Summer in the City

Summer is fast approaching, you know what that means!  Bikini season Kidding!  More like its time to plan that summer vacation if you haven’t already.  Taking time to separate yourself from work and responsibilities to relax or have fun is
necessary for your well-being and summer is the perfect time to make this happen.  Whether it be a short weekend getaway or longer trip, taking this time away is a must.  Lately this urge to plan a trip has been at the forefront of my mind, despite having recently gotten back from a Vegas weekend and having another trip back for my birthday already on the books.  What can I say sometimes one vacation, or two isn’t enough.  In fact I was ready to plan a third trip to Vegas this summer with some friends (I REALLY love Vegas), however,NYC after many group messages we instead set our sights on NYC as our destination.  It’ll do I guess…haha.

Luckily, one of my friends has an internship in the city over summer and has graciously invited us to stay with her (shoutout to Annelise, you are the best!).  Honestly, this was a major factor that led to our decision of visiting New York besides it being New York f***ing City.  As amazing as New York is I am still on a budget and would rather not blow upwards of a grand on a hotel stay. Next up was discussing when to go, aka when can I get the cheapest flight.  I have a problem paying a higher price for travel when Iknow I can get my flight, hotel, etc. for less just by changing my dates.  Why pay more when you can pay less? Here I have put together my top tips for scoring the cheapest flight to your ideal destination:

  • Search for flights via a price comparator site.  And don’t just search a singe site, use multiple sites to compare and confirm that you are getting the lowest price available (2-3 is a good number).  My go to sites are Bing travel and Kayak.
  • Be flexible with your dates.  Certain days of the week are usually cheaper to fly out on just as certain times of the year are less expensive depending when is considered off-season vs. on-season for your destination, with off-season travel being less expensive.  Search when these times of the year are and what the weather is typically like at that time so you are prepared.  Most of the time it is less expensive to fly on Wednesdays and Saturdays but Tuesdays and Thursdays can carry lower costs too.  Take a look at the rates for the month(s) you are thinking of traveling (there should be an option to mark flexible dates when searching flights…USE THIS!  It will be your best friend when searching flights) and you will get an idea of when these days are.  For this trip to New York my available dates to travel were limited to June and July so I searched within those months to determine when would be the cheapest time to fly.  We ultimately decided to go at the beginning of June because it was a great deal (I was able to score round trip tickets for just under $300) and to (hopefully) avoid the peak summer temperatures. Dying of heat stroke would not be ideal.
  • Two words, Cyber Monday.  The Monday after Black Friday is a great time to score discounted airfare.  Keep in mind that these fares typically apply to flights within a certain timeframe, such as within three months, but every airline is different.  Start with searching a price comparator site and go from there.

It all comes down to doing your research to ensure you are getting the best deal which will ultimately allow you have more funds to play with on vacation.

Although this will be my second visit to New York City there is still so much I have yet to experience.  We will be spending a full week there so we will have plenty of time to fit in a lot of exploring and more importantly, food!  Being such foodie this is the most important aspect of traveling as far as I’m concerned.  I have already begun looking up the restaurants and food trends that I must try, thank you Pinterest.  I am already having intense cravings.  This trip is most certainly going to end in a food coma, good thing we will be doing a lot of walking around the city.  I can’t wait to share my trip and more travel tips specific to NYC come June!