If you want to travel to New York for the first time in your life, you want to make sure you have an adventure of a lifetime. In order to achieve that, you need to know the travel mistakes other tourists make and avoid them.
Here are the most common mistakes tourists make when in the Big Apple:
Although getting into a cab and going to your hotel sounds easy, you cannot predict how hectic the traffic will be or how easily will you pick up a cab. If you want an Uber, you should request a pickup from the ‘arrivals’ section or try public transport. While slower, public transit will get you where you need to go but avoid past travel mistakes and make sure you get on the right one.
Staying in Midtown
The city of New York is synonymous with hustle and bustle, skyscrapers, and Times Square. Midtown is also quite pricey and congested, which means that you should avoid it. Hotels outside Midtown are much cheaper, especially if you opt for areas such as Brooklyn and Queens.
Waiting in Line
Many tourists fall into the trap of waiting in line. If you want to outsmart everyone else, think about visiting the most congested areas on your itinerary during off-peak hours. If you have to see the Statue of Liberty, you need to buy an advance ticket and get up early before everyone else.
Missing out on Other Museums
Of course, every tourist knows about the Guggenheim, the Met, and the National History Museum. If you love viewing art but do not want to be stuck in line with other tourists, go to the Neue Gallery or the Frick because not many people know about them. If you are not necessarily looking for art, consider visiting the Tenement Museum or the Transit Museum for an amazing museum experience.
Assuming the City is Crime-filled
Although you might encounter a few homeless people begging for change, New York is like any other city. Manhattan is one of the safest places you can visit and it experienced very low crime rates in 2016. If you relax and use common sense, you will be safe.
Hailing Cabs Incorrectly
Getting a cab to stop for you will feel like a big victory, especially if it is your first time. Make sure the rooftop adornment is lit up before hailing a cab because that means it is available. If you want the cabs to stop, step off the curb and wave your hand as if saying goodbye.
Overlooking Subway Tips
More than five million people per day use the subway in the Big Apple. However, do not let this intimidate you. You also have to find the best route in advance or look for the service status for each line. If possible, carry a paper version of the subway or download a copy to your phone in case you encounter Wi-Fi problems underground.
This will be very helpful in case a line goes out of service or a train is diverted. Ensure you get on a train that is going in the right direction. Before hopping on one, you should know that some trains on similar lines are express, while others stop at all stations. If you end up getting on an express train by mistake, once it stops, get back on a train heading to the opposite direction and retrace your steps.
If you are traveling alone but want some company, think about going on a bus tour or visit Liberty Cruise in NYC. Traveling in a group will allow you to interact with other tourists and provide you with a richer travel experience.