Undertaking a business trip to New York City can be a very intimidating event. After all, the city is enormous, and it’s constantly evolving at extortionate rates. Even the famous yellow taxis are said to be embroiled in crisis, showing that nothing in NYC is untouchable. There’s constantly a lot of movement and noise happening in NYC, and it truly is the city that never sleeps.
Consequently, when a business trip is needed, it can be a daunting and intimidating prospect. Where can you find a place to stay? How do you get around?
Here’s what you need to know for a business trip to NYC.
Book Accommodation Early
If you’re undertaking a business trip, then the responsibility of booking accommodation will likely fall to your boss. However, if it is down to you to get yourself sorted, make sure that you book your accommodation as soon as possible. This will ensure that you get the best prices on offer and have a wider selection of choice due to the higher availability. In the end, the sooner you book the better, so don’t wait to the last minute!
Remember, NYC is obviously one of the most popular cities in the world. It’s a tourist haven and a business epicentre too, so you really need to put your accommodation arrangements at the top of your to-do list. If you leave it all until the last minute and are then frantically searching for a place to stay, it’s more likely that you’ll be in poor accommodation, further away from your business destinations, or worse, ripped off when shady staff see your desperation.
The Subway is Your Friend
If you’ve ever seen a film, program or documentary that’s set in NYC, you know their roads are filled to the brim with thousands of cars, especially the iconic yellow taxis. Rarely do you see anyone in their cars cruising along at reasonable speeds. Instead, the usual is bottlenecked traffic and furious drivers honking their horns. While there’s often a clear divide between media and reality, this aspect of NYC is regularly depicted faithfully on screen.
While it’s not the worst idea to get around NYC in a vehicle of some kind, the subway is the better option. This is particularly true also if you have a lot of ground to cover on your business trip. There’s rarely any kind of interruption to the services, and you can be launched from one side of NYC to the other in a matter of moments, stopping off at all the key destinations. If you ever feel stranded and stuck, remember, the subway is your friend.
Restaurants and Shows
NYC is teeming with places to eat and drink, so be sure to signpost these places on your maps and apps. If you’ve got clients you need to impress and desire a more informal setting to loosen them up, these kinds of places might just do the trick. Though NYC is full of establishments, don’t leave where you go to chance. You don’t want to end up in some grimy bar, so be sure to research where you’re headed to beforehand.
Of course, you may just want to unwind yourself too once business has been concluded. Scope out the entertainment scene and catch a Broadway show if you’re feeling fancy in your free time; who knows if you’ll be heading back to NYC anytime soon!