GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS
- It might be cheaper to fly into the Baltimore-Washington
Airport and then take Amtrak to NYC (Penn Station) than flying directly to NYC. Southwest
Airlines offers roundtrip rates of $100-$150 from Birmingham to BWI and Amtrak offers
roundtrip rates of $120-140 from BWI to NYC.
- Use one day - maybe a weekend day - to get a feel of the
- If possible, go with a friend to NYC. Make sure he/she is
serious about job searching. You can motivate each other and do cool things at night
- Go alone if nothing else. You will be so busy job hunting
that you won't feel lonely.
- Wear sunglasses while on the street to avoid the people
handing out brochures. It works! Don't feel bad about ignoring people; New Yorkers are
accustomed to it.
- Use Chapstick and skin moisturizer to cut down on wind
chap. It can be very windy between tall buildings near the coast.
- You can buy the Wall Street Journal at newsstands
around the city. Be sure to keep up-to-date for interviews.
- Use your University of Alabama ACTion card, ISIC
(available at B.B. Comer Capstone International Office), or Student Advantage Card for
discounts at museums, hotels, trains, planes, etc. Just ask for student discounts
everywhere you go.
- Remember that people will make up stuff very quickly
instead of saying, "I don't know". This applies to asking for directions or
pretty much anything.
- For NYC Transit Travel Information, call
(718) 330-1234 (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) or visit the
MTA web site.
- Here are some good tips for visiting New York.
- Many of the exclusive shops along Fifth and Madison
avenues are closed on Sunday.
- Personal checks are rarely accepted at
stores. Basically, cash and major credit cards are the ONLY ways to pay.
- Sales tax in New York is 8.25%.
- Reservations are a must for dinner on weekends, Saturday
nights in particular.
- Reservations are required on any night at first-class
- Some restaurants accept reservations only with a credit
- Many of the more popular restaurants require a
reconfirmation on the day of the reservation in order to limit no-shows.
- Make reservations for lodging well in advance; the average
annual occupancy rate is 80-100 percent, depending on the season.
- Acceptable lower-priced lodging can be found near the
Theater District or several blocks from the expensive Fifth Avenue Madison-Park-Lexington
- Most hotels offer a bargain weekend package at close to 50
- The tax on hotel rooms is 13.25%.
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