Do It Your Way In New York
No two visits to the Big Apple are ever the same – you might think you’re going to have the same experience, but every single day in this huge metropolis bring something different to the table, and that is what makes it so special and iconic.
When you visit for the first time, you really need to put some thought into what you want to see, because that will give you an indication on where to base yourself in terms of your accommodation. If you want to do the usual tourist things, then you would be better served staying in Manhattan, and if you can stay as central as possible, that’s even better for you. If you don’t want to stay quite so centrally, there are many hotels and guest houses on the outskirts too, and whilst that may mean you need to commute a little more, if you want a quieter stay, this is a good idea to think about.
Because New York is a huge city, there are of course pitfalls if you don’t know where you’re going and what you’re doing. For instance, you will find ticket touts wandering around the streets of the Theater District, trying to fool naive tourists into thinking they are getting cut-priced show tickets, when in actual fact they are getting a piece of paper that is worthless, whilst their cash flow is suddenly reduced. Stick to official lines when purchasing tickets, either the theatre Box Office itself, or online, checking out Showtickets.com as an example. This means you can be sure you are getting genuine seats for your Broadway show, with no disappointment to mar your holiday.
You don’t have to do the main tourist route if you don’t want to, but you need to ask whether you will regret not heading to some of the main sights. For example, if you don’t catch sight of the Statue of Liberty will your visit be complete? You don’t have to actually go there if you don’t want to, but checking out the sight and taking a few photos is a must. Some time in Central Park is a great way to finish off a long day, or perhaps as a break from the hustle and bustle, and the great news is that it’s free! Walking around the shops could be a take it or leave it kind of deal for many, but if you are planning on hitting the huge malls and stores, perhaps dedicate a day to it, or maybe two, so you’re not spending your sightseeing days in the middle of an air-conditioned shop!
Basically, think about what you want to see, and make New York your bespoke, personalised holiday – do it your way.