According to TripAdvisor, Boston Massachusetts is one of the most of the most expensive cities to visit in the USA! It also is one of the most popular cities to visit in North America as well, offering tons of great things for vacationers to experience. That said there are also many ways for travelers to save to create an affordable vacation in Boston without forgoing the best the city has to offer. Here is your guide to Boston on a budget.
Find Where to Stay Cheap
It is challenging to find good cheap hotels in Boston but there are ways you can score deals on great places to stay. These booking tips will make sure you get the best price for the amenities you prefer. If you are visiting during the week look at boutique hotels or visiting on weekend, try a conference hotel to get the cheapest rates. Alternatively, if you like a more home away from home type accommodation Airbnb offers a lot of value in Boston. There are hundreds of apartment rentals under $150 a night. If you have a big family or group consider booking an entire place option (with a kitchen) to save on hotel costs and cut down on food expenses as well.
Forget a Car, Walk or Ride and Save
Boston is a known as “the walking city” for good reason. It is a very compact city with great public transit links so a car really isn’t necessary. Save on the cost of a rental, not to mention gas and the astronomical parking rates and walk or take the “T” instead.
Take Advantage of Discounts and Free Attractions
Boston, loaded with culture and history has many free and cheap ways to experience the best of both! Freedom Trail is a two and a half mile long path leading to sixteen of Boston’s historical sites. Many of the attractions are free on the Freedom Trail. A self-guided tour on a nice day is a great way to see Boston and stay on budget as well. If you want to visit many attractions consider getting a Go Boston Card or a Boston City Pass. Both offer discounts for various museums, tours and attractions in Boston.
Eat During Happy Hour
Happy hour means something different in Massachusetts! Happy hour drink specials are illegal in the state so many restaurants offer food specials in this time slot instead. One-dollar pizzas, or oysters and two-dollar burgers are common offerings on weekdays after work. Save even more by booking a hotel with a free full breakfast or by making use of the kitchen in you Airbnb rental to take care of some meals yourself.
Consider traveling in the off-season to save. Winter is quiet for travel in Boston but visiting during this timeframe can make for some serious savings. There is a lot to enjoy when it’s cold in Boston like skiing, hockey games, and brewery tours. There really isn’t a bad time to visit this great city. You just need to consider options that will make it affordable for you.
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