Tips for Holidaying in New York on a Budget
The Big Apple is truly a place like no other, and tends to be pretty high up on people’s wish list when it comes to travelling the globe. And it’s pretty easy to see why. With world class and world famous attractions, sites, shopping and experiences like nowhere else in the world, it truly is a must-visit for avid travellers. However, one thing that does tend to hold people back from planning that perfect USA getaway is the price tag. Because let’s face it; New York isn’t cheap. But there are ways you can save a bit of cash to make it work for you.
Here are some top tips to get you started for a holiday to New York on a budget:
Have a plan
As there’s so much to see and do in New York, it’s easy to just head there and let yourself just see what happens in terms of your itinerary. This is great, but it might mean you end up spending more cash as you navigate your way around and plan activities on impulse or last-minute. Planning ahead can mean you can research things like offers and discounts, you can buy tickets online ahead of time to save cash and you won’t be rushing around trying to fill your schedule.
Consider going out of season
Most tourists tend to flock to NYC in the summer or over Christmas, and whilst these really are incredible times of year to go, you’ll save a small fortune by going in the spring or autumn instead. This part of the USA tends to have decent weather during the spring anyway, so your holiday is unlikely to be taken over by rain if you opt to go in May instead of August, for example. Likewise, going in September or October is great too, though beware of bumped-up prices in the lead up to Thanksgiving.
Take advantage of the free stuff to do
Though a lot of New York’s attractions will be really pricey, there are luckily tons of free or cheap things to do to fill your time. Things from exploring Central Park to walking along the green sky mile are free, and you can take a boat tour on the Hudson River relatively cheaply. Beware of tourist traps like trips up the Empire State Building – you can get incredible views of the city from other buildings that won’t charge you an arm and a leg just to go up there.
Eat out wisely
From falafel to mega sub sandwiches, a visit to a New York deli is a must. They’re also likely to be much cheaper than eating out at a restaurant too. Pick the times you eat out wisely as prices for dinner tend to be much higher than eating out at breakfast or lunch, for example.