My family is soon to spend a week and half visiting Washington D.C. and New York City. This trip kind of fell in our laps as my husband recently learned that he was being presented with an award in D.C. Luckily, this means that the airfare, housing and food are paid for while in D.C. (Yay!) Unluckily, we decided to include our 15 and 18-year-old sons since this is all happening during spring break. Which means yes, their flights were ridiculously expensive. Pretty much the same price for their two tickets as four cheap tickets would have cost.
Not frugal people, not frugal!
However, we’re taking full advantage of being on the east coast to jam in a trip to New York City for a full ten day vacation. My sister lives in Manhattan, so we’ll stay with her, and my husband and I lived in the city from 1988-1990, so we’re very comfortable with getting around NYC without breaking the bank.
Remember my Cheap-Ass Katy in The City post?
Here’s what we have planned so far to keep the budget from getting out of hand:
- We’ll take full advantage of all the free meals while in D.C. If it’s free, then we’ll fill up!
- Many museums in D.C. are free, so yeah, we’ll be doing that!
- We’ll bring our own snacks and food on the airplane.
- We’ll hit up the free museums in D.C., which are luckily walking distance from our hotel.
- We’ve booked Bolt Bus tickets rom D.C. to NYC which is costing our family of four a whopping $60. (Such a deal!)
- We’ll stay for free with my sister and her family. And since she’s stayed countless times with us in Portland, there’s zero moochiness guilt.
- An old college chum had offered us Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) passes when my younger son and I were in NYC in October for my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah. (He gets them for free through his employer.) Unfortunately we didn’t have time to advantage of this generous offer on that trip, so I e-mailed him and asked if the offer still stood. Since MOMA admission is $25, this is a $100 value!
- We don’t own four nice roll aboard suitcases, so we borrowed the extras from my friend Sasha.
- We will not be taking any taxis, seeing Broadways shows, eating in tourist trap restaurants, buying souvenirs, paying for city tours or partaking of any other overpriced tourist trap opportunities. (Okay, I’d actually love to see a Broadway play, but simply can’t justify the expense.)
- My husband, younger son and nephew will be attending a New York Red Bulls soccer games with old friends. (However, they’ll sell the tickets for the Portland Timbers game that they’ll be missing so it should come out about even.) I’m thinking this will be the highlight of the trip for my soccer obsessed fellows.
- We’ll most likely eat lunch out while in NYC, but eat dinner at my sister’s apartment.
Do you have any New York City or Washington D.C. frugal travel tips to share? Please share your wisdom in the comments section below.
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