10 Reasons a First-Time Tourist Says Skip the Big Apple

Many dream of making it to New York City—but is it all it’s cracked up to be? One first-time visitor says it’s not worth your time.

While the city that never sleeps has plenty to offer—pizza, Broadway, and historical sites, to name a few—here are 10 reasons to think twice before planning a trip.

1. Your Wallet Will Suffer

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The biggest complaint one visitor had about NYC was the insane prices. Everything costs roughly three times more than what it should.

Food costs roughly 21% more than the national average, so just feeding yourself will drain your wallet. It feels impossible to even step outside without spending $50, making it an exhausting, stressful, and expensive trip.

2. The Crowds Are Overwhelming

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As a tourist, the crowds in the city can be frustrating because you can never escape them. Walking down the sidewalk feels like a battle, trying to weave in and out people walking at different speeds, all while evading the skateboarders and bicycles who haphazardly whiz past you.

These excessive crowds can feel suffocating, even after just a few hours.

3. The Loud Noise Is Relentless

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Along with the crowds also comes the insane amount of noise.

All cities are noisy, with cars and people chattering. But NYC has a special, chaotic noise that can be stressful. People are constantly honking, aggressively yelling, playing music on the street, and causing a ruckus. It makes it hard to even form a thought.

4. Everything Is Dirty

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Another complaint a first-time tourist had was about how incredibly dirty the city is. Again, most major cities will have some trash on the streets, but NYC takes it to a new level. It’s like they’re competing for the grossest city award. From dead rats to rotting pizza slices to human fluids, there is something to gag at around every corner.

5. The Odors Are Atrocious

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And with the trash comes horrific smells! So, to recap, the noise assaults your ears, the garbage assaults your eyes, and now your nose is also being tortured by the scent of urine, dumpsters, and unidentifiable smoke. For a city that is supposed to be a foodie haven, it’s difficult to maintain an appetite.

6. People Are Rude

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It’s not just that people are rude and will happily bowl you over if they’re in a rush, but they’re also arrogant. They’ll push and shove you all while singing the city’s praises and talking about how vibrant and amazing NYC locals are. People who live in NYC love to hype it up, but when you actually talk to them, they all seem jaded and miserable.

7. Tourist Stuff Is Overhyped

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Even if you avoid the areas where all the locals are and head for the touristy things, you might still be disappointed. The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the MET, and even Central Park are all underwhelming. It’s not that these attractions are awful; they’re just not worth the visit to this chaotic and unclean city.

8. It’s Impossible To Get Around

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Taxis are expensive, rideshares are even worse, public transportation is a nightmare, and the city is too big to walk everywhere you might want to go. If you visit NYC and plan to stay in one neighborhood the whole time, you won’t have any issues. But if you want to go anywhere, be prepared for a frustrating and taxing experience.

9. Everything Feels Like a Scam

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As mentioned, the price of everything is sky-high. However, the quality of things, from restaurant meals to groceries to manicures, is surprisingly low-quality. If you pay $12 for a piece of pizza, it should at least be good. But in NYC, it’s totally normal to sell subpar stuff at luxury prices.

10. It’s Not Attractive

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The Manhattan skyline can be cool, but aside from that, the city isn’t very pretty or visually appealing. Many people travel to new cities to embrace diversity and beauty, but NYC can feel very stuffy and unattractive. Even the unique and captivating street art that was once sprawled across the city seems to have vanished, and now there is depressing gang graffiti.

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