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A Summer Guide on Booking the Best Trips For Wanderlust Friends

Traveling as a group can be difficult, especially when trying to get everyone to agree on how much money is spent on which expenses. Fortunately, when traveling as a group, you can qualify for group deals and might be able to get creative with how you get around this summer. Here are five creative vacation ideas for groups to make the most of the travel season so you can maximize your budget and have room to splurge on other travel adventures in the near future!

Opt For a Road Trip

Gas prices might be inching upward, but when everyone pitches in a road trip can be much more affordable than any other form of travel. Choose the vehicle that’s safest, has reasonable gas mileage, and offers plenty of room for all. Even better? Rent a vehicle and split the costs so that nobody gets stuck with added wear and tear on their car. You can then splurge for a luxury van or even convertible to ride in style! Road trips don’t need to be long, and you can challenge yourself to find the kitschiest roadside attractions to keep entertained.

Want some insider ideas for rentals? We got you covered.

Check Special Sites for Last-Minute Steals

Groupon and other discount sites can offer some fantastic all-inclusive vacations, especially if you have access to a nearby international airport. These deals often require stringent dates, so some flexibility is required. However, if you’re committed and regularly check for updates, you might be able to book a steeply discounted international trip.

Here’s a few things running currently to score luxury experiences for a fraction of the cost.

  • Expedia has a 50% off sale on many hotels worldwide
  • Insight Vacations is offering discounts for trips with friends booked this year, last minute and planned
  • CheapoAir is offering $40 off flights with the code FOOTBALL40
  • You can fly to Europe form the US with discounts on Norwegian Airlines (our favorite) this summer

Find House Shares that Welcome Groups

When traveling as a crew, it’s usually a lot more fun (and affordable) to peruse options like AirBnB that sleeps a lot of people for a reasonable cost. You can avoid the upcharges of hotels and enjoy the perks of having a full house and kitchen. For extra fun, seek out homes with a pool or other luxury amenities.

  • If you haven’t used Airbnb before, use this code to take $40 off your first booking.

Play Tourist in Your Own Town

How many of your city’s or state’s top tourist attractions have you seen recently? Every weekend, head out with your friends to experience your region like a tourist. From hop on, hop off tours to checking out more obscure destinations on a mini road-trip, there’s bound to be a bounty of surprises if you do a little research. Remember that people come to your town specifically to see the sights—what are you missing out on?

Volunteer Near or Far

Many volunteer trips are discounted, or you might work in exchange for room and board. In many cases, these outings are organized by non-profits, and you’ll have the benefit of having someone take charge of all the logistics. Volunteer as a group, and you might even be able to basically score a volunteer vacation that’s just you and your friends. Plus, you’ll feel good about giving back in the process.

There’s no room for summertime blues when you’re indulging in your inner wanderlust!

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Trevor McDonald

Author Trevor McDonald

Trevor is a freelance writer and a self-proclaimed "Travelholic". He enjoys traveling to parts unknown, sampling local cuisines, and sharing his experiences with the world. In his free time, you can find him planning his next trip or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.

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  • Ashley Ryan says:

    Nice article, Trevor! I’ve always wanted to do a volunteer-based trip, that sounds like it would be a really incredible experience, especially with friends along for the ride.

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