Destination Deep-Dive 10 MINS READ

The 11 Best Budget-Friendly Places to Visit With Your BFF

The 11 Best Budget-Friendly Places to Visit With Your BFF

Destination Deep-Dive 10 MINS READ
best friend vacation in bali

Celebrate the International Day of Friendship by planning a trip to one of the places to visit with your BFF. Not only do certain destinations across the globe make top travel lists due to their attractions, accommodations, and cuisine, but also because of their affordability. You and your BFF can explore, eat, and travel around the world without breaking the bank. Some of these popular locations on this list may even surprise you. But first, let’s take a look at the history of this special holiday.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

International Day of Friendship

best friend vacation at the beach

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly announced that July 30th would be the official International Day of Friendship. The holiday was created to celebrate the friendship between countries, communities, and people, to inspire unified global peace efforts. Since then, every year global events, activities, and celebrations are held on the 30th of July to encourage respect for diversity and understanding in the global community. Another popular way to celebrate this beautiful international holiday? By planning a trip to spend quality time with your best friends.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

The Top Destinations To Go With Your BFF

Two best friends taking a selfie during sunset while camping.

Whether you are looking to lounge on some of the best beaches on earth, or explore the world’s greatest national parks, sip on some amazing wine and eat great food: these destinations make the best budget-friendly getaways.

While certain countries instantly come to mind for affordable trips, there are specific places around the world that make the perfect vacation spot. So don’t think twice and add them to your bucket list of the best trips to take with friends.

And in case you live in one of these locations, then it’s time to plan a staycation with your BFF. Find out all the best vacation ideas for you and your friend out here:

Europe

Portugal

best friend vacation in portugal

Portugal is relatively small — slightly smaller than the US state of Indiana. For that reason, a good vacation idea is to rent a car and take a road trip from North to South or vice versa. During the summertime, for instance, you and your best friends can drive from Porto and the Douro Valley, which are up in the North of Portugal, until you reach the Algarve, which is located in the South. Take a road trip from the Algarve to Porto when travelling to Portugal.

Portugal borders the Atlantic Ocean, which offers travellers a refreshing summer experience within Europe. Some of the best trips to take in Portugal is spending a weekend in Porto. The city is a top destination for foodies, so make sure you enjoy the famous Douro Wine and explore some of the region’s best vineyards.

After a weekend of amazing food and wine in Porto, head over to the Algarve. The beautiful Portuguese coastline is home to paradisiac beaches, which makes this destination perfect for a summer trip. You can stay in cities such as Lagos, Albufeira, or Faro, and drive to beaches like Odeceixe, Dona Ana and Algar de Benagil. Spend some time soaking up the sun on the beach, eating traditional grilled sardines and you’re good to go.

With hostels ranging from 5€ to 20€ a night, you can relax in luxury at a budget-friendly price in one of the world’s most beautiful verdant locations.

Attention digital nomads: Lisbon, is not only a culturally exquisite city, but it is also an amazing location to work remotely in. With over 100 co-working spaces in the country, you and your pals can extend your European vacation by adding a couple of weeks of exploration and working abroad. The perfect combination of combing work from “home” with travel.

Croatia

best friend vacation in croatia

Summertime calls for a trip with your best friends to the Balkans. Croatia is not only one of the most beautiful places to explore in Europe, but it is also very affordable. With meals for as low as 5€ a day and hotels and vacation rentals for as low as 10€ a night you and your pals can have your Mediterranean vacation for under 20€ a day. That sounds like an excellent plan for us. Book exciting excursions including hiking through Plitvice National Park or take a boat ride to the nearby Hvar and Montenegro islands. There is so much to do and discover on your Croatian getaway.

Pro tip: When in Croatia be sure to check out the hidden Game of Thrones film scenes to really discover locations that will transport you and your friends to another period of time.

Czech Republic

The 9th-century Prague Castle, located in Hradčany, the Castle District

One of Europe’s most fascinating destinations, Czech Republic is a great alternative to expensive European destinations such as London and Paris, for instance. Located in Central Europe and bordered by Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia, the Czech Republic is also an ideal place for best friends to go together.

For first-timers, the perfect destination is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The city is brimming with castles and medieval alleys, and it’s well-known for its stunning architectural landscape. While walking around Prague, you’ll find architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras that can take you 500 years back in time. An amazing way to uncover the city’s history and learn more about its landmarks, by the way, is to take a free walking tour with a local guide. Prague is quite compact, so you’ll be able to go almost everywhere on foot.

For groups of friends travelling to Prague, a great idea is to book a hostel in the city, which is an excellent budget accommodation option costing around 25€ per person/night.

And you can also add day trips to your Prague bucket list, as there are local trains to nearby places like the Karlštejn Castle.

Italy


The Gothic-style Florence Cathedral, formally the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence, Italy.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Italy pleases almost every type of traveller. Well located in southern Europe, this destination has some of the most varied – and gorgeous – landscapes in the world. It comprises the southern side of the Alps, which is the perfect ski weekend getaway; the long Mediterranean coastline for an idyllic vacation; and charming towns with rolling hills of vineyards.

And even though Italy might not the cheapest place to go, there are budget-friendly options for when you’re travelling with your best friends. In small cities like Florence, for instance, you can easily walk around and save money in transportation. You can also find great accommodation options in hostels for around 20€/night. Places like Rome, Milan, and Venice tend to be a bit more expensive. Florence is also filled with beautiful churches and basilicas, which are usually free to enter, aside from being home to gorgeous “piazzas” (squares), where you can sit down and drink a glass of wine and eat some amazing prosciutto.

Also, Italy is one of the cheapest places in the EU to take transport, and Italy’s regional train has some great affordable options for travelling around.

Asia

Vietnam

best friend vacation in vietnam

Over the last ten years, Southeast Asia has become increasingly popular especially for millennials. This is both due to the incredible cultural experiences and the most affordable prices. With hundreds of hostels to stay at for less than $20 a night to street food that adds to the experience, one place stands out from the rest. Vietnam is one of the most unique countries to visit in SEA, as well as one of the cheapest.

Vietnam’s architecture and design are influenced by both indigenous and foreign cultures. You and your best friends can spend your vacation sightseeing Hoi An’s popular attractions, taking a boat ride through Halong Bay, and indulging in a cooking course in Ho Chi Minh City. There is something for every pair or group of pals to enjoy in Vietnam at a budget-friendly price. Find the perfect hotel, hostel, or beachside villa for your trip.

Indonesia

It’s no surprise that Indonesia makes it high on our list of incredible, budget-friendly places for your vacation. This place celebrates life, joy, and all wonders. You can spend the day exploring the stacks of rice fields, and afternoon taking a surf lesson all without spending your life savings. Might we suggest spending the night at a beachside bungalow or hostel near the Ubud Forest?

From eating incredibly inexpensive meals of chicken skewers, mixed vegetables, and homegrown rice, to dancing on the beach with both old and new friends, Indonesia offers so much to fall in love with on each of its islands. You will have to go to experience it all.

Turkey

If you and your best friends are craving a cultural experience unlike any other, then Turkey is the place for you. From coastal cities with beautiful beaches like Ephesus to Cappadocia’s unique fairy chimneys and hot air balloon rides to Istanbul’s rich art and religious influence, Turkey is full of bucket list adventures. And the best part is they are all incredibly affordable.

Turkey has one of the oldest civilizations in the world and it has over eighteen UNESCO World Heritage sites including Göreme National Park, the Great Mosque, and Archeological Site of Troy. Visiting best friends can book a hotel or hostel room, or an entire vacation rental in Turkey for as little as $9/night on CuddlyNest.

South America

Colombia

Two people riding horses on a forested hill in Colombia.

Discover Colombia’s charming hotels in the heart of the jungle and cities throughout this South American getaway. If you have ever dreamed of exploring South America without breaking the bank, then Colombia is the best place to start. With hotels and hostels for as low as $12 a night, you and your friends can save your travel funds to splurge on delicious meals, excursions, and backpacking adventures. Bogota’s museums will enchant you while the historic streets of Medellin and Cartegena take you to another world. After having a cup of fresh Colombian coffee in the morning, your group of best friends will be ready to start the day. You can’t miss adding Colombia to your budget-friendly bucket list.

Bolivia

A traditional reed boat on the blue waters of the Lake Titicaca, in Bolivia.

Bolivia is a great place for an affordable and adventure-filled vacation in South America. This destination is mostly known for its mix of dramatic mountainous settings, rich wildlife and diverse cultures merging together. Located in central South America, Bolivia is dominated by the Andes, the longest continental mountain range in the globe. For this reason, it’s the perfect place for the adrenaline-seekers who love hiking and trekking.

If you decide to take a trip to Bolivia with your best friends, start by going to La Paz, which is the administrative capital of the country. The city sits on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau at more than 3,500m above sea level, and it’s the highest administrative capital on the planet. In the city, be sure to try the amazing local food by going to the Mercado Camacho market for some delicious empanadas and chicken sandwiches.

From La Paz, you can go to Lake Titicaca, a freshwater lake placed on the border of Bolivia and Peru, home to ruins and said to be the birthplace of the Incas. You can also take a trip to the Amboró National Park, one of the most botanically rich national parks in the world located 40km west of Santa Cruz, in the Andean foothills of the country. The park is home to over 830 species of bird, more than the US and Canada combined. In fact Bolivia is so biodiverse that there are unique species that are being discovered to the present day.

Another perfect destination for you and your friend in Bolivia is the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat at over 10,000 square kilometres.

North America

United States

View of some of Grand Canyon’s red-coloured rocks during an orange sunset.

When it comes to great travel destinations for BFFs, the United States is the place to be. From North to South the USA is home to a range of getaways for all types of travellers.

And in the USA there are also affordable destinations, so you won’t have to dig deep in your pocket when taking your dream trip. Cities like New York or San Francisco for instance, are known to be some of the most expensive places in the country, and if you’re looking for a budget-friendly trip, you might wanna consider a fun bustling city such as Las Vegas.

Nestled in the Nevada desert, the “city that never sleeps” offers more than just casinos and nightclubs, as it also has amazing restaurants, fine-art galleries and cool shops. Nature lovers can also benefit from taking a trip to Las Vegas, as the city is not far away from places like the Grand Canyon and the Red Rock Canyon, which is perfect for hiking. And there’s one more thing that makes Las Vegas a great alternative to New York: the city is a great year-round destination, and during the winter the average high is 14°C.

BFFs can also take a road trip to California. Filled with excitement and adventures, road trips are actually a great way to stay closer to your friends. You can rent a campervan or a car, and hit the road listening to your favourite tunes. During a road trip do California, you can stop by places like the Big Bear Lake and hike the San Bernardino Mountains, to the Joshua Tree National Park, in southern California, and Pismo Beach.

Africa

South Africa

An elephant in front of a safari truck full of people.

For best friends who have a safari trip on their list of dream experiences, South Africa is the place for you. Cities including Johannesburg and Capetown are not only ex-pat hubs, but excellent cities to visit to learn about African lifestyle and culture. Hike to the top of Table Mountain to get a full view of the South African coast and visit one of the famous national reserves including Kruger Park to see the big five animals up close.

Although safari and other tourist experiences have a reputation of being pretty pricey, we are here to debunk that notion by sharing CuddlyNest’s most affordable South African accommodations. You can go to South Africa and experience it all while staying in a budget-friendly rental or hotel. A rooftop pool with a view of the beach sounds like heaven.

Find the best-priced hotels and vacation rentals on CuddlyNest. You and your BFFs are just a few steps away from exploring the globe at an affordable price.

Browse. Book. Stay.

CuddlyNest provides all accommodations to all travelers at the best price. Find unlimited travel inspiration on our blog and social media channels

Here are some curated readings for you:

Top Female Travel Spots
Travel Destinations According to Your Zodiac Sign
11 Sacred Attractions Around The World

Share

Read more