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Trip List by theallsportsgirl

Friends: The BETTER Budget Plan

Jun 3, 2006  Housewife/Working Woman: Needs a Get-A-Way on a Budget sometimes!
1.5 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

If an old friend invites you to visit them in their new home town, GO!
The biggest part of a vacation budget is lodging...nothing else comes close. If you can arrange accomodations with friends, you can most likely BETTER afford the other elements that make up a vacation. There is no better way to experience a new place than to have 'one of the natives' show you around, as you will hit the tourist highlights, plus be exposed to the tiny local treasures (small but outstanding restuarants, wonderful shopping venues off of the beaten path) that only the natives know!
Of course, be a good and gracious house guest, and you may be invited to return. (Also, be prepared to offer your home for their next vacation.) This travel plan can work for singles and families; all you need is good planning, and some willingness to go with the flow. Personally, I have stayed with friends in metro-areas like LA & New Orleans, and smaller cities, Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach. It's good to have friends, and the money saved on ONE trip is $$ you can spend to trade up to bigger/better accomodations the next time you are checking out "Trip Advisor" for a great deal on a hotel or resort!

  • 1. Corona del Mar
    Corona del Mar

    "Crown of the Sea" is a delightful town in CA, south of LA, where I was able to have an extended visit of 10 days, because I was able to stay with a friend.

  • 2. New Orleans
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    I was able to visit with friends in New Orleans the year before Katrina made her visit. I know that things will never be quite the same in NO, and I am greatful for my experience there. I will go back and support this old city in it's efforts to rebuild and bring back the tourists.

  • 3. Virginia Beach
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Heading east to the other side of the home-state to visit with old friends is a great cheap getaway for yours truly!