Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

New York City: The Perfect City for Solo Travel

New York City was just voted one of the top cities for solo travelers. There are myriad reasons why this is the case. You’ll never be bored. You can pretty much talk to anyone here. Or you can simply blend in with the crowd and be as visible or as anonymous as you like. New York City is the king when it comes to being the melting pot.

New York Philharmonic

Personally, I find the many cultural options perfect opportunities to enjoy a solo experience. If you’re not quite ready to commit to a major play or opera as a single, look into the New York Philharmonic rehearsals, for example, an inexpensive and friendly way to test the solo waters at a cultural event.  https://nyphil.org/concerts-tickets/explore/open-rehearsals Also, a Wednesday or Saturday matinee on Broadway might feel less daunting than attending an evening performance by yourself.  Visit www.playbill.com for a full listing of Broadway and off-Broadway shows with matinee times.

Central Park

Meandering through the city’s myriad parks will let you observe, think, and relax all on your own time. And maybe you’ll find a casual food stand or restaurant there, where you can test your ability to dine alone.

I asked one of my favorite solo travelers, Shari Bayer, to share some suggestions of how to manage traveling solo. Shari is a pro when it comes to dining solo and traveling solo and can be heard sharing advice on her show, All in the Industry, on Heritage Radio Network, a weekly show about the hospitality industry.

  1. Location, location, location. When choosing where you stay, make sure it is in a central and safe neighborhood.  Check travel review sites, such as TripAdvisor. You can narrow your search to “solo” to see what other single travelers had to say about their experiences. Look for a consistency in the responses, as when many people post that it’s a “great location,” you can be confident that it will be.
  2. Plan your trip your way.  There is not one right way to travel, and when you’re going solo, you can do whatever you want without compromising your itinerary. You can sleep late and skip breakfast. Go to a museum for several hours, or only for a quick walk-through.  It’s up to you.
  3. Don’t think you have to do everything solo on your trip.  You can partake in group outings, city tours, food crawls and fun adventures where you will meet other travelers and have unique experiences together.  If you want some companionship, you can find it.
  4. Keep connected with technology. Nowadays, our smart phones can be our best friends and very useful for soloists.  From researching top city attractions to utilizing maps and posting on social media, you may forget that you’re alone with so many tools are your fingertips.
  5. Be confident in your decision to be traveling solo and don’t let anyone invade your time or privacy.  Ignore naysayers who many question why you are alone. It’s none of their business. Some people who haven’t traveled solo for themselves may not understand it, but it’s not your job to explain it.  Live and let live.

Celebrate International Women’s Day at the Women’s Travel Fest – Mar. 9-11

Just in time to celebrate International Women’s Day, the Women’s Travel Fest returns to New York City with a terrific line-up of programming and networking opportunities.

Women's Travel Fest 2018

The Fest kicks off with a networking pre-party downtown at The DL, 95 Delancey Street, on Friday March 9 at 7pm.

The full line-up of seminars takes place over two days, on Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11. Speakers from a wide array of travel-related disciplines will share their knowledge with attendees over the course of the Fest which takes place at the Angel Orensanz event space on 172 Norfolk Street, New York City.

Saturday programming begins at 10am with an introduction by Kelly Lewis, founder of the Women’s Travel Fest and Go! Girl Guides.

Other Saturday highlights include:  Learning how to use points and miles to travel free.  This session is followed by a panel on sexism in travel with Kae Lani Kennedy of USA Today, Nikki Vargas, and Lilit Marcus of CNN.

The Saturday program concludes with a session on following your dream and a panel about adventure travel with three speakers known for their expertise in adventure, Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton of WHOA, and Kathleen Rellihan of Adventure.com.

Networking continues into the early evening with an after-party on Saturday evening.

The closing day begins with a key note by Oneika Raymond, host of two Travel Channel series, “Big City, Little Budget” and “One Bag and You’re Out.”

Professional development sessions follow with a focus on how to work with brands, led by Kristen Sarah, travel videographer and YouTube video creator.  A session on the best apps and gear for travel will help travelers get the most out of their travel experience. For those interested in travel writing, the afternoon workshop, led by Anneliese Sorensen, will help you hone your storytelling skills.

Travel as it relates to volunteering is also explored in a session about volunteering while traveling abroad.

Purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-travel-fest-2018-tickets-39851671422?aff=es2#tickets.  For more information, http://womenstravelfest.com/schedule/.

Two Wonderful Ways to See Musical Theater in Manhattan

Do you love musicals?  Try these two series of concert performances that you may not know about.
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Broadway and Off-Broadway Tickets at Discount – for shows into early February

The mystique of theater holds true all year in New York City, but January is the best time to score the deals both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Beginning January 4, theatergoers can purchase 2-for-1 tickets to 22 Broadway shows between January 17 and February 4 and 38 off-Broadway shows between January 30 and February 12.
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The Best Classic and Unusual Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City

I’ve been scouring the web and the NYC media to find the best NYE celebrations in NYC.  Here is my first list of the day, all thanks to the wonderful app MyCityWay.  http://www.mycityway.com/

I’ll be posting some more restaurant-specific ones shortly.

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Winter In New York: The Highlights

Winter in New York is a magical time of year, and many people’s favorite season in the city. It is cold, and often snowy, but that is part of the appeal, especially for visitors from parts of the world which do not experience seasons in the way we do here. Dark nights, bright lights and the warmth of the city crowds makes New York a really special place to be in winter. Here is our guide to things to do to make the best of the season.

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