Have an itinerary
Although it’s more fun to explore the streets and destinations in New York without following a schedule, it is better to have at least a half-day of activities planned for each day you’ll be spending in a certain place.
After you finished your itinerary, you can share it with a family member or friend, so that there is at least one person aside from yourself who knows where you’ll be at a certain time. If you don’t have enough time to research on which places to go to, you can look for a travel adviser who specializes in your destination and ask for help in creating your itinerary.
Familiarize yourself with your destination
Doing a little research can make a big difference. You can get a travel guide book or just use travel guides provided by online travel apps or online travel agencies.
It helps you keep things organized and allows you to spend your time wisely in the location that you want to go to instead of using too much effort and time to find it. If you know where you’re going, you can easily blend in with the crowd and have a greater time.
Choose your accommodations wisely
If you’re traveling on your own, it’s tempting to stay at hotels or hostels that offer cheap prices. But in some articles that you can read online, they would actually advise you to stay at a higher-end accommodation or look for a hotel that you can trust.
The staff of the hotel you’re staying at may be able to give you some useful tips on which places you should go to for affordable shopping, restaurants to eat at and or with anything you’d need for an easier New York travel experience. If you know that you’ll be out until late hours, try to book for transportation to make sure that you’ll be able to get back safely.
Be observant and trust your instinct
Always be on guard wherever you go. Observe the actions of the people around you especially when you’re eating, drinking at a bar or when you’re walking on less crowded streets. If you see anyone suspicious, get out of there as fast as you can or at least find a small crowd that you can join to get rid of anyone who is trying to target you, thinking that you’re on your own.
Secure your valuables and have presence of mind
Avoid keeping all your travel allowance in one place; distribute them in some of your things. For example, you can put some bills inside your makeup kit, in one of your pockets or maybe wrap some and put them in your shoe. This way, you can avoid losing all your money if your wallet is taken from you by any chance.
Put your bag in front or on your side so you can easily see it or stop anyone who tries to take something from you. Don’t drink too much, especially if you’re alone or with some friend you just made. Also, don’t let strangers buy you a drink and do not consume food/drinks that you left on your table while you’re at the restroom, just to be safe in case somebody tried to slip some drugs into it.
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