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So I've got 10 days off.

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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
I have 10 days off work and Uni. I'd been planning to book a trip to NYC but never quite got round to it. Now I'm kicking myself and wondering if I should book a last minute one tonight, leaving Monday.

A couple of things - what's the best place to stay? My Dad said Manhattan, can anyone recommend some hotels?

Will I get bored? I'll be going there on my own.. so is there plenty to keep me occupied?

Finally, Air France are the cheapest flights. My old man works in aviation and I know he'd never touch them with a barge pole, but what do you guys think?

I'm really tempted to just book something tonight, so if anyone finds any really cheap trips going on Monday, give me a shout :). Thanks!
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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1 Like #1
Do it mate...New York's a fantatsic city, with lots to see and do - unlike a lot of overpriced European cities.

A mate of mine lived in Greenwich Village for a while - it's pretty central in Manhattan, but the pace of life in the district was a bit slower than I experienced in other parts of the city...and you don't get shafted for accommodation as you do near to Central Park.

Take a boat trip around Manhattan, see the Guggenheim, the MoMA, see a football, baseball or basketball game if you can, walk round Central Park, take a trip over to New Jersey, walk down Broadway, check out Times Square by night, do some shopping...you'll have a whale of a time...
1 Like #2
All you need to do is go to Wal - Mart and Target and that is like heaven.
1 Like #3
pod hotel check it out! cheap but small rooms, good location

just google pod hotel new york

done it for you

[url]www.thepodhotel.com[/url]
1 Like #4
just remember tho the weather could shut your local airport.
#5
Thanks for your replies - will rep.

A few other concerns I have are that I've never been to the USA, is it easy to get a visa?

A lot of flights are being canceled due to the weather, not sure I can be bothered with hope and anticipation to be dashed by disappointment by a canceled flight :/.

Finally, I have a Maestro Card and a MasterCard. Which would be the best to buy things on? Are they both accepted there?
#6
Mastercard only Maestro not accepted.

On the visa front you have to fill somethin out online but its easy as and then on the plane you are given a green card to fill out. No problems there!
#7
nickw90
Thanks for your replies - will rep.

A few other concerns I have are that I've never been to the USA, is it easy to get a visa?

A lot of flights are being canceled due to the weather, not sure I can be bothered with hope and anticipation to be dashed by disappointment by a canceled flight :/.

Finally, I have a Maestro Card and a MasterCard. Which would be the best to buy things on? Are they both accepted there?


you dont need a visa-you have to fill out an online form before you leave tho
#8
visa is easy as long as your a british national with a british passport, you are allowed to enter for 90 days without worrying about visa's .

Fly with Virgin, they are the best, and fly into JFK if possible, there was a thread on NY trips a little while back it may be worth hunting it down as there was loads of good advice given in that thread. NYC is amazing!!!!
#9
if your over 21+ go, if not id wait.
#10
Finding flights from Manchester isn't so easy, especially direct ones to JFK. Just looking now, and I'm not optimistic about finding one, oh well :(.
#11
When i went from Manchester to New York we had to go via Dublin, it cant have been more than an hour or two in Dublin before we were off again.

You dont need a Visa unless you are staying for over 90 days or if you have a criminal record.

I stayed at the Affinia hotel and it was very nice, spacious rooms and within walking distance to fifth avenue and times square.
#12
NY is awesome, if you're a young dude stay in a hostel and you'll meet lots of cool peeps.

Proviso: if you don't meet lots of cool people and instead get bum-fondled by an agressive psycho, that's just bad luck! :)
#13
Booked it all - just had one final thought. My passport expires in June, this should be ok right? Plus it's not biometric, will this make a difference?
#14
think it need to be biometric to go to the us
sorry scrap that you can as long as your passport is machine readable
#15
nickw90
Booked it all - just had one final thought. My passport expires in June, this should be ok right? Plus it's not biometric, will this make a difference?


Where you staying? :)
#16
Booked 6 nights at the Pod Hotel :). Really looking forward to it. Many thanks for all your help guys.
#17
Ah nice one, have stayed there too. Have a good time.
#18
Just going to run to the Post Office now for some dollars. What is a sensible amount to take for 5 days? I'll have a couple of hundred quid on my MasterCard, so about $500-$600 in cash or what?
#19
asayer
pod hotel check it out! cheap but small rooms, good location

just google pod hotel new york

done it for you

[url]www.thepodhotel.com[/url]


I stayed there!!! can vouch for that!
you never want to stay in the room in NY.. .just sleep in it to be honest!
cheap and slap bang in the middle
#20
5nowman
I stayed there!!! can vouch for that!
you never want to stay in the room in NY.. .just sleep in it to be honest!
cheap and slap bang in the middle


What kinda money would you take for 5 nights? Bearing in mind I just want to do a lot of walking and see the sights. I don't want to eat in posh restaurants, places where locals eat will do me fine. I have about $600 in cash so far, will this see me through or should I bring along my MasterCard too?
#21
nickw90
What kinda money would you take for 5 nights? Bearing in mind I just want to do a lot of walking and see the sights. I don't want to eat in posh restaurants, places where locals eat will do me fine. I have about $600 in cash so far, will this see me through or should I bring along my MasterCard too?


I would take the mastercard regardless of if you use it or not it will be there for emergency.
Can i ask who you flying with and what it cost you? If you dont mind.
#22
tara1082
I would take the mastercard regardless of if you use it or not it will be there for emergency.
Can i ask who you flying with and what it cost you? If you dont mind.


I was looking at booking it through Expedia but the flights they offered were with KLM or Air France, which meant I had to go from Manchester to Schipol or Paris, then catch a connecting flight to JFK.

Instead I just went on the British Airways website and found tickets for £400, return. I catch the shuttle from Manchester to Heathrow, then go from Heathrow to NYC. Much less messing about.

Had no luck in finding direct flights from Manchester, unfortunately.
#23
Just got back from my little adventure literally half an hour ago. It was amazing!

I did pretty much everything there was to do with the New York pass, and had an absolute ball. I even managed to get myself on NBC TV, I got a ticket to Jimmy Fallon then ended up on the band bench boogeying to some live music haha!

The flights with BA were pretty good overall. The only problems were waiting for take off at JFK, we waited so long they ended up parking the plane and turning off the engines on a dis-used runway. It took nearly an hour to get in the air! Then because of the delay at JFK I missed the connecting flight to Manchester at Heathrow. BA were helpful and booked me straight on the next flight, which was only an hour later. One thing that I've read lots about is Terminal 5, but never experienced it myself. The place is an absolute hell hole, and not fit for purpose. Even though I'd passed security in the USA, I had to go through it all again for my connecting flight, which I wouldn't have minded but it took almost 90 minutes - and I was within 5 minutes of missing a second connecting flight. That place is the shambles.

I took the Super Shuttle service from the airport to hotel, and vice versa. While it was nice and cheap, and could be pre-booked, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it. I was sat in the shuttle for 2 hours, both coming from the airport and going back to the airport. The driving was hideous, both drivers nearly pasted (and I mean inches away) several people on the crossings on the avenues. I'd probably take a taxi next time, a little more expensive but you're likely to arrive in a timely fashion! There's an alternative shuttle service called "Go!" which I might look into.

The Pod had a lot to live up to with all the rave reviews you guys gave it, but it was even better than I thought! Everything was out standing, I loved the showers with the jets (yes I'm simple!), and my room was cleaned every day. The only slight gripe I had was Saturday night was horrible, all you could hear was couples over for the weekend having endless sex through the paper thin walls. If I was there with my gf, maybe I wouldn't have minded. But then again you probably get this in all hotels. As I said, overall the hotel was fantastic ;).

The only thing that put a major downer on my trip was the CBP guys in JFK. The first one I spoke to was the most polite person you could hope to meet, and he wished me good luck on my trip. The next one however was possibly the rudest person I have ever met in my life - so as soon as I can muster some energy I'll be complaining about him!

I had a great time, and just wanted to say thanks for all of your help.

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