New York is the ideal place for a foodie. New York offers a fun experiment of food fusion, ethnic foods, and food trucks! I grew up in the low country. I remember walking down to the fishing port and seeing the bleach white shells and docked boats. In terms of scenery, the low country is beautiful but I have never been a fan of sea food. Growing up so close to a fishing dock you’d think I’d be a sea food lover but, I am not.
I loved the accessibility of fast food. Every corner offered a new culinary experience. There are food tours I would like to try the next time I go. Free Tours by Foot offers a variety of tours of the boroughs. If you want to go to Manhattan and try Molly’s Cupcakes, you can reserve and pay a registration fee of $70. The tour price includes many restaurants and you decide what you eat.
While I was in New York I stuck to Taco Bell. An old but favorite restaurant. Next time I go, I’ll try and review Free Tours by Foot for you guys. You’ll work up and appetite walking up and down the islands so enjoy a nice big meal.
Hey, guys. I want to get back to my budget vacation series. The next step of my budget trip
was staying there. Staying in New York especially on the main island can be expensive. Thankfully
Airbnb exists. Airbnb is a website that hosts small independent bed and breakfast, rooms, even houses.
So before arriving in New York, I reserved two different rooms at two different places for two nights. One room was in Queens, the other was in Brooklyn. Airbnb allows you to request a room when approved they take payment. Rooms in Brooklyn are available from 20 to 150 dollars.
I was fortunate enough to stay in Brooklyn right next to the subway. My host was Ms. M, she is an entrepreneur in Brooklyn. She rents out a room in her family home to Airbnb every summer.
The room was only available for one night, so I made another reservation in Queens which is not that far from the main island. A useful tool on the website is the map tool. You can see how far the hostel is from the attraction. I was doing a walking tour of Manhattan so I chose rooms close to Manhattan.
Below are a couple of tips for future budget travelers.
- Make Reservations Two Weeks Before
- Communicate With Your Host (about your expected arrival and departure)
- Be Courteous (Respect your Hosts’ Home, and House Rules)
- Make Memories (Airbnb are some of the coolest people on Earth)
- Write honest reviews
I enjoyed my stay with Airbnb and hope to use them again in my future budget adventures!
Quick question for you guys, have you used Airbnb? What was your experience?
The first step was getting to New York. The simplest way would be to fly, but due to my ill planning by the time I wanted to get tickets, it was 300. So I had to do the next best thing, take the train. I know taking the train is a bit old school but it’s still economical.
I arrived at the train station on Wednesday, by the time I got to New York it would be Thursday morning. Honestly, the ride was hard, I don’t like sitting for that long. The pros of taking the train are that you arrive at Penn Station and don’t have the burden of parking a car. I arrived at Penn Station and took the subway to my Airbnb.
In the future, I will do a couple of things differently.
- Buy a plane ticket in advance.
- Buy the 7-day Transit pass (unlimited rides)
- Don’t be afraid to ask for directions
- Subway and Buses are the most effective forms of transportation in NYC
- Bring a book and snacks for long train rides 🙂
I found the subway to be an efficient way to travel. I can say that the subway is secure. As a solo traveler, it is intimidating to travel alone. My advice is of you feel uneasy you can sit in the car with the conductor. The subway has emergency buttons throughout the station, or sit next to someone like yourself, like another solo traveler.
Do you guys have any tips? Leave a comment below.
Last week I posted that I was going to travel.
Surprise, surprise! I went to the Big Apple, the center of it all.
After going there, it sure was! I didn’t rent a car or stay in a
fancy hotel. This was truly a budget trip, and it was amazing.
I enjoyed the challenge of finding budget-friendly alternatives
to travel. I hope to do more again in the future, maybe on Youtube?
Leave a comment below and tell me what you guys think.
Anyway, I decided to attend the Governor’s Ball music festival.
It had a great lineup like the Bleachers, Tove Lo, Chance the Rapper and more.
I was super pumped. Big musicians like that don’t perform where
I live. So I bought my ticket and off I went!
In the light of everything that happened in Manchester,
you may be hesitant to be a solo traveler. But we can not
fear life.The night before I was so stressed. I did not start packing nor did I know how
to navigate the city. I went anyway, my stomach cramped and I couldn’t
stop fidgeting. (BTW this is my first time going to NYC and traveling solo)
I pushed on anyway even though every thought in my mind said ‘turn back,’
‘are you crazy?’, ‘It’s not safe, it’s not familiar.’
I needed this trip because I was in a rut. I needed to break
free of the monotony of my life. The same places, the same people, day after day
I believe that new experiences, meeting new people are the purpose of life.
So I went forward. I pushed past all the doubts and after it all, I’ve become
I hope my trip insipres you to do some solo travel of your own.
In the next couple of posts, I’ll explain how I traveled on