I’m a proud New Yorker. When someone asks me what they should know when visiting New York for the first time, I don't always know where to start as there's so many things to do in New York. I've decided to take a different approach here with some NYC local secrets to help you navigate your trip better. Expect some humorous tips for first time visitors to New York (although those on their fifth trip to NYC might find this travel advice helpful). I sincerely hope that these New York travel tips come in handy and help you avoid some of the mistakes that people make on their first trip to New York. 20 Insider tips for New York under the cut.
I love challenging myself to visit new places where I'm out of my comfort zone, whether it's Kosovo or Japan, however the reality is that I'm a cheapskate when it comes to paying for data and I have dietary restrictions. I often travel in areas where people don't speak English fluently and sign language is not cutting it.
This means that you'll want a good offline translator app, preferably a translation app that is free. This is a step-by-step guide on how to use Google Translate offline for iPhones, which means that you can instantly get translations without wifi and Google will pronounce difficult words for you. Keep reading for my most used features from Google Translate, tips for using Google Translate like a pro, and how to install the best translation app you'll find.
As a former Buffalo resident who has been to Niagara Falls more times than I can count, it was time to write a complete guide to Niagara Falls with tips for travelers visiting these epic waterfalls. Visiting Niagara Falls is a magical experience, especially for families, and it ranks high on many people’s bucket lists. Here you’ll find tips to help you decide which side of Niagara Falls to visit, where to eat in Niagara Falls, when is the best time to visit Niagara Falls, and logistics on how to get to Niagara Falls.
This guide includes a FREE Niagara Falls map that you can download offline with Google Maps at the end!
I'm a destroyer of carry-on bags (5 in 5 years!) and I've found the best carry-on backpack that I've ever had. These are tips to keep in mind when buying a carry-on bag based on my mistakes and more about the best carry-on backpack that I've ever had. Includes a review of the Cabinzero Classic 44L Ultralight Carry-On Bag.
As a Dutch resident, I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the beautiful Dutch countryside as well as charming towns that aren’t as well known to tourists. Although you’ve probably heard why you should visit Amsterdam, the prettiest Dutch cities to visit are often peaceful, less crowded, and more memorable. Keep reading for the 15 most atmospheric and beautiful cities/towns in the Netherlands.
As an American who did my first Eurotrip after graduating college AND now a European resident, I’ve learned a lot lessons about train travel in Europe. These are tips for traveling around Europe by train for first-timers considering buying the Eurail pass, which is available to non-European citizens. Non-European citizens living in Europe can also buy the Eurail pass, but you cannot use it in your country of residence. (Interrail is only for EU Citizens, so interrailing does differ in some ways. However many of these tips for European train travel might still be useful!)
Have you heard of the Aokigahara Suicide Forest? The Aokigahara Forest in Japan (Japanese: 青木ヶ原) (known as the Sea of Trees in Japanese 樹海) is the country’s most infamous forest. The Junkai forest is considered to be the second most popular suicide spot in the world after the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. It is a popular spot for dark tourism as it is considered the world’s most haunted forest. Read for more about my experience hiking in this virgin forest and whether you should go. *TRIGGER WARNING.*
As a born-and-raised Melbournian, I will tell anybody that listens that this is truly the best city! Melbourne has been voted the ‘most liveable city in the world’ by the Economist for 6 consecutive years now. However, Australia is not a budget-friendly country for travelers. With a decent cup of coffee costing between $3-$5, it can be easy to see where all of our money goes (You must have at least ONE world-famous Melbourne coffee!) This post is the attempt of a local Melbournian helping you navigate my hometown on $20 AUD or less a day. Includes tips for what to eat in Melbourne under $15 AUD and what to do in Melbourne for free. FREE downloadable Google Map that you can use offline at the bottom!
Guest Post courtesy of native Melbournian Kirstin from The Roaming Street! Keep reading for insider advice for visiting Melbourne and the best things to do in melbourne on a budget!
As a photographer, it's a hobby of mine finding the best places to take photos in Amsterdam. I've been living here for almost two years and I'm still finding cute streets with traditional Dutch architecture to wander down. Here are the best photo locations in Amsterdam according to one biased resident. Free map at bottom.
I'm so proud to be a native New Yorker and I love to help first timers plan their first trip to New York City. I've made a five day itinerary for NYC with advice on what to see and eat mostly in Manhattan for all budgets. This is a local guide, so although I cover the famous sites, I encourage you to see the smaller neighborhoods/places that make New York special. The Big Apple has so much to offer year-round, so most of these tips can be also used over the holidays. There's a FREE downloadable map with all the best places to see in New York City in 5 days.
Karen and Jacob. American expats from New York City and Kentucky living in Amsterdam.
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