Tag Archives: New York
August 5, 2013

Seasonal tips for how to enjoy New York on a budget


New York is a city for all seasons and a very budget friendly city.

Here are my top tips for having a good time in New York on a budget, covering all seasons without busting the bank.


Winter in New York


New York on a budget in the Winter


New York dazzles in all seasons: there is no best time to visit.

Around Christmas, Fifth Avenue sparkles with window displays, the tree at Rockefeller Centre sparkles and my favorite thing to do is to watch the colorful skaters on the ice rink.

There are Christmas markets at multiple locations in the city, notably the ones at Bryant Park and Union Square.

I love drinking hot chocolate in a bowl with a huge marshmallow at the City Bakery to defrost frozen noses and toes.

Museum hopping is an ideal way to keep warm while being intellectually stimulated.


Remember to visit during pay as you wish hours: each of the museums has this option with the Metropolitan Museum having suggested entry AT ALL TIMES.

Treating yourself to a showing of the Nutcracker Ballet at the Lincoln Centre is also an unforgettable New York tradition.



New York on a budget: Spring


Spring is the time that New Yorkers become one with the few expanses of nature that the city holds.

The New York Botanical Garden- the jewel of the Bronx is aflame with a riot of spring flowers. Daffodils, magnolia and cherry blossom make this trip a fragant memory.


Admission to the Botanical Garden grounds is free on Saturday mornings and Wednesdays.

Spring in New York is a runner’s paradise: people are out and about in Central Park, along the East River and Hudson Riverside promenades. The water bodies in Central Park gently thaw and red little robins and sparrows are heard twirping again.

It’s an ideal time to explore different parts of the city when temperatures are not extreme.


Summer in New York on a budget


Sun deprived New Yorkers go crazy on an average sun-drenched day: it’s not unusual to see beach towels and bikini bods in nooks and corners of Central Park.

A wonderful day out is to pack a picnic hamper, a travel pillow, blanket and a good book, to seek the shade of a tall green tree and watch the world go buy.


There are a number of excellent free summer concerts at Summerstage, Central Park.

Summer is incomplete without a trip to one of the beaches along the Long Island Coastline.

A daytrip to Jones Beach or Long Beach is possible with the aid of the Long Island Railroad.

An overnight trip to Montauk or the Hamptons on the Hampton Jitney is also an ideal way to sample the Atlantic sea air and a cup of clam chowder.


Autumn in New York on a budget



Fall is the most beautiful season in New York and the New England Region.

New York is the ideal base to travel north for a couple of days of leaf-peeping to either New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The Hudson River Valley, Bear Mountain State Park in New York are rampant with flaming fall colors.

Visit different Fall Festivals on Manhattan street corners, beat the summer crowds and walk the Brooklyn Bridge or see the Statue of Liberty on the free Staten Island Ferry.


The Metropolitan Opera also starts it’s season during this time. If you book early cheaper tickets can be obtained otherwise standing room only tickets are available at discount prices the day of the performance.

Whilst it’s possible to scrimp and save on many experiences on New York and still have a great time there are some things that are not worthwhile missing as they are once in a lifetime experiences.



In my opinion the most wonderful thing to do in New York is to climb to the top of a very tall building (The Empire State or the Top of the Rock) just before sunset and watch the sun go down over the Hudson River and watch very slowly Manhattan light up with a thousand glittering lights.

The serpentine sight of a gold trail of city lights along Fifth Avenue is a dizzying, breathtaking spectacle.



If you are visiting New York with friends or family, the best idea to rent an apartment.

Given how expensive it is to stay in Manhattan, your best option is to stay in Queens in the Woodside area which I found to be very safe with convenient access to local public transport.



3 bedroom apartment, Woodside. Queens. Note: Image courtesy of Housetrip.com


I stayed in a really nice 3 bedroom apartment in New York , courtesy of Housetrip.com

The apartment was clean, comfortable with lots of natural light.

The neighbourhood itself is very handy and multicultural- you have a cool Irish pub right on the doorstep with excellent live music nights and an excellent Korean takeaway just 5 minutes down the road beside the subway.



3 bedroom apartment,  New York. Queens.

Kitchen in my 3 bedroom apartment rental, Woodside. Queens. Note: Image courtesy of Housetrip.com



There is also a bunch of grocery shops just 2 minutes walk away if you are looking to cook in the apartment ( kitchen is huge and excellent as you can see from the picture)

The other cool feature about the apartment is that the subway (7 Train) is a 5 minute walk and just 3 blocks from the apartment.

7 train has a regular service and drops you off in Manhattan in just 15 minutes.

Fresh linens and towels are provided by Nouredinne, the owner who was really helpful and answered all our questions.

The apartment can host upto 8 people , so based on the rental rate of $169 a night, works out to be just over $20, per person, per night which is great value for New York.

It was perfect for me and my family which included a little baby of 2 years old. Peaceful at night. Perfect.


Disclaimer: Hope you found this article useful which was made possible by the kind support of Housetrip.com If you are interested in discovering more options for apartments in New York, I recommend popping over to their site.

December 23, 2011

Complete the BudgetTraveller Annual Survey- Win 1 of 4 New York City-Pick Guides








It’s come to the end of a very exciting year in travel at the BudgetTraveller

Between me and my team of trusted contributors, we’ve covered over 19 destinations this year on the BudgetTraveller and sister blog Europebudgetguide.com

Berlin, Paris, Costa Brava, Bologna/Rimini, Florence, Barcelona, Dordogne, Lisbon, Oslo, London, Granada, La Rochelle/Ile de Re, Antalya, Rotterdam, Krakow, Gdansk, Ystad/Malmo and Kolkata – wow some amazing memories there.


Next year I am already in planning mode and have a whole raft of exciting trip and project ideas in store.

However, as the readers of my blog, you are in the driving seat.


The blog is not just about my travel aspirations but more about discovering, sharing and inspiring your travels.


So please accept my invitation of completing the first ever annual BudgetTraveller survey.

Please click on the link here or just go to

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QRMY8BN    [ Copy and paste in your browser ]


10 minutes max to fill out.

Please feel free to share this and forward to your friends-more responses, the better!

Deadline for completing the survey is Friday, 13th January 2012.


As a special thank you to all those taking the effort to filling out the survey, you have the option of being entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 4 New York City-Pick Guides!

Just leave your contact details at the end of the survey.

Winners of the New York City-Pick Guides will be announced on Monday 16th January, 2012.


Oxygen Books’  acclaimed city-pick series is a new kind of travel guide featuring some of the best-ever writing on favourite world cities from Berlin, Paris and London to Venice, Amsterdam and Dublin.



Their latest title, city-pick  New York, has over sixty dazzling writers on the most happening city in the world including Tom Wolfe, Scott Fitzgerald, Alistair Cooke and Jan Morris.

It’s already been called ‘excellent’ by The Guardian and ‘remarkable’ by the Sydney Morning Herald.


Big thank you to Malcolm Burgess for the kind donation of the guides for the survey.