New York City Trip with a Multigenerational Group

New York City

WE JUST COMPLETED A CAREFULLY PLANNED OUT 5 DAY GIRL’S GETAWAY TO NEW YORK CITY THAT INCLUDED MY 85 YEAR OLD MOTHER, MY 40+ SISTER, HER 17-OLD DAUGHTER, MY 50 ISH FRIEND AND MY CLOSE TO 60 SELF TO CELEBRATE MY 17-YEAR OLD NIECE’S 17THBIRTHDAY (A GIFT FROM HER GRANDMOTHER).  TO SAY THAT THE PLANNING OF THE TRIP OFFERED SOME CHALLENGES IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT, BUT IT WAS DONE WITH GREAT JOY! HAVING ONLY BEEN TO NEW YORK CITY WITH GIRLFRIENDS OF LIKE AGES AND SIMILAR INTERESTS, WITH MY HUSBAND AND OTHER COUPLES, IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE LIKE THE PREVIOUS TRIPS.

 

WITH THE GEOGRAPHY AND MAKEUP OF NEW YORK CITY, TRAVELING AROUND THE CITY TO SEE THE SIGHTS, TO ENJOY THE SHOWS, TO SHOP, TO EAT, AND ALL ELSE, CAN BE QUITE AN UNDERTAKING.  THE EASIEST WAY TO GET AROUND THE CITY FOR THE MOST PART IS VIA THE SUBWAY SYSTEM.  HOWEVER, YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT THE SUBWAYS DO NOT ALL HAVE ELEVATORS AND THOUGH THAT IS NOT A PROBLEM FOR MOST, FOR THOSE WITH PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS, IT IS NOT ALWAYS AN OPTION.  THERE ARE NO RAMPS EITHER SO WHEELCHAIRS AND STROLLERS CAN ALSO BE A PROBLEM.  ONE CAN TAKE THE BUS, AS THEY DO OFFER HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY, BUT THAT CAN OFTEN TAKE A LONG TIME GIVEN THE STOPS ON THE ROUTE.

 

THE OTHER OPTIONS ARE CABS, UBER, LYFT, OR IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS OF COURSE A LIMO OR PRIVATE DRIVER WOULD BE ANOTHER WAY TO MANEUVER AROUND.   UNLIKE OTHER CITIES WE HAVE USED UBER IN, WE FOUND IT TO BE LESS OF A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE IN NYC.   IT WAS NOT AS EASY FOR THE DRIVERS TO FIND YOU EVEN WHEN YOU WERE IN CENTRAL LOCATIONS AND THEN THERE WERE MORE TIMES THAN ONE THAT THE CALLS TO THE UBER DRIVER WERE JUST DROPPED AND WE WOULD HAVE TO PUT IN FOR ANOTHER ONE.  PERHAPS IT IS BECAUSE OF THE MANY TALL SKYSCRAPERS AND ISSUES WITH CELLULAR SERVICE ON THE TRUSTED I-PHONE.

 

THEN THERE IS GETTING AROUND ONCE YOU GET TO A SITE.  THERE ARE LINES TO WAIT IN, LARGE EXHIBITS TO VIEW, LARGE AREAS TO COVER IN CENTRAL PARK, AND SO FORTH.  IN ADDITION, ON OCCASION THERE ARE SOME OLDER BUILDINGS WHOSE BATHROOMS ARE UPSTAIRS AND THERE IS NO ELEVATOR. ALL THESE THINGS REALLY NEVER OCCURRED TO ME BEFORE WE WERE PLANNING THIS TRIP.

 

WITH PLANNING AND THE ALLOWANCE OF EXTRA TIME, THERE ARE DEFINITELY WAYS TO GET AROUND IN NEW YORK CITY FOR ALL.  FORTUNATELY, WE WERE ABLE TO COMBINE THE ACTIVITIES AND SITES IN WAYS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO FIT MOST EVERYTHING WE WANTED TO SEE AND DO IN.  MOST OF THE PLACES THAT REQUIRED A LOT OF WALKING HAD WHEELCHAIRS AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO USE AND THERE WERE ELEVATORS IN MOST OF THE PLACES IN THOSE BUILDINGS SO THAT MADE IT EASIER.  THE VACATION RENTALS IN NYC DO NOT ALL HAVE ELEVATORS EITHER SO THAT IS ALSO CAN BE A FACTOR IN CHOOSING THE LOCATION FOR YOUR STAY.

 

A FEW TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED OR HANDICAPPED IN NEW YORK CITY:

 

  1. IF FLYING, MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE AIRLINE PRIOR TO YOUR FLIGHTS FOR HAVING A WHEELCHAIR ESCORT TO AND FROM THE AIRPLANE.
  2. FOR TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT, USE A CAB, UBER, LIFT, LIMOSINE, OR PRIVATE DRIVER
  3. WHEN VISITING THE 911-MUSEUM, RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL AND OTHER PLACES, ASK FOR A WHEELCHAIR.SEVERAL SITES DO HAVE THEM FOR USE OF THE PATRONS.
  4. TAKE A PEDICAB TOUR OF CENTRAL PARK IN INSTEAD OF TRYING TO WALK IT.
  5. MAKE SURE THE VACATION RENTAL YOU CHOOSE HAS AN ELEVATOR.
  6. WHEN PLANNING YOUR DAILY ITINERARY, TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE EXTRA TIME IT WILL TAKE TO GET PLACES, AS WHEN YOU HAVE TO USE AN UBER OR CAB, IT CAN TAKE LONGER TO GET THROUGH CITY TRAFFIC.
  7. ALSO PLAN YOUR DAYS AND EVENINGS WITH BREAKS (EG. COFFEE BREAKS, LUNCH STOPS, PEOPLE-WATCHING IN ONE OF THE MANY LOVELY CITYPARKS, DINNER, ETC.)

 

SO TRAVELING WITH A GROUP CAN IN AND OF ITSELF CAN BE A CHALLENGE, BUT WHEN YOU FACTOR IN TRAVELING WITH DIFFERENT GENERATIONS, THE PLANNING IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT. IMPOSSIBLE AS IT MANY SEEM, IT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED AND YOU CAN HAVE A FABULOUS TIME, AS WE DID.

 

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF SUCH A TRIP, YOU SHOULD PURCHASE AND DOWNLOAD OUR 5-DAY ITINERARY THAT HAS JUST BEEN ADDED TO OUR WEBSITE: R-tinerary.com.   WE ARE OFFERING A SPECIAL ON THIS TRIP THAT WILL RUN UNTIL THE END OF THE SUMMER.  FOR ONLY $10 YOU CAN SEE EXACTLY HOW WE HAD A FABULOUS TIME!

 

 

 

 

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