New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world but, like many metropolises, it can get expensive and fast. The main problem is that there are so many amazing things that you want to do and so many opportunities to part with your cash.
But luckily, you don’t have to do New York the most expensive way to get the most from your trip.
Prioritize Your Itinerary
The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Broadway shows, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, the Met, the Rockefeller Centre, the New York Knicks, 5th Avenue… your New York bucket list could easily go on for several miles. But if you want to save money, it is definitely a good idea to look at how much everything costs before you go and then prioritize what is most important to you.
However tempting it might be to rush around New York trying to pack everything in, it’s a big city and you will only end up exhausted. Instead, you should look at a map and start putting pins in the activities you want to do and can afford to do. By pinning each location, you can start to figure out what you should do each day by doing the things that are the shortest distance from each other.
Find the Best Deals
Though New York can be expensive, there are some great deals available. Broadway is a real must-do activity but lots of the shows can set you back around $200 per seat! Finding discounted Broadway shows is a good place to start and you would be surprised at the number of great seats you can find at the last minute.
Because New York is so vast, getting a subway pass is a good way to save on your travels. Taking the subway around town is ideal for cramming more things into your itinerary, though you should also be on the lookout for the more scenic walks you can take such 5th Avenue and take any opportunity to walk through Central Park.
Do Free Activities!
While you could easily spend money on absolutely everything, there are still a lot of things you can do without spending any money at all. Just walking the streets and avenues is a great way to see the city and the wide variety of architecture here but if you want a purpose, then tracking down some Friends locations is a lot of fun for fans!
The Staten Island Ferry is another must-do activity in New York and happily, this one is free all the time. It’s a great way to get a bit of perspective on the sprawl of skyscrapers but also a good opportunity to take a few pics of Lady Liberty too. Of course, once you start looking, there are plenty of free things to do including visiting MOMA on a Friday night, wandering along the public beaches and visiting the 9/11 memorial site.
New York might be a thriving, thrilling city but it doesn’t have to be expensive if you know what you are doing.