Traveling Tips

6 Tips For Traveling Stress-Free

For most people, the act of traveling is stressful even just thinking about it. That’s because there are so many unknown variables that could go awry. Forgetting essential items, plane delays, losing something… All of these small stresses add up and lead to anxiety.

You vacation should be relaxing, not cause you to hyperventilate! To help you keep stress to a minimum when traveling, we’re sharing our top six tips below…

1. Get organized.

One of the main reasons you get stressed when traveling is because there is so much to think about. From packing to getting to the airport on time, your mind is constantly racing, trying to make sure everything is complete. The easiest way to relieve travel-related stress is to keep yourself organize. Here are a few simple tips…

  • Make a travel itinerary so you know everything that needs to be done and where you need to be at all times. This will take some of the pressure off of remembering every little detail.
  • Don’t just throw all your stuff into a bag and call it packing. Keep your items organized in your luggage or backpack so if or when you need to grab something important (for example, your passport) you aren’t rummaging through everything and panicking while you try to find it.
  • While we’re talking about packing, you should create a packing list and keep it in your bag. This not only helps you remember everything you need to pack for your trip but it also ensures that you don’t leave anything behind.

2. Store your luggage.

The absolute last thing you want to worry about when traveling is carrying around your luggage. It can be bulky, get in the way, and (worse) it could get forgotten or stolen. If you’ve arrived at your destination but can’t check in yet, leave your bags with City CoPilot. It will give you one less thing to think about while you enjoy your time away!

3. Be secure.

We’ve all heard horror stories of people getting their luggage stolen or losing their passports while on vacation. To keep yourself anxiety-free, you’ll want to avoid these types of situations at all costs. The only way to do that is by staying secure. To precautions to lock up or hide valuables, keep your passport on you at all times, and definitely get travel insurance. Yes, it may be a bit more work and money but it will give you peace of mind as you travel.

4. Understand things will go wrong.

This might sound a little counterintuitive to the whole theme of this blog post but we’re being realists here. Things might go wrong and that is okay. As long as you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect against a worst case scenario, you’re going to be fine. Here’s a “worst case” example, let’s say you lose your passport. If you have a copy of it hidden away in your luggage or a picture of it on your phone, you can go to a local US embassy to get a temporary one.

5. Get enough sleep and stay energized.

Traveling tired is a surefire way to make mistakes. You need your brain to be working correctly. Obviously, the first step is to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is key. However, if for some reason you’re unable to get enough sleep, you may need to rely on coffee or even brain optimizing supplements to keep you focused.

6. Relax a little.

Traveling doesn’t have to be stressful. It is what you make of it. Regardless of whether you’re going on a business trip or vacation, you can still have fun and enjoy yourself. To keep your mind from worrying, pack some things to entertain you during the down times—books, movies, and games will all get the job done.

City CoPilot Map Malta

We <3 Malta

City CoPilot Map Malta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICYDK, there’s a giant map of the world in our Lower East Side store and it’s definitely a conversation piece, representing the guests who visit us from all over the world. It’s one of the many reasons we love our business — the chance to meet folks from other cultures and get their take of New York City. (Humble brag: several of our team members are multi-lingual! (Somos capaces de dar instrucciones al metro en español.)

Recently, a guest arrived and stared at the map, frowning. What’s the problem, we asked? He replied: “My country is missing!” “What country? “Malta!” This would not stand. We handed the guest a Sharpie and presto: Malta was on the map.

So we use this post to pledge that should any land be omitted from any current or future maps, guests are welcome to add it. Also, we need to get to Malta ASAP. What hideous scenery, right?

Planet Ware Malta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Planet Ware

Know Your CoPilots, Vol. 3: Meet Tristan

Tristan CCP

This is a series on the blog called “Know Your CoPilots” where we show off our knowledgable, friendly, adorable team members. Get to know the third team member featured in our series, Tristan! (And say hi to him when you stop by 166 Allen Street.)

What he loves about City CoPilot:
Seeing the convenience it brings to the neighborhood!

He’s basically a human TripAdvisor:
I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, the US… and I think there might be more.

Favorite spots in New York City, currently:
I go to Pianos on Stanton and Orchard a lot. It’s like three bars in one: they have a back room with EDM, a space for bands, and a bar of course.

Pro tip for someone visiting NYC for the first time:
There’s free comedy on Monday nights at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Chelsea. You have to wait in line, but famous comedians test out material all the time. A friend of mine just saw Amy Schumer perform there.

nyc bus tours

We Can Book Your Bus Tour of NYC

We’ll skip our usual wall of Oprah GIFs to simply tell you that City CoPilot can arrange a bus tour of NYC for you or your guest. For example: we can get you tickets for the famous Gray Line double decker bus tour, just to name one line in our arsenal of tourist hookups. How’s that for your neighborhood concierge?

nyc bus tours

And FYI for the real ballers out there: Gray Line also does helicopter tours of NYC.

Read More

5 Awesome Things To Do In The Lower East Side This June

It’s practically summertime in the Lower East Side, and as your neighborhood front desk, here’s what you should NOT miss in our beloved ‘hood this June:

  • Every Monday night at 10 PM: Arlene’s World Famous Live Rock and Roll Karaoke Band. Um, two words: LIVE KARAOKE. Bonus: it’s free and Mondays usually blow. Shout out the existential ennui until your voice is gone. What is there to say on Tuesdays, anyway?
  • June 7: Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival at the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum. Um, the name sells itself. We really don’t need to expound on this any more.

emma-stone-gifs-eating-cutie-cupcake0406

  • June 14: DayLife. Get your life — your DayLIFE. This outdoor fest up and down Orchard Street offers the best in our ‘hood’s food, fashion, music, games and art. The theme is literally: “Let’s celebrate warm weather!!!” See you there. (We’ll be the ones holding up the line at the Insomnia Cookies booth.)
  • June 22: Find your holiest flannel and throw out your shampoo: SOUL ASYLUM IS PLAYING AT THE BOWERY BALLROOM. We might have played “Runaway Train” over and over and over and over on our DiscMan as youths, because feelings.

giphy

  • June 24: The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown at Sara Roosevelt Park. Ok, so it’s not a basketball game; it’s actually a soccer tournament between the NBA legend and other b-ball players versus Italy’s World Cup star, Alessandro Del Piero, and his hot-legged friends. The s***t talk will on point. (It’s also an excuse to brag that Copilot Maggie played b-ball in COLLEGE. COLLEGE, not high school.)

See you there, kweens!

giphy-1

GIFS: Spoon University, Giphy, Giphy

A Love Letter To Our Wall

We don’t want to name names, but have you seen the daily luggage storage or luggage locker facilities in New York City?

baggage-claim

Not City Copilot.

We offer daily luggage storage because we knew we could do it better than the competition. (That and there just aren’t enough short-term luggage storage spots below 34th Street.) How do we do that? Two words:

pink-floyd-the-wall-1979

That’s right: we have a wall to protect your precious cargo, and a lot of the competition, well, stores luggage on some shelves in full sight of street traffic, or worse, splayed out on the floor within grabbing distance. Meet… The Wall:

IMG_0156

Read More

City Copilot NYC Travel Hack: The J Train to JFK

hqdefault-2

Do not be afraid.

Picture it: Sicily, 1922 City Copilot’s storefront, last month.

sophia-petrillo2

We’re chatting with an adorable family from Italy who are safely and securely storing their luggage with us before their evening flight back to Rome from JFK. They tell us they’ve been staying in midtown.

edit-9162-1424294250-13

“Go on,” we say.

Currently, most of City Copilot’s luggage dropoffs are from folks who are staying downtown, not above 42nd Street. “Why did you choose to store your luggage down on the Lower East Side?”

“We planned it so that on the last day, we’d store our luggage with you, then visit the 9/11 Memorial and the Tenement Museum, eat at Russ & Daughters, then grab our bags from you and just hop on J train to JFK.”

tumblr_n2hzcbgdHo1su7sauo1_500

So to anyone planning to stay in Midtown Manhattan or above 14th Street: the J train can be your New York City airport travel copilot. City Copilot (located at 166 Allen Street) is literally STEPS from the Bowery stop. You needn’t miss out the Lower East Side, East Village, Chinatown or Little Italy.

Drop off your bags with us, hit up these great neighborhoods, pick up your bags in our air conditioned storefront, get on the J, and boom: you’re at JFK.

easybutton_0031

And this also serves as a reminder to New Yorkers: don’t fear it. The J is the Abbi to JFK’s Ilana. It’s a beautiful relationship.

broadcity_104_the_lockout_640x360

Photos/GIFs: Sound On Site, YouTube, Buzzfeed, MTV, Kevin Rye, Kostume Girl’s Closet 

Getting To JFK, LGA & Newark: 5 Struggles We Can Solve For You

You touch down in New York City. You’re pumped. There are four ways you can get to your destination:

  1. Stand in line for a taxi and pay a flat rate.
  2. Schlep your luggage in our city’s decent public transportation, then drag your suitcase from the subway or bus stop, hogging up the sidewalk.
  3. Sit stuffed between some swell folks eating tuna salad on a shuttle.
  4. A man in a Member’s Only jacket walks by you at the luggage carousel and whispers, “Sir, miss, you need a ride?”

You want to have an amazing time in the Big Apple. You may have to buy another suitcase to fit all the new stuff you bought. Then, it’s almost time to head back to LaGuardia, JFK or Newark. You don’t have Uber. You can’t afford Uber. Maybe you don’t even have an iPhone! That’s when s**t gets real.

curb

Here are five facts about getting to NYC’s airports from Manhattan:

Read More