Solo Backpacking in New York City

solo backpacking New York City - Flat Iron

First day in New York…

Oh my God, after 13.5hrs, we arrived in New York City. Did I mention that there is a border security along the way, where they need to check your passport and your luggages.

I paid $6 for my I-9 card. This has a validity of 6 months. You will need to pay for it again if it expires. After some questions, I’m good to go 😊

solo backpacking New York City

Anyway, as I was saying, I made it 😊
First, is to buy a 7 day metrocard pass and find my hostel.
Reference: http://web.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm

7 day Metrocard pass cost $31. There’s also a re-loadable card, but I think it will be more cheaper if I buy 7 day metropass, as I always get lost, LOL. The ride cost $2.75, so for $31, I can only have 11 rides, so that won’t work in my case 😊.

solo backpacking New York City

solo backpacking New York City

After finding my hostel, I left my backpack and just brought the necessary items with me, so I can start my tour in New York 😊, But I need some breakfast..hot chocolate and donuts will do 😊

I decided to go first in uptown Manhattan, as it is near in my hostel.
First stop, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and on the other side is Top of the Rock 😊

solo backpacking New York City - St. Patrick's Cathedral

solo backpacking New York City - St. Patrick's Cathedral

Buy souvenirs in St.Patrick’s Cathedral, like coins.
But I didn’t buy one, πŸ˜›.
After some pictures, we went to New York library and Bryant Park. There’s not much to see, because the library was close.
I said we, because I met someone in Megabus (who planned to go to NY too), and want to join on my exhausting itinerary πŸ˜‚.

Next, we went to Grand Central Station, also a walking distance from New York library.

Lots of people πŸ˜„

solo backpacking New York City - Grand Central

solo backpacking New York City - Grand Central

solo backpacking New York City - Grand Central

solo backpacking New York City - Grand Central

Then, we go all the way to United Nation headquarters. Again, walking distance from Grand Central. For me, there’s not much to see in here, unless you want to visit it, that’s fine.

solo backpacking New York City - United Nation

We were exhausted, and I need to eat, as in now! πŸ˜…

I wanted to try Shake Shack 😊 I didn’t know that were already in Madison Park, when we finally found the Shake Shack.
Oh my God…I’m so HANGRY 😁

There’s a long queue, and the park is full, people are just buying burgers on this place.

solo backpacking New York City - Shake Shack

solo backpacking New York City

solo backpacking New York City
Yummy!!!

While eating, I just noticed that the Flat Iron is just around the corner. πŸ˜„

solo backpacking New York City - Flat Iron

solo backpacking New York City - Flat Iron

solo backpacking New York City - Flat Iron

So, we we’re full, we need to cut some fats, LOL
And the never-ending walk start again.

We went downtown Manhattan, we try to go to Charging Bull, but no luck, there’s a lot of people around the bull, and they don’t want to leave the Bull πŸ˜….

Next, Ground Zero, we are all familiar with the 9/11 event. This is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

solo backpacking New York City - Ground Zero

solo backpacking New York City - Ground Zero

solo backpacking New York City - Ground Zero

solo backpacking New York City - Ground Zero

solo backpacking New York City - Ground Zero

solo backpacking New York City - Ground Zero

Trinity Church is just around the corner 😊

solo backpacking New York City - Trinity Church

solo backpacking New York City - Trinity Church

I’m so tired of walking. We went to Times Square, but we didn’t go that far, LOL. And its time to rest, ’cause there will be a lot of walking the next day 😊

19 thoughts on “Solo Backpacking in New York City

  1. That’s pretty cool, I had the opportunity to walk in New York only once in my life and it was 10 years ago for a few hours between 2 planes… but I still made it to the top of the Empire State Building and Times Square! I didn’t know there are so many nice churches and cathedrals in Manhattan. Shake Shak looks like a very pleasant place to have lunch – perfect for an introvert who likes peace and greenery like me!

  2. Great post with some great tips. I loved doing solo backpacking in New York even though everyone in my family thought it was too dangerous. Keep encouriging people to be brave!

  3. New York City is a fanastic place to explore and wander. It sounds like your day (one of several great ones by the sound of this post) was pretty packed, though next time, no matter how tired you are of walking, stagger on to make it to Times Square!!! At night, pure energy and magic.

  4. Man, you were busy! New York is such a great town to just roam around in. My daughter and I love to take mother-daughter trips there and shop! It looks like you had fun, but I don’t know if I could have kept up with your pace. LOL!

  5. You did A LOT in just 1 day in the city. The metro system is definitely the way to get around if you aren’t planning on traveling by foot. Love NYC. It’s a great place to just aimlessly walk around.

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