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Interview with local Brit Healey about New York

New Yorker, photographer, and CEO of her very own travel company, Global Nomad, Brit Healey has found the perfect balance between traveling and helping those who want to pursue their travel goals. She has traversed across 30 countries, drawing first-hand experiences to help her design unique itineraries for adventure seekers who don't want to get bogged down with planning. This time around, she's teamed up with Favoroute to create her first New York City Like A Local Guide, which features walkable routes to all the best hotspots and hand-picked recommendations of her hometown. We asked her to give us the low-down on how to navigate through the hectic concrete jungle and how to live like a GlobalNomad.

Q: New York: the city that never sleeps, the city of dreams, the Big Apple, the Empire City… in your own words, how would you describe New York City?

New York City is a microcosm of the world. Every type of person imaginable can be found here. It is a home to all types of creatives and professionals hustling to reach their greatest potential. Knowing the city on a deeper level, it can be completely overwhelming at times. If you don’t keep up, you’ll get lost amongst the crowds. New York has an infectious energy like no other city out there. 

Q: What is your favorite route to take in New York?

My favorite route that I included in my guide would have to be getting lost in the streets of Lower Manhattan. Narrow and cobblestone streets, street art, quaint colorful buildings, and artsy shops all make this part of the city so loved. Also, walking the High Line never gets old!

Also, any direction out of the craziness in Manhattan! For example, I love going to the local beach in the summer. Coney Island, Jones Beach, Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island, the Hamptons. Another place I like to retreat to is my local neighborhood of Astoria. Queens offers so much to see and do here, and most tourists don't even know about it. I could create a multi-day guide just about this borough alone! Last but not least, there is nothing like heading to JFK or LaGuardia airport for a change of scenery, creative inspiration, and a new travel adventure. 

Find all Brit's walking routes, hotspots, and recommendations for the city in her travel guide New York City Like a Local. Download the guide for €4,99 via our website or the app, for interactive maps, offline usage, and photos.

Q: Some people wouldn’t even know where to begin with New York, yet the city has this vibrant energy within it. How do travelers keep up to date with what’s going on in New York?

It’s practically impossible to keep up with the daily events going on in the city each day! There is always some festival, paradise, street market, concert, etc. going on. For work, I regularly follow popular blogs and websites based in the city so that's how I learned about the best places within the city! If you are a reading this and planning on visiting New York City soon, purchasing this guide will inspire you to visit places you've never imagined. 

To start, I recommend visiting the following sites for occurring events:

It's also good to stay up to date with popular NYC bloggers/photographers which are very easy to find on social media. After you follow a few of them, you'll get of sense of what's hot. 

Q: On the topic of traveling, you are a travel agent, helping others by designing their perfect trip. What does traveling mean to you?

Traveling is all about living in the moment and savoring each and every experience, especially those that you wouldn't normally do back home. Travel not only motivates me, but it also allows me to recharge my batteries and achieve self-growth through learning and challenging myself. 

Q: What makes your travel style unique?

As a travel agent, I am all about experiential travel. Visiting lesser known destinations to see what they are like first-hand gives me the upper hand when it comes to trip planning. I’m always on the lookout for the next hottest places to recommend which is reflected in the guide. I want to be known for pushing the limits creatively when it comes to the travel experiences that I design for others. In the guide, I take geographical proximities into consideration and list recommendations accordingly so no time is wasted. 

Q: Why did you decide to team up with Favoroute and what can travelers expect from your guide?

Producing a one-of-a-kind guide about the city I know best seemed like a good idea because I have tons of expertise on New York as a local and I love creating customized day-to-day itineraries at my company, GlobalNomad. So partnering with Favoroute is a match made in heaven!

This guide is designed for today's young adventurous traveler with tons of options to choose from on the spot which goes hand in hand with how I do my trip planning. If you want the best photo opportunities within New York City to share on Instagram – this guide has your name written all over it!

Q: Tell us something that people don’t know about you.

Even though I am a professional travel agent, I still enjoy playing things by ear and bouts of spontaneity when I go on vacation! If I won the lottery, I would live on a tiny island somewhere in the South Pacific! 

When she's not organizing trips for her clients, Brit Healey is jetting off to another corner of the world with her trusty camera by her side. You can follow her adventures at @theglobalnomad on Instagram or via her website GlobalNomad.

Find all Brit's walking routes, hotspots, and recommendations for the city in her travel guide New York City Like a Local. Download the guide for €4,99 via our website or the app, for interactive maps, offline usage, and photos.

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