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USA Money Saving Tips

Traveling can be one of the most exciting things you do in life, but it can also be one of the most expensive. If you’re going to travel, you’re going to have to spend money. However, there’s no need to break the bank! Here are a few general tips on how to save money when travelling around the US.

Attraction/Museum Passes
Some cities offer passes that are valid for multiple attractions, musuems or heritage sites for a discounted price such as the New York Pass and the City Pass, available in many popular US cities. These passes are good for multiple days and are often heavily discounted.

Coupon Books
Many cities publish tourist information guides that are full of coupons for discounts on local food, attractions and transportation. Best of all, these guides are free. Pick one up at the airport, train station or a tourist info center at the beginning of your trip.

Check Museum Hours
Before you go to a museum, make sure to check its hours. Many museums have a block of hours each week (or month) where admission is either free, heavily discounted or pay what you wish. Call the museum or check its website to find out if the museum you are interested in offers these special hours.

Transportation Passes
One of the best money savers is a public transportation pass. Most cities offer day, week, or month passes on public transportation. Pass types differ, but some offer unlimited travel for a flat fee.

Theater Tickets
If you’re going to see a play or show, buy your tickets the same day.  Many cities have booths that sell same day tickets for half price.

University/College Neighborhoods
Shops and restaurants in university neighborhoods cater to people on a budget. Check out these areas for great discounts and a chance to meet similarly aged locals. Plus, these hoods are usually more funky, eclectic and exciting too.

Hostel Bars
Many hostels have bars and drink specials plus you save on transport and the possibility of getting lost on your way home or splurging extra cash on a hot dog stand instead of raiding your own food supplies.

Additional Free & Cheap
Check out Bakpak's Things to See and Do sections under Destinations for specific free and cheap things to do for a given city.


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