Planning a vacation to New York City can be exciting, but the budget can quickly get out of control. New York is one of the most diverse places in the US with large populations from all over the globe. For this reason, it can be considered a hub of culture as well as international business. This can drive up prices for vacations to the big city but with all of the options available planning an affordable vacation is more than just possible. Planning in advance is going to be paramount as prices can skyrocket if booked too late especially if a special event is going on in the city. The following are tips to allow the family to take a trip to New York City without paying it off for months to come!
Staying In Style Affordably
Staying in the city presents some incredibly expensive options, but also high-quality and affordable options whether you’re looking for an apartment or NYC hotel. Take a look at a variety of different types of accommodations to see which fits your style of travel best. Go online to see which hotels have the best customer service yet can be afforded by those with a more modest budget. Small perks like free breakfast or Wi-Fi can add up over the course of the week so do not brush these things off as they can be valuable over the course of the trip.
Flying or Driving?
Many larger families with multiple children opt to drive to certain destinations. Getting plane tickets for this many people can run a family thousands of dollars while gas prices will be the most considerable expense to incur when driving. In cities with limited parking like New York parking can come at a premium price that needs to be factored in. Driving in New York City is also quite terrifying for those who are not used to it. A slow driver that does not know exactly where they are going will be met with a myriad of honking horns and screaming drivers. Parking in a city like Hoboken and taking a train over to the city can actually save money on parking without leaving the car at home.
Finding “Hole In The Wall” Restaurants That Rock
The intersection of a variety of cultures has turned New York City into on the best in the world when it comes to food. Small restaurants that might be easily passed over sometimes deliver the most flavorful dishes. Even those street vendors can provide some of the best ethnic food there is whether you are looking for a gyro from a Greek vendor or a German brat, they can most likely be found only blocks away. Online review sites like Yelp can help in this search as planning meals out can allow for a reservation as well as knowing what dishes the restaurant or food vendor specializes in.
Tours That Don’t Break The Budget
New York City has attractions for nearly everyone in a family so choosing a tour with great ratings is important. The large availability of tours drives the prices down for certain types of tours as there is intense competition. Looking online or inquiring with the hotel you are staying at is a great way to find out how to get the most for your budget. One thing to keep in mind is that a tour company can be great, but a guide might just be starting out or filling in for someone. Do research on free tours as well as museums to see during your visit as there is no shortage of amazing collections of art, artifacts, and pieces of US history that litter museums in the Big Apple.
Find Discounts on Coupon Sites
The availability of coupons and deals online for those visiting New York City is quite immense. Not everything that you want to do can be discounted but a large amount can be. Going to a Broadway show is at the top of the list for many visitors and the less popular shows are sure to have discounts during times where there is lower attendance. A few hours of research can allow a person to travel to New York City for a fraction of the price that it would have cost without researching great deals.
New York City is one of the most interesting and energetic cities in the world. For those that have not been there, a trip is sure to open the eyes of nearly everyone who visits. The city is truly larger than life but with these tips, your budget does not have to be.
Bryan has visited exactly one more country than his wife, and she won’t let him forget it! Also an avid photographer, he enjoys entrenching himself within the local culture in order to learn more about the people of a place. He is the co-founder of Budget Your Trip and loves a good adventure, an exotic meal, or a passionate conversation about global events.