I’m back in New York City. For me, New York is one of those ‘comfortable’ destinations – I’ve been here more times than I can remember. I liked to visit the city frequently while in college and when a good friend of mine moved here after college, my visits became more frequent. Throw in the fact that I was able to take free flex trips once I started traveling for work and I’ve since lost count of my visits.
I used to ooze excitement when visiting the city. I could spend all day walking around exploring neighborhoods, seeing famous icons, or visiting one of the many world class museums. But on my last few visits, I had lost that energy.
Instead, I was content to just hang out and relax. Over the course of a weekend trip, I might engage in a walk in the park or a bike ride along the river. Or perhaps I’d venture out and eat brunch or grab a drink at one of the restaurants near my friend’s apartment on the Upper East Side. But for the most part, I was lazy and content to let the city pass me by.
If you’d asked me to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, see a Broadway show or even so much as try a new restaurant somewhere south of Midtown, I probably would have scoffed. ‘It’s too far away’, ‘I don’t want to pay for it’, or ‘been there, done that’ were common self-made excuses of mine.
Afterwards, I actually felt guilty about these trips. Don’t get me wrong, it was great to see my friend, kick back and relax a bit. But New York is an absolutely incredible city and I was doing nothing there that I couldn’t do back home in Denver or in any of the cities I work in.
This visit is going to be different.
It is my first trip here since starting Travel Rinse Repeat; I’m determined to live my new travel motto and make the most of my visit to New York City. I’ll be seeing the infamous skyline from new perspectives, visiting one-of-a-kind art exhibitions, exploring unique and vibrant neighborhoods and more – and I’ll be sharing it all here in the coming days.
For me, travel to New York City is exciting again.header photo credit to Gianmaria Veronese