5 Tips for Riding the NY Subway During Rush Hour

New Yorkers take their subway transit pretty seriously; home to work is complete autopilot. To an outsider, riding the subway can be a really daunting experience, especially during the morning rush hour. We're come up with some tips for riding between the weekday hours of 8-10am. 1. Stay silent Most people have not had coffee yet and are pretty cranky. The morning commute is the one time when New York is silent, and we like to keep it that way! 2. Always hold on to the pole Too often, tourists don't hold on and then fall onto a stranger when the train jerks around. If this happens, try not to have your whole group giggle. Just apologize and follow rule #1. (And remember your Purell) 3. Don't stand in the doorw You will get run over. If you must stand in the doorway, exit the train at the stop and…

5 Surefire Ways to Combat Jetlag

1. Pre-Adjust your schedule to mimic your destination I took a 9 am flight from Chicago to Shanghai. As rough as it was, I stayed up all night the night. Resist the urge to drink! I boarded the 9am flight, which was 8pm Shanghai time, completely exhausted and was able to sleep a full night. When I woke up, it was morning in Shanghai and I was fully rested.  2. Eat a clean diet Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables for natural energy. Avoid salt and be wary of your caffeine intake. 3. Stay busy! Resist the urge to "lie down for just a few minutes" when you arrive at your hotel room to drop off your bags. Plan a really busy day that is so exciting, you will be too enthralled to be sleepy. 4. Freshen up As soon as you arrive at a…

How To: Create a Guide Book for your Guests

I spent my college years living in a 10-bedroom loft in SoHo. Most of my roommates were international and I felt like I was living in the movie l’Auberge Espanol. As you can probably imagine, with 9 roommates, we had a lot of guests. Everyone wants to visit New York and nobody wants to pay the $250/night hotel price tag when they could sleep on a sofa for free. One particular French roommate had a lot of guests and instead of taking the same tour of Times Square, The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty etc, came up with a ingenious idea of creating his own tour book routed to and from our apartment with directions in French. Of course, this probably isn’t the Miss Manner’s approved way to entertain guests, but this is perfect for friends using your place as a crash pad or for a day you’re not…

How to: Pack for a Multi-Climate Vacation

Dave and I just embarked on our big Grand Canyon/Las Vegas adventure.  It was a tricky trip to pack for because we will be looking glamorous in Las Vegas and hiking at the Grand Canyon. During October, the weather at the Grand Canyon drops from the mid 60s during the day to the mid 20s at night. I want to look good and still be comfortable.  I have always found it more difficult to pack for shorter trips (4-5 days) than longer 10-day trips. The items that I am packing could last anywhere between 4-7 days comfortably. Note: we will have our own rental car and will not be camping overnight. You could easily still be very comfortable bringing about half of the below garments. A few general tips:    - Color scheme: Keep your color story to 1 or 2 colors, with the rest being black or denim. This will…

Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

The day before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year, followed by the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We at The Trip Trotter have put together our BEST tips for making air travel on these two days a little bit more tolerable.  1. Only bring a carryon. Make sure it's quick and easy to transport. 2. Snacks. Airport food is expensive and often full of calories and salt. Salty snacks are awful to eat while traveling. Bring snacks like Kashi or granola- something with plenty of protein. You want to make sure that you drink a lot of water. 3. Emergen-c! Keep you immune system up while sharing the air with hungreds of others.  4. Load your iPad/Kindle/Smartphone up with a bunch of great books; an easy read, an intellectual read and a bestseller. I advise the Kindle route to save space in your luggage.  5. Make sure you have…
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