Making The Most Of A Trip To New York City

For not only people from other countries, but for Americans as well, New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations; many people who travel to New York City, however, go without a specific plan that they want to follow, and this causes them to not get nearly as much out of their trip as they could. If you plan to take your first ever trip to New York City soon (or if you will be going there for a second or third time, but feel that you did not get the most out of your trip the first times you went), here are some things for you to keep in mind in order to make your trip to New York City as successful as you hope for it to be.

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One of the most popular destinations when people visit New York City is Central Park, as Central Park is an absolutely gorgeous jewel of serenity and green right in the midst of one of the busiest cities in the world; because of the fact that Central Park is so popular with tourists, however, it is often packed with people – so if you want to experience Central Park to the fullest, make the effort to wake up early (around 6 or 7 in the morning), and get out to Central Park when the locals are the only other people out there.

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Times Square stands alongside Central Park as one of the most popular tourist destinations; while part of experiencing Times Square is certainly that you experience all the people, it will likely be much more enjoyable for you to experience all the people if you go on a night when it is not tremendously busy – so consider visiting Times Square on a weeknight instead of a weekend night, so that you can experience the full effect without getting worn out.

And you are likely to have a lot more fun when you visit New York City if you make the effort to go off the beaten path; try to visit restaurants, museums, and parts of the city that tourists rarely take the time to see, and you will feel like you got a whole lot more out of your trip than you would otherwise have gotten!

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Things To Make Sure You Remember When Backpacking

One of the best ways to get outside and enjoy nature – and also, one of the best ways to give your body a great workout – is to take a backpacking trip for a day or two, but while backpacking can be a lot of fun, it can also be a bit dangerous (for both yourself and the environment around you!) if you are not making sure to keep these important backpacking tips in mind.

The daytime is the first area where you need to focus on “remembering” things, as this will likely be when you will be spending time hiking; a lot of people see a hike as an opportunity to “leave the beaten path” and explore because of the fact that hiking is innately adventurous, but when you are backpacking, remember that the path is there for a reason – stick to the path so that you do not get lost, and frequently pause to make mental markings of landmarks along the trail (and of course, you will also want to pause every once in a while to rest and to truly soak in your surroundings!).

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When you arrive at nighttime – that is, the “camping” portion of your backpacking trip – one thing for you to make sure you remember is that you are not supposed to set up camp directly on or directly alongside the trail; make sure you are going off the trail a little ways to set up camp, and make sure you know exactly which direction the trail is in, and then, once you find a good spot, you can set up your tent and start your fire (making sure it is far enough away from the tent that cinders will not catch it on fire!), and enjoy your evening outdoors.

And you will want to make sure that your fire is completely out in the morning, and that you are not leaving anything behind that was not there before. You are saddling yourself with a responsibility to take care of all the beauty around you when you go backpacking, so be conscious of every bit of trash you are creating, and take the time to scan the area you used to ensure you are leaving it just as beautiful as you found it!

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