The feeling of being in New York can be quite overwhelming, especially if you a) have never been to a city hub or b) don’t realise the enormity and popularity of the city. New York really is an incredible city and its easy to fall in love with the sights, lifestyle and culture that encompasses it. With so much to see, do and eat it can be difficult to organise and plan your trip so there are a few little tips, tricks and pieces of advice to help you make the most of your New York City adventure.
So here’s some tips to get you through your trip with ease, fun and efficiently:-
- Prebook tickets to attractions as far in advance as possible, especially for the Statue of Liberty if you want access to the Pedestal or Crown, as these tickets aren’t available on the day
- Wanting to visit lots of New York attractions? Make sure you check out the New York Pass! It’s a tap attraction card that for a set price and amount of days you have access to a wide range of sites and attractions, which ends up being cheaper than buying single tickets everywhere you go if you make the most of it. Oh, it also usually allows you to skip the queues, genius!
- Take the subway, traffic in New York is notoriously painful
- Planning to visit the Empire State Building and Top of The Rock? Experience one during the day and one at night so you can see and photograph the beautiful city views in different ways. Otherwise, your photos will almost look identical from each building.
- New York City is built in a grid formation, so navigating the streets is logical and finding locations is easy to do
- Wanting to visit a live broadway show or musical? Check out ticketing booths on the day of the show or at discount ticketing outlets for cheaper prices and seating
- Take a pedicab around Central Park instead of a horse and carriage. The pedicab drivers are (generally) incredibly knowledgable about the sites and history of landmarks in and around the park. The tours are also generally longer and stopping to take photographs is much easier
- Make reservations for popular and famous restaurants well in advance to ensure you get a booking and a reservation time
- Navigate your way through Central Park by reading the numbers on the lamp posts. The first 2 numbers are the street you are closest to (e.g. 2 2 is 22nd Street) and the last 2 digits are how far away you are from 5th Avenue (e.g. the higher the numbers the closer you are to the west)
- Eat dinner early or late to ensure you get good and fast service
- Free wi-fi is available throughout the city in restaurants, cafe’s, shops and parks. So make sure your phone is set to automatically connect to wi-fi if you’re relying on this whilst travelling.
- Stay safe – don’t scream out tourist; keep your valuables out of sight, go with the flow and if you’re alone make sure you walk amongst the crowds
- Keep in mind when at restaurants, using taxi’s and any services that tipping and gratuity is expected which is generally 15%-20% of the bill
All posts are by Global Whispers and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.