Whether you’ve been to New York once, or many times, you’ve probably left with a list of things that you’d still like to do and see in the incredible city.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of exploring New York, you should rectify this immediately (really, sign up for some of those deal websites and keep an eye out for cheap flights), so you too can experience the wonder that is the Big Apple.

One of my favourite things about New York is the fact hat it really doesn’t ever shut down. There’s a reason why it’s known as the “city that never sleeps”, and I love the fact that if I want to go find food at 1am, party until dawn or have hangover food delivered, there’s nothing stopping me.

Whether you want a quiet, intimate bar, somewhere a little more energetic, the cocktail bars made famous on Sex and the City, or something else, you’re sure to find it in New York.
And during the day there’s just as much to do. Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, and all of the other must-see tourist spots. Along with the typical Facebook profile opportunities you’ll also be able to see some of the awesome shows on Broadway, hilarious comedians and live music throughout the city.

Whether you’re a museum fan or not, New York has some of the best around. Take an afternoon to see the Met, the Guggenheim or MOMA or a day to see all three. You’ll learn a ton about American history and see some amazing works of art.

Every time I go to the United States I end up eating my way through the country. The food is just too good to pass up, and New York is the best of the best when it comes to food from around the world. Even the street carts with pretzels and hot dogs are delicious, and then there are the thousands of options for takeout and sit-down restaurants with cuisine from around the world. The huge portion sizes also mean that you can share with a friend or take leftovers back with you to enjoy the next day.new-york-city-1150012_960_720While many people assume that New York City is ridiculously expensive, I’ve always been pleasantly surprised. Sure, accommodation can be pricey, but as long as you’re smart you’ll find that your money goes a long way. I like to do some research and find out what free activities are happening while I’m visiting, like the free concerts available with SummerStage, the always interesting Shakespeare in the Park, and The River to River Festival.

One thing I do to save money and time is to make sure I have my New York airport transfers pre-booked before I arrive. After a long flight, there’s nothing better than being able to hop in a car and get straight to my hotel room without needing to use the subway or find a cab.