If the best things in life are free, here are the ways to ensure your travels are outstanding.

If the best things in life are free, here are the ways to ensure your travels are outstanding.

1)USA: New York
Museum of Modern Art

Target Free Friday Nights allows you free entry to the Moma from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. every Friday (it’s free all the time to under-16s). Be warned though, queues can be long.

The Museum of Modern Art.(photos taken from www.flickr.com)

National Museum of the American Indian

The permanent exhibition showcases some 700 works of Native American art from North and South America, presenting costumes, headdresses, weapons, household objects and sculptures.

National Museum of the American Indian. (Photo taken from ming3d.com)

Keep fit for free

There is no excuse for not keeping fit in New York — BeFitNYC promotes initiatives such as the Free First Mondays, which opens up recreation centers once a month. There are also free classes in yoga, zumba, salsa and aerobics in centers across the city.

Keep fit for free! (Photo taken from wellsphere.com)

Staten Island Ferry

Not only are some of the best views of the Statue of Liberty seen from the free Staten Island ferry, but when you get to Staten Island, the Snug Harbour Grounds and Botanical Garden are also free to visit.

Staten Island Ferry.(Photo taken from siferry.com)

2)England: London
Serpentine Gallery

A hub of London’s contemporary art scene, the Serpentine Gallery has showcased big names such as Henry Moore, Basquiat, Bridget Riley and Jeff Koons. It continues to give space to innovative and ground-breaking installations and exhibitions by contemporary artists.

Serpentine Gallery.(Photo taken from travel.uk2hand.com)

The British Museum

You can while away the hours admiring Egyptian mummies or Coptic pots at one of London’s greatest free assets. Don’t miss the Sutton Hoo mask, Lindow Man or the Mold Cape.

Stop for lunch (unfortunately not free) in the Great Court and admire Lord Foster’s architecture.

The British Museum.(Photo taken from go.byecity.com)

National Portrait Gallery

A quiet haven of paintings and photos, ranging from Tudor family portraits to modern sketches of pop stars. Where else would you find Henry VIII under the same roof as Germaine Greer?

National Portrait Gallery.(Photo taken from mag.gootrip.com)

Tokyo Imperial Palace guided tour

Entrance to the Imperial Palace East Gardens is free. You can also book a free guided tour through the Imperial Household Agency website.

Tokyo Imperial Palace.(Photo taken from in.daqi.com)

Zen Training at the Toshoji International Zen Center

Try a free session of Gyoten-Zazen (meditation), with a 5 a.m. start at the Toshoji International Zen Center or a Zen Training meeting at 6 a.m.

Try a free session of Gyoten-Zazen in Japan!(Photo taken from news.jinti.com)

The sumo experience

The Sumo Wrestling Museum is free and gives an insight into the heftiest of Japan’s national pastimes. For more sumo action visit a sumo stable to watch wrestlers train.

The sumo experience.(Photo taken from tukeq.com)

4)Hong Kong
Sik Sik Yuen/Wong Tai Sin Temple

Dedicated to the Great Immortal Wong, this is the place to have your fortune told with a shake of the kau cim sticks. If you’re not caught up in predicting your future, visit the nine-dragon wall, the white jade sheep and the rock garden round the back.

Entry is free, but donations are appreciated.

Wong Tai Sin Temple.(Photo taken from xhtrip.com)

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Free on Wednesdays, the Museum of Art houses more than 15,000 works of art and runs exhibitions showcasing Chinese prints, antiquities and calligraphy as well as local artists.

Hong Kong Museum of Art.(Photo taken from http://tupian.hudong.com)

Symphony of Lights

This fantasia of fireworks and lights in Victoria Harbour at 8 p.m. each evening can be viewed from the Avenue of Stars (English narration on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or from the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.

Symphony of Lights. (Photo taken from hm.people.com.cn)

The Aqsunqur (Blue) Mosque

Decorated in aqua-blue majolica, the Blue Mosque dates from the Mamluk period in 1347 and is one of Cairo’s most eye-catching mosques. Only Muslim or suitably dressed visitors may be allowed to enter.

The Aqsunqur (Blue) Mosque.(Photo taken from islamic-arts.org)

Al-Muallaqah Coptic Church

Also known as the “hanging church,” it was built in the 7th century and houses icons dating back to the 8th century.

Al-Muallaqah Coptic Church.(Photo taken from topchoice-holidays.com)

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