Surviving New York City

Visiting the Big Apple and not sure where to start? Somewhere like New York City can be intimidating at first, especially for those of us from much smaller cities or towns, but not too worry! I have a few tips for you…


There are hotels on almost every block, so finding accommodation that meets your needs (and budget) shouldn’t be too hard. That said, New York can easily be a very expensive city to stay in if you don’t look in the right places. And if you are looking to stay somewhere cheap, you don’t want wallpaper from the 50’s peeling off the walls. Look at reliable hotel/hostel search engines and read reviews! Doing this can be the difference between a bargain and a nightmare.

Getting Around

Transportation in NYC is easy once you get used to it. Buying a Metrocard will make things even easier as all you have to do is swipe it to get into the subway system or on buses. It’s reloadable at MetroCard vending machines or station booths and rides only cost $2.75USD no matter how far you go. Which I think is amazing and makes traveling so cheap!


My favourite thing about NYC was the food! I had a burger like every day and I have no regrets. And the pizza. Omg. So damn cheesy and so damn good. It’s not all pizza and burgers, the variety of food is insane, NYC truly has it all. I didn’t get to try as much as I wanted to and that just gives me a reason to go back! If you’re huge on food start making a list of restaurants you want to visit, or if you want to plan less, there are food tours out there that are worth looking at!


Coming from the small city of Perth, seeing the size of NYC was a little bit overwhelming at first. But I quickly realized that Manhattan is designed like a grid, so as long as you memorize certain landmarks (your hotel for example), you really can’t get lost! The street names are numbered (42nd street, 43rd street, and so on) going both horizontal and verticle, with a few exceptions of course. If you tell someone to meet you on the corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, they’ll know exactly where that will be.

The New York Pass

If you’re going to NYC and seeing all the tourist attractions, or as many as you can, I highly recommend getting the New York Pass because it could save you a lot of money. If you aren’t there to see the attractions and only wish to experience the lifestyle and food of the city, then it might not be for you! It’s personal preference. It costs around $400USD but it is often on special for over $300 (the 10-day pass).

What To See (link)

Such a big city and lots to do! If you want to know my top things to see in NYC (Manhattan), check out my 10 Things to do in New York City blog post!

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