One thing we have learned after two-dozen trips to New York City is that planning ahead of time what we want to do while there, makes a huge difference in the overall quality of our trip. One reason is that we usually spend no more than about 36 hours total in the city. Subtract out sleep time and our doctor visit, and that leaves roughly 20 hours to fill. It may seem like a chunk of time, but it goes by very quickly, which is why planning helps us make the most of our short visit.
A few times we have foregone planning and trips have not been so good. On one occasion without pre-purchasing tickets to a show, I learned Bryan Adams was playing an acoustic concert that I badly wanted to see, but tickets were sold out, as were other shows. So we walked around aimlessly in Times Square wishing we had something better to do. Other times we seem to walk around forever looking for a descent place to eat. In the process we all get grumpy which makes finding a place all the more difficult.
New York City is a big place! I think when we have no plan we just spin our wheels, surfing sites, reading local papers and brainstorming things to do until we finally land on something we can all agree upon. This may be the biggest reason of all to plan! When we do our homework prior to a trip, we all know what to expect and can simply relax into the experience and be grateful for whatever it happens to bring.
All that to say we are excited to begin 2014 with a trip to New York next week! Leave us a comment with any suggestions you have of cool happenings in the city – we are doing some planning!