The city that never sleeps. How I love New York. I hope it's on your plans this year and thanks to Cher you'll have some great shortcuts to make the most of it.
The most memorable thing about New York City is not the Statue of Liberty, skyscrapers, or incredible food — it’s the hassle of getting around. Whether you’re stuck in never-ending traffic or just confused by the city’s puzzling grid, it’s a pain trying to sightsee or plan activities around the Big Apple’s big population.
There is always new construction to avoid, roadwork to detour around, or events to throw a wrench in your plans. It’s easy to become frustrated with the lack of mobility when you only have limited vacation time to spend in the concrete jungle.
Valuable moments that are ticketed for viewing the city’s attractions are easily gobbled up by the headache of maneuvering through the constant swell of people. And, with tourism numbers steadily increasing, the difficulty is not likely to disappear any time soon.
Get in Line
Nearly 60 million visitors descended upon New York City last year. It’s not a stretch to guess that many of them spent precious relaxation time pulling their hair out while sitting in standstill traffic.
It’s not just vacationers who are affected by the crowding though. Business travelers also flocked to the city in record numbers in 2015. Over 6 million people made their way to NYC for conventions or meetings. Those who fall into this category understand the importance of punctuality.
You Are Now Free to Move About the Apple
So, aside from the normal tactic of leaving for your destination early, is there any way to solve the city that never sleeps? Of course! Not only is there a solution, but there are ways to even incorporate possible delays into your itinerary.
Kill two birds with one stone by turning a potential problem into an entertaining escapade. Sidestepping boring and infuriating waits is as easy as flipping them into exciting and even adventurous experiences. But how do you do this? You can start by checking out some of our suggestions below.
Operate on a Flexible Schedule
No appointment, no problem. Take your time and take in the sights. Spend the busiest time of day seeing a local attraction while you use the light night traffic to venture to the city’s hot spots. Of course, you’ll have to work around business hours, but there’s a reason they call it the “city that never sleeps.”
The benefits to conquering a big city in a limousine are endless. You’ll travel in style, convenience, and comfort with a company like NYC Limousine. There may be no more enticing reasons to try it than the ones listed below though.
Who doesn’t love to ride in luxury? Whether you’re popping champagne in the back or taking the kids for their first spin in a classy vehicle, it’s a ton of excitement. There’s no better way to travel than by taking full advantage of the spaciousness, amenities, and services that a limo has to offer.
Finish your work or plan your next pit stop. Without the encumbrance of driving, you’re free to tackle the next thing on your to-do list. Commuting through a big city is tough when you’re forced to miss out on valuable time because of traffic backups. Nip the problem in the bud with a chauffeur and plenty of work room.
Leave it to the professionals to get you where you’re going. There’s no need to time the bus routes correctly or crack the subway schedule. It’s no secret that visitors often get lost on the way to their destinations — even with GPS. Having a versed citizen taxi you around in a palace-on-wheels is the best way to get there on time.
Sit back and enjoy the plush interior and stylish ride of the city’s most lavish way to travel. It beats the train, cab, or crammed ride-sharing car. You’ll be totally at ease when navigating to your next fun stop.
With downtown tours you can get to where you’re going and gain some knowledge while you’re on your way.
Of course, there's always Taxi/Uber for a quick drive from uptown to downtown or vice-a-versa. Just watch out for that ticking meter in the taxi.
Or you can try walking. The best way to get someplace you’ve never been is by stumbling around the city streets. Find a cute bistro to enjoy lunch or discover a great shopping destination. New York City is full of such surprises.
Everybody knows the main attractions, but do you know what you’re missing out on? As with the rest of the tips on this list, try something non-conventional to free up time and deliver your best vacation yet.
Cher is a recent graduate who enjoys blogging about anything and everything. She is currently enjoying holidays in her own country, before hoping to start her overseas journey next year.