New York City and the surrounding areas can be expensive places to visit. There is something for travelers of all ages, and this is what makes New York such a fascinating place to visit. However, do not let this put you off, as there are plenty of ways you can enjoy everything the city has to offer, even on a small budget. So, to make this trip the best, what can you start planning and organizing?
Decide What Attractions and Sights You Want to See
To begin this process correctly, you are going to need to decide which attractions and sights you want to see. For instance, do you have your heart set on visiting the statue of liberty because, if so, you are going to need to pre-book tours and tickets in advance? When you can start deciding what you want to see and why you can then begin to put together a shortlist. No matter how long you are visiting New York, you will find that there are never enough hours to do everything, and this is why you need to shortlist attractions and sights.
Use Public Transportation Where You Can
Calling a cab can be convenient, but it is not always the cheapest way to get around New York. Using the buses, or even using the subway system may take a little longer, but it will certainly save you some money. You can get around on single tickets, or if you know you will be doing a lot of traveling you can purchase a weekly pass. Passes and tickets can be conveniently purchased from a vendor desk or vending machines.
Lookout for Deals
There are always deals to be had on anything from accommodation to tickets and attractions. Staying savvy and keeping your eyes out for deals is important. Signing up to popular tourist sites and blogs, and even signing up for newsletters, can help you get access to some of the best deals around (quite often before others). To ensure deals are worthwhile and suitable for you, always check out the small print and thoroughly read the terms and conditions.
Eat and Drink Where Locals Do
Food and drink in the city can be just as expensive as accommodation. It is, therefore, important that you steer clear of tourist hotspots or traps. Observe where New York city dwellers eat on their lunch breaks and see where they go after finishing work. You will find that they will know the best (and most reasonably priced) eateries, bars, and cafes. Spending a few hours observing where they go can help save you hundreds of dollars on your spending.
Think Carefully About Your Accommodation
On a small budget, you have to be careful that accommodation does not swallow up more than you can afford. Looking at affordable options, such as Airbnb’s, and even checking out smaller guesthouses and hostels, will allow you to enjoy everything the city has to offer, even if you are on a shoestring budget. Looking at real online reviews, and seeing where accommodation is located can help you arrange suitable (and affordable) places for your entire trip.