1. Choose More Affordable Destinations
One of the most important parts of planning a budget-friendly destination bachelorette party is choosing the right location. While New York City, Las Vegas, and New Orleans may sound like fun places to visit, they’re known for having higher airfare prices, alcohol prices, and hotel costs. More affordable cities like Myrtle Beach, Montreal, Denver, and Cabo San Lucas are just as fun as more popular bachelorette party destinations and feature cheaper lodging and alcohol options. These cities also are known for being safer than the typical party destinations.
No matter where you choose to hold the bachelorette party, remind everyone in the bridal party to travel safely to the destination. In the rush to get to the destination, it’s easy to forget to take these simple steps to keep your home safe. Suggest they not post about their travel plans on social media until after the party; holding off on posting about being out of town keeps their homes and belongings safer from criminals who may be scoping out empty homes online.
It’s also good to send a reminder to the bridal party to protect their homes by locking their doors and windows, telling a neighbor to keep an eye on their home, and arranging for someone to pick up their mail and newspaper while they’re gone.
2. Book an Airbnb Instead of a Hotel
Airbnb’s have popped up all over the United States, and travelers are choosing these rentals over hotel rooms because they are known to be less expensive and more comfortable. You are likely to find inexpensive Airbnb listings in any town you want to visit for the bachelorette party, and with a little research, you can find one that is near the restaurants, bars, and shops you plan to visit. You also can contact the Airbnb host to ask about the best places in the area that are off the beaten path and not overrun by tourists.
3. Opt for Uber
There’s been quite a debate about the cost of Uber versus the cost of taxis, but Business Insider found that Uber rates are more affordable in most cities. If you opt not to tip your Uber driver, you save even more money than taking a traditional taxi with a driver who expects to be tipped.
Keep safety in mind when traveling with your bridal party and make sure that the group rides together, either by requesting a large vehicle everyone can fit into or by splitting the group into two or more vehicles. Never allow anyone from the bridal party to go alone in an Uber.
4. Make Smart Meal Choices
One of the fastest ways to blow your budget while attending a destination bachelorette party is purchasing food and drinks without thinking about their cost. Before you travel, talk to the bridal party and plan to bring along breakfast foods and mixers to make your own breakfasts or brunches and cocktails.
Whether you are in a hotel or an Airbnb, you can save a great deal of money by eating at least one meal at your lodging place and making your own cocktails before you hit the town. It’s also a good idea to take along a reusable water bottle so you can stay hydrated without needing to pay for expensive bottled water.
You can host a fun, budget-friendly destination bachelorette party if you make some money-wise decisions from the get-go. Choose a more affordable destination than the most popular bachelorette party cities, book an Airbnb instead of a hotel, opt for Uber over taxis, and make smart meal choices.
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