Everyone would like to take a trip to New York. It is, after all, one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations. If you were to call it the greatest city on earth, you wouldn’t find too many people disagreeing with you. So if it’s so awesome, why aren’t we all visiting multiple times a year? Part of the reason is that it’s perceived as expensive. Now, of course, you could blow a hole in your bank account if you wanted, but nothing says that has to happen. It is possible to visit New York for cheaper than you might expect, if you know how to save money. We take a look at a few ways how below.
Go At the Right Time
If you want to visit New York in the run-up to Christmas or at the most popular times during spring and summer, then yes, you’re going to have to pay for it. However, if you’re willing to visit during one of the quieter times of the year, then you’ll find that the costs become a lot more bearable. There are other benefits, too. The weather in early spring can be lovely, and there are fewer crowds, also.
There’s a lot to see and do in New York, but it’s not as if everything that’s fun to do has to cost you. Indeed, some of the most enjoyable aspects of visiting New York are completely free. Spend a day in Central Park, and you’ll have had a memorable time without spending a cent. Similarly, if it’s your first trip, then you’ll find there’s much fun to be had by simply exploring Manhattan. Start in Chinatown, head down to Wall Street and then over to Greenwich Village. You’ll pass by many of the city’s most iconic attractions, all for free.
Of course, if you’re going to visit New York, then you have to be ready to spend some cash. There are simply too many fun things to do! But before you get the credit card out, it’s worth checking that there isn’t a way to get things cheaper. There are discount broadway tickets, for example, while certain museums where you usually have to pay an entrance offer free admission hours. The New York City Pass also provides savings if you’re going to visit several of the big hitter attractions.
Where to Eat
Perhaps the biggest expense you’ll face is food. The key to saving money in this department is knowing where to eat. Not specific restaurants, but neighborhoods. For instance, everything in or around Times Square or Midtown is going to be more expensive than other parts of the city.
Where you lay your head at night matters less in New York than other destinations, for the simple reason that you’ll be out exploring most of the time. You’ll find that staying in Brooklyn (or even in New Jersey) is much cheaper than staying at Manhattan, and it’s not like you’ll be out of the action – you can be in Manhattan in around fifteen minutes.