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NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE
Hello, my name is Gwen, and here is my New York travel guide for over 40 solo travel, including budget, safety/female and eco-travel tips, photographs and interesting posts for your New York travel planning.
WELCOME TO NEW YORK!
STATE OF NEW YORK
INTERESTING NEW YORK FACTS
- Became the 11th U.S. state on July 26, 1788
- Capital: Albany
- Largest City: New York City
- Area: 54,555 square miles / 27th largest U.S. state
- State Nickname: The Empire State
- State Motto: Excelsior (Ever upward)
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POPULAR NEW YORK DESTINATIONS
NEW YORK HOLIDAYS
In addition to U.S. holidays, New York may observe additional state or local holidays. It may be a good idea to check what state or local holidays they celebrate to see if there are any public service, school, or other closures as this may impact your tourist itinerary, ability to obtain travel or other services, or it could mean more tourists and/or higher prices in your New York destination! Take a few moments to see if there are holidays specific to New York to better help you plan your trip.
TIPPING IN NEW YORK
Traveling in a new country is easier when you know the country’s tipping etiquette in advance as each country has its own rules. That said, for New York, please see tipping guidelines in my USA Travel Guide.
SAFETY / FEMALE TRAVEL TIPS
NEW YORK TRAVEL SAFETY
Please see my U.S. travel tips. In addition, if you are planning on going hiking, backpacking or doing any other activity that will take you into remote places, please ensure you research the local travel and weather advisories in advance and respect warnings not to travel; let people know where are you going and provide them your itinerary; and, ensure you have safety and emergency measures provided for in your travel belongings.
BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS
BEST TIME TO VISIT NEW YORK
New York’s high tourist season and most expensive time to visit is in the summer (June to August). The least expensive time to go to New York is in the winter months (November to March), unless it’s the holiday season in New York City – this can be a very price time to visit. Summer can be very hot in New York (especially in New York City), so recommended times to visit for nice weather and avoiding the high prices and tourists are the shoulder season months (April, May, September and October).
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SUSTAINABILITY / ECO TRAVEL TIPS
It is very easy to do your part for the planet and implement environmental sustainability into your travel. If you would like to learn more about how you can implement environmentally sustainable, or eco-friendly, travel measures into your travel, please see my 10 Easy Eco-Travel Tips and suggested Eco Travel Resources.
Additionally, if you are flying to, or within, the New York consider purchasing carbon offsets through your airline or through a third party, like MyClimate.org, Carbonfund.org, or terrapass. Carbon offsetting allows you to buy a certificate to reduce carbon emissions, a major contributor to climate change, which in turn contribute community projects across countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There are several ways to go about this to help reduce your impact to climate change through your travel. Check it out!
I must confess that New York City has held most of my New York attention. I have driven through New York several times, and I have been to Niagara Falls, but I’ve never really spent more time than that in the state of New York. I love NYC for its people, all it has to offer, as well as how photographic it is. I hope you enjoy my NYC photos – more will be coming! However, I do look forward to exploring more of New York in the future. I may redo a New England area road trip, which will include New York. Stay tuned!