Tips for a low budget (…) trip to N.Y. and northeast?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2013 12:41 PM Last Post By: nikos_k
Apr 5, 2013 12:09 PM
Tips for a low budget (…) trip to N.Y. and northeast?Hi there!
I’m preparing for a 2-week trip to northeastern USA, landing at N.Y late May, solo, while doing some (desperate?) efforts to keep the budget low (in this expensive country…) due to recent financial restrictions.
Could you please advise me about how to choose and combine some interesting sights with low budgets? Hoping that $ 60-70 per day plus intercity transport is feasible…
Initial thought is to stay within the corridor Boston – New York - Philadelphia - Baltimore – Washington, sleeping at hostels and moving with public buses.
My main interests are cityscape, street life, nature... (but no shopping, drinking)
Do you think the areas above make a good choice for that reason?
Also, could you suggest possibilities for hiking in nature around there (seaside/ mountain) accessible by public transport?
Any other tips for good sightseeing at earthly costs, will be a big big help, totally welcome!
Looking forward to hearing your tips guys, happy travels!
Apr 5, 2013 12:37 PM
Apr 5, 2013 1:32 PM
2For those who don’t have a car I consistently recommend two hiking spots in the Hudson Valley, near West Point Just North of NYC (Bear Mountain for beginners, Breckneck Ridge for more athletic types.).
When I am traveling I usually travel by car. In the morning I go to a supermarket and buy brad and cheese for breakfast and a large salad for lunch dinner depends on ow hungry I am etc. at the time.
From south to north:
Once you figure out housing DC is a discount location. Lots of free museums and monuments
Baltimore is a little pricey, everything is $25 for this, $20 for that.
Philadelphia is mid-ranged. Most of the attractions are free, but to truly "get” the city you need to buy the local fast food and spend some time in a rowdy sports bar. It’s WAY cheaper than taking boat tours and buying seafood, but some money is involved.
Moneywise, NYC is kind of a ball breaker.
NYC has a number of beaches which might do the trick, (Coney Island, Brighton Beach etc.) Some of those are still recovering from a big storm last year and might not be up to par, or maybe they are almost back and visiting them would be a saintly thing to do. What’s definite is that from Philadelphia you can get a bus to New Jersey Beaches like Atlantic City and Wildwood. As in NY, in late May the water temperatures are hit or miss, but you can walk on the beach, go bike riding on the boardwalk in the AM, maybe borrow a fishing pole or hook-up with a fellow vacationer or whatever.
Apr 5, 2013 4:58 PM
3You can take Megabus down the coast pretty easily. I regularly go between NYC and Philly for around $10-$15 each way. I'm not sure how expensive Philly is accommodation-wise, but a few tips for budget:
- Reading Terminal Market: right in the middle of the city, you can get cheap fruits, veggies and whatnot. It's also a site in itself.
- Wawa: sort of a convenience store, but with food. Tasty, bad-for-you but relatively inexpensive hoagies/subs/sandwiches on long rolls.
- Street food: there are some great falafel trucks all around the city.
Most things to see in Philly are free. If you like nature, you should check out Fairmount Park and maybe the Schuylkill River trail, around the Art Museum area. There are also great bars and cool houses and streets near Eastern State Penitentiary.
Apr 5, 2013 7:32 PM
4Wawa is 100% cool in a convenience store kind of way. They are probably losing money but they have taken sandwich -making to an art form.
I know nothing about the art museum except that it is said to be the big building at the top of the Rocky Steps.
In Philly, do the free mini-tour of Penn's Landing, the free walking tour, the free trip to the Liberty Bell and the free tour of Independence hall.
Eat scrapple and eggs for breakfast, have a cheesesteak sandwich for lunch, and for dinner either go to a sporting event or to a rowdy sports bar.May is baseball season, and baseball is not all that rowdy, but if it is a close game, the Philadephians will show you a good time.
If ya get sick of stuff. Take a bus to Atlantic city or Wildwood, find the cheapest place you can an lie on the beach.
Just me sayin'
Apr 6, 2013 1:10 AM
5Wow, all these are a goldmine of information to me! Many many thanks to all for the insight tips, I’ll check them all!
I understand it will be difficult budget-wise, especially for accommodation
After initial search, it seems that hostel dorm beds go around $25-40 (NY higher), and some of these cities have just 1-2 hostels (others none)
Also, it sounds more worthy to reduce the number of those cities I visit, but maybe add a beach as you recommend…
I'll keep working my plans, and watching this thread, please do send any other suggestions anyone may have! It sounds so interesting and I think that eventually the trip will be still great besides the difficulties!
All the very best!
Apr 6, 2013 7:28 AM
6You may want to join couchsurfing, where you will be able to stay with someone for free.
Apr 6, 2013 9:02 AM
7Oh I forgot to mention Boston.
Boston is reasonably priced, but I'm not sure how to do it on the cheap. Taking the (free) walking tour, called 'The Freedom Trail" is an absolute must. It starts in "Boston Common" where the old settlers used to pasture their cattle all together, in common. It's about 2.5 miles long, only a mile or so if you don't cross the bridge.
Touring "Ironsides" an old ship across the bridge is worthwhile and I think the entry fee is pay-what-you-want.
Watching a film or two about the Revolution before you go, (ex Liberty: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129692/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl) will help you enjoy Boston a lot more.
Boston is known for its clam chowder (which they can't even pronounce properly), its lobster, and its baked beans.
It's also known for its (beer) breweries, its canollis (a sweet italian treat), and for its stinky-butt baseball team (Red Sox) that has recently been beating my baseball team (the Yankees.)
Apr 8, 2013 12:41 PM
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