NYC: Flying In

When I travel, I look for ease. To me what’s most important about an airport is the ease of travel to and from the airport. As a tourist, I am looking for airport convince. When I booked my ticket to NYC, I choose to fly into New Yorks least acclaimed airport LaGuardia because of its proximity to Manhattan. (LaGuardia is the only airport actually in one of NYC’s five Burroughs.) LaGuardia Airport serves as a regional airport. The airport is far from modern or luxurious. What LaGuardia lacks in amenities it makes up in convenience. 

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LaGuardia Airport 

As my plane touched down in LaGuardia Airport, Jay-z and Alicia Keys song Empire State of Mind was playing in my head “Now your in New York, these streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you. Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York.”  I felt like a six year about to meet Mini Mouse for the first time.

I couldn’t believe I was actually landing in New York. A city I’ve idolized (somewhat ridiculously) for years. I couldn’t believe I was actually in NEW YORK. At 31, I was ready to make my debut NYC appearance.

As I got off the plane in LaGuardia, I was a little taken a back. I was fully expecting to arrive to the glitz and glamour of New York. Instead, I arrived at a dilapidated terminal more fitting with a second world country than a famed city.

Despite the obvious need for a facelift, the simplicity of LaGuardia airport was refreshing. Flying both in out was a breeze, and the airport staff could not have been friendlier. On arrival, my bag was out within 10 minutes, and I was on my way.

On departure, security was a breeze. No lines, no hassle, no issue.

Pro Tips:

  • Arrive early on a Saturday or Sunday, and leave early on a Saturday or Sunday to miss traffic.
  • When getting a cab or UBER know exactly where you are going and suggest the best route to the driver. New York Cabbies are notorious for taking the “scenic route” to up their toll fee.
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