As we grow up, we begin to realize how important our female friendships are. Whether you’re just realizing that or you’ve known it for a while, you probably still want to travel with them as much as possible. You may be in college, or you may have graduated and you’re all living across the country. Regardless of what circumstances made you want to come together and go on a vacation, this list is perfect for the girl on a budget. If you would love to travel with your girlfriends but your budget is pretty small, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! You’ll be on a vacation with your best friends in no time!
1 Scour Groupon
When you’re looking to travel on a budget, the absolute best way to save money is to book the hotel on Groupon. You can be sure that you’re not staying at a shady motel, and you’ll get an amazing deal on what should be an amazing hotel!
2 Talk to Friends and Family
When you and your friends start asking around, you may be surprised by what you find. Maybe one of your family members has a vacation home that they won’t be using one weekend that you could stay at for free. If they don’t have a vacation home, maybe they have a go-to vacation rental that’s a complete steal. You may be surprised by what if you find when you do some digging with the people closest to you!
3 Pick Somewhere Nearby
Just because you’re traveling doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to travel to another country. If you don’t have a specific location in mind, pick somewhere close enough to home that you could drive. You’re immediately cutting down a huge fraction of the trip when you eliminate the cost of the airfare!
4 Share Rooms
If you’re traveling with your best girlfriends, you should be comfortable sharing a room, if not a bed. If you’re really tight on the budget, split a hotel room multiple ways and get cozy! Being in such close quarters will be quite the bonding experience, to say the least!
5 Take the Flight Vouchers
Have you ever been waiting for your flight at the gate when the airline employees begin asking people to give up their seat for a later flight and hundreds of dollars in travel vouchers? If you have a few hours to spare, take the vouchers. It’s not as big of an inconvenience as you’d think, and you’ll have the airfare for multiple girls’ trips paid for as a result!
6 Live like a Local
If you’re traveling somewhere known for its tourist attractions, you don’t necessarily need to do them yourself. Chances are that they’re unnecessary expenses that could cost you a lot of money. Skip out on the restaurant that every tourist goes to and instead go to a little hole in the wall restaurant all of the locals love.
7 Travel at the Right Time of the Year
Timing is everything when it comes to travel. If you’re looking to save the most money possible, travel during the off-season for the location you’re going to. Look into the best time to visit the place you’re going to and instead book the exact opposite season. You’d be surprised by how much money you’ll save!
What are your tips and tricks for planning a vacation with your girlfriends on a budget? Let me know what you swear by in the comments section!