's best to go in the fall; the trees are gorgeous, but it'll be a great trip at any time. The town is quaint and cute, so if you get overwhelmed easily, this is the perfect chill spot for you.

11. Glens Falls (Warren County)

Everything is in walking distance here. Being a small town, it gets overlooked a lot, but it is far from dull or boring. It has a homely feel, even to tourists. It's nicknamed Hometown USA!

Like most of the towns I listed above, it has an impressive historical district, including something literally just called The Oldest Building In Glens Falls. The Adirondack Theatre Festival happens here during the summer if you're looking for affordable contemporary plays/musicals. Check out The Shirt Factory, too; I promise it's way more exciting than it sounds.

12. Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County)

The Mid-Hudson Civic Center has a variety of things to do; ice skating, concerts, and conventions. The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world! The Bardavon Opera House is the oldest operating theatre in the state.

If you like comedy, the Bananas Comedy Club is worth a visit, too! This is another small and quiet town, but that's not a bad thing; it's super convenient and close to everything.

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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say

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For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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11 Ways To Travel More And Spend Less

Airbnb is just the beginning.

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Everyone wants to travel, but it can be really expensive, especially if you are in college and have a lot of other expenses. Here are a few different ways you can travel while still staying on budget. These are just some of the ways you can reduce travel costs.

1. Airbnb

A hotel that got four and a half stars in the reviews costs $245 a night in New Orleans, Airbnb has options for as low as $28 a night that has five stars rated by over 130 people. In San Francisco, a five star Airbnb costs $46 a night where a four and a half star hotel costs $199. So if you are comfortable with renting out someone's space for a bit, it's a great option.

2. Get a hotel membership

If you aren't comfortable with staying in strangers' homes, this is another great way to save money. Earn rewards and free visits by sticking to one hotel chain. This might be hard if you travel abroad but it will certainly help in the states.

3. Last minute airline deals

If you want to travel to Florida in two days, take a look because airlines often lower prices and have last minute deals. I would be okay going in two days if the plane ticket price went down to $98. And for New Orleans, the flight price dropped from $400 to $155 for a round trip ticket. If I leave for Dubai in four days, my round trip ticket is $984 instead of being around $1300. So if you can get up and go in a short period of time, look out for deals like these.

4. Round trip vs. one way tickets

Most people just go automatically into booking a round trip ticket, but sometimes it is actually cheaper to get two one way tickets. So just take a look before you book the tickets.

5 . Eating on vacation

It may not be as exciting as eating out every night, but even just bringing enough for your own breakfast and snacks will save you a ton of money by the end of your trip.

6. Eating at home

Or if you really want to go out on vacation, eat cheaper when you are home. Cook more, go out less — this will save even more money than the previous suggestion. Or even better, do both.

7. Get a credit card with points or miles

This way everything you do will help you do more things in the future, while helping pay for what you want to do now.

8. In terms of saving up, ask for money

If you really want to travel, for every holiday and birthday, ask for money or gift cards, then save it up to go away.

9. Use public transportation

Instead of taking an Uber or taxi everywhere, use public transportation.

10. Use apps

If you are going out of the country, use apps to call and text people instead of paying for a very expensive phone plan. WhatsApp is a very popular option.

11. Withdraw money, don't exchange

Many times you can avoid fees or at least minimize them by withdrawing money while in the country you are visiting rather than paying exchange rate fees.

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