If I died today knowing I made it to the big apple I would honestly die a happy man. I don’t know if it’s just me but ever since I was young New York was the one city I had always wanted to travel to. USA as a country was never a culture I wanted to immerse myself in, but the city of New York is something I had always wanted to explore. When people say New York is a city that never sleeps they’re not lying. Arriving in what I wish to call my home on sunset, unpacking my bags in a room that only saw me to sleep, looking out the window was a painting. Overlooking Times Square was magical and thinking about the money that an LED board made someone was astounding, and even though the city was so fast paced I felt like I really wasn’t that small in a big city. Walking down I can tell you now the smell was bad but after a week you become so immune to the heat and stench of the streets, and weirdly enough it added to the experience of travelling.
Deciding to travel alone ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve made and even though the expenses aren’t split in half, your overall time is doubled. Before travelling those that would never do such a thing would argue that you were being careless and dangerous, and in all honesty it is, but it’s something everyone needs to do at least once in their lives. Aimlessly walking around a foreign city with nothing but a fold out map that by the end of the trip is torn and worth next to nothing as please turn over turns in to, good luck the back of your map no longer exists.
Tips for Travelling Alone:
Don’t be afraid to talk to random people.
Some of them are going to be rude but most of them will make you feel welcome. NYC is flooded with Starbucks stores; get to know the barista, they’re most likely locals and seeing them every morning will make you feel like you actually know someone. They’re the best for travel advice and will tell you things no travel guide will.
Take advantage of not having anyone with you.
Don’t feel like you need to let everyone at home know what you’re doing all the time. and don’t dare take on the task of doing everything that your friends or family told you to do. Explore at your own pace and look at things that interest you. The line “Oh it was so busy and I thought I would do it later but never got the chance to” will be something you’ll use a lot when you get back
Use your camera phone over your actual camera.
If you’re in to photography then you are most likely going to have a DSLR or point and shoot with you, but use your phone for majority of your photos. Taking a photo on a ‘professional’ camera takes your eye away too much from what is happening around you. Unless the shot it worth missing a living moment, don’t take it on your camera but take a quick picture on your phone.
Don’t be afraid to walk in at night.
This may seem bizarre but it’s not only the best time take photos but it is also the best time to blend in with the crowd. Think, realistically if you’re in a large city people generally finish work between the hours of 5pm-6pm, blend in with the locals. As well as the fact that most people on holidays stay up late and wake up late, your most likely to bump in to other tourists around this time finding commonalities for the reason why you travelled where you did.
Spend time finding new things that interest you.
As cliché as it is travelling alone will let you learn so much about yourself. No longer are you pleasing anyone by acting a certain way or doing certain things, spend time researching local shows and stores that may spark new interests, and sometimes people watching with a $1 slice of pizza is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Eating alone is lonely and I wouldn’t recommend it.
Some people don’t mind eating alone on their phone but personally its something I can’t do. If your lucky enough to stay in a hotel, dinner is a time to rest your feet and grab a bite to eat in your room, and get ready for the night session
~ Photography and writing ~