New York New York. We have all seen the iconic city hundreds of times in the movies and read about it in the guidebooks, and for many it is high on the bucket list of must-go destinations. However, as with most city breaks, a trip to the tourist Mecca can often seem an expensive ordeal. So, if you want to experience the Big Apple on a budget, here are a few top tips to keep the spending down that don’t dampen the experience.
With over 4,000 restaurants in Manhattan alone you are spoilt for choice on where to dine in the city, whatever your budget. Avoid the main streets and instead head to the smaller, local eateries where the New Yorkers go, or head to China Town for a mouth water array of cheap eats that don’t skimp on flavour.
Want to shop on 5th avenue but without the expensive price tags? Head to the city for Black Friday for slashed prices. The day after thanks giving, expect elbows out as they city erupts in celebration of the start of the festive shopping season. This really is the best way to bag some bargains without breaking the bank.
There is always something exciting going on in the city that doesn’t sleep, many of which require no wallets. So whether you want to join a free walking tour, hop the free ferry to Governor’s island or witness the 100 year old New York Public Library, there are plenty of inexpensive activities hidden amongst the tourist traps. Make sure you don’t miss Central Park, which is always filled with music, free events, art and more.
Walking around the city is easy, especially with the formulaic road structure and clear signposts. Simply pop on a pair of comfortable shoes and grab a map in order to explore New York properly, and don’t be afraid to get lost – often this can lead to the most unique streets and unusual cultural encounters. If you want a more guided experience, join one of the free walking tours that take place around the city. Guides have a wealth of knowledge, and reply purely on tips – so if you enjoyed the walk, pop a few notes in their palm.
Twin it up
Holidays can be expensive, and added with the limited time available to take off work, twinning your destinations is a growing trend for holidaymakers around the world. So instead of a week in the Big Apple, cut your trip short and head to the bright lights of Vegas, chic Miami or the beaches in the Bahamas for a few days to create a multi centre holiday with a difference.
About the author
Jess is a travel blogger and photographer who likes to explore new places and learn about different cultures. To make the most of her time, she books twin centre holidays so she can enjoy a couple of cities or countries during one unforgettable trip.
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