I was going to meet up with a friend from overseas, that has changed so I am on my own. I also know that my disabilities aren't going to stop me but some people just might have second thoughts unfortunately.
It isn't like I have never been anywhere myself, but most of the places I go by myself to aren't for travel per se. Most of my travel by myself were either for official, business or medical or visiting other relatives so going to unfamiliar places & airline flying isn't new to me.
What IS new to me is traveling for pleasure completely on my own randomly even though I have a very good idea of what I want to see. Since I am going to NYC without any real traveling experience, my question is whether or not I should try to obtain a tour operator that does not appeal to me in any shape or form (other than the citysights hop-on hop-off double decker buses, which I have a voucher for).
I have looked at a variety of tour operators in NYC none of them really appeal to me, sure they are going to some places I want to see but most of the places on their itineraries are of no interest to me; then the walking tours are too long for my limited mobility disabilities unless I rented an electric scooter-chair and even that in itself would require a bit more planning for logistics and getting around.
I am not really a "backpacker" if you think I am, then I guess that must be a good thing cuz I'm staying at a hostel and could care less about those tours.
Solo!!! Here are links to my blogs on NYC to give you some ideas on what to do...
You're welcome to message me if you have any questions! almost 8 years agoAnswered by Janet E. Dore via Travellr.com
NYC is a great city and very do-able on your own. I went as a last minute thing and was a little worried as it was the first time I had really travelled on my own but found it brilliant and very liberating.
My advice would be to do sections/chunks and to give yourself more time to just explore. Each day I chose a thing or a block/area and thats where I went for the day...possibly! I love museums and these are available for those with limited mobility as most have lifts and easy access. I loved the MoMo and the Met but when I did these, I allowed myself the whole day - so got up, ambled along to the MoMo, did an hour or so, had a coffee, did another hour or so, perhaps another coffee, and then left when I had had enough and got a cab back to my hotel, or walked slowly back taking time to stop often and sit and people watch.
The bus tours are great as you get to see an awful lot from the comfort of the bus. I used my tour to orientate myself to NYC and to highlight areas that I really wanted to go back to. I then did these either by walking or getting a cab to them and then exploring.
I loved the Guggenheim, Grand Central Station, the Tenement Museum and surrounding area, Central Park, Bryant Park etc. I found myself in fab little bars and jazz places, some wonderful restaurants and burger bars and met some really interesting people.
NYC is definitely designed to walk around - so walk somewhere and cab/bus/metro it back. I picked somewhere that was close to a good bus and metro line so that made it easier for me.
Good luck on your solo travels. almost 8 years ago