- Our non-stop, direct flight (from Vancouver to New York) left at 9 am and arrived at 5 pm. Which was lovely. I would recommend non-stop, direct flights whenever possible.
- The thing about flying Air Canada is that your flight lands in Newark Airport (EWR) which is in New Jersey. New Jersey has it's own rules. And their airport is a little bit ghetto. And it costs about $35 per person to get from NJ to Manhattan... so keep that in mind when calculating what it'll cost to get from your bed at home to your bed in your hotel room.
- The Row Hotel is perfectly located in the theatre district, just around the corner from Times Square. The service is mostly horrible, the on-site restaurants are not as advertised, the rooms are less than 200 sq feet, (meaning there is no coffee maker, mini-fridge, counterspace, or desk area) (Also, they don't have the complimentary collapsible water bottles that are apparently readily available, nor do they have enough face cloths for every room every day) . BUT IT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM TIMES SQUARE. And Hell's Kitchen is two blocks away. And the subway is right there. And Central Park was just over there. And the Hop On-Hop Off Bus stops just steps away, right there. And it was cheap, comparatively speaking. So, what I'm saying, is, stay at the The Row if you don't have too many expectations.
- Travel with people who've never been to the destination before. Seeing the city through their eyes is the best.
|Seeing Times Square for the first time.|
- Make sure you plan some things in advance (buy theatre tickets, purchase concert passes, make a dinner reservation or two, arrange transportation from the airport, take advantage of groupon coupons) but leave space for spontaneity. Because 'what should we do? I dunno, whadda you wanna do' is always a fun game. :) Oh, and even though we now live in a paperless society, print everything out and take all those papers with you. Cuz there's a chance that the Canadian Groupon App that has your voucher will not open in the states, causing you to have to download the American version, which of course does not have your voucher. Which may or may not frustrate you a little bit. And carry all your papers with you all the time because there's a chance you may end up trying to get into the Eagles concert with a printed ticket to The Waitress, which was the Broadway Musical you saw the night before.
|First class treatment at Citi Field; much patience and encouragement as Marg looked for an electronic version of her concert ticket on her phone.|
|Wrong ticket. Didn't matter. :)|
- If at all possible, travel with a friend who's just had major surgery on the tendons and ligaments of her ankle. That cane she's using to get around with? Will open doors and provide amazing 'front of the line' service EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. From airports to concert venues - she was treated like royalty, with us tagging along as her faithful subjects.
- Travel with friends who like to try new things. Travel with friends who don't mind sleeping with ear plugs. Travel with friends who take afternoon naps. Travel with friends who like to laugh. Travel with friends who are kind to strangers. Travel with friends who don't hate your camera. Travel with friends.