By the time you read this, I will be in New York City for my second visit/trip ever. Let me tell you I was pretty excited (still am) but I’m not looking forward to Monday when I have to leave. I’m telling ya, I am quite determined to live in Manhattan before I’m 30. Any who, I decided to write this blog post on my tips for planning a trip to Manhattan. The first trip I was intensely planning for probably about three months, but this time around I only found out a month ago that I was actually going and I was struggling to find time to sit down and plan. So here we are a week before I am supposed to leave for New York writing this post and I believe the trip is mostly planned. I plan on finalizing it on the weekend but I figured since I’ve gone about planning this trip both super prepared and now the college way of procrastinating, I have some great tips.
Brainstorm ideas of what you would like to do or try: By doing this you are giving yourself somewhere to start. It can be a bit daunting, but ask yourself what would you really like to find or do in New York? Do you want to explore? Do you want to shop? Do you want to feel like a foodie? Or do you want to be entertained? Asking these few questions can give you places to start on your trip to NY.
Buy A Travel Book: I have two travel books. This not only provided me with numerous options that I didn’t know existed but also made me incredibly excited for my trip and in turn incredibly excited to start establishing a plan for my time there.
Constantly Check Pinterest: Pinterest is a great resource for ideas in general so of course this a great place for travel ideas. They have a lot of things like “10 things to do in New York City,” “How to do New York City on a Budget,” or “What to do in three days in New York,” etc. With the abundance of resources like this, there is overlap but at the same time you could stumble upon something new.
Google Searches: Once you have a couple of ideas of what you would like to do and where you would like to eat, Google them! Do this especially for restaurants because then you can look at the menu and see if you really are interested in eating there. Also then you could get the address and make a reservation at this time as well. Same thing applies for an activity, if you need tickets in advance, Googling it can provide you with the website in order to purchase your tickets.
Make many drafts of a plan: Practice makes perfect! This way you can really narrow down what you want to do on what day. I definitely think grouping near neighborhoods and districts by days is the way to go.
Finalize plan: Once you have made a couple drafts of your plan and really know where you want to go, it is time to make a final draft of your plan. I suggest including addresses for everywhere with a rough timeline.
Hopefully this helps and gives you some ideas on how to approach planning a trip to New York or anywhere you desire. If you have any other tips that I have not mentioned I would love to hear them as I’m sure I will have many future trips to New York!