I’ve been to New York City – for one day and we stayed in New Jersey. I was 16, looked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYU and had lunch as a parade went through. So, my next trip is in a few weeks, and it’s time to do some more research! I try not to over plan – I like to be open to seeing what I see, but I also want to know what is around, so I have plenty to choose from and don’t spend all my time in a place reading the guidebook! So here’s a peek into my travel plans for a 1 week New York City business trip.
Initial Reservation info:
- Flights: Saved a few hundred bucks by making one of the flights out of Newark, at a cost of an hour or so additional commute. Otherwise standard.
- Conference: Standard work thing
- Hotel – Required some research because of NYC’s famously expensive hotel rates, particularly close to the holiday. With help from TimeOut New York I found “Ye Olde Carlton Arms” aka “Artbreak Hotel”. I wanted cheap and I wanted safe and I wanted individual. This is in the neighborhood Kips Bay (yeah, I’d never heard of it either) which is apparently fairly residential, not too far from a subway station, and cheap. The reservations are old-fashioned – you email them, then email them again a month in advance to double check it.
- The Book of Mormon – there is really only one Broadway, and I’ve heard a lot of raves about this show. Yes, they tour, but it sells out instantly in SF and I just wanted to make sure I see it, alright?
1 to 2 weeks to take-off:
- Get a guidebook – I like Lonely Planet generally, and I have found that I much prefer the electronic version of travel guides. I can access it on my phone if I am pruning down to a pocketful of things, and it nicely links to websites or whatever for reservations. So I grabbed New York City Guide (Travel Guide)
- Look for special events, date-specific stuff, friends in town, friends recommendations – I did this through checking out the village voice, new yorker, Fathom and a Facebook post
- dig out appropriate suitcase
- dig out anything I need to get cleaned or repaired, NYC is supposedly fancy compared to California
- research what fashion/fancy means in context of where I want to go
- Do Not Shop! (If I am going to shop for this trip, I’ll do it in NYC!) This is something to keep reminding myself..
1 week to take-off:
- Checkout lineup at The Comedy Cellar, other venues that only post last minute
- print flight info, hotel confirmation, Book of Mormon confirmation
- research & install any apps, ebooks, music, etc
- check 10 day weather, adjust packing applicably
- begin reading guidebook
Final few days
- Get purse together – I’ll only have one, it needs to fit everything I want and fit the plans I have, but on the flight I’ll use a carry on and have this in the suitcase
- Get carry-on together, this is also a business trip so this will be what I’m carrying to the conference as well
- find business cards, put some in wallet, some aside in messenger bag
- make sure luggage tags are up to date with my current email, address & phone number
- check-in for flight
- find camera, charger, spare batteries, make sure everything is charged and ready to go
- keep count – messenger bag, suit case,
- document check – id, flight confirmation, hotel reservation info, located next to book in messenger bag
- wallet, phone, keys?
- check flight status, and off I go!