New York City Travel Planning

Overwhelmed with planning a trip to NYC?

I understand what it’s like to be a tourist in New York City, to be both excited and overwhelmed by the city. I learned NYC neighborhood by neighborhood, street by street…by coming back again and again. I travel to NYC every few months and I’ve planned countless vacations for travelers who have hired me here, at Beyond the Square.

I Can help you!

With my expertise, I bring focus to your trip, help you maximize your time, and balance the needs and interests of your travel party. Hiring me will reduce your stress, save you time and equip you with a fully customized plan (and daily maps!) to guide you, as you explore the greatest city in the world!


What My Clients Are Saying...

Aymee K.

Corvallis, OR


3 Days

Mother/Daughter Birthday Trip

Lora took all my random thoughts and ideas about our NYC trip and created order! She asked great questions to understand what kind of travelers we are and what our values were regarding our trip. The itinerary she created for us was personalized to our tastes and interests and considered all the details like transportation and timing and how to get the most out of each day. It completely took the stress out of planning. Working with Lora was absolutely the best money spent! I’d use her services again and, I tell all my friends!

Kim S.

Nashville, TN


4 Days

Grandma/Granddaughter Vacation

I recently hired Lora to plan an itinerary for a trip with my granddaughter. I wasn’t sure I needed her help since I’d been to NYC many times, but I wanted her expertise as it related to going with kids and she was very helpful. She came up with a perfect itinerary-lots of restaurants that I hadn’t been to and lots of kid friendly activities-the best part was her knowledge of transportation. She told us exactly where the subway station was for every event or if we should walk or take a taxi. If you are planning a vacation to NYC, I highly recommend working with Lora to help you plan an unforgettable trip!

Samantha T.

Georgetown, TX


4 Days

Our Family Trip

Lora is wonderful! She took the time to talk to me and hear what my family wanted out of our trip to NYC. She knows the city very well, so it didn’t matter if I mentioned food or fashion, museums, or parks, she knew which direction we should go and planned each day with convenience in mind. She made sure our days flowed with ease, had excellent recommendations for food stops, mapped out the subway and transportation for each landmark, and even helped gather the information I needed for ticketing and entry to the various stops on our trip – just above and beyond helpful!

Ashley C.

Salem, OR


4 Days

Family trip with kids

Lora took the guesswork and stress out of navigating an enormous city. Her tips and guidance made our experience completely seamless. We loved getting to know various parts of the city, with our kids, based on her neighborhood recommendations. She guided us to places we normally wouldn't have found on our own. We didn't veer from our custom itinerary because it was so helpful getting us through NYC. Lora’s process makes it simple to purchase tickets, make reservations, and feel fully prepared for our trip even before we left home.

Emilie Y.

Fairfield, CT


24 Hours

40th Birthday Celebration with Girlfriends

I needed help coordinating a day in NYC for a group of ten friends. Having Lora’s expertise guide us through the city from start to finish totally took the pressure off me or anyone else in our group to decide what to do or how to do it. Her walking route included not only key sights, but vital items like lunch (at a customized location that could accommodate multiple dietary needs), restrooms and exact subway lines and locations. She carefully planned the entire day from Midtown to Battery Park with impeccable timing. Her help creating our itinerary relieved my stress of planning everything and was invaluable in creating a successful experience in NYC for our entire group.

Amal A.

Kuwait City, Kuwait


7 Days

Luxury Vacation with Family

I was very excited to visit NYC and I did a lot of research about everything I'm interested in, but I desperately needed help refining my plan and organizing the logistics. Lora was swift with answering my questions and understanding what I was looking for. My main interest was luxury, high-end, and everything aesthetically pleasing. Lora’s advice and recommendations were amazing! I wish I could find a service like Lora’s in every city worldwide!


Hire a NYC travel expert to help you plan!

If you're going to New York City for the first time, or for the first time in a long time, it is helpful to work with an NYC travel expert. I will help you navigate the logistics of timing, budget, and travel party dynamics while incorporating your unique needs and interests. Reach out! Let's plan your trip together.