Deciding the place to journey after a two-year COVID journey hiatus was simple, New York Metropolis, probably the most thrilling cities on the earth.
Getting there’s a breeze, United Airways conveniently affords every day direct flights between Joburg and New York/Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport. What’s extra, from the seventh June 2022 United Airways has launched a 3 occasions weekly flight from Cape City direct to New York/Newark – each operations at the moment are year-round.
I used to be lucky sufficient to fly in March this 12 months in United® Premium Plus which supplied much more area and luxury for the lengthy 16-hour in a single day flight. The seat is wider and features a snug foot relaxation, you obtain an economic system class meal service, however you’re served first.
The comfort of flying direct is to not be underestimated. The LAG guidelines (no liquids, aerosols and gasses over 100ml in your hand baggage) is strictly enforced-even your duty-free booze and bottled water purchases are delivered in sealed luggage to the departure gates 10 minutes earlier than boarding. In case you are flying in United® Premium Plus, guide nicely upfront as the two seaters go quick.
It’s endorsed to obtain the United APP which affords handy entry to your journey data. The Journey-Prepared Heart is a one cease store that helps you put together to your journey by letting you recognize what your journey locations necessities are.
Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport is positioned within the neighboring state of New Jersey roughly 45-60 minutes by taxi to midtown Manhattan. As a result of early morning arrival time the queues at immigration are quick and fast – I waited longer for my suitcase than to get by way of passport management. I discovered it fairly handy touring by way of Newark versus arriving on the busier JFK airport, as a bonus the quick queues at immigration have been a large time saver.
South African passport holders require a visa to enter the US, South African travellers additionally not required adverse viral COVID-19 take a look at outcome, or documentation of restoration from COVID-19, earlier than boarding a flight to the U.S. Please seek advice from this hyperlink to be taught extra.
There are numerous methods to get into Manhattan from Newark; taxi, by Airtrain or categorical bus. Pre Booked taxis can set you again over $80 for 2 folks together with tolls, tip – when you don’t have an excessive amount of baggage, I might recommend taking the extra reasonably priced Airtrain-which takes you to Penn Station on W34th Road in half an hour.
When in Manhattan I all the time really feel like an additional on a film set due to the various iconic landmarks and vacationer sights, yellow taxi cabs, steam gushing out of the manholes, sizzling canine carts and meals vans and the incessant sound of ambulance sirens.
New York is uber costly however with some googling and creativity you can also make the Rand stretch somewhat additional. Lodging costs in Manhattan are fairly steep however a large a part of the joy of visiting this metropolis is staying within the metropolis. We stayed on the jewel new York which is a hidden gem nicely positioned within the coronary heart of Midtown; near Rockefeller Centre, Central Park, the Subway, Occasions Sq. and Radio Metropolis Music Corridor. The rooms are snug and supply complimentary espresso and tea, limitless chilled bottled water, free high-speed Wi-Fi, free laundry service and positioned two blocks from my favorite Bagel Store-Toasties on West 51st Road the place a cream cheese bagel breakfast will set you again $2.00 (seize a free take-away lodge espresso) Be warned-the costs in New York don’t embody taxes so you may anticipate to pay between 7% and eight.875% gross sales tax over and above.
New York is a large metropolis greatest seen on foot so group what you wish to see into the assorted neighbourhoods. (e.g., Brooklyn Bridge/911 Memorial/Staten Island Ferry collectively) I might additionally recommend some planning, particularly in case you are solely there for a number of days – the day we wished to see the 911 Memorial Museum it was closed, and the extremely beneficial Scotts Pizza Excursions in Brooklyn solely ran on Saturdays.