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What's up Members of the Barrio

It's Jon coming to you from the Harbor next to Brookfield Place

In the Financial District

And so many of you out there are visiting New York City

For the first time

And a lot of you run into very common issues

Today i'm giving you all 15 Common Mistakes

Tourists make

Visiting New York City

Make sure to check out my other New York City playlists linked down below

In the description

For even more ideas, tips, and tricks for your next trip to the Big Apple

Here we go

A lot of people arrive to the area airports

And they think that their best option is always to take a taxi

Or an Uber to their destination in the city

I'm here to say.. don't be afraid to try public transportation

Especially if you're traveling by yourself

Maybe just two people

My friend Jacob Carlson did an amazing video about how to get from JFK Airport

To Manhttan

The cheapest possible way

Using the subway

You can also do the same thing from Newark Airport in New Jersey

You can take NJ Transit directly to Penn Station

In Midtown Manhattan

These options will save you a lot of money

Now if you're a big group of people and you have a ton of luggage

Taking an uber or taxi may be your best bet

But don't be afraid to investigate taking public transportation as well

Not leaving the Manhattan Bubble

Ironically i am filming this in Manhattan

But if you're a fan of this channel

You know we like to explore outside the major tourist areas

I would just hate it for someone to visit New York City

And only stay in that midtown Manhattan bubble

I know a lot of the attractions are there

But New York City has 5 boroughs

There are so many different things you can see

All over the place

Step outside of that Manhattan Bubble

Go to Queens

Go to Brooklyn

Go to Arthur Ave in the Bronx

Check out Staten Island

Don't be afraid to explore

Because New York City is so much more

Than just Manhattan

Not wearing comfortable shoes

Guys I have borrowed the beautiful Team Adriana to join me

With the female perspective on this common tourist mistake

Not wearing comfortable shoes

Guys I have checked my apps before

About how many miles I've walked on a given day in New York

I live here

I've walked 6 miles, 8 miles

It gets pretty crazy when you're traveling

And exploring non stop

For you men out there

Highly recommend you pay close attention to what you're wearing

On your feet

Bring only your most comfortable shoes at least..

During the day

From the female perspective what would you tell the women out there

I've seen a lot of women trying to look really really nice

And fashionable

with their clothes in new york

Because of course it's New York

You want to look nice in your pictures

But they don't realize how much they are going to walk

So I suggest to bring nice shoes

But comfortable at the same time.

Because you're going to walk a lot..

New York has so many super super popular attractions

And you should definitley pick and choose which ones you visit

But I also want to encourage you to not just go to the most famous spots

Like the Empire State Building

The Statue of Liberty


Check out some different spots

We did a great video on this channel for example

About the 5 Best Museums that you've never heard of

My personal favorite on that list

Was the transit museum

Awesome place

And so many people have never even heard of it

Don't just stick to the tried and true

Look for some different things in New York

And I think you'll be pleasantly surprised

Not having enough cash

Pretty common problem

Ooo guys look who just bombd the video

Tal from the Traveling Clatt

He has done so many cool guides to New York City

Make sure to check ous his channel

And he's going to be taking over for the next two common tourist mistakes

Tal take it away

You were saying not having enough cash

And that is something that I've learned very fast here in New York City

You would think because it's such a big and developing city

That you'd be able to pay with everything for card

And everything with a card

Or with electronic payments

But that is not the truth

What so ever in New York City

Because New York City is such a condensed place

There are a lot of small businesses

That charge you cash only

Up until a certain limit.

A lot of places have a $10,$15, maybe even a $20 minimum

This goes for bars


Convenience stores

All kinds of things

Even fruit shops

Vegetable shops

Grocery stores

You really want to make sure that you have cash on you at all times

I have a weekly budget of at least $100 in cash

I would recommend to a tourist as well

Have at least 100 maybe 200 dollars in cash at all times

You never know when you're going to need to use it

This also happens for emergency situations

But you always want to make sure that you have

At least some bit of money in hand with you at all times because..

It really is a place that uses cash pretty frequently

Alright our next thing not do here in New York City

Eating at chain restaurants

Here's the deal

A lot of people I understand come to New York City

Especially if it's your first time.. if you're coming outside of the United States

You're coming here for the first time

To America

You want to experience the fast food...

And that involves eating at American McDonald's

Or Burger King


Things like that

That are popular American kind of fast food spots


I will remind you that while that's okay to do

Especially if it's your first time ..

New York City is the epicenter for international food

In the United States

It is home to.. so many different cultures

And cuisines

All over the world

That exist right here in this city

And there's so many amazing spots to try all this food

I highly suggest if you're coming here

Especially if you're a foodie

Try and kind of.. experience more of a diverse cuisine culture

When you're here in New York City

Travel to the different parts of Queens

Travel to the different parts of Brooklyn

And Manhattan

That offer you those crazy ethnic dishes

From all over the world

You can get things like.. Tibetan, Malaysian, Chinese,..

Anywhere from Mexico to Argentina

To Venezuela

All that food exists right here

You can get everything you want

And especially if you travel to places like

The Bronx and Queens

You'll be able to find street food

Of these different countries

And nationalities

Which is something that's pretty rare in American Cities in General

Just walking around being able to buy street food from street vendors

And the food is incredible

I can really tell you

As someone whose traveled to a lot of different countries

Around the world

The food here in New York City

Really is on another level

Especially for the United States

Stay in your lane

Now this describes moments where people are walking down the street

And all of a sudden they need to stop check directions on their phone

Or to look up at a building

And you'll have 3 or 4 people just bunching the sidewalk

And your inconveincing the other people

Walking behind you

Who are also visiting New York

Or live here

And let me tell you

There is nothing more annoying

Than seeing a little traffic jam, congestion

Because a few people are just blocking traffic

As my friend Evan , a native New Yorker

Always likes to say

Pull over

Stay in your lane

And let other people walk by

If you need to adjust something

If you need to check on a map

You'll make everybodys lives.. a lot easier

This isn't even a common mistake in New York City

I've personally done this myself

In my own travels around the world

Trying to do much in one day

New York City has so much going on

You could be busy from 8 AM to 8 PM every single day

But my fear is that you are going to miss out

On actually appreciating things

On actually enjoying your trip

If you have a schedule.. that is just chock-full of activities

Non stop

I recommend not planning out every single detail of your trip before you come

Leave some open space

Leave some time just to relax in your hotel

Or your Airbnb

Trust me you'll be much happier

If you do that

Their are a lot of common mistakes

That tourists run into with the New York City subway system

One of them is whether or not to buy a 7-Day Unlimited Card

Which costs 33 dollars

It's an incredible value, but you have to make sure that you're actually going to be utilizing it enough

If you're going to be jumping all over New York

Between the boroughs

Definitley get an unlimited card

But if there's going to be some days where you're just staying in a small area.

Not taking the subway

Then I don't think that you should buy it

Definitley factor in where you're going to go

To decide if you need the unlimited card or not

Tip number 2

Whenever you're going to the subway

Have your card out

And ready to swipe it

The second you get there

Because you don't want to be standing right in front of a line

And you're fumbling in your wallet

And people are behind you getting angry

Always have the card


And the third thing.. I would say is..

Make sure to download the app


I actually had a few of you guys out there recommend it to me

I didn't even know about it

This thing gives you such a good route of New York City

It breaks down everything

Where on the train you should board

What time a train is going to come

Even walking directions when you get off the train.

Make sure if you come to New York

That you have Citymapper installed

On your phone

Not Google Maps

And no they did not sponsor this video

I am just that big a fan

Of that app

If you're a viewer from North America

You can skip this segment

But there is nothing that frustrates foreigners visiting the United States

For the first time

More than tipping

And it's actually something I've never really talked about on the channel before

So i'm going to address it for the first time here

The reason that the tipping culture exists in North America

Is because many service workers

Make less than minimum wage

And have to rely on tips, to survive

I'm not saying it's the right way to do things

I'm not saying it's the wrong way to do things

But it's the way it's done here

The biggest place that you're going to run into tipping

Is at a restaurant

And my rule of thumb here.

Is that you take the pre-tax total

And add 20% to that

If the service is good

As your tip

Is the service isn't so good

You can leave 15%

If the service is absolutely awful

Talk to the manager

There's a lot of other places that you will

Have to tip..

Let's say if you like going out at night

At bars

I generally tip at least $1 per drink

$1 per beer

That I order

If it's a cocktail.. you may want to tip even more than that

Other spots.. if you're taking a taxi.. tip at least 10%

Of the total

If you're in a hotel..

And you have someone bring your bags to the room

Tip minimum $1 per bag

Guys this one might sound obvious.

But check the weather

Before you go out in the city

The weather in New York is absolutely crazy

Today for example

Almost 60 degrees

But super windy

If I didn't check the weather

I would have went outside maybe in short sleeves

Tal whose filming this right now

Is wearing sandals and freezing right now

I repeat, Tal is absolutely freezing

There's spot showers all the time

I recommend you always have a little umbrella

Especially if you're a lady and you have a purse

Just put a little umbrella in there

So you're prepared for all of the eventualities.. in the winter

It can be super cold

In the summer it can be super humid

Just check the weather forecast

Before you step out.. believe me

I know that it's a bucketlist activity

To say you went to a broadway show on your first trip to New York City.

But you don't have to spend a ton of money doing it

We've covered this before

On the channel

But there's some great apps that you could use

Like Today Tix

Or the TKTS app

And you don't even have to go to broadway

There are so many talented performers

There's an overabundance of talented people here


Off-Off Broadway

You can save a lot of money

Going to them

And still have an amazing experience

Watching world class theater

There's always so many really cool events going on in New York City

I think to many tourists just worry about hitting

The main attractions

But why don't you download an app like..Time Out New York

And find out what festivals are going on

What shows are going on

What carnivals are going on

Street fairs

There's always so many really neat things to do in New York

That don't just involve going to the tourist sites

Make sure to check them out

One of the biggest expenses you may have coming to New York

Is hotel


I did a whole video which I highly recommend you watch

About booking, a cheaper stay in New York City

But you are going to spend the most money

Coming here during peak seasons

And staying in mid-town Manhattan

At a big a name hotel

Your best bet is don't be afraid to stay outside of that Midtown Manhattan bubble

Get an airbnb in somebodys apartment in Queens

In Washington Heights

In Brooklyn

You'll save 50% or more

And you can put that money into actually doing things

Around New York

And shameless plug if you want to get $40 off of your first Airbnb Stay

Make sure to use my referral code

Down in the description .

This one's actually more challenging than you would think

Finding a public restroom in New York City

Highly recommend you use the bathroom before you leave your hotel or Airbnb

And better yet

Download the app sit or squat

Which tells you the location of many, many public restrooms in New York

If you're in doubt..

Just about any bar

Any restaurant

Any hotel

Will have a bathroom inside

But just in case

Use the bathroom before you leave

One bonus tip for you guys courtesy of my friend Evan

Whose is a born and bred New Yorker

He told me

If somebody asks him for directions

And just gives an address.. let's say..

1500 Broadway

It's pretty tough for him to tell you where to go

Better yet

Give a cross street

Like Bleecker and Broadway

And people that live here

Will have a much easier time

Telling you where to go

Guys tell me down in the comments if you've made any of these mistakes

On your first trip to New York

I'm curious

And be sure to check out

My other New York City Playlists as well

Thank you so much for watching as always

Until next time

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