Pre- Planning A Trip To New York

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Yes yes you’re probably all sick of me talking about my trip to New York but seeing as it’s a little over three weeks away I thought I’d do a post about pre-planning the trip. I’m lucky enough that this is my fourth time in the amazing city so I’ve picked up a fair amount of tips along the way to ensure that my trip runs as smoothly as possible. Check out my top tips when it comes to pre-planning your trip.

Choose your hotel carefully

Yes this is probably a pretty obvious one but really think about the area in which your hotel is in. Manhattan alone is quite a large area and while you might save money opting for a hotel on the Upper East  side you might spend so much time travelling to where you want to go and time on the subway it might be a waste. I’ve stayed in a variety of locations and when I stayed up by the Natural History Museum I felt like I used the subway way more than I wanted to. This time my hotel is about a 10 min walk south of Time Square which is a spot on perfect location for what I want to do. Just think about what you want to do and plan around this.

new york taxi

Work out how you’re getting from the airport

While there are standard flat rates for taxi’s from the airports I would always say booking a taxi in advance is a great way to make your journey more seamless. Having someone waiting at the airport specifically for you and knowing you can go straight is the best feeling. I booked my transport both last time and for this trip with NYC Limousine (although sadly not a limo!) It’s one more thing you don’t have to worry about when you arrive.

Book any theatre shows in advance

Yes you can queue up on the day and get show tickets but do you want to waste an hour or two of your day in a queue to not even be guaranteed tickets!? I don’t think so! This year I have pre-booked School of Rock and The Book of Mormon and it’s nice to know that I know I have the tickets and which days I am going so I can plan my day around them. If you shop around online you can find some good deals, especially if you keep going back every so often.

yankee stadium


Book any tourist attractions you can in advance

Yes I am all for planning and while you don’t need to plan your day by the minute booking in advance for attractions such as the World Trade Centre, The Rockafella Centre and the Yankee Stadium tour can mean that you aren’t stuck in long queues and you can just rock up at your time and go straight in. Be careful to check online for each individual attraction as you might need to arrive 15-20 minutes before though. This is also true for restaurants, some get super busy so think about booking in advance if you can to ensure you aren’t left waiting. I did this for the pop-up Tim Burton themed bar and managed to nab a reservation for the highly sought after place. Yes we are going at 11.30pm on a Sunday evening but it had to be done.

Plan which stores you want to visit and make some sort of plan

Yes winging a trip can be done and while you might want to explore certain areas Manhattan is a large place so if you have particular stores you want to go to then work out where they are on a map and plan to do them in some sort of order. For my trip I know that for example Bath and Bodyworks, Forbidden Planet and Vera Meat are all close together so they’re planning in for one point. And the Birchbox store is by In God We Trust etc. Making a vague plan especially for stores where they aren’t loads (aka Sephora) can make your shopping run smoother.

See if your hotel allows you to send post there

I have been wanting to order some cosmetics from Color Pop for ages but couldn’t be bothered spending loads on getting a US address and having it shipped from there but I suddenly thought about my hotel. After contacting them they have said that I can send products addressed to me to the hotel and it’s free if I’ve already checked in and just $5 if it’s before I arrive which I thought was great! For those American products which are online only it’s certainly worth contacting your hotel before travelling and finding out. I can’t wait to make my order closer to my arrival date.

Have you been to New York? Do you have any tips?
June 14, 2016
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  • Angela Milnes

    oh i’d love to go to the natural history museum in NY. A great post with good ideas. :)

  • Tori Gabriel

    What a great idea for buying products from the States! I would never have thought of sending stuff to my hotel.

    As you have visited a few times I doubt you need my advice but for the benefit of any newbies, don’t try and walk between blocks. Blocks are huge! I once walked from 87th to 15th and it was miles!

  • I really want to go to New York, it is somewhere that I have wanted to visit for years, there are some great tips here which I will hopefully one day get to put into practice x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I am most definitely green with envy, I want to go and do all the touristy stuff x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    great post, I want to revisit New York it’s amazing there and so much to keep you busy.

  • I really want to go to New York I am so jealous can you pack me in your suitcase lol! Seeing if your hotel sends post is a good tip.

  • I would absolutely love to visit New York one day – it is most definitely a dream I would love to fulfil. x

  • Rosana McPhee

    Loving your plans to New York. Well done you for being so organised! R

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I actually enjoyed staying a bit further out on my trips to New York, and I loved staying in Harlem, as I got to experience real NY. I have stayed in Time Square too and it was all a bit too much for me.

  • Jo Smith

    I agree that planning is a good call. The last thing you want to do is come home and realise you forgot to do something you really wanted. Great tips x

  • Great tips! I love NYC, it is such a fab city.

  • lovely tips! i haven’t been to nyc before. i still imagine times square to be like the scene in friends with benefits!

  • Emma Bee

    have never been to New York, but the thought of the flight, makes me choose closer destinations.
    however saying that, would love to go to all the shops there!

  • No I haven’t but I am planning a trip in my head for next year. Lovely tips.

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    This is such a helpful post for me as I am thinking of going next year!

  • sarah Lea

    These are great tips! Booking shows in advance is really good advice and also planning the hotel to stay in. I HATE traveling on trains, I tr to avod it as much as I can, if I visited new york I think I’d want to be close distance to places I was visiting :)
    I hope you have a lovely time in NYC! I can’t wait to hear all about it xx

  • These are some fab tips! I have never been to New York but I would love to go – it always looks so amazing – I hope you have a fab time on your trip

  • I bet you are really excited, I went last year for the first time but it was only for the weekend as I was working the entire week in New Jersey

  • These are such fantastic tips, I am always booking things in advance when I go away as I love to know that I have things to do and that I haven’t missed out on the things I have really wanted to do. It’s great you can get your post sent to your hotel, I think that has to be the best tip as I would have never thought of that! xx

  • Mary Charie Ylagan

    These are great tips! especially the work out how youll get to the airport, its so me!

  • I’ved used shared wagon in the pas to get from the airport to a friend’s place and it was super efficient and very cheap. I find that the planning is half the fun of a vacation.

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Having been to NYC twice I couldn’t agree more with these tips – pre-planning is a must! H x

  • mummyslittlemonkey

    My advice is… have a blast!!! And get up as early as you can to avoid the crazy crowds. And start practising your ‘hailing a taxi cab’ whistle. 😉 x

  • Jessica

    Never been to New York but definitely I would love to. I am excited with your trip.

  • Ali

    Great tips, especially about getting things delivered to the hotel, I would never have thought of that!

  • Great tips! I was in New York in February and I definitely agree that it’s so important to stay in a good location. I stayed one block from the Empire State Building and a ten minute walk from Times Square and it was just ideal!

  • Bex Smith

    ooh enjoy yourself in New York, I’m so jealous x

  • Louise

    I’m so jealous, I’d love to go to New York! There are some great tips in this post x

  • I’d love to visit New York one day, and I’d definitely book everything like theatre shows in advance!

  • I agree that planning as much as possible in advance is the way to go! You really know how to do vacations!

  • I think it is a great idea to book events and taxis in advance because I hear that reservations are made months sometimes years in advance so its good to keep prepared.

  • globetrotterjen

    I have always wanted to go to New York but I know I’d have to plan everything to a tee to make sure I saw everything I wanted to -and didn’t spend all my money on the first day!

  • I’ve been to NY once and I stayed in the Hilton on Times Square which was incredible! Think that was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity but I’d love to go again if time/money permits :) Hope you enjoy your trip!

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