My best friend and I had been talking about going to North America for years. Specifically New York. I had a job and would be moving there in 2023. We had planned trips for years in the lead-up. But for a couple of years now but something always seemed to come up and we would opt for a more local venue, not always to our advantage.

Post-Covid, enough was enough. So we decided to go ahead. We had money from being locked away for years (!) so we found and booked flights. Sorted out our hotels, and arranged the visa at the same time.

New York City. Here we come. But if we make it this far, we don’t want to miss out on the big ticket items. The worst thing would be to come home and someone says:

“Oh, you didn’t see X or Y?”

“You haven’t BEEN to New York unless you’ve done that!”

So we planned out our New York City attractions well in advance, and I hope my blog post helps you guys too:

Work colleagues

We checked into our hotel after a smooth flight and the user-friendly subway system brought us to our accommodation. That night we ate at rooftop dinner with my future colleagues and a long-burning ambition of mine had finally been realised. As a future events coordinator, my colleagues had told me that rooftop event space in New York like this was notoriously difficult to find. So I took notes, and then focused on enjoying the rest of my break from tomorrow onwards.


The next couple of days we spent shopping on a serious level for up-to-date fashion stuff, and brand name clothing. These genuine articles are so much cheaper in the Big Apple. It was easy to use what is the largest and busiest subway system in the world, now there’s a surprise, and it operates 24 hours a day.

With our shopping quota completed we decided that we would see the New York City attractions we had indeed come to see, and there are many.

Prebooked tours!

The way we organized our sightseeing was by using pre-purchased tickets which can be done online. You can buy tickets for almost everything there is to see in this vast metropolis from helicopter tours (a must!), lunch and dinner cruises, touring the sites used in the making of movies and T.V programs, to visiting the Met.

Statue Of Liberty

First on the agenda for us though, was the Statue Of Liberty. Who for nearly 150 years has greeted untold numbers of people arriving to the shores of America. And to a city where 800 languages are spoken, more than anywhere in the, wait for it, world.

To get to Liberty Island which lies south of the famous Ellis Island you take the Statue Cruises ferry from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan.

NYC helicopter tour

The following day we indulged ourselves with a helicopter tour where we sailed the concrete, steel, and glass canyons of the city. And flew out over the harbour, seeing the Statue of Liberty in a totally different perspective. This was the 2nd best helicopter ride of my life. With the first being the Mount Everest Helicopter tour I took from my 3 days in Kathmandu, when I visited Nepal.

By going online or through your hotel you can book restaurants in advance and with discounts of up to 20%. We had a cultural day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met is not just an art gallery, albeit a very large one, but is also home to a large collection of musical instruments, antique weaponry and armor. Pretty cool!


Before we headed out to see what the nightlife was all about we decided that checking out a show on Broadway was essential! If there’s one thing you need to do before flying over, look for deals on tickets to see Mean Girls on Broadway – it’s a show you’ll love! The nightlife of the City is intoxicating and assuredly New York never sleeps. We are coming back to NYC for sure, but our next Adventure? We’re going to check out one of the 7 summits, Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania!

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