If you’ve ever traveled to America before, you’re probably already well-aware of just how expensive it can be, especially if you’re traveling to a place like New York City, America’s unofficial capital. From air fare to lodging, transportation, food, and other miscellaneous expenses, travel costs can grow to astronomical numbers.
Many people are often put off by the idea of traveling because it can be so expensive; however, traveling overseas doesn’t always equate to breaking the bank. In fact, implementing a budget during your travels is not only possible, but it is also easy to do. Here are our tips and tricks to fully experiencing the Big Apple while keeping a close eye on your wallet.
Lodging in NYC
Accommodations are inarguably the most expensive part of any trip. And since you will be staying in NYC, costs can be almost absurdly expensive depending on where you stay. Remember that planning is key to saving money. Airbnb is a rapidly growing service in which you are able to allow travelers to stay in your home. This service is well-known for offering travelers inexpensive accommodations. Additionally, those interested in checking into a host’s property will have access to in-depth reviews given by previous guests. In cities like NYC, Airbnb is a perfect option for those on a budget.
However, if Airbnb isn’t quite your cup of tea, then there are a ton of different ways to get a decently-priced hotel room in the city.
Transportation in New York City
As is the case with many great cities around the world, public transportation is going to be your best friend here in New York City, especially if you are unable to walk to your destination. With expensive parking fees and traffic that could drive anyone insane, driving around the city, while possible, is not always the best option. The easiest and most cost-effective method of transportation is traveling via subway and bus.
Operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit, the subway and bus systems are by far the best way to explore NYC’s five boroughs; all you need is a MetroCard and you’re set. It’s also important to note here that subways run 24/7, so travelers need not cut their adventures short because of a lack of cheap and reliable transportation.
Exploring the Big Apple
Seeing as New York City is hailed as the city that never sleeps, there are a lot of things to do around town all day long. Here are some things visitors must do/see when they come to NYC.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: With more than 2 million that contain more than 5,000 years of history, visitors to this world-famous museum will be occupied for hours, perusing the countless works of art.
Central Park: In the midst of a bustling city, it’s always nice to stop for a second to smell the roses. Consider Central Park the swath of roses you’re stopping to smell. A gargantuan path of lush greenery, Central Park attracts nature-lovers from all over the city.
Times Square: One of New York City’s most iconic sights, anybody can recognize Time Square’s vibrant display of flashing lights, and the endless sea of people who travel through the area on a daily basis. Times Square is one of the best places to visit if you’re looking to experience the lively New York City scene.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: Seeing as it is nearly impossible to think of NYC and America without envisioning the world-famous Lady Liberty, it would only make sense for travelers to come pay the beloved statue and her home on Ellis Island a visit. Ellis Island is also home to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, where countless immigrants from the colonial era to today have shared their own immigration stories.
Empire State Building: A sight recognizable to anyone, the Empire State Building has been gracing NYC’s skyline for decades. Today, the building offers visitors an overhead view of New York City from the 86th-floor deck.
MoMA: The Museum of Modern Art stands as a paradise on earth for art enthusiasts. MoMA houses many famous pieces like Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
Brooklyn Bridge: Another famous symbol, the Brooklyn Bridge is used by cyclists, runners, and pedestrians alike. It’s definitely something you should experience while in the city.
Live Jazz: You’re in New York, for crying out loud! There are plenty of lounges where you can venture to at night, relax, and enjoy the sultry sounds of jazz.
Improv show/stand up comedy: When it comes to NYC’s nightlife, improv shows and comedy clubs are popular destinations. Check out these tips to saving money at these spots.
And while we’re here, we should also introduce prospective travelers to this handy list of Do’s and Don’ts when hitting up the big city.