A few months ago now I went on a once in a lifetime trip to New York where I saw almost everything there is to see in just a few exhausting days. I decided to write about my experiences whilst I was there as a guide for anyone thinking of travelling to New York. Hopefully, this insight will give you an idea of what great things there are to see and do.
It is safe to say quite literally that New York is “the city that never sleeps”. Everything was open with many people and cars on the streets well past midnight. This was very unusual to me as in my home town the high street closes at around 5:30/6:00 leaving just restaurants and bars open until 11:00 or 12:00; the streets at this point are basically empty.
I didn’t quite contemplate just how busy it would be and how stressful I would find it just crossing the road! None the less, it was still an incredible experience and I would highly recommend going there!
We arrived in New York around 11:00am and made our way straight to our hotel, this being a YMCA where the inside slightly resembled a prison. It was however in a great location opposite central park. We then had a couple of hours to change and get ready before making our way into Times Square.
Let me just say, New York is much cooler than London (especially at night). We went shopping and briefly explored some of the city, where I was chased by a person in a
Spiderman costume and asked about five times to say something in my accent.
The restaurant of choice that night was Bubba Gump, which had the most adorable décor. The food was great and the staff in the gift shop were very friendly.
As it was our first night, it was more than fitting to go to the empire state building. At this point we had not slept for 24 hours, so it is safe to say, we were a very unhappy group of people waiting in the queue. Our misery was however soon forgotten when we were greeted at the top by the most incredible view. If you’re ever planning to go to the Empire State building, go at night! Seeing all the lights of this amazing city was absolutely beautiful and is something you won’t forget.
Exhausted we made our way back to the hotel, making the terrible decision to walk, taking us about two hours. By now we were all ready for bed having been up for 27 hours straight.
I hope you have enjoyed reading, keep an eye out for more posts on my New York trip.
Lots of Love x