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Being one of the most famous and iconic cities in the world, New York attracts countless tourists every year. If you’re planning to cross the Big Apple off your travel bucket list this summer, obviously you’ll want to make the most of your time out there. Here’s just a few tips on how you can get the most out of your trip to New York.
Sort Out the Paperwork in Advance
This goes for anywhere in the states really. As you’re probably aware, the paperwork you’ll need in America is much more rigorous than what you’ll be used to when travelling a little closer to home. You’re going to need to sort out comprehensive medical insurance from a good provider, unless you don’t mind paying thousands of dollars if and when you have an injury on your trip! You may need a visa depending on how long you’re going to be out there, but at the very least you’ll need an ESTA, which you can find out more about with this information. Read up on all the paperwork you’ll need in advance, and you’ll avoid any unnecessary delays to your trip.
Eat Early or Late
When most New Yorkers eat out, they tend to take their dinner between 8 and 10pm. If you’re planning to eat at all the same places as the locals, it’s best to make your reservations a couple of days earlier than you usually would in the UK. You may even want to do this a month ahead of your trip when it comes to city favourites such as Babbo and Le Bernardin. New York restaurants tend to get pretty jam-packed Thursday through to Saturday, so try to shoot for some time in the first half of the week.
Look for the Smaller Shops
You’re about to head to one of the main fashion capitals of the world, so obviously, you’re going to want to blow at least some of your money on clothes, shoes, and other goodies! However, you shouldn’t just keep all your shopping sprees to the most famous areas like Fifth Avenue and SoHo, even though each of these are certainly worth seeing. Instead, save some of your money for the Lower East Side. Here, you can spend hours looking around small, intimate boutiques featuring local designers, and new and vintage pieces that you simply can’t find anywhere else.
Hear the Music
No matter what your tastes are, you really can’t leave New York without getting close to its unique music scene. Every night of the week you can take a wander around the city, and hear musicians from the up-and-coming to the world-class. There are classic, world-famous setting such as Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, all the way to gritty Brooklyn rock and jazz clubs. Just go for a stroll from your hotel, and take some pictures of the posters and flyers you like the look of. Aside from the wide range of choices you have, a lot of the live music in New York is completely free of charge, especially with the weather getting warmer all the time!