10 Great Destinations to Travel with Friends on a Budget
How to Travel with Friends
Traveling with friends is a great opportunity for everyone. Almost every trip I have been on has been with a group of friends. Not only does being with a group allow you to build lifelong friendships and memories, it can also save not only you, but everyone a lot of money.
I’ll be going over 10 vacations you can take with your group of friends that will almost guarantee you guys will have an amazing time!
Why Travel with Friends?
The thing with traveling is, is that you can learn a lot about someone when you vacation together. Not only do you learn about them, they also learn a lot about you.
You spend a ton of time together, go through the same stress and hardships together, and experience the world together. Do that over and over again and I’m sure you can imagine the bond you create.
My best friendships of all time were built by taking a ton of trips together.
And while that is all well and good, and heart wrenching, bottom line is traveling with friends can save you some serious money. Or, you may choose to spend the same amount, but significantly upgrade your trip.
For example: Let’s say traveling alone, you would spend $300 for 5 nights- or $60 per night- at an Airbnb. Now, for that same trip, let’s say you have two friends with you. You find a place for 5 nights for $500. It is a nicer place to stay, at about $100 per night, however, split between the three of you, you are only spending $33 per night.
Not only will you save on lodging costs, which I find to be most expensive, you will also save on doing group activities. Or, even, having a group will open you up to more stuff to do that can’t be done alone.
A third benefit I’d like to touch on, is safety. Everyone knows how dangerous the world can be. There are creeps and weirdos no matter where you go, I’ve even run into some in my time.
Having a group, even just one more person, can significantly decrease the chances of something bad happening to you. Whether it’s out at a bar, or when you’re out walking at night time, having multiple people will deter people away.
Finally, I want to touch on the subject of “staying friends.”
A lot of people have concerns about, “Well, what if we argue or our friendship gets ruined?” In my opinion, that’s not going to happen.
My group of friends has gotten into many, many arguments and near fights over the two years we traveled together. It happens, it will always happen. I don’t think any less of them, and they don’t think any less of each other. We would just talk it out after the trip, or sometimes during, and then be on our way.
Like I said earlier, you learn a lot about people when you take trips together. If you discover your friend isn’t who you thought they were, then so be it. Move on, you’ll be fine.
Top 10 Friends Vacation Destinations
1. Las Vegas, NV
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
We’ve all heard that saying before, and if a city has a saying like that, you know there’s some fun to be had. Now, I’ve never been to Vegas, but I have a very good friend that lives there, and I’d really like to get the group back together and party in Vegas.
So, if you are into debauchery, Vegas is your place to go.
According to TripAdvisor, they have plenty of things to do there outside of partying and gambling.
The best part? It’s super cheap to get there. The cost of being there may be a different story, though.
2. San Diego, CA
SoCal’s finest, San Diego has everything you could ever want in a domestic vacation.
From their amazing food and miles of beautiful beaches, you will have fun 24/7. The great thing about San Diego, is that the weather is almost always amazing, allowing you to take full advantage of all the city has to offer.
Things such as Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and the USS Midway are all great places to visit.
3. New Orleans, LA
From what I’ve been told, Mardi Gras happens year around here. So if you like to party, you could also consider going to New Orleans.
Aside from partying, New Orleans has a rich history, as it’s a little melting pot of French, African, and American cultures. That combo not only delivers amazing food, but also amazing music and fun to be had.
Check out places like Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, and Jackson Square if you are looking for some ideas.
4. San Juan, PR
I may be a little biased considering I am Puerto Rican, but when I visited San Juan, I just remember it being amazing. I was too young to really indulge in what San Juan has to offer, but I very much loved Old San Juan.
You also have things like rainforests, the San Juan Fort, and the beautiful beaches.
San Juan is pretty cheap to fly to, and also has some pretty sweet Airbnbs you can split with your friends to get that awesome beach view every day.
5. Honolulu, HI
Who doesn’t love a tropical vacation? Especially while staying within the United States, technically. Aside from the pretty cheap flights, you’ll find that Hawaii offers more things to do than you could ever imagine.
A good friend of mine lives near Honolulu, and he is always out and about doing something new.
Whether it’s hiking, or snorkeling, or other adventure sports, you or your friends won’t be bored here, that’s for sure!
6. Aruba, Mexico
Speaking of tropical vacations, check out Aruba! We have all heard of Aruba, and I know so many people that ended up spending their honeymoon here, or people looking to take a fun filled vacation.
There is a reason it is so popular, and that’s because you get a ton of bang for your buck. Flights are cheap, and if you have a group of friends, you can easily split the costs of an all-inclusive resort so you guys can drink and eat to your heart’s content.
Outside of the vast opportunities for lodging, you will find top rated beaches and plenty of adventures to go on ranging from off-roading to snorkeling.
7. Phuket, Thailand
It’s not pronounced how it looks, well it can be, but it’s supposed to be pronounced like Poo-ket. Do people actually pronounce it like that outside of Thailand? Probably not.
For being on the other side of the world, Phuket is a pretty cheap place to travel to, with tickets dropping to around $800 in some cases. You’ll pay next to nothing for an Airbnb too, as most entire apartments are as low as $40 per night! Split between a couple people, and that is dirt cheap.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities for fun in Thailand. They are known to have a great nightlife, cultural significance, and plenty of nature trips you can take.
8. Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
If you like beer and fun, then you’ll love Oktoberfest. This was some of the best beer I have ever had, and it goes down very easily. Which is both a really good thing, and a really bad thing.
I went to Oktoberfest in Munich with two of my good friends and we had a blast. We each had three large beers, and that was enough to knock us out for a bit.
Oktoberfest is huge, and there is a whole lot more to do and see while you are there besides just drinking beer. There are also tons of vendors selling food and even setting up small markets. They have some carnival rides as well, which we took advantage of after our little nap.
Munich as a whole is also an incredible city to visit. So outside of the festival you can still very much explore the city.
9. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is my favorite all around city in the world. After visiting there twice, both times with friends, I am just fiending to go back one day. I spent a total of about a week there between my two trips, the second one I rented out a private room in an Airbnb for about $20 per night.
Barcelona is huge, the people are amazing, and I couldn’t begin to tell you all the amazing things there is to do there.
One place I really regret not experiencing is Barceloneta. Barceloneta is party central in Barcelona, and is very densely populated with beach clubs. Beaches, clubs, and perfect weather; what else could you want?
10. Dubai, UAE
I saved this one for last because it is the heftiest trip you can take. Dubai is very luxurious, and rightfully so. They are very rich there, and what they say about super nice cars being common is 100% true. You can read about my full trip to Dubai here, but I’ll just talk about why I recommend it.
I went with a group of five, including myself. It was the best, most fun trip I have ever been on. We rented an apartment for a few hundred dollars a night, but split between us, it we each paid around $90 per night I believe.
Dubai is packed to the brim with things to do. From exploring the world’s tallest building, getting lost in the world’s largest mall, or going off-roading in the desert, Dubai has everything you could need for a super special vacation.
There are many, many more places out there that I want to see, but these are my top 10 travel bucket list destinations and experiences. I hope to knock out a vast majority of them in the next five years, but I am in no rush.
There is plenty of life to live, and plenty of Earth to see!
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