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If you are planning on visiting New York this year or in the near future, you will probably be feeling incredibly excited about your trip. However, a trip to the Big Apple is something that needs a bit of careful planning and preparation. To help, read on to discover some useful rules on surviving the Big Apple as a tourist.
Don’t just stick to Manhattan
When a lot of people book New York holidays, they tend to stick to Manhattan only. However, there are many other places to explore. There is a lot going on in the outer reaches of Brooklyn, for example. If you really want a cutting-edge experience, check out Bushwick and Gowanus.
Check a map before taking the subway
This is something that most tourists do when they are in New York, and they can find themselves getting very lost. Often, the subway that is closest to you will lie above a labyrinthine network of various underground passages, which are you going to have to navigate before you find the train you actually want to get on. The best thing to do is look at your map and see if there is a more suitable entry into the subway, which you can walk to above ground to avoid you emerging yourself into a swarm of people too soon.
Don’t forget to tip
If you are given a service, no matter what it is, whether you have been waited on in a restaurant, been given a ride in a taxi, or someone has helped you with your luggage, you are expected to tip. The best thing to do is factor tipping into your daily budget, as this will make it seem less unpalatable. Servers depend on tips in America, as the minimum wage is so low, so it really is seen as a standard practice over there.
Avoid paying full price if you can help it
A final tip for anyone that is planning on taking a trip to New York is to avoid paying full price whenever you can help it. This city is one perpetual sale. If something does not sell quickly, it is discounted – and considerably so! You will often find that new stock ends up on sale a few weeks after it arrives because of this. This means you can get some real bargains while on holiday in New York. You will also find that sample sales occur frequently too. Some of the higher-end boutiques even have discreet sale racks towards the back of the store.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for your trip to New York. If you follow the advice that has been presented above, you can make sure you have a fun and memorable holiday. After all, New York is certainly one of the world’s most impressive cities!