Big cities, like New York, are a blast to visit, but it is easy to get stuck in a tourist trap. You can end up visiting the city of your dreams and only seeing the pretend city, the sites a local wouldn’t be caught dead in. To avoid this faux New York, plnnr.com can help you achieve a real sense of the city, leaving the word “tourist” out of your vocabulary!
To begin, you are going to want to define the basics of your trip: when you are going, how long you will be there, etc. If you missed the post on how to do that, you can visit it here. For your Theme, pick “Culture”, and for Intensity, select “Moderate.” When deciding when you will travel to New York, try to avoid major holidays. In general, cities become so overcrowded during the holidays, it is impossible to get a true feel for the city. For my trip, I decided to plan for mid-May. I also decided to go from Wednesday – Saturday. This way I will be able to avoid going out on the weekends and instead, get to be with real New Yorkers.
After you tell plnnr.com the basics and get your itinerary, select “Trip Profile” to go in and change your preferences. New York is known for many things, but culture and art are a big part of the city. Make sure all art-related categories are weighted heavily in your itinerary, and all other categories are not important for the search. I also made “Off-Beat” an important category so plnnr would know to include unique attractions that aren’t in your basic trip to New York.
To make sure you see everything you desire, click on “Select Attractions” and scroll through the options to make sure plnnr.com knows exactly what you want to see. I wanted to make sure I saw the Chelsea Market, the Art Students League of New York, and the Society of Illustrators museum. By telling plnnr you want to see these sites with a green check mark, they are sure to be in your Itinerary. With these options, you are going to get a pretty unique experience in New York and you will avoid wasting your money on tourist scams.
And one last point: dinner is the most important meal of the day in New York. So eat light early in the day and have wonderful dinners. You want to make sure you are heading out a little later than other cities in the states. In New York, most restaurants get busy around 8 and 9 o’clock at night, so make reservations!
With these simple steps, you can enjoy the Big Apple like one of its own!