Wednesday 17 October 2018

9 Dos & Don’ts for families visiting New York

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Travelling to New York with the family? Here's your need-to-know to ensure a once-in-a-lifetime trip...

DON’T underestimate the journey. NYC gives everyone an adrenaline boost, but the early rise, seven-hour flight and five-hour time difference will destroy the entire family in the evenings. Plan and pace yourselves accordingly.

DO get a Metro Card. You can top up as you go, with a family using the same card (swipe it each time someone passes through the stile), or seven-day unlimited ride cards cost $36/€29.

DON’T forget comfy shoes. You will walk like a demon in New York — a change of footwear feels like stepping into clouds.

DO brace yourselves for a financial hit. You may bag a cheap package, but there’s no saving money in this city. High food prices, 15-20pc tips and a 9pc sales tax are just the start.

DON’T forget to let your bank know your travel plans. You don’t want credit or debit cards blocked when you use them overseas.

DO wear layers. In winter, Manhattan can be Baltic. Once you step into a store or restaurant, however, air-con ratchets up the temperatures. Be prepared to switch between the two.

DON’T forget to watch movies, before you go and after you get back. Elf, Home Alone 2, Night at the Museum, Spiderman… after visiting New York with kids, it’s ridiculously exciting to see places you’ve actually been.

DO shop smart. Macy’s gives a 10pc discount on production of an overseas passport, and an extra bag/case is handy to bring stuff home (mind the customs allowances, though).

DON’T forget a CityPASS (citypass.com/new-york; €103/€83) if you plan on visiting several of the Big Apple’s biggest attractions. It offers a 42pc discount on six hotspots, including the Empire State Building and USS Intrepid.

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