(Closed) New York City BY MYSELF. Ahh!

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I went to London for a long weekend by myself (I was studying abroad in France at the time), and it was the most amazing experience!

BUT, I did my planning (looked up/printed out bus/train schedules), travelled light (money/passport under my shirt, where no pickpockets could get to it… not so much a problem in NYC), and kept everyone updated where I was as it was happening (again, not as huge of a deal in NYC).

The beauty of NYC is the abundance of cabs and the fact that you can really get anywhere on foot. And–despite what many people may have you believe–New Yorkers can actually be quite friendly, so don’t be scared to ask where to go/how to get from point A to point B.

Have so much fun! NYC is one of my very favorite cities 🙂

Post # 4
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@abeautifulunion:  Well you’re already ahead by mapping out exactly where to go and having a plan. General advice, I’d say walk like you’re on a mission. You’ll have al your bags which will make you an obvious tourist, but this is a big city, so don’t stand and look up at the sky and oogle New York or you’ll be a target. Also, watch your bags, obviously. I’d also say not to talk to stangers or let anyone “help” you. But you don’t need to be a total bitch about it, some people are really genuinely trying to help (then again New Yorkers hava reputation don’t they?) Have fun!

Post # 5
1176 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This isn’t too bad a trip, but here’s the tips I can think of:

It will likely take about 90 mins to get from the Airtrain to Port Authority, so make sure your schedule allows for that.

Have small bills for the ticket machines. Sometimes the ones that take credit cards are out of order.

Underpack. If you would struggle to carry everything up or down a few flights of stairs, pack less.

Wear sunglasses, even indoors, to look like a native. 🙂 

And then the obvious stuff – don’t leave your bag unattended, don’t keep anything valuable in a back pocket, keep your bag closed/zipped at all times, yadda yadda.


Post # 7
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@abeautifulunion:  the MTA website time would be you getting to the station exactly as the train arrives, getting on and absolutely no delays.  In reality I usually found adding 10 minutes for delays at the different stops as passengers load and unload was closer to reality. Also because of that you may have to wait for the train in Jamaica for a few minutes.  

Travel tip wise I would say

1) allow an extra 30plus minutes between each part of your trip (JFK to Jamaica, Jamaica to Port Authority etc)  Its really common for public transportation to be running late, so if you make all your plans around running exactly on time you’re probably going to run into problems.

2) Carry all your ID, bank cards etc in a travel wallet that hangs inside your clothes.  Keep a small amount of cash in your purse for subway tickets, snacks etc.  This way if your purse is lost or stolen, you still have the essentials.  

3)Be realistic about luggage.  I’ve made the trip from Jamaica to Port  Authority and onto a bus many times, and even with the minimal walking in between trains and buses, bags get heavy quickly.  You also tend to run into a lot of stairs and crowded areas, where a smaller lighter bag is sooooo much easier.  On the bus I prefer a small bag I can put under the seat or in the overhead bin then a large one I have to put under the bus.  Its to easy for someone else to grab it at a stop if you aren’t paying attention when its under the bus.  Also on the subway there will be no “luggage” area- so you’ll have to hang onto your bag as you travel.    

4) Pack a few snacks/sodas.  Its much cheaper then buying food at any of the public transportation places, and you probably don’t want to venture to far away from them to avoid getting lost/being late. 

5)Headphones are a must for bus rides- You can put them on even if you aren’t actually listening to anything to avoid conversation with random strangers.  (I’ve had the worst luck on bus trips out of Port Authority with getting stuck sitting next to someone who talks to themself, or was obviously drunk etc)

6) Make yourself a cheat sheet, with all your directions, reservations, tickets and phone numbers if you need help.  

7) Enjoy your trip- I traveled in that area a lot as an 18/19 year old college student and with a little preparation its very doable. 

Post # 8
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Good for you for travelling alone and seeking advice!!!


I am a traveller who has done solo travel to Hong Kong, Vietnam Paris, not to mention NYC when I was about your age.


Travelling alone is awesome and I might be biased because I live in a metro city with lots of public transportation, but don’t worry too much.


But I will say that you should pay extra attention to your belongings while on subway or bus. Also, pay attention to your surroundings at night. If it’s in daytime, really, don’t worry too much. I will also suggest that if you want to be extra careful, you should leave a note to your family or friends of where you will be and when.

Many times, I ALMOST got in trouble but didn’t. Next time I might not be so lucky so I need to tell myself that 😛



Post # 9
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Travelling by yourself can br great!  I spent an entire summer in SE Asia by myself when I was 20 and have done tons of weekend long trips alone.

My biggest tip is to act like you belong.  Walk with a purpose and people will be less likely to view you as a potential parget.

Hope you have fun!

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