NYC is the world's most photographed city attracting nearly 66 million visitors annually. No wonder the most populous city in the United States is pretty expensive.
But don't let the city's high costs intimidate you. You can have a great time in the Big Apple without burning a hole in your pocket.
Here are some tips that let you save money on your NYC trip.
1. Go During Off-season
The weather in NYC is a little cold between January and March. So, this period is considered off-season to visit the City That Never Sleeps. If saving money is your priority, you should consider scheduling your trip in these months. You can find hotel reservations and other bookings at heavily discounted prices.
But remember to pack clothes according to the slightly harsh weather you'd face.
2. Get A Subway Pass
Public transport is always the cheapest and therefore, a favorite of travelers on a budget.
In a large city like NYC, the subway is the most convenient way to get around, except for Staten Island.
If you're planning on staying in the city for over a week, invest in an unlimited MetroCard for easy and cheap access to almost all parts of the city.
3. Shop At Flea Markets
Are you a shopaholic looking for exciting deals? Flea markets in the city have got you covered.
In my opinion, flea markets are underrated. They're dynamic. You never know which unique local vendor you might run into. If not for the collectibles, go for decent food. Admittance fees start from as low as a dollar.
While we’re on the topic of shopping, here’s a pro tip for all travel buffs who are also avid online shoppers. Buying things online may not go smoothly when you're wandering in a new city. Subscribe to a package storage service so that you can order anything you need while on the go and collect it whenever it's convenient for you.
4. Try Cheap Eats
A prime expense while traveling is food. Thankfully, in NYC you can find restaurants in various price ranges. You can avoid high-end restaurants and yet find delicious food.
Halal Guys and $1 Pizza can be real money savers. There are also some reasonably priced dinners for the times you don't wanna eat on the go.
If you’d like to go to NYC nightclubs, down a few drinks during happy hours. Who said drinking has to be expensive?
5. Visit The Museums
The city is home to several museums that do not have a strict entry fee. Such places work on a pay-as-you-wish method.
The National Museum of the American Indian, the Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History are a few examples. You can also get some Latino exposure at El Museo del Barrio.
Other museums like the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Chinese in America are free on select days.
6. Grab Attraction Passes
Attraction passes in NYC are attractive in terms of money.
Instead of spending a ton of money to explore each tourist attraction, you can grab a “Go City New York” or the New York Pass and pay only a reasonable amount to visit major city highlights including the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Central Park, and so many more.
Usually, the passes are valid for over a month. So, explore at your own pace. Less hurry and more savings!!
7. Stroll Through The Streets
A lot of travelers opine that NYC is best explored on foot. Don't miss out on this experience.
In a busy city like NYC, cab fares can hit the roof. So, exploring on foot can save you money. Not to mention, you can also burn those extra pounds you've gained by gobbling on delicious New York street food.
Do you have any budget-friendly suggestions to follow on a trip to New York? Let me know in the comments section.