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.
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.
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.