23 Jun The Best Apps to Use When Travelling to New York City + Google Pixel Giveaway!
It’s no secret that New York is my favourite city in the world to visit and so back in May I jetted off to the Big Apple to spend one week there seeing my friends and Instagramming my way around the city. It was just on the verge of summer so the weather happened to be glorious and the city felt so alive! I spent the whole week soaking up the sun in the city parks, hanging with my friends in rooftop bars and dining in as many new restaurants as I could. I had the best week, and honestly – New York just has so much to do that you’ll never feel like one trip is enough.
While I was in NYC I found there were several go-to apps I used a lot, but I also discovered some new ones from New Yorkers and friends that live there. The UK’s biggest 4G network EE invited me to share with you some of my favourites and they’ve also provided a Google Pixel phone to give away to one of my readers! More info about the competition is available further down this page.
If you’re travelling to New York City anytime soon then I’d highly recommend downloading the following apps if you want to get the most out of the city and travel like a local:
This app is useful for travelling all over the world but I used this app a lot when travelling in the USA. The app lets you book last-minute, unsold hotel rooms up to one week in advance. The Hotel Tonight app has some really hip, boutique hotels on there and best of all, there are some huge discounts! What I love about this app is how easy it is to book – it’s like Uber for hotels. Everything is pre-paid through the app and all the taxes and fees tend to be included, so all you have to do is show up at the hotel and check-in. It’s one of the best ways to save money in NYC.
Yelp is the app I use most on my phone and I couldn’t be without it. I was actually once a “Yelper” in the UK, writing reviews of restaurants all over Manchester. The cool thing about being part of the Yelp community is that I was invited to lots of awesome events at up-and-coming restaurants all over the city where I lived. Anyway, in the USA this app is really big and if you want to find somewhere good to eat or drink, this app is indispensable. Yelp allows you to search for the best restaurants and cafes near you, then read reviews from all the people who’ve been there. It has helped me to avoid the dodgy tourist restaurants and find those funky, local spots.
Since traffic in New York can be really bad, riding the subway is the easiest way to get around NYC. However, there are times where you can find yourself jostling to get through crowded platforms or walking for ages through the station underground. To make your journey as fast as possible you’ll want to download Exit Strategy – an app that tells you where to stand on the platform so that you’ll board the train at the right position to arrive directly in front of the exit at your destination station. Genius!
In addition to Exit Strategy, you’ll also want to download iTrans – the New York city subway app that provides MTA maps, live train info, directions, schedules and service alerts. This app is on every New Yorker’s phone and will help you to get from A to B quickly and easily.
I use Citymapper a lot in London and it’s also really big in New York City too. Citymapper shows you the fastest way to get from your location to anywhere by subway, bus, or walking. The app is easy to use, enabling you to plan how to get somewhere in real-time. It’s also available in cities all over the world, such as Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid and Sydney. Definitely an essential app!
Don’t like waiting for Happy Hour to come around? Happy lets you create your own Happy Hour, so you can search for a good bar to go to, invite your friends then start the clock on your own 60-minutes of discounted drinking! I love a good happy hour but sometimes you just don’t feel like cocktails at 5pm, so this is a great way to save money on drinks at any time you like.
Want something delivered to your door, fast? Postmates lets you order from any restaurant or store in New York City on-demand, 24/7. It’s basically a courier service, allowing you to order food from Starbucks or Chipotle for example without ever having to leave your room. Unlike many take-away apps you’re not restricted to specific restaurants – you can order anything from anywhere that’s open and they’ll pick it up for you.
I don’t know about you but I have a habit of reading menus online BEFORE I go to the restaurant. I like to see if there’s anything I’d want to eat in order to help me decide if I want to go there. MenuPages helps you browse the menus of restaurants nearby, without having to visit each eastablishement’s website individually. For Manhattan the menus are organised into area, so you can easily discover where you’d like to go in Midtown, Chelsea, Upper East Side or whatever area you’re currently in.
Enjoy FREE Roaming Abroad
It’s brilliant having all these awesome apps that make our travelling lives easier, but it’s no good if you can’t use your phone abroad. With data roaming charges on certain networks, there’s nothing worse than getting home only to find you’ve been hit with a whopping great bill.
Luckily, EE has announced that all existing EE pay monthly and pay as you go customers can now enjoy roaming in 48 European destinations at no extra charge. EE is also launching a new range of 4GEE Max plans, designed to offer the ultimate mobile experience! The new 4GEE Max plans combine generous data allowances and the fastest speeds in the UK, allowing customers to use their call, text and data allowances in over 50 destinations worldwide across Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. As an EE 4GEE Max customer you could video call from LA, or live-stream Sydney Harbour in HD at no extra cost! You can also can also travel abroad without having to worry about running up any surprise mobile phone bills, since EE provides the best-in-class usage alerts and data caps.
Enter my Google Pixel Phone giveaway!
To celebrate, I’ve partnered with EE to give away a Google Pixel phone to one lucky reader! This sellout phone made by Google has one of the highest-rated smartphone cameras, taking brilliant photos day or night with a 12.3MP, f/2.0 camera. EE is the exclusive network partner for the Pixel so you’ll be getting the handset on EE’s superfast 4G network. If you’d like to find out more about EE’s great roaming benefits – visit www.ee.co.uk/roaming
Win an EE Google Pixel phone!
Entry to the competition is super easy – all you need to do to enter is login using the Rafflecopter widget below and Tweet to win. It’s that simple!
The competition will close on Friday 7th July at 23:59 GMT. A winner will be selected at random and be notified via email. Entry is for UK residents only.
Disclosure: This giveaway was sponsored by EE. All opinions are my own.