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Published : Sep, 2023

Sites & attractions | Local transport | Food (any) | Activities: Cultural | Activities: Outdoor
Statue Of Liberty | Broadway | Brooklyn Bridge | Queens | Jackson Heights | Flushing | Staten Island Ferry | Southern Manhattan | Brooklyn | New Jersey | Tenement Museum | World Trade Center Memorial | Empire State
Hear about travel to New York City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rebecca Shoval from Not Just Tourists NYC about her adopted home in the city that never sleeps.

Why should you go to New York City?

Rebecca says, “I think someone should come to New York for so many reasons. I think it’s this incredibly vibrant place. It exudes life and I find walking around the city, it really just gives you energy. It’s also this vibrant multicultural place where you can really see the way that there’s so much commitment to the city and to the culture and to people really living in something resembling harmony next to each other… or at least ignoring each other and not getting in each other’s business. There are so many different things to do.”

Published : Jul, 2023

<$50 day | Activities: Cultural | City tours & passes
Save 40% off | 5 of the Best Attractions | Top of Rock Obs. Deck | 9-day Validity | Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum | Circle Line Cruises | Statue of Liberty & Ellis Isl. Ferry | Guggenheim Museum | American Museum of Nat. History | Empire State Bldg.
Sightseeing passes are a great way to see a city’s most important attractions for less. Many destinations throughout the U.S. and Europe offer these passes, giving you the chance to see each city’s top attractions at a steep discount.

That’s where the New York CityPASS comes in. This nifty little pass can help you see some of NYC’s most important sights, and it could save you a lot of money while doing it.

But, is the New York CityPASS a good fit for you? Let’s find out.

Published : Jul, 2023

<$50 day | Cheap accom
More Hostels | OYO Times Square | LIC Hotel | NY Moore Hostel | Local NYC Hostel | HI NYC Hostel | American Dream Hostel
One of the most common questions I get from readers is if I can recommend them a good hostel to stay in New York that is not too expensive. There are a few decent cheaps places to stay in New York but forget about finding a cheap room in New York. For anything half decent, good location, clean -you’re looking at around $150-$200 for a private room. One way to save money in New York is by choosing to stay in a hostel. Based on my recent trip to the Big Apple, I’ve rounded up my best budgets places to stay in New York that offer great value in terms of location, price and facilities.

Published : Apr, 2023

Sites & attractions | Accom (any)
Mid-Range to Luxury Places in NYC under $400 | Mid-Range Hotels in NYC under $250 | Budget Hotels in NYC under $100 | Luxury Hotels in NYC under $900
Working out where to stay in New York is somewhat more challenging. You want to be in the city but you don’t want to be in some dingy hole of a hotel. You want comfort but you might not want to empty your bank account in the process. Or maybe you do.

Whatever your budget, I’ve got the answer. You can find most of these on the major hotel booking websites, but in the meantime, let’s take a look at some of my best recommendations on where to stay in New York...

Published : Feb, 2023

<$50 day | Accom (any) | Food (any)
Packing Advice | Intl. Student Ctr: $70 | Chelsea Intl. Hostel: $60 | NY Moore Hostel: $60-70 | HI NYC Hostel: $75-$88 | Freehand New York | The Local NYC: $60-$70 | American Dream Hostel | Hostel Tips | Ave. Hostel: $65 | Q4 Hotel: $48 | Quick Facts | Travel Tips
Unlike its European counterparts, New York City doesn’t have a large selection of hostels and NYC hostels are fairly expensive (well, everything in NYC is expensive). Just like any city, NYC’s hostels range from total junk to really nice and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels in New York City...

Published : Feb, 2023

<$50 day | <$100 day | Accom (any) | Food (any)
Hostel: $40-$80 | Hotel: $150-$380 | Empire State Observatory: $40-$60 | Thrifty $: $75 | Midrange $$: $135-$220 | Taxi & Uber: $15-$35 | Museums: $25-$30 | Ave. 2-Star Hotel: $175 | Subway & Bus 7-Day Unli: $33 | Attractions: $10-$25 | Food: $30-$45 |
New York City is one of the most-loved and most-visited cities in the world, but it’s also one of the most expensive travel destinations—I should know, I’ve lived here for more than seven years.

So how much does it cost to visit NYC? Well, that truly depends on your travel style. That’s why I’ve created this NYC Price Guide to give you some ballpark travel costs tailored for the average budget-conscious traveler...

Published : Jan, 2023

Accom (any) | Food (any) | Bars & pubs
My Favorite Things to Do in New York City | Where You’ll Find Me Caffeinating | Where You’ll Find Me Drinking | Where You’ll Find Me Eating
New York has recently become my unofficial home base, and after spending six months here before taking off to Colombia, I’m in town for a quick five-day layover to see friends and family before my trip to Israel. With only 120 hours in the city, I’ve got a lot of people to see and a lot of places to go.

These are my favorite places to eat, drink, and have a laugh in New York City. You might find me at any one of them...

Published : Nov, 2021

Sites & attractions | City tours & passes
Museum Of Modern Art | Grand Central Terminal | Brooklyn Bridge | Federal Hall | Bronx Zoo | Battery Park | Times Square | Broadway | 9/11 Memorial | Trinity Church | Statue Of Liberty | The High Line | Central Park | Walking Tour
New York is an amazing city to visit as a tourist. I’ve been a handful of times now, and always look forward to it. There’s so much to do! But it’s also expensive.

Today, my friend & travel author Matt Kepnes shares tips for things to do in New York City on a budget after living there for many years. Tips are his, photos are mine. Here’s Matt:

New York is one of my favorite cities. In fact, I love it so much I lived there for close to five years. I can never get enough of it!

To me, NYC is the center of the world, with people, foods, and cultures from everywhere. It has a wild nightlife scene, and there’s a never-ending list of things to see, do, and experience.

You can never be bored in NYC.

But, as awesome as it is, it can easily break the most hardened of budgets without proper planning.

Tourists often decry New York’s cost, but this is also place of starving artists and underpaid interns. To be a local is to know where the deals are.

Despite what most people think, it’s actually possible to have a fun, budget-friendly trip to the Big Apple without breaking the bank — if you know where to look.

So, if you want to take it in without spending a fortune, here are the best things to do in New York on a budget:

Published : Mar, 2023

When to visit | How to get there | Activities: Outdoor
enjoy beaches | Peek @ Mt. Kilimanjaro | See Mugie Conservancy | Boat Safari In Lake Naivasha | See Flamingos In Lake Nakuru | See Red Elephants In Tsavo | Climb Mt. Kenya | See Nairobi | Visit Nairobi Park | Chase Waterfalls @ Karura Forest | Visit Giraffe Ctr.
Located in East Africa, Kenya is a popular destination for travelers looking to experience the unique culture, incredible wildlife, and stunning landscapes.

From the savannahs of the Maasai Mara to the peaks of Mount Kenya and the stunning Kenyan coastline, this destination is home to a variety of landscapes. But it’s not just about the scenery in Kenya. In our opinion, the biggest drawcard of this East Africa destination is an opportunity to experience an authentic African safari...

Published : Oct, 2023

Activities: Cultural | Wellness
Anamaya | Blue Spirit | Bodhi Tree Resort | Envision Festival | Harmony Healing Ctr. | Peace Retreat | Samasati Yoga & Wellness | The Retreat | Waterfall Villas
If you are a yoga enthusiast, then you’ll agree that there is nothing more beautiful and relaxing than checking into a yoga retreat in a unique destination. And if you ask us, when it comes to yoga holidays, Costa Rica is just the place to do it. There is nothing quite like practicing yoga in Costa Rica, in the heart of the rainforest or on the beach.

Some retreats combine yoga with other activities, like surfing, detox, meditation, and even new skills like permaculture farming. No matter what you want for your yoga trip, Costa Rica has options for you...

Published : Jul, 2023

When to visit | Accom (any) | Activities: Outdoor
Attend La Feria Verde | Beer Tasting Tour | Braulio Carrillo Park | Buttefly Gardens | Choco Workshop | Food-Coffee Tours | La Paz Waterfall Gardens | La Sabana Metro. Park | Mercado Centrale | Metro Cathedral | Museums | Natl. Theater
If you’re visiting Costa Rica, you’ll inevitably begin your trip in the nation’s capital city, San José. While many people simply stop over in the city on their way to the rainforests, the city deserves a visit on its own.
Since the capital city of Costa Rica is an up-and-coming tourist destination, you can find plenty of attractions and points of interest that make it worth a visit...

While it’s common that people don’t know all the things to do in San José, Costa Rica, this guide should get you started with planning some fun-filled days in the city.

Published : Sep, 2023

How to get there | Bars & pubs
Adelaide Hills (SA) | Barossa Valley (SA) | Hunter Valley (NSW) | Margaret River (WA) | McLaren Vale (SA) | The Yarra Valley (Mel) | Where to Eat | Wineries Location
Australia is a wine-lover’s dream destination. Australian wineries have a glowing reputation around the world for their top-quality grape varieties grown in perfect climates and picturesque settings. No matter where you find yourself across the southern part of the country, you won’t be too far away from a wine-growing region...

Exploring wine regions in Australia was one of our favourite adventures when we lived in Australia. So, we can attest that visiting one or more of the following wine areas in Australia is one of the best things to do on any trip to Australia!

Published : Sep, 2023

Bars & pubs | Nightlife
Art Scene | Artist & Local Farmers Mkt. | Boutique Shopping | Carlton Gardens | Culinary Scene | Festivals | Getting Around | Markets | Micro-breweries | Queen Victoria Mkt. | Unexpected Weather
Melbourne – a hip, trendy, and vibrant Australian city brimming with culture. Its neighbourhoods have personalities of their own, ranging from bohemian quarters with amazing restaurants and fashion boutiques, to edgy, artsy areas that are home to more tattoo shops than a city could possibly need. It’s impossible to truly understand the cultural centre that is Melbourne without actually living there. And it’s equally as difficult to explore it as a visitor.

I’ve been to Melbourne 4 times. Each time, discover a whole new side of the incredibly complicated and fascinating city that has topped the charts of the World’s Most Liveable Cities. But despite my frequent visits, I couldn’t possibly try to share the best that this city has to offer without some local help. Luckily, a few of my friends and locals were eager to share their tips and recommendations for things to do in Melbourne.