Taking a Break from the City: The New Yorker’s Guide to Life Outside the Big City
If you’re a New York native or if you’ve spent any serious amount of time in the city, the chances are that you’ve felt a little bit trapped inside a bustling bubble. As great as it is to spend time in the Big Apple, it can also be a lot of fun to leave the city and to see what life is like in the big wide world.
I once heard it said that there are two Americas: New York, and the rest of America. The goal of this post is to help to give you some inspiration for when you’re out and about travelling through the “rest of America”.
The New Yorker’s Guide to Life Outside the Big City
1. You can’t beat the wilds
If you’ve spent many hours in the city then you probably haven’t experienced true solitude in a while. New York City is surrounded by beautiful natural areas. Just a quick jaunt up the Hudson will lead you to countless hiking and camping sites. One of my favourite spots is Malouf’s Mountain Sunset Campground which is easily accessible by train. It’s a hike in hike out campground with primitive and platform camping. If you reserve a platform camp there is an option to reserve camping equipment too! Perfect us city dwellers who don’t have room in our apartments to store extra gear.
2. Road trips are where it’s at
One of the best ways to see the “rest of America” is to head off on a road trip. This tends to work best when you’re travelling as a group, although there’s no reason why you can’t go it alone. By taking a road trip, you can see a bunch of different iconic cities and simultaneously enjoy the wide-open expanses that separate them as you go state to state. Perhaps drive up to the Canadian border and see Niagara Falls!
3. Take in some history
One of the best ways to experience any new place is to learn about the history of the area. The good news is that America has history all over the place, from little hamlets that were once a part of the gold rush to old cowboy hotspots and little local legends and monuments. The best thing about looking into history is that you can do this wherever you go, and while it doesn’t have to be a deciding factor when you’re booking your vacation, it’s always going to be an option.
4. Let your stomach lead the way
Culinary tourism is a thing, and it might just be the thing for you if you like to eat. The idea is to choose your destination based on the local cuisine. Visit the Hamptons and get a taste of some of the freshest seafood. Order yourself a lobster roll at Clam Bar at Napeague in Amagansett. New York City is also surrounded by beautiful rolling hills aka the perfect spot to taste some east coast wine. Check out some easily accessible wineries within driving distance of the city.
5. Don’t tie yourself down
One of the worst things that you can do when it comes to planning your vacation is to tie yourself down by being overly specific with your plans. Sure, you need to commit to dates and locations to book hotels, rent cars and pack all the essentials, but you should also leave yourself some freedom to change things if needed.
6. Head home in style
Experiencing life outside the big city only tells part of the story. It’s also important to get a sense of perspective, and one way to do that is to visit New York from a cruise. This will give you a totally different point of view on the city that you live in and allow you to experience it from a new perspective. One of the best benefits of taking a cruise out of New York is that many transatlantic cruises head out from this port! Imagine taking a cruise across the Atlantic and visiting Morocco or Spain, or Portugal.
One of the good things about heading out of the Big Apple and into the wider world is that when you come back, you start to see things differently.
Now that you know just a few of the essentials for surviving life outside the city, it’s over to you to get travelling and to start seeing the world from a different angle. New York City is one of the best cities in the world to live in, but sometimes it takes a little time spent outside the city to get the rest from all the hustle and bustle and have a change of pace.
The good news is that the tips that we’ve shared today should be enough to encourage you to venture outside of your comfort zone and to experience life outside of the big city. Even if you do it just once a year, it’s a good habit to get into. Happy travels.