It is the worst feeling in the world when you want to hang out with your best friend but you are both broke and everything costs money. With dinner, drinks, cinema and crazy golf off the table, you’re going to have to rack your brains for something fun that doesn’t have a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are loads of fun and free activities out there for you to enjoy – you just need to dig a little deeper.
So, next time you want to do something with your best friend that won’t cause your bank account to implode, pick one of these fun-filled options.
Find a Free Museum
If you live in London, this is as easy as pie. All of the major museums in the capital are free to enter, including the Science Museum, British Museum, V&A and Natural History Museum. What could be better than catching up with an old pal as you get your culture fix and look at dinosaurs. Best of all, there is no time limit – you can spend all day there with your best friend if you really want to. And, if you need refuelling you can find a space to sit down while you chow down on the snacks in your handbag.
Explore a New Park
Most cities have green spaces you can walk through. If you live in a big city why not pick a park you have never been to before and spend the day strolling through it. This is weather dependent of course, but if the sun is out then it might end up being the perfect day. If you go around midday, take a hamper full of food from home and treat yourself to a picnic in your new found nature reserve.
Board Game Night
Put Netflix aside for a few hours and whip out the old board games for a night of over-competitive fun. If you don’t have any board games, head to your nearest library or community centre and see if they have any you can borrow for the evening. Or ask around your friends – someone will have an old monopoly board lying around somewhere. The more board games you have, the more varied your night will be and the more likely you will be to actually win one of them.
Visit a Historical Landmark
Virtually every town and city in the world has at least one interesting thing in it. Do some research online and find some points of interest near you that you and your best friend can visit. Read up on their history and then go out and see them in the flesh. The journey there and back might even be just as exciting as actually being there. If the landmark turns out to be a disappointment (which happens fairly often) the whole experience will make for a good anecdote.
Teach Yourselves Something
YouTube tutorials are there for a reason and while you might find the patronising voiceovers annoying as hell, they can be really valuable. Put your heads together and think of something you have both always wanted to learn. Maybe juggling or knitting or how to do a back flip, for example. Get some videos up online and take as long as you need to start getting the hang of it. You probably won’t become a backflip master in one day but it will give you a good start.