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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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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