Tips For Traveling With Friends On Different Budgets

By Leah Freeman-Haskin


Traveling with your favorite crew can be an exciting opportunity but sometimes, various budgets can make it difficult to create an itinerary that works for everyone. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some tips on how to ease the tension for a successful group getaway.


It’s important to share your budget restraints beforehand. Be open about what you can and cannot afford when it comes to flights, hotels, food, and activities. Having a daily budget in mind is a great way for everyone to know where you stand going into your next adventure.

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Be Flexible

That dream vacation you had in mind at that five-star hotel may not be the right fit for this trip. With group travel comes compromises, and being flexible is essential for a successful getaway. Spending the night in a hostel may have never occurred to you, but could add an unexpected, new experience to your group adventure.

Free is Always Good

If cost is a concern for you or someone on your trip, be sure to research free activities at your destination. From parks and shows to museums and public attractions, most cities offer a range of free activities that can help to lower the overall cost of your trip.

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Consider the Bill

We’ve all been there. You just finished a group lunch or dinner, and your friends want to split the bill evenly, when all you had was a salad. Be mindful of small costs that can add up quickly to someone who is on a strict budget. Consider splitting the bill based on what was ordered to keep things fair.

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Discuss Priorities

Some people like to travel in luxury, while others are good with keeping a low profile. Make sure everyone in the group is on the same page when it comes to travel priorities. If it doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, just tell them it’s not what you had in mind.

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Split Up

Some activities may not fit into everyone’s budgets, and that’s fine. Consider splitting up when it comes to larger daytime outings. As long as everyone has something fun planned, your whole crew doesn’t need to be together all of the time.

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