After only getting 12 hours of sleep in 3 days, I can attest to the fact that this city never sleeps (it was hard enough to sleep leading up to the trip). Honestly, my least favorite part about NYC was Times Square because I truly enjoy the every day culture of a city; not the scenic attractions you'd see in a brochure.
Why? Every now and then during a trip, I truly love to soak in the environment and see what I can learn from everything/everyone around me and bring back home with me. Traveling isn't about finding a great souvenir or doing the most exciting thing that EVERYONE does when they visit that city - its about finding hidden gems and truly immersing yourself in the culture.
Here are five things that I learned from my trip to NYC that can be used in your every day life.
1) Pack for the day
Never, ever, ever underestimate this. Do you know how much it would suck to have to take a half an hour taxi ride back to your apartment just to change clothes or pick up something you forgot?
Unless you're having a day of leisure, it'll save you a tone of gas and time if you invest in a great duffel, messenger, or backpack that'll hold all of the clothes, gadgets, and accessories you'll need for whatever is planned in your day.
2) Move with urgency, but smell the flowers too
As a southerner, its pretty odd that my biggest pet peeve is when people walk/move slow. Having so much to do and so much opportunity in one day means that you have to care about every minute of your day - once you find the right balance between moving fast but still appreciating everything that's going on around you, you've reached Nirvana.
3) Speak Up
Transparency is the new language of our generation. There are no secrets as to how people make money, or what people's intentions are - the information is out there and the truth will come out through some medium.
Apparently transparency is language of choice in New York. In other parts of the country, you're encouraged to 'sugar coat' or 'ease into' the truth. This often leads to drawn out conversations and attention to minute details. If you're straight forward and honest with people, whether its your taxi driver or someone you're close to, they'll have more respect for you than if you weren't.
4) Be You
Talk about a city of misfits. If you're not afraid to be yourself, or you're in an environment where you are afraid to be yourself, go to NY for a few days.
5) Travel at home
When looking for a quick bite to eat in a new city, you're usually going to avoid chain restaurants where you can order the same burger and fries at home. Instead, you're going to look for 'holes in the wall' where the best food is normally found.
Why not treat your home town the same way? Explore and go somewhere you've never been. Look up new restaurants no matter what you're first impression of them is. NYC is a city that you can live in for years and still not eat everywhere and experience everything - bring that same attitude to your backyard.
DJ Hargrave is a menswear blogger and founder of Tailor Made Style. HIs goal is to empower others to become the strongest version of themselves through their style and helping them be informed by what's going on in the menswear world. You can find him on Instagram and Snapchat @tailormadedj
Loafers: Cole Haan
This is a sponsored post in affiliation with rue21 and the product was gifted to me