New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some meaningful and interesting experiences for free. Stretch your travel budget by taking advantage of the following free activities.
It’s difficult to narrow down a list of top things to do in New York City to only ten. I encounter something new and interesting every time I visit the city, but these are my all-time favorites. Even better, you can see all of the sights below in a long weekend, and it’s a wide variety of experiences to give you a great all-around trip.
New York, New York! The Big Apple. New York City is like a different country to those of us from rural America. It’s the biggest city in the United States and has more skyscrapers than you can imagine. Everything is fast-paced here, so move like you’re in a hurry or get ran over. There is so much to do in New York that you can forget about seeing everything in one trip. I’ve been there five times and there’s always something new and exciting to see each time I visit. You can spend a long weekend or a whole week enjoying the city, but decide what you want to do well in advance of your trip. Most affordable lodging is taken quickly, and some sights require reservations months in advance like visiting the Statue of Liberty crown. Even if you’re flying by the seat of your pants you can find more than enough to keep you thoroughly entertained.
Have you ever wanted to take a DeLorean back in time? Well, Venice doesn’t have a DeLorean, but you really don’t need one! The romance of the once richest city in Europe can easily be recreated since everything still looks the same as it did in the 15th and 16th centuries. Don a mask, enjoy the moment, and party like it’s 1499!
Firenze. It’s the birthplace of the Renaissance and still holds much of the charm from that time. Starting at the Duomo and extending to the Ponte Vecchio, the historic center is only about a mile long. The city was designed to have curved streets so that when walking, you can’t see very far ahead, and therefore, cannot tell the true size of the city. Even though the heart of the city is small, there is so much to see.
Do you want to travel more but don’t have the cash? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s the single most used excuse we hear when discussing travel with our friends and family. Many travel sites will tell you how to get the best deal on your vacation, from getting cheap flights and hotels to planning free activities once you arrive. But what happens when you don’t have any money to begin with? That advice isn’t really helpful, is it? The advice we’ve come up with isn’t your typical travel blog advice. It’s more like the advice you would see on a money blog, but it’s proven useful for us and allowed us to travel more.
Some of us like to ensure we have virtually everything we need in order to conquer every situation we might encounter while traveling. Our thinking is that we will “own” our vacation and get the most out of it no matter what happens. We will be prepared for floods, snow, lost luggage, a stolen wallet, lack of sleep, nausea, sunburn and hunger. While it’s not practical to pack or prepare for every possible scenario, we can at least prepare for the most likely events and pack accordingly. It’s important to be flexible while traveling, and it’s likely that anything we need and don’t pack is just a short ride or walk away.
So you’ve booked your trip and planned an amazing itinerary. With all of your focus on achieving the perfect vacation, don’t forget to start off on the right foot. Below is a list of items to consider from a few days to immediately before you leave for your trip. Happy travels!
Below is a list of websites I use when I plan my vacations. Please comment and let me know if there are other websites that you refer to when planning a trip. Thanks!
Ciao! Have you really decided to go on a trip to Italy? Lucky you! Even though Italy is slightly smaller than the size of California, you can spend weeks in Italy and experience only a fraction of what it has to offer. This is because here is so much more history in Italy than in the United States. You will be able to see remnants left from over 2,000 years ago by the Etruscans and Romans, so you don’t have to go far before you see something significant.