First time to NYC

I recently returned from my first trip to New York City. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to get out there. I wasn’t sure what to expect upon arriving because everything I read said something different. I had been researching things to do, places to go, etc. but it seems like everything I read was suddenly lost once I landed. And it is vacation so everything you plan on doing takes a backseat to just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. I will say I think I did a fine job of combining the two: doing just enough to see what I thought was necessary and relaxing as one should on vacation. I don’t think NYC has any ONE thing you need to see (Central Park may be the closest). I say that because we’ve all seen everything on TV and movies. It essentially feels the same when you look at the monuments in person as well.  The thing about NYC is seeing how crazy it is on a daily basis. That’s the one thing I took away from visiting. There’s simply no way to imagine how nuts the traffic, sidewalks, stores, and restaurants all are. Just being in NYC feels different than other places. I would imagine you could go to New York City a dozen times and experience new places each time. There are an overwhelmingly number of places to go. To cut to the chase with this post, I would simply recommend going there with no expectations and just soak it all in. It’s not often you’re going to be in a place with 8 million people. You don’t need to go on all of the tours or see everything your first time; it’s impossible anyway. Walk out of your hotel and just start walking. You’ll find interesting shops, buildings, restaurants around every corner. And when you need to rest, sit outside for lunch, grab a drink, and just watch the hustle bustle that’s out there with you.

PS — don’t buy one those “I heart NYC” shirts, please.

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Things I Learned/Observed on SB in Panama City Beach

  • it’s old and dirty
  • it was never too early to start drinking (like 8am start drinking)
  • there are a lot of tan women with big boobs/butts that look good from your hotel balcony but very few that actually look good when you’re on the beach
  • food service (and just about any other service) is terrible in Florida (I expected this but it still sucks going through it each and every time)
  • don’t expect a taxi to actually show up if you call one; walk the street and flag one down
  • do not plan on getting any sleep
  • the bigger the group of people you go with the better (even if it is all dudes)
  • you will see every type of person on the beach and lots of them
  • the daytime partying on the beach is what makes spring break what it is; the nightlife is no different than any big city
  • you’ll need way fewer clothes than you think you will (then again, every vacation is like that)
  • determine how much you think you will spend. Then double it. The prices will surprise you everywhere you go. ($8 for a gallon of terrible OJ, for example)
  • every car you see has rims that are worth at least twice as much as the car they’re on and the cars are shit
  • don’t forget to put on sunscreen just because you’re out drinking
  • flip-flops/shoes are always optional
  • shirts are generally optional as well
  • bring the biggest plastic mug/cup/container you have for your drinks on the beach – it limits the number of times you have to go back yo your hotel room and keeps the sand out
  • you have to go to a “typical” spring break destination at least once to see what it is like. it might not be your thing, but the people watching in and of itself definitely makes it worth it