A FREE NYC weekend, wouldn't that be lovely!
Well since money don't grow on trees and spring is upon us- it's time to get outside and play...for cheap!
Being a proud penny pincher I scored a round trip bus ticket from DC to NYC for a whopping $17 on boltbus.com (check their website regularly to get the cheap-o tix, you might be able to score a $5 bus ticket!)
Whist you're on your weekend getaway, try to use mass transit as much as possible! It's cheap & eco friendly! And there's a free app that will give you timetables so you're not wasting your weekend waiting for the bus! Just search the app store for NYC transit, you'll find it!
Now for a bed to sleep in.... scanning mental note of friends in Brooklyn with a couch to rest my weary head.. CHECK! 2 nights free at Hotel Alcatraz. (it's a nice gesture- & should be standard operating practice- to offer your pad when they come to your town! 'cause thaaaat's what friends are fooor!)
Now for the weekend's mostly free activites- TimeOutNewYork has a great suggestion of things to do, free and not so free. HERE'S their list of free shit to do this spring!
I'll also be checking out the HighLine! The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. Complete with gorgeous views of Manhattan and fresh budding plant babies, it's the perfect spot to plop down and have a picnic! Just google public parks and the name of the town you're planning on escaping to, I'm sure you'll find a nice area to enjoy the (free) weather!
Don't forget to google free festivals+town name to see if there's any street fairs happening while you're on your weekend get away, usually thats a guaranteed fun-filled afternoon waiting for you! This weekend Macy's is having their flower festival in honor of Spring, free events and awesome flowers to gaze! YAY FLOWERS!
Speaking of picnicking on the High Line, what are you gonna EAT??
Food can make or break you're budget, if you don't do a little planning. Apps like ScoutMob and Groupon are great for trying new places on the cheap. ScoutMob is awesome because you don't have to pre-purchase anything like Groupon or LivingSocial, you just walk in and show them the ScoutMob listing of their place and your on your way to cheap eats! Just watch out for time limitations and when you can/cannot use their coupons, usually during high traffic days like Friday and Saturday nights. No time to download an app? Thanks ok! Just hit a grocery store and do their in-store deli or create a picnic with prepared food from the "hot bar" that's sold by the pound, that way you get just the right about of food, nothing is wasted, including your hard earned cash!
The ever loving money sucker of humanity. Just cause you're broke (or trying not to get to broke) doesn't mean you can't get out and see some live music and dance you're hard working booty off! BandsInTown is a great way to see whats going on around you. LonelyPlanet is another great way to find stuff to do in a town your visiting!
And now you know! The DIY guide to getting away for as cheap as you can!