I am no expert, but anything to make your life easier and prepared for right?! Here are a handful of tips if you’re planning a trip to New York City anytime soon.
1. Be sim-ready: Ok, my number one tip is to buy a local sim card for your smart phone when you arrive at JFK airport. Not only will it provide you with the convenience of included phone calls and messages, it’ll give you data for your internet, google map, Citymapper and Uber. The one I got was $20USD for 30 days with 1gb data per day.
2. Most helpful app: No sense of direction? Download Citymapper app, a ridiculously helpful app that will guide you anywhere in New York City. It’ll even tell you when you’re going the wrong way.
3. Let’s talk accommodation: If you’re a foodie like me, you’d want to a location where it is only a walking distance away from all the places you can try. For me, that was on the Lower East Side, plus side that it was walking distance to Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, Noho and only 10 minutes ride either to Midtown or Brooklyn. The average hotel cost in N.Y.C. is $350USD for 2 people, so if you’re a family travelling, it’s probably best to opt for Airbnb, plus you get to live like a local.
4. Next topic, food: If you’re staying at a touristy location or a hip happening apartment, it is more than likely the prices of all the restaurants will be hiked up. Tips for saving for food is, shop at the nearest grocery store, Trader Joe’s or Wholefood markets. Search on the internet which shop is the nearest to you. Back to accommodation, best you choose a place where you can also cook to save money. Also, for eating out, I realised our location was where all the expensive popular restaurants where located, and their prices reflected that. But just a short walk away to Chinatown from our apartment, we got to eat authentic Asian food for half the price.
5. Last but not least, toilets: I had watched a youtube video before leaving for the States that there are no clean toilets in N.Y.C. unless you purchase something first or pay for it. From my experience, as long as you ask nicely and offered to pay for an item, you will be allowed to use the restrooms, for free. In saying that, best you go to the toilet before you leave your apartment or the restaurant you ate at.
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the mentioned app, businesses or establishments. These statements are not paid for or sponsored, these are my own biased opinions and thoughts.