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Traveling to the Big Apple

by Lux Joseph 22. August 2013
As I arrived to the LaGuardia airport to return back to Palm Beach I thought about my trip to New York this weekend and some of the things that I encountered. Any time you travel there are new things to learn about and discover. That is exactly what happened during my most recent travel and I wanted to share it with you. New travel tips can always come up because people are always innovating new products and ideas to help travelers around the world. Here are some of those tips you should remember the next time you consider going to the big apple.
There are so many different means of transportation within Manhattan. From subways, public buses, taxi’s, private drivers, bicycles, or even by car. Each method of transportation has its pros/cons. You may have a particular preference or based on where you need to go may dictate the method used.
Upon arrival into New York City you would think that there are several taxicabs available, but even the supply of cabs didn’t meet the needs of travelers Thursday night. There was a line three people deep just to get a cab into the city.  To avoid the hassle and long wait we utilized a program called GroundLink. GroundLink is a program that is accessible via your smart phone application, web, or by calling. You can schedule an economy car, luxury car, limo, or SUV to pick you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. Not only is it cost effective, but also they keep you up to date and informed:
  • GroundLink guarantees to be on time, or your next ride is free
  • They track and monitor the flight. Should you arrive early, they will be there waiting for you. If you are late, they will still be there.
  • They send automatic text messages to the number on file to advise of the driver information, as well as the application on your iPhone updates when they are on scene.
Will you always need a private car? Most likely you will not. In some cases you may be staying in Times Square and need to go down to Macy’s on 34th street. Walking or using the subway may be the best method based on where you are and where you want to go.  If you take the subway, I would strongly encourage you to get a map and utilize the information booths. We had planned on going to Long Island City which is in Queens and had taken a cab. We were almost there when the cab driver informed us that the bridge to Queens was closed due to a truck fire.  There was no other way to get there except via subway. Unfamiliar and unaware of the subway system, we sought assistance from the booth and they were able to point us in the right direction. New York has so many different subway numbers, letters, colors, etc. USA Today provided great tips on “How to Ride the NYC Subway” at I encourage you to check it out.
Although we seemed to have mastered the subway on our way to Queens, getting back to Manhattan with a cab was more logical. When most people think of New York they think about all the yellow cabs. All you have to do is “hail a cab”, but finding one that is empty when you are not in Times Square can be a challenge. A useful smartphone application called “Hail a Cab” takes the frustration away from finding a cab. Your smartphone brings up your location based on GPS and will tell you the approximate time of arrival. For us it was 6 minutes. You click “Hail a Cab” and the application starts working to secure the driver. Once completed, the application sends you the driver’s name, phone number and tracks the cab as it is on its way to you. It is as simple as that. No frustration trying to find a cab that is available or waiting at all. You can set this up so you have the cab on the way while you finish lunch.
Continue to keep informed with our traveler tips as our nurse’s travel to many destinations around the world. Each unique place has its own tips and advice for the traveler to take in. Travel tips will never stop. New technology and applications for your phone are becoming more popular. If you have a travel tip, we would love to hear from you.

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