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Ok, so you want to take a weekend getaway, right? The plan is to leave town but, not travel too far. Indulge in some place nice but not too pricey. Have free time to explore the city yet, enjoy nightlife. With all this, you also want to go with people who are fun and will go with the flow. Impossible? Not so!

I m a living witness that organization along with good planning and research can go a long way and make for an unforgettable and affordable weekend! Take New York City, for instance. For many, when it comes to traveling to the Big Apple, after Times Square, the next biggest thing people think about is the financial nightmare of visiting this must see island. Well, let not your hearts be burdened! Check out the plan my travel club members and I coordinated in order to make our stay fun, affordable and unforgettable! Qualitive organization, valuable research and traveling with friends who are dare devils, flexible and ready to have fun affords the end result of a 4 star hotel in bus Manhattan along with a few other added values, for only $670 per person!

Our cost included the following:

  • Hotel Stay @ the Milburn Hotel located 3 blocks from Central Park. 1 Bedroom suite that offered 2 twin beds, a sofa and rollaway. It also included a full kitchen and FREE continental breakfast daily. This alone equaled to $15 bucks per person saved in the A.M.!
  • R/T transportation via Megabus
  • Metro Card
  • Cab(this was for the times we didn’t want to take the train)
  • New York Pass (This pass gets you access to over 70 attractions, tours & museums in NYC! This pass is a MUST buy if you are traveling on a budget OR with children!)
  • Food & beverage expense.


Now, I just want to briefly tell you about the New York Pass. The pass includes access to most of New York City’s main attractions & museums and popular tours like Madame Tussaud, On Location Tours Central Park Movie Tour (Like movies? Well this tour is for YOU!) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to name a few. You simply show your pass upon arrival and the nice staff will take care of the rest.

I must warn that, you should be careful of the attractions and tours that need reservations like On Location Tours Central Park Movie Tour and the NBC Studio Tour. Both of these tours require reservations be made prior to arrival. If you don’t keep your reservation, your credit card will be charged. And, if you don’t make a reservation prior to arrival, you won’t get in! In addition to the already rewarding and money saving features, there is a service that comes with the pass called Hop on/Hop Off. It works like the I-Trolley in Orlando, Florida on I-Drive where the service is organized to transport tourists. The only thing with this is you must purchase the pass that comes with this feature. Although we purchased this pass type, I would suggest sticking to the train as I thought it was a hassle waiting for the tour bus to arrive. To learn more about the pass, click here to be taken directly to New York Pass official website.

So there you have it. An affordable weekend in New York City without breaking the bank! By the way, do YOU know why New York City is referred to as The Big Apple?

Anitra R Byers

Travel Professional/Owner

Wallet Happy Vacations