My most recent post about New York comes from a place where I’m desperately pining for the Big Apple. It’s been over two years since I was last in my favourite city in the world and I’m having serious withdrawal symptoms.
Every time I’ve visited New York, I’ve always have an incredibly meticulous plan detailing every last thing that I’ve wanted to see and do. However, it’s only since returning and researching into New York even further, I’ve discover that there are so many things and places that I’ve missed out.
With that in mind, I wanted to put together this post so that you don’t miss anything out when visiting New York, whether it’s your first time there or your 15th trip. Here’s how to make the most out of your trip to New York.
A fairly obvious statement to make but one that I really hope you take into consideration when planning your trip to New York.
Planning ahead for any holiday can be incredibly useful but when visiting such an impressive and imposing city like New York, it’s imperative that you go fully prepared.
With so many fascinating museums, parks and skyscrapers to see, never mind the plethora of restaurants and bars to try out, New York really is a city with endless things to explore. Planning ahead for your trip to New York certainly won’t go unnoticed once you arrive in the city and you’ll be glad that you constructed at least a rough itinerary of everything you want to do there.
Book tickets ahead of your trip
This goes for everything from theatre tickets to Broadway shows and city passes that allow you to visit multiple attractions with one ticket.
The queues at TKTS for Broadway shows are often hours long and if your time in New York is limited and precious, then you’re certainly not going to want to waste time queueing for things.
If you think ahead and have an idea of which shows you’d like to see while you’re there (if any) and whether you want to visit as many attractions as possible then it’s a great idea to purchase tickets before you even go on your trip. Not only will you guarantee that you’ll get tickets to your favourite show, but you’re also likely to save money by booking beforehand.
Pack comfortable shoes
I think this probably goes without saying but until you’ve been on a jam-packed trip to New York, I don’t think you can truly appreciate just how much walking you’ll be doing.
Every time I’ve been to New York I’ve averaged around 25,000 steps a day and if I hadn’t been wearing extremely comfy shoes then my feet would have suffered even more.
Packing comfortable shoes that you know you can wear all day without them rubbing or being too tight is an essential when visiting New York.
Research places that you wouldn’t usually consider
Whenever you think of New York, I’m sure your mind goes straight to the classic tourist spots; Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square etc.
But New York has so much more to offer than just it’s renowned tourist spots. There’s an abundance of museums and parks to explore, as well as off the beaten track eateries and food stalls that you wouldn’t blink twice at if you didn’t know they were there.
Think about your methods of transport
If you’re going to be travelling around by Subway most of the time then it’s definitely worth purchasing a week-long pass.
A bit like the Oyster card in London, New York’s metro system allows you to purchase tickets for an extended period of time so that you can just top it up for a week (or for however long you need it) and then you don’t have to worry about paying each time you hop on the Subway.
Don’t just stick to Manhattan
I’ve made this rookie mistake every time I’ve been to New York as I was just so caught up in the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the city; I never stopped to consider the other amazing places that New York has to offer.
I’ve barely scratched the surface on Brooklyn and I’ve never made it to Coney Island, never mind exploring Queens or Long Island.
My point is, New York is such a vast place that if you have the time and funds then I’d definitely recommend trying to branch out of just seeing the island of Manhattan – this is certainly something I want to do on my next trip there.
Try not to stick to a rigorous budget
Not budgeting may seem completely ludicrous but New York is one of the very few places in the entire world where you can find almost anything, anywhere, at any time of day.
A trip to New York, even if you try and stick to the most rigorous budget will still set you back a fair bit of money. While it’s certainly not necessary to splash out when visiting New York, nor does it make the trip any better necessarily, it is kind of nice to have that freedom where you’re not constantly worrying about budgeting.
Perhaps you could spend less money on a couple of days in order to have a more lavish meal on your last night in the city? Whichever way you choose to fund and budget your trip to New York, make sure you get to enjoy all the things that you want to without sacrificing on the anything.
Remember to look up
It may sound incredibly cliche and romanticised but I think many people really do often forget to look up when they’re in New York.
It’s such an enormous place with so much to see and do, that sometimes just remembering to look up at the towering skyscrapers and beautiful skyline can be one of the best things to do in the city.
Have you ever been to New York? What are your tips on making the most out of a trip to New York City? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.