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Dos and Dont’s of Traveling to NYC and Abroad

Imagine you’re planning your next vacation to take a tour of New York City. Here is a list of some dos and dont’s that might help you while traveling around the Big Apple, ensuring a fun, safe and secure tip.

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Planning

1. Look at different websites when planning your trip.

We know many people like to use Expedia or TripAdvisor for planning their trips, then call it a day. There is virtue in using other search engines and websites to find deals that may not be mainstreamed. While no flight search website is necessarily the best, looking at different search aggregators for flights and vacation options is better than just sticking with one.

2. Try not to go overboard and over-plan your trip.

Let your days unfold in their own way. Schedule two or three things a day to do in the city, such as visiting Central Park and then the Empire State Building. This way is less stressful, as outside forces such as bad weather can cause you to change ready-made plans. Seeing where the city takes you on its own is one of the most fun ways to travel.

3. Get travel insurance.

While travel insurance might feel meaningless to some, it’s always better to be covered just in case anything happens. Look for a good travel insurance company that can cover incidents at home and on the road.

4. Try to book flights about 2 to 4 months in advance.

This way you are likely to get a better price and find what your looking for in a timely manner. On the other hand, don’t try to plan your trip too early as circumstances may change, and don’t drive yourself insane trying to find the most affordable price possible.

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Packing

1. Make sure to pack towels and socks. 

It may seem obvious but many people tend to overlook some essential items. You never know when you will need them, and many recreational activities may include you getting wet or dirty.

2. Try to pack light.

You don’t want to overburden yourself with extra luggage, especially if you’re traveling with a big family or crowd. For an extra tidbit, pack your old clothes for travel. If you lose them, it’s no big deal, and you might need to make room for extra items on your way back.

3. Don’t store cash, jewelry,  or other valuables in your luggage.

Try to keep them on your personal self. Also, never leave your luggage unattended, even for a a second. It just takes a brief moment for some unsavory folks to run away with  your belongings and put you in an uncomfortable situation. Furthermore, take pictures of your luggage and clothes. If your bag gets lost, this will help identify it more easily.

4. Pack a first-aid kit. 

Accidents happen, so it is best to be prepared. You should always try to have at least a pack of bandaids and antibacterial creams for cuts and bruises. NYC is pretty big and anything can happen.

5. Try to carry emergency cash. 

No matter how much you plan there are always situations where you might run out of money in middle of a trip. Try to keep an emergency stash. However, be wary about carrying too much cash on a trip as that might also lead to a disaster.

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Traveling

1. Never feel uncomfortable using a map. 

Yes, you may look like a tourist primed to get hustled, but that isn’t as bad as really getting lost in the wrong part of town. On the other hand, don’t be timid about exploring the city. It’s best to go off the beaten path, especially in NYC, and look at the beautiful sights and architecture. And if you do get lost, New Yorkers usually feel pretty proud about helping people with directions.

2. Lunchtime is the best time to visit historical sites. 

Want to visit the Metropolitan Museum? The best time with the least amount of crowding is when everyone else is eating.

3. Don’t eat near tourist sites.

The food near any major attraction is likely to be double the price compared to local stores elsewhere. A good rule of thumb is to walk 6 or 7 blocks away from any tourist destination and try out the local restaurants.

4. Try to keep your money and passport away from public eyes.

Never flash your money out in the public. Especially in the busy streets of the city. If you need to exchange cash, do so at a reputable place, instead of shady individuals or establishments.

5. Never get into dubious looking vehicles by drivers willing to give you a ride.

Especially at the airport, there are unfortunate characters who like to take unsuspecting tourists for a ride with their cash. If you want to safely get around the city, one of the best ways to to do so is to book a ride with Dial 7. Download our official app for even faster service!

 

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