Woodbury Common, Premium Outlet – New York

Bargain hunting time! If you are like me looking for a good bargain and not fussed that items are not current season then you’re in a real treat. Woodbury Common is the ideal outlet to do your shopping. Their website does provide directions on how you can get there. As for this blog I will focus on my experience catching a coach from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to the premium outlet.

I got my ticket through Viator.com and one of the tour agency had special offer on those tickets. So, do check out the website it might save you a couple of dollars on those tickets. I collected my ticket from the Grey Line shop which is located inside of the bus terminal, very convenient.

Alternatively, you can buy your tickets from Shortline Coach USA.

Every ticket comes with the bus and discount booklet coupon. And they will also provide you the bus schedule slip so that you can plan ahead. However, do be at the bus stop 15 minutes before the departure time when coming back as there will be many shoppers doing the same for the popular time slots.

Navigate yourself around the terminal, following the signs which direct you to gate 410.

Important, be there early! As everyone wants to maximise their time in the mall you can expect large group of shoppers for the morning bus. There will be no standing passengers, once the bus is filled you’ll have to wait for the next one.

The journey takes about an hour so my advice is visit the washroom before joining the queue and bring a bottle of water with you.

Once reached, go to the visitor center to collect your discount booklet.

And then off you go… Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

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Singapore Outlet Mall – Changi City Point

Last minute shopping before catching your flight out in Changi airport? Do check out Changi City Point mall for great bargains! The mall is located next to Expo MRT station, one station before hitting Changi.

Take the East-West line towards Pasir Ris-Changi, alight at Tanah Merah station and change to Changi line.

Drop-off at Expo station and you’ll see Changi City Point mall from the platform. Take the right exit when you leave the station.

Cross the traffic light once you’re out from the station. It’s that convenient!

Here are the brands found on the ground level…

More shops on 2nd level…

You can easily spend 2 – 3 hours here and if you’re hungry fret not there is a wide selection of restaurants and a food court in the mall to fuel you up. Items found in the outlet mall are at least 20-30% cheaper than those in the downtown. As you can see in the pix each shops has their own promotion/ bundle deals.

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

Singapore Biggest Outlet Mall – IMM

 

Where do the locals shop in the most expensive city? Outlet mall.

Many tourists to Singapore knew about Gardens by the bay, Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion. All within the city central area and the variety of Asian and local food in the hawker centers found in many of the civic district area. Most tourists do not know there are outlet malls in Singapore! A hidden gem.

Located in the western part of the country the outlet mall houses many international brands like Agnes B, Coach, Furla and internal designers. The mall is very accessible by the public train – SMRT. Just drop at Jurong East station (NS1/EW24). If you stay in the city center area it is best to take the East-West (Green) line, the fastest and most convenient way.

Once you went of the station look for the sign which directs you to Westgate which is a mall itself.

Once you in the mall look for the sign which directs you to J-Walk

Keep walking as directed and you’ll the sign which directs you to IMM and that is the outlet mall – IMM.

J-Walk is a sheltered link bridge which you will have walk through a section of the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital to get to IMM. Keep looking for the sign which directs you to IMM and you’ll get there. It’s a 5 – 10 min walk from the train station.

Once you get to IMM you’ll be greeted with all the international and local brands.

Click here for more information on the brands in the outlet mall. Happy shopping!

  • There is a parcel delivery service counter in the mall itself. They do provide international delivery services. Check on their website (https://www.yamatosingapore.com/ta-q-bin-collection/) for more information.
  • Tourist privileges. Remember to bring your passport to collect tourist privilege booklet. More information click here.

 

Paris Outlet Mall

Paris Outlet Mall – La Vallee Village

Guide to Paris Factory Outlet Mall

Paris Metro

How can one been to Paris without paying a visit to the outlet mall – La Vallee Village. Located on the east side of the city it takes about 45 min train ride from the Saint-Michel Notre-Dame station.

Take RER B > switch to RER A and alight at Gare de Val d’Europe. And here are the steps

Step 1: From Saint-Michel Notre-Dame station

Take RER B to the direction of the Airport, Aeroport CDG

Alight at Chatelet and switch to RER A to the direction of Euro Disneyland, Gare de Marne la Vallee Chessy and alight at the second last stop, Gare de Val d’Europe. When switching to RER A line make sure you get on the right train. Always look at the board or tv screen on the platform before you hop on.

La Vallee Village

Once you’re out of the station turn to the right and walk towards a mall.

Once in the mall turn to the left and walk towards the end and you’ll see a cafe.

Walk towards the right exit and it will lead you to the entrance of La Vallee Village.

Shopping Tips

Tip #1

Before you start shopping head straight to the Welcome Center to collect your discount vouchers which entitle you additional 10% off from the knock out price in store.

Tip #2

Sign up as a member before you embark your trip. Membership is free and you get VIP discount or free gifts depending on the boutiques. If items are not entitled to VIP discount you still can use your 10% discount coupon. Happy shopping!

Next stop… Florence, Italy

 

I have many people warning me of pickpocketing in train stations or strangers approaching for direction/help. Honestly, those are valid advice. What i did, i find a wall closest t0 the train schedule board and leaned on it. Don’t stand in an open area, vulnerable to blindspots.

By the way, you can only buy the train tickets in 3 months advance. Train schedule is not available any time earlier than 3 months. Buy your train tix early. Cheaper price!

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I strongly advise fellow solo traveler to travel light and go with a backpack if you can. As you’ll encounter many older buildings do not have elevator. But you can be sure that you’ll get a good cardio workout from climbing 10 – 15 flight of steps with your backpack on.

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Did i mention wear a good pair of sneakers? It’s a must if you’re planning to do some trekking or hiking like myself. Preferably an old pair where you can chuck it at the end of the trip. Lessen the load and make space of souvenirs!

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Do explore the alleys. Nooks and crannies of the city.

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Buy a sandwich, a bottle of water and chill at the bridge. Enjoy the moment.

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Florence city is also known for… the Outlet malls! One which i really wanted to go is Prada’s but it is located in a remote area, only accessible by cars. Good thing i found a site which offers day tour to Prada Space outlet and The Mall Fashion outlet. Do plan your itinerary, the tour runs on certain days of the week.

Another tip: You can get your VAT refund at The Mall Fashion outlet without queueing at the airport.

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