Are you planning to travel to New York?
As you are heading into one of the most expensive cities in the world, it’s very important you understand where to cut corners, without losing your money. You need to be organised right from the time you begin planning your trip, to the very last second. Book your flight and accommodation well in advance to save money and avoid hurdles.
Wondering how else you can save money in New York? We've got a few tips for you. Read on to know more.
Use a travel card
Alright, so this isn't a specific New York tip, but it's the one that needs priority on your agenda, if you're trying to stretch your dollars a bit further. You need an international travel card with exchange rate lock facilities, so that you can lock ideal forex rates anytime and use them when you travel and spend in the city. This is how you can save your money from exchange rate fluctuations. Other than that you should be able to withdraw money from ATMs and use the card widely across all POS points, online and offline payments. All without exorbitant fees!
Take the Staten Island Ferry
If you want to visit the Statue of Liberty, the ticket to Liberty Island, including the ferry to and fro, costs around $20 per person, while a harbour tour is around $30.
Yet, a nifty trick lets you cruise right past the iconic landmark without paying a dime. Get onboard the free Staten Island Ferry, that runs between Staten Island and Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan 24/7 (two to four ferries every hour). Originally intended to ferry the Staten Island commuters into the city, it offers a scenic route across New York's harbour that can be enjoyed by the budget savvy tourist.
Dine like a student
Renowned for its delicious street food, New York city cuisine is something you must experience like a student. Haunt hot dog carts and burger trucks for yummy treats. Explore neighbourhoods in Areas like Chinatown, Little Italy and Little India for authentic meals at affordable prices. Fancy restaurant food can stand nowhere near these eateries. Plus this is an excellent way to save money yet have a hearty meal.
Get a tourist pass
New York city tourist passes help you save a lot money. Depending on your travel plan, interest, and budget, you can choose from a plethora of options available. To derive most saving, ensure you compare different passes as well as the cost of visiting each sight individually. From the math, you can arrive at which one is ideal for your use.
Stay outside Manhattan
Staying in New York can often mean paying a premium for hotels, but if you're willing to stay just outside Manhattan, you could save a ton of money. Long Island City in the Queens borough, for example, is just a short ride from the city centre and offers breath-taking views of the Manhattan skyline.
How much could you stand to save? Well, on two months prior booking, a night in a king sized room for two people at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel close to Times Square cost $229. A very similar room with the same hotel chain in Long Island City, (less than 20 minutes away on the subway), will set you back $159. Alternatively, staying in Jersey City (approximately 30 minutes out of New York on public transport), the Holiday Inn is $126 per night, compared to its Times Square branch which is a hefty $263.
Entertain the kids at museums and exhibitions
New York is loaded with amazing museums and exhibitions. Some of these venues are specifically geared towards kids. Admission is usually around $12 for adults and children, which is about the same as a kid's cinema ticket.
Some parents believe they can spend the entire day at the museums rather than just a couple of hours at the cinema. Hence museums tend to have that big advantage. Many of the museums also have 'pay-what-you-want' slots lasting about two hours, so you could also visit for a shorter time at an even cheaper price.
So go ahead, take a bite out of the big apple, but don’t let the big apple take a bite out of your wallet!
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