After traveling through NYC for almost four full days, I have a lot of tips for anyone who’s traveling to the city. Most of these could really apply to any trip you’re taking, but the last few are specific to NYC. I hope these are helpful to you!
- Take a rechargeable battery for your cell-phone. Trust me, when you’re running around a busy city like Manhattan, taking a lot of photos/videos, your phone battery dies really quickly! And honestly, there weren’t many places to charge a phone. This portable charger lasted almost the entire trip without being recharged, it fit into my purse (or Ryan’s backpack), and it charged my phone quickly. It was a game-changer, and will definitely be used again soon!
- Wear comfortable shoes! I cannot stress this enough. I took several different pairs of shoes to NYC, but the only thing I wore were my tennis shoes. We walked so much, and if I had tried to do that in cute, not-so-comfortable shoes, I wouldn’t have lasted. Even with comfortable shoes, my feet were still sore at the end of each day.
- Carry a cross-body purse. On the first day, I carried my Daisy Rose tote bag, which I love, but it started getting heavy on my shoulder by mid-afternoon. On the first day of BookCon, I carried my backpack. Naturally, but the end of the day, it was growing heavy with books and souvenirs I bought. I basically had bruises under my arms from the weight of the backpack when we made it back to the apartment that night. On the last day of our trip, I carried a cross-body purse, and it was SO MUCH EASIER! Ladies, please heed this advice. You will not regret it!
- Carry cash. Some restaurants in NYC only accept cash. Plus, if you purchase something from a street vendor, it’s much safer to use cash (helps avoid potential credit card fraud). Of course, another safety tip is don’t carry TOO much cash (in case someone picks your pocket, you lose your wallet, etc.)
- Buying a week-long MTA pass might be most cost effective. Taking taxis and Ubers can be expensive, so we purchased a week-long subway/bus pass for our trip. It was $35/person for a week (so this would depend on how long you stay in town), and we rode the subway everywhere. MTA has an app that allows you to enter your present location and destination, and it will tell you exactly what trains to take. Honestly, taking the subway is a lot less intimidating than you might think. But, this tip leads me to my next tip which is…
- Download music/podcasts to listen to on the subway. No one really talks on the subway (strangers don’t talk to each other in NYC—guess that really is just a Southern thing), but EVERYONE has headphones in. At first, I was opposed to the idea, but after a day, I was listening to my podcast while we “rode the underground rails”. I actually listened to many episodes of my new favorite podcast, Bad On Paper.
- Carry a small “survival kit” with you. Since we were staying in Brooklyn but spending most of the day in Manhattan, we didn’t go back to the apartment during the day. I packed a small bag of a few key items: Shout wipes, deodorant, tissues, mints, dental floss, etc. You get the idea. Just some basic hygiene items that I thought I might need during the day. It really helped me feel fresh and clean throughout the day.
- Figure out what you want to see in the city and try to map it out a little. We knew what we wanted to see in NYC, and it really helps to know which attractions are close to each other. Pick an area of the city and try to hit all the places in that area that you want to see. Divide the city into sections and visit a section at a time. It’s much better than zig-zagging back and forth across the city.
And there they are! My travel tips for NYC! I really hope that these help you, and if you have any questions about these tips or anything else related to our trip. I hope you enjoyed hearing about New York and all the amazing things we experienced!