Planning to go to New York on your vacation? New York can be a fun and interesting place for anyone. Many local people are friendly and willing to help you when they see someone holding a map and scratching their heads. Do not hesitate to ask small things though. But what if you do not want to ask? Then you probablu will makeone of (or more) common mistakes that tourists often make when they are travelling in New York.

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Only look for sightseeing in Manhattan

There are more than just Manhattan to see while you travel in New York. Bronx Zoo, an urban jungle with hundreds of breeds and impressive displays are waiting for you. New York Transit Museum will be great to learn where trains from years gone by. Explore more or ask locals about their recommendation of attractions to see or things to do. But don’t just show up whenever you like just because it’s a regular day. Check the schedules first because sometimes museum closed on Tuesday or Mondays. Some museums offer longer hours on certain days which allow you to spend more time there.

Going to a nightclub not at the right time

Nightclub should not be missed wherever you visit new places. But the “start time” in each city might be different. If you want to drink a cocktail, things get grooving in the early evening. Or if you want to dance, don’t think about getting your hand stamped after 11 pm. Alchohol is still served in the clubs and bars until 4 AM.

Dining in Times Square

It’s undeniable that plenty of terrific restaurants here, as Times Square is tourists’ destinations while they are travelling in New York. But you know, sometimes cheap restaurants also use the chance to increase their food pricing which can empty your bank. The crowd and queue make the restaurat owner and waiters want you to eat as fast as possible and get off quickly from your table. You might not enjoy the dining experience so if you want to have the good one, make time and effort to find a good restaurant a little far from there. 

Do not tip fairly

In some countries (maybe in your country) tipping is not something you do or even prohibited. But that’s a different thing when you travel in New York, where the servers expect the tips from customers because they have done their job well. Thank you isn’t enough, a little compliment to the waiter or cabbie will be appropriate. Giving 20% tips is excellent in restaurants and taxis. When you have your luggage lifted at airport or hotel, a dollar or two per bag is necessary.

Careless in Transportation

You migh not keen to spend too much time and energy figuring out the transportation system. You may prefer to hail the cab wherever you are to wherever you want to go. But NYC subway system is open for 24 hours and faster than cabs. There are lots of MetroCards that you can use to save and mingle with local people. MetroCards can also be used on buses. But one thing you must remember, do not ever get into the empty subway car. Why? Because with so many New York residents, it is impossible they do not ride a subway car. So, if the subway car is empty there must be something wrong with it, such as air-conditioner not working, bad smell, or uncomfortable things on the way.

Next time you travel in New York, avoid these mistakes for your own goodness.

Are you about to do hiking for the first time? Then you have come to the right place. As we have known, hiking can be very challenging depending on the track you choose. We have to do this activity with proper preparation. Otherwise, we may get lost in the middle of the jungle in the mountain. There have been plenty of similar cases happen around the world. Thus, it is crucial to prepare some stuff beforehand. Here are some tips you can follow to get a safe hiking trip.

Prepare for a Hiking Trip

1.Ask a Friend to Go with You

This first point is optional. If you need to go somewhere alone to clear your mind and forget some stuff behind, then you can go hiking all by yourself. However, if you prefer to go with someone, you can ask one or two friends to go with you. It is much better if you have one who is a professional hiker, or at least, has knowledge about the activity.

2.Prepare the Safety Gear

Safety gear is one of the most important parts you must not forget. As we have mentioned earlier, hiking can be quite challenging without proper preparation. So, you must bring every necessary tool that can give you a safe trip. The gears you need to bring are compass, map, first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, matches, multipurpose tool, space blanket, water filter, water purification tablets, flare gun and much more.

3.Bring a Lot of Food and Water

How long will it take for a hiking trip? It depends on the track you choose. The more difficult the track is, the longer time you will need to take until you reach your destination. Moreover, it will also consume lots of your energy. If you choose the difficult one, then make sure you bring plenty of food with you.

We do not recommend you to bring canned food or fruits and vegetables since they are too heavy to carry. In this case, you can go with some high-calory snacks like energy bars, nuts, chocolates, and dried fruits. For your information, it is better to constantly have a snack than a large portion of meals. Snacking can give you more energy.

Besides food, do not forget to bring many bottles of water too. Once you run out of them, you can refill it in nearby a river. Please remember to use water filter when you do that.

4.Wear/Bring Clothes in Layers

Weather is hard to predict. It can change all of a sudden without warning. Not to mention, the weather at night time is usually very cold. Hence, you must bring or wear something in layers that you can put on and take off easily. You can also bring a hat for sun protection.

In hiking, the surface of the track is rough or uneven. In addition, it can also be very slippery because of the moss. Therefore, hiking boots are the best choice for the activity.

5.Get in Shape Before Hiking

Hiking is considered as a sport. It will require every single muscle of your body to work. So, you have to get fit first before you start hiking. You can do some exercises to build up your muscle and enhance your strength. Without the workout, you might experience sore back or pulled the muscle in the middle of the trip. That will ruin everything for sure.

Hiking can be very fun. Yet, it can turn to be dangerous too if you are not well-prepared. Hopefully, the tips above can help you to get one enjoyable and safe hiking trip.