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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize the importance of experiences over material things. Sure, like a lot of people, I enjoy splurging on that new designer handbag or a stylish pair of sunglasses every blue moon. But, seeing the world, learning about other cultures, tasting new foods, and discovering off-the-beaten-path places and activities right here in NYC are all more important than having the latest smartphone, driving a fancy car, or shopping on Fifth Avenue. (I still think window shopping makes for a fun day out). Personally, I think taking a long-awaited trip to New York is, in most instances, better than buying things. Here’s why.
You might check a few things off your bucket list.
If you take that trip to New York City, you’ll probably see a Broadway show, walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, or visit One World Trade, among a slew of other sites and attractions. Chances are – you haven’t experienced any of these things before, so that’s exciting to think about checking those activities off your bucket list. You might also eat a New York bagel, a slice of pizza, or maybe a Gray’s Papaya hot dog. While these iconic NYC eats will sate your appetite, you’ll also taste foods essential to the city’s culture and history.
You can practically travel the world in a single city.
There’s no denying it – the world comes to New York. People from every corner of the globe set their sights on traveling to New York City at some point, so you’ll undoubtedly meet and mingle with people from every continent except Antarctica. What’s more, New York is one of the most diverse cities to live in and New Yorkers hail from hundreds of countries. You’ll hear foreign languages while walking down the street anywhere in the city, but hang out long enough in the borough of Queens and you could hear as many as 800 different languages. With such multicultural influence, NYC offers scores of ethnic restaurants with dishes from countless places. If you’d like to try authentic Argentinian or Afghani cuisine prepared by a native of the country, you’d be in the right city.
You would meet new and interesting people along the way.
New Yorkers are a wild and crazy bunch, and if you come to this city, you’ll rub elbows with a few for sure. Despite what some may say or what you’ve heard, we’re also pretty friendly when we’re not dashing from place to place. Who knows? You might even make a new pal or two during your stay here.
You would have endless opportunities for photos including selfies.
Yes, you’ll come across endless photo ops and countless places to snap selfies in New York (no stick needed). Monuments, historical landmarks, notable skyscrapers, and famous streets all provide a stunning backdrop for pictures whether you’re alone or with others. I see an excellent Instagram feed in your future.
You will make memories to last a lifetime.
I still remember my first trip to New York City. I was 12 years old. I stayed at the Doral Inn on Lexington. I saw A Chorus Line on Broadway and ate dinner at Mamma Leone’s on West 48th Street. That was a long time ago, but how could I forget my very first trip to New York City? The trip that made me fall in love with New York and changed my life – I can’t, and I won’t.
Taking a trip to New York City or any other place that you’ve dreamt of visiting is better than buying things. Travel creates memories that last forever. Where’s your next trip?