New York is the city that never sleeps and it has never-ending traffic. If you’re visiting New York City for the first time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are some things to know as a first-time New York City visitor.
Have a Valid Credit Card
Even if you give a valid bank card when booking a hotel online, you should ensure that there is enough money on it because you never know if your booking might be canceled before you even get there. If you have to book a room when you arrive, you may end up paying too much or getting downgraded to cheaper rooms. Even when the confirmation says that no payment will be taken from the card before you check in, that might not be the case.
If you want to avoid the extra costs of booking hotel rooms, consider renting apartments on Airbnb. They are much cheaper and you can be sure that your room will not be given to other people.
Avoid Taxis When Possible
Because of the incessant traffic in NYC, taxis might not be the best way to get from one place to another. If you need to be somewhere fast, you should consider using the subway instead. However, if there are no subways to your destination, you should leave early enough to allow time for delays. You will end up doing a lot of walking, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes.
Alternatively, if you want to work in some sightseeing and make sure you do not spend your limited commuting from one place to another, check out www.topviewnyc.com for organized tours.
Five-star Rooms are Tiny
Once you check into your five-star hotel, you will quickly realize that the bedrooms are tiny. When booking the room online, be aware that the pictures are not a mirror of the room’s exact size. Moreover, the view might not be that great for the amount you are paying. Therefore, you should consider booking cheaper rooms or renting an apartment to increase your chances of a good view and more space.
Central Park is Amazing
If you want to be out in nature, you should visit Central Park and rent a bike to explore the whole area. Packed with so many attractive spots, you can stay there the whole day. The park is so big it would be challenging to even see the entire 843 acres in one day. So just pick out a few areas within the park you’d like to visit. If it is your first trip to the Big Apple, make sure that you visit this lovely place.
Dining Out is Expensive
If you are planning to eat at restaurants during your New York City trip, you will end up spending a lot. There is no way to spoil yourself with a great meal if you are on a budget. To save money, opt for less expensive foods such as pizza and pasta. Although the city has a lot to offer in terms of cuisine, you typically need a big budget to afford it.
There is a Park You Can Drink in Legally
If you want to take a break from the kids or just relax after a long day of touring, you may be thinking of cracking open a cold one. However, if you’re looking to save money, going to a bar is not ideal as it is the more expensive option. Luckily for you, there is a park where you are free to partake in drinking. Located next to the public library, Bryant Park is the place to be if you want to drink. Moreover, the park hosts great events, such as outdoor cinemas and popular shows. According to the owner of the park, it might be small, but it is worth visiting.
Traffic is Crazy
If you have never been to New York City, be aware that traffic is loud and constant. The streets are full of cabs, buses, and cars. It does not matter what time of day it is because the traffic does not quit. If you think that it gets better at night, it does not. The traffic seems even worse during the night because the sirens and horns seem even louder then. Drivers in New York City tend to drive offensively, meaning that you must always drive defensively to avoid accidents. So keep your eyes open and be safe.
Visiting New York City for the first time might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Don’t over plan. Just pick a few key areas to focus on. Or let someone else take you around via a tour. Bear in mind these things to know for your first visit to New York City, and you will feel more prepared for what to expect.
Tips and images provide by A. Bert