New York, New York! No matter who you are, where you come from or what you’re drawn to, this magical city has a pull that’s impossible to resist for any traveler.
With its endless offer of things to see, do and experience, everyone can find something to spark their interest.
But, the city is HUGE, so you might need some help when planning your perfect NYC vacation.
Check out Airbnb listings
Lodging in NYC is super pricy. However, if you choose Airbnb instead of hotels, you can save up some money and still end up with comfy accommodation.
Check the website, find something that fits your price range and makes sure to read the reviews.
While a single night at a hotel in New York City can set you back over $300, you can find an apartment on the lower east side and book it for four nights for the same price! Plus, you’ll have the entire place at your disposal, kitchen and all, so you can prepare your own food and enjoy a lot of freedom during your stay.
Grab city passes
Before you embark on your NYC adventure, make sure to order your city passes. If you want to visit attractions like the Top of the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building or the Metropolitan Museum, it’s best to do so with one of the passes like City Pass or Explorer Pass.
With these, you can save up some money and skip the lines, which is the best part. They also offer quite a lot of flexibility because you can choose which 3, 5, 7 or 10 attractions (of 35 possible spots) you want to visit.
While you might be overwhelmed by all the choices you have in New York City, try not to go into things blindly and choose your attractions at random.
In order to get the most out of your visit, mark a few attractions that are close to each other so you get to save time traveling across the city.
Let’s say you want to see The Statue of Liberty, so you can easily include the Freedom Tower, Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial visits into your day.
Get there with ease
New York City is such an iconic destination than you can get there from anywhere in the world—literally anywhere! If you’re coming from Europe or anywhere out of North America, you will need to set some money aside for your plane tickets.
However, if you book well in advance, you can find a ton of deal and discounts.
If you’re traveling from Canada, you can even grab a cheap bus and get there in no time for very little money. Opt for a bus tour from Montreal to New York and you’ll get to choose from various trip packages that allow you to book your date and just sit and relax.
Organized tours are best for those with bad organizational skills or those who just want to enjoy NYC without any added stress.
Call an Uber or Lyft
The best way to get around New York City is to walk. This will allow you to get the most of your visit. If you’re planning to visit The Empire State Building from Flatiron Building, it’s much quicker and more beautiful to take a light 25- minute walk than to wait for a subway train.
But, sometimes you need to cover a lot of ground or your legs just can’t work anymore. In that case, you can use their very effective subway.
Apps like CityMapper can help you with everything concerning traffic and transportation in NYC, so make sure to download it beforehand. Ride-share services are also very handy and affordable.
Uber and Lyft can be downloaded to your phone and you can get from one end of the city to the other for very little money.
Do a few free things
No matter if you have a shoestring budget or managed to save up some money for a comfortable trip, don’t miss a chance to do a few free activities.
New York is spackled with many free attractions and museums, so you can practically keep yourself busy for weeks without spending a penny. Even those museums that don’t advertise themselves as free can save you a lot of money.
For instance, some places have special days or hours when you can get in free of charge while others work on donations. You don’t need to pay a fixed price, just donate what you can.
Eat like a pro
When you get hit with all the busyness, noise and neon lights, it can be very easy to forget to grab some hydration and skip lunch.
However, don’t let yourself get “hangry” but grab something to eat. New York is famous for its amazing offer of inexpensive foods and drinks (if you know where to look) and you can find everything from top-notch Italian to classic American and exotic Asian cuisine.
However, keep in mind that tips are not included in the bill and they are obligatory in most places, so leave at least 15% to your hardworking waiters.
Have a relaxation day
If you’re staying longer, you need to have a relaxation day. New York is not only huge, but super busy and people who are not used to it can get overwhelmed easily.
So, make sure not to neglect your health, physical and mental, and organize an easy day.
Maybe head to Central Park and spend the entire day lounging, enjoying your picnic and gently strolling around. You’ll still get to experience one of the most iconic NYC spots, yet feel relaxed after.
Make sure to prioritize
No matter how long you make your NYC visit, you’ll never get to see everything, so don’t even think about that. Instead, prioritize certain attractions, places, and events.
This will ensure you get to enjoy everything from your list without any hurry. No vacation can be pleasant if you’re constantly rushing around!
Your visit, no matter how brief or thorough, will show you why NYC is called the Capital of the World.
It’s impressive in size, in its offer of attractions, its beauty, and its passionate residents. You’re bound to come back home buzzed on New York City’s timeless vibe.