|Budget Travel in New England USA|
|Traveling on a thrifty budget in New England means not just looking for discounts and special deals (although that's important), but adhering to a certain lifestyle.|
New England is among the USA's more expensive regions, but it offers value for money. Here are some sample prices:
Here are tips on how to enjoy New England's pleasures for less money:
Here are more specific tips:
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Reserve your bed(s) in advance, particularly in popular destinations such as Boston, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, as these will always be fully booked in high season (summer, autumn foliage season, holidays).
Food & Drink
Think picnics! New England has an endless variety of places to picnic, from organized picnic areas in parks to sidewalk benches and rock walls looking out to sea. Many grocery stores and supermarkets—and the Boston Public Market—now offer quite a vairety of prepared foods making picnics even easier. Take advantage!
Drink Water, Save Money
Any quick-stop place to buy food or snacks will have a cold case or vending machine filled with expensive soft drinks and bottled water.
Although some fast-food and light-meal take-out restaurants will fulfill a request for a glass of water, some will suggest that you buy a bottle of water ($1 to $2.50) instead.
Bring your own water bottle, fill it at taps or drinking fountains, and always have it with you, even in restaurants. This will save lots of money on drinks.
In food courts (collections of prepared food sellers with common seating), there is usually a drinking fountain available, often near the toilets. Fill your water bottle there.
About 50 billion plastic water bottles are sold annually in the USA, but only 23% of them are recycled—a colossal waste of money and resources. More...
Going by bus between New York City and Boston can be cheap or expensive, depending on the company, the departure time, when and how you buy your ticket. Research the possibilities ahead of time and find the bargains.
Bostix, selling same-day half-price tickets to theaters, concerts and other events in Boston is a good example of what to look for.
Lots of cities, towns and even villages sponsor free concerts and plays in parks during the summer.
—by Tom Brosnahan