In my opinion everyone needs to visit NYC. Of course, I love to travel, but visiting NYC just to say you’ve been there is not why I think everyone should go.
Here are three reasons why I truly believe everyone needs to visit NYC:
To get out of your bubble
I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t “need” to leave wherever it is they live because their city has everything they want. This might be true but will staying in your comfort zone be what’s best for you? Definitely not! Walking into a city that shows you instantly how small you are in relation to the world is humbling and eye opening. Don’t be afraid to step beyond your city, province/state or country–get out of your bubble!!
To meet new people & see the world through their eyes
NYC is the most linguistically diverse city in the world as it boasts that 800 languages are spoken there. Literally everyone you meet will have a story to share. At the 5th Avenue Mile Race I stood beside a mom who’s young daughter was racing the mile. Beside her stood two girls there to cheer on a friend. On the other side of us were two guys cheering on the runners. Later that day we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Michelle offered to take pictures of all kinds of people–couples, families, and friends. Each person we talked to that day was unique and almost everyone had an accent proving that not only are they smarter than I am with their ability to speak another language but that they also had a new culture they could share.
Anyone who follows Humans of New York on Facebook or Instagram knows that every single person has a story. Allowing yourself to meet new people & opening up your heart to their stories is something truly possible in a city like NYC.
NYC is home to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The United Nations, The World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium, and many, many more historically significant places. Sure, Times Square is cool with it’s bright lights and hustle and bustle, but sometimes taking time to remember the past while you stroll quietly around Ellis Island is more important!
It’s no secret that I love busy cities, but even if you don’t think you will enjoy the busyness of NYC I encourage you to give it a try. Step out of that bubble, open your eyes and make some new, unique memories in a city that boasts more history that you probably realize! You won’t regret it–I promise!
In case you missed my other posts about NYC, be sure to check them out: