One may not believe it but it is possible to enjoy New York City when you are on a tight budget. When planning your travel budget it is important to take note of which activities you plan on doing when you go out into the city, and consider the cost of each activity.
The good news is that it is still possible to have a great time in New York while being on a strict budget. First things first, be sure to pay for your hotel before you travel; this can relieve one cost out of your budget immediately leaving you to plan your other budgeted items.
Look for NYC hotels with appliances within the rooms. Room service can be expensive, and New York has many supermarkets and stores; you can bring your food and cook them yourself in your room.
Before you go out into the city create a snack bag, Fill up bottles of water, and take them with you, this can save you money from purchasing bottles of water in the city. Also, fill up bags with various snacks for you and your children it can alleviate any moments of hunger while you are sightseeing. Try looking for lunch menus at restaurants, lunch menus are usually cheaper than dinner items; you can have some great food from a city that offers various delights, and still keep to your budget.
Around New York City during your sightseeing ventures many places may offer to take pictures for you while you are sightseeing. You should refrain from purchasing all pictures- look for the best of the lot, and take those for your precious memories scrapbook. Better yet bring your own camera, and take you own pictures, but be sure to bring your own spare batteries as it can be expensive to replace them from New York stores.
The New York Pass may be your best bet when it comes to saving when sightseeing around New York City. With the New York Pass you can purchase a 1 day pass, a 3 day pass, a 7 day pass, or you can view many of their various packages. The New York Pass grants you access to over 80 attractions free for only one low price. It gives free access to museums, tours, city cruises, and a lot more.
New York is full of great stores of many kinds, but it can be expensive. Shopping will not be your number one goal in traveling to New York, so you might want to skip it to save some money. After all New York has many of the types of stores you may have at home.
Sometime stores in New York can be the attraction, for example, The Toys R’ Us store in Times Square has a ferries wheel in it. Maybe ride the ferris wheel, look around, and then leave. You have a Toys R’ Us at home so save your money. If you do have to shop in New York there are various thrifts stores, and some areas where you can get a great deal on many items, and have a nice experience.
Bring your New York Pass with you and your can enjoy many national parks for free. Entry into many of the national parks are free, and the whole family can family can have fun, and walk away with a profound historical experience. Central Park is also free. National parks are all over New York City, and New York is great to learn about history.
If you do your research wisely, and stick with your budget you can have the best time in New York while limiting any unnecessary expenses. Watch your money while on your vacation, if you allocate your funds properly and have plenty of money left over why not reward your self with the extra funds.
Go out to a fancy restaurant on the last night of your trip. After all it is a vacation, enjoy yourself. If all goes well in your planning you will have the best time on your New York vacation, and not put a hole in your family or individual budget.
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