A Perfect Day in Manhattan with Travel Expert Mark Ellwood
As an undergraduate at Cambridge, London-born Mark Ellwood scored the student job of a lifetime: take tourists around Europe while earning good money and sleeping in 5-star hotels. His favorite part? “I loved all the Americans I worked with,” Mark says. “I've always been a very chipper person. I am a very enthusiastic human being and I learned when I first encountered all these Americans on these tours that there was this magical country where that was OK.”
Mark moved to the States as soon as he could, and has been based in New York City for 20 years. He lives half his life out of a suitcase, however, as a professional travel writer for Conde Nast Traveler, Bloomberg Luxury, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times. and other publications. He’s a regular on the TODAY show and also co-hosts the podcast Travel Genius.
On the ‘Perfect Day in Manhattan’ episode of the Postcard Academy, Mark and I talk about expat life; whether expat is a dirty word; which is better — hotels or Airbnbs — and more. Of course, Mark shares his favorite New York City travel recommendations.
Listen to the Postcard Academy to hear the whole story. Here are links to the best places in Manhattan according to Mark. (subscribe for free).
Best bookstores in Manhattan
Best breakfast places
Best coffee shop in Manhattan
Best lunch spot in Manhattan
Best dinner spot in Manhattan
Best cocktail bar in Manhattan
Best rooftop bar in Manhattan
Best bar for views not on a rooftop in Manhattan
Best museum in Manhattan
Best farmer’s market in Manhattan
Best park in Manhattan
Best street to take gorgeous photos for Instagram in Manhattan
Best contemplative art in Manhattan
Best manicure in Manhattan
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