We all feel a warm, tender thrill when we are with people we love; there is something about the company we keep that makes otherwise dull life events extraordinary. That’s why, when it comes to life-changing travel plans, you should give serious thought to who you are traveling with: there’s nothing like sharing an adventure with family-and by that of course, I am including our closest friends; the family we choose!
These eight gorgeous spots are both relaxing and adventurous, absolutely perfect to bring out the wanderlust that’s in all of us and get the old friend-group off the Whatsapp Group Chat and on an adventure together. Take your friendship to epic heights and share memories like legends for years to come.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is known for their world-class vineyards but there is much more to these rolling green hills. Perfect for wine and nature lovers alike, Napa is sure to enchant everyone with its 19th-century architectural charm, and the surrounding Michelin-starred restaurants make for a surreal afternoon. Revel in nature and rustic charm in this scenic place where a sylvan glamour seems to have taken as deep a root as the oldest vineyards.
Santorini delights with its chiseled white houses and myth-making cliffs. Whether you choose to bathe in its glistening waters, explore the Minoan city of Akrotiri, or simply admire a view that seems too gorgeous to be real at all, Santorini is bound to make everyone happy and please every kind of traveler- from the history buff to the beach-lover. This is a perfect destination for those of us that have friends with eclectic tastes; at the end of the day you can all get together and enjoy a glass of wine with a fantastic view.
Budapest is yet another transcendent city. It’s not surprising, then, that it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. If you are looking for a place where the past and a — frankly quite relaxing — present collide then try doubling a corner of Budapest. Hidden gems like Kossuth Square, still buzzing with centuries of commercial life, give this city an ethereal quality. Coupled with its gorgeous hotsprings, delicious food and scenic beauty Budapest is a one-of-a-kind stop for a memorable getaway. The world-famous, absolutely stunning Buda Castle is sure to become a frequent conversation starter for you and your friends!
Barcelona’s enchanting streets seem to transport all who walk through them into a dream world. Its dazzling avenues and festive ambiance makes this city a perfect spot to forget about day to day problems and instead enjoy the friendships that make life great. This city’s architecture is characterized by zesty and colorful façades, perfectly complemented by tasteful indie/folk music that seems to permeate the air and rise from the rich, vivid ground. If you and your friends want to immerse yourself in art and architecture and relish a gastronomical feast then Barcelona should be your next reunion spot.
Cappadocia can certainly boast being one of the most fascinating places in the world: the walls of its intriguing carved churches are embellished with gorgeous frescoes and its flute-like valleys seem to have taken form solely to keep travelers gazing at its beauty; mouth agape. The trails that take you through the gorgeous Rose Valley (Güllüdere Vadisi) are not only an easy path to trod on but give you a perfect, front row perspective on dream-like rock-carved churches that seem to have stopped in time altogether. As if all this wasn’t enough, Cappadocia’s traditional hot air balloons take off every single morning, giving everyone bold enough a bird’s eye view of the kaleidoscopic scenery. If you and your friends have a never-ending lust for adventure then Cappadocia is for you!
Yes, it’s true that this is a golden opportunity to experience the freshest and most authentic Thai cuisine but that is just the appetizer. A true escapade for the old gang calls for a vibrant atmosphere and Thailand delivers just that with the perfect amount of fun-loving zest. Take in the pungent spices together with the energy of this amazing place. With a bustling city, shopping and nightlife, Bangkok also delivers peace-filled experiences such as the gorgeous tour of the Chao Phraya River and the Bangkok glimmering temples such as the Wat Traimit and the Wat Kalayanamit. There’s also a true abundance of restaurants, shops and unforgettable foot spas. Don’t forget to feast your eyes with the splendor of the opulent Grand Palace!
Old Salem, North Carolina
Though this gorgeous little town is more of a hidden gem than a travel hotspot I can personally attest to Old Salem’s unmitigating appeal and ever-present affectionate climate. This is a town that could make an Atlantean feel right at home! Old Salem prides itself in preserving their colonial past intact but with a modern twist: you can enjoy perfectly brewed coffee and other 21st century pleasures and have a warm slice of homemade bread on the same meal. If you and your friends are looking for some homespun charm then Old Salem’s homely cobbled streets and cinnamon scented stores will completely win you over; you’ll spend some unforgettable days that you wish would never end. I know I have.
Goa’s golden, almost too-bright beaches are definitely its biggest attraction for the beach bum, but not the only one. This small corner of paradise can boast of being uncommonly fascinating as there is never a dull moment in Goa. You can go from exploring the sturdy, baroque structures the Portuguese left on their wake in the 1500’s to sunbathing by the astonishing waves of Palolem in the space of a few hours. Don’t forget about India’s gastronomical prowess; at anytime throughout the day you might find yourself enjoying a guiltless bhaji-pau (a bread roll covered in delicious. gorgeous-smelling curry.) For all its enchanting beauty and ancestral warmth, Goa is the perfect getaway spot to enjoy one of life’s simplest and greatest pleasures; the gift of friendship.
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