The following is a post from Patrick G. Mackaronis. Patrick is the Director of Business Development for New York City-based social network Brabble. In this post, Patrick will share his views on how one can plan a NYC tour even with a small budget. Patrick can be best reached on Twitter at @patty__mack.
New York is a fabulous place to visit even on a budget. There are many ways to make this an inexpensive trip that is nonstop fun.
At first glance, the words budget and New York City would not seem to go together but with the seemingly endless amount of things to do and see in New York you would be amazed at how little it can cost.
Getting To New York City
Of course getting to New York depends a great deal on where you live. If you are already on or near the East Coast you could consider the option of either flying or taking the Amtrak. If you are traveling from the West Coast you will likely want to fly unless you are not restricted as to length of time. Airlines are always offering airfare sales. One good option is to see who has the best rates by checking a travel site such as Expedia or Travelocity. You can search for flights on the dates you want to travel and see which airlines are offering the best deals.
Accomodations in New York
If you are thinking Manhattan on a budget then you might want to think again. Hotels in New York can be very pricey but if you look in New Jersey, Brooklyn or Queens you can find much better deals and still be close enough to explore New York.
Getting Around New York
The subway system in New York is a great way to get around. You can purchase a one day Metropass for $8.25 and ride the subway as much as you want. There are subway maps available for free and once you get the hang of it you will be amazed at how quickly and easily you can get around the city. Of course, you will want to wear comfortable walking shoes! When you need to take a rest from walking take a few minutes to stop in at one of the many cafe’s around town and enjoy a wonderful piece of cheesecake or whatever type of pastry catches your eye.
Historic sites are everywhere in New York
Whether you decide to take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or stroll through the shops in Greenwich Village, visit Ground Zero – the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks or go to Central Park, the possibilities are virtually endless and inexpensive. Make sure you check out the sights and sounds of Times Square at night. There is so much activity going on – every night of the week feels like a carnival atmosphere.
New York on a Budget
So if you have always had a dream to see New York city, don’t delay any longer. Go ahead and start planning it now. No matter how much time you have to spend there you can fill it up with great things to do and see! Make sure you plan your trip in advance to get the best deals on travel and accommodations. Also, make a plan for each day you are there so you are able to see and do all of the things you want to. Once you’ve made that first trip to New York City you will find yourself planning the next one in no time!