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Is going to New York alone for 6 months a good or bad idea?

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Question - (7 December 2017) 3 Answers - (Newest, 13 December 2017)
A male Jamaica age 26-29, anonymous writes:

im want to make a big move to new york. not permanently just for few months maybe 6. i feel a pull to be there now. i went when I was a kid so i don't remember anything. i have no special reason i just want to visit. ny sounds fun and full of cool stuff to do. i don't know anyone there and i will be travelling alone. my sister thinks its a bad idea because ny has lots of ruthless people. she has friends there. now im a little afraid. what if i do go all the way to ny and something bad happens. i would be alone. do you guys knows what ny is like when traveling alone? please help.

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A female reader, aunt honesty Ireland +, writes (13 December 2017):

aunt honesty agony auntI think sometimes in life you need to make your own decisions and don't allow other peoples opinions to cloud your own judgement. I mean me personally I have never been to New York but some day I would love to go. I don't think it would worry me to much travelling on my own, it is good to be independent. When I was younger I traveled places alone and saw a lot off the world while working . Something that was an amazing experience and well worth doing. Don't get me wrong when I was applying for visas and getting flight details and going to the airport on my own I was nervous but it was worth doing it.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (8 December 2017):

thank you @wiseowle i plan to use airbnb

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A male reader, WiseOwlE United States + , writes (7 December 2017):

It all depends on where you plan to spend your time in NYC. Like anywhere else, there are nice parts of the city; and there are more crime-riddled areas that can be dangerous, if you don't know your way around.

You should do your research about the area where you're going to stay; and what mode of transportation you will have access to. Uber, Lyft, and Yellow Taxi are private modes of transportation for getting around the city. They get costly. You will have to learn the bus routes and subway schedules to get around.

People coming from other countries alone, with no job or a place to stay, may be a bit vulnerable. It's good to have a sponsor-family or know something about the area where you will be staying for six months. It will be very expensive, if you want to live in a nice area. It can still be expensive, even in bad parts of the city.

Are you going to rent an apartment or live in temporary shelter (i.e. hotel, motel, monthly lease)? Short-term leases will not be easy to find; and they may be the size of a shoe box.

I travel to the city frequently and enjoy myself. Few people drive privately-owned vehicles; because there is a lot of public-transportation available, and the traffic can be snarled and crazy!

You get used to the hustle and bustle, because it is a fast-paced urban environment. Having a regular and steady income is almost a must; if you plan to stay as long as six months. It can get costly eating out a lot, using taxis, and living accommodations (good or bad) will not be cheap. If you find a really cheap hotel or motel; it will likely be in the worst part of the city. It will not be safe going out at night, being unfamiliar with the area.

New York City is a large metropolis, and like any other major city in the world; you have to know what you're doing. You must learn your way around quickly. There will be thugs and robbers looking for vulnerable tourists, like in your country and anywhere else. Tell me where you don't find crime? It's everywhere! You just make sure you avoid godforsaken areas of any town or city.

If you've traveled alone to any other major city and survived, you'll survive New York City. It's not war-torn and chaotic like Syria, or rampant with crime on every block like a third-world nation. It has the typical threats you find anywhere. New York City cops are indeed the finest. Though a bit over-worked, typical of major cities! Some are also super jerks, so behave yourself!

Make sure you use your phone GPS to get around. Not all people you walk-up to like giving you directions. That's true in every major city in any country. Be it in Italy, France, Japan, and anywhere else when you're a visitor. You can run into unsavory and unfriendly locals. Traveling at night is best done with friends, or stay in well-lighted areas with plenty of foot-traffic. Stay out of alleys and dark side-streets. That's common-sense.

Plan and know your destination. Tour the city in daylight just to get a feel and to get your orientation of the local geography. It doesn't really take long to find your way around. It's not a place for the shy country mouse, or the faint of heart. The courageous explorer will do just fine!

I love New York!

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