Below is my tips from my trip to New York last year which I originally did for my Traveller’s Tips blog related site for my online course a couple months ago. (This is an alternate version of my original)
I Love New York
In June 2011, I visited New York for the first time! Not only was it my first time but it was my first time travelling by myself. It was the best experience ever! I was only there for 3 days. I would have stayed longer and ever since I left New York, I have been wanting to go back.
I have learned some stuff that I would do different the next time I go to New York. My goal on my trip was to experience as much as New York as I could! New York is known for being the city that never sleeps. While I was in New York, I did happen to get lack of sleep and when I got back to Vancouver, I was sick. When it rains in New York, it rains hard!! They take out umbrellas right away when it rains on the streets to sell to the tourists.
Best important tip, if you don’t have an umbrella, buy one or best to find shelter until the rain stops!
Everyone’s experience of New York is different. Everyone wants to do different stuff in New York too. I want to share my insights of what I did which can be very efficient for any other especially those going to New York for the first time
Hotels, Transportation & Food
It won’t be cheap! I stayed at Wellington Hotel. It was close and a few blocks away from Times Square. The difficult task is to find a cheap hotel.
I saved money by avoid taking transportation. It is easier to see stuff just by walking unless it is needed, take the Subway! Avoid the taxi as much as possible.
I took the SuperShuttle from the airport to the hotel and vice versa! The cost is cheaper.
I tried to save money on food by going to Starbucks! Let’s just say I ate unhealthy. Definitely try to take advantage of the street food!
Most people go to New York to see Broadway and Off Broadway shows. I saw two while I was in New York, The Normal Heart & How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
Here are important resources and places to check out:
- Buy tickets online! My favorite site is Broadway.com.
- TKTS Discount Booths – Located on middle of Time Square. Get show tickets 50% on the day. If you are not picky what show you want to see, this method is best! Otherwise, book online! Lots of shows will be sold out.
- The Broadway Store – Contains everything Broadway!
Sightseeing & Tours
If you know where you want to go, all you need is a map! Everything is around and I wanted to see popular New York buildings, locations and etc. I did a bunch of tours. Here are some that I recommend:
· Top Of The Rock – The deck got the 2nd largest view of New York! It also has lots of different tour packages.
· Empire State Building – The largest view of course!
I didn’t get a chance to see the Statue Of Liberty on Staten Island. Lots of popular locations and buildings are in New York. A lot of TV shows and movies film there too.
· For more ideas of what to do in New York, visit I Love NY.
A lot of people go to New York to do shopping because of all the brand name stores. I’m not much of a shopper and stores in New York are not that much different from stores in Vancouver. The less time you spend time shopping the more time you get to look at stuff around New York! The only shopping I did was mainly souvenir related at NBC Store.
If you need to shop, plan ahead which stores you really want to check out!
Hope you will enjoy your stay in New York and love it as much as I do!