- Don’t be afraid to explore the city. Just walk! I wish I just walked around more the first day; explored the area and learned which streets to stand in when hailing a cab. Some drivers don't want to turn around and drive you to Lincoln Center when they are heading south on Broadway.
- Taxis are cheap. Just get the address(es) online before you go out and give it to the driver if you have trouble pronouncing it, like I do. Be sure to always have enough time when hailing a cab; get there early instead of late - and don't forget to tip!
- Bring your camera, flats and a bottle of water everywhere! You will need all of them!
- Go thrifting! I got an Oscar De La Renta skirt for $7.50 and BCBG Maxazaria dress for $38! My favorite store in New York is NYC Opera Thrift Store!
- Get pizza!
- Go to Central Park if you ever feel overwhelmed or just need a break from the city! Even if you just walk 50 meters into the park, you’ll feel relaxed and have time to meditate. Central Park also smells great, and that's a nice change from hot-dog stands and pretzel-booths.
- Meet up with bloggers from the area, they know where all the good shops are!
- Even though the Circle Line take time and sounds very touristy – take it! It’s really relaxing and a great way to get some iconic shots of New York City. If you can, take it in the afternoon – so that you get the amazing sunset and get to see the skyline at night!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for directions or talk to people. New Yorkers apparently have a reputation for being quite rude, but I never experienced any of that. Everyone was super nice and I even got compliments on my style from complete strangers as they were passing me by. People in NYC are great, and I love it!
- Explore restaurants, cafés and bistros! Try new things whenever you get the chance!
- Go to Macy's and Saks on fifth avenue. I don't think I need to explain that further!
My New York travel tips!
Your first time in New York City? This was mine! Here are some hot-off-the-press travel-tips from a newborn New Yorker!