No one understands you quite as well as your closest friends, whether they’re childhood besties or newfound pals. When it comes to traveling somewhere new (or tried and true), taking a friend along makes things extra special. Here are some top vacation ideas around the world for all sorts of best friends.
Experience the best of Austin with a local guide on this bucket-list tour.

1. Plan the perfect reunion

You haven’t seen your bestie in far too long. If you’re looking to reconnect, head somewhere new together. The Hungarian capital Budapest is the perfect place for exploring and relaxing. Enjoy the city’s famous thermal spas during the day, then head to the hip ruin bars in the evening. Another European option, Lisbon offers excellent food and wine, great culture, and ample rooftop bars for spending time catching up with your long-lost friends. Join a street-art tour for an interesting look at this historical city. If you want to take a trip stateside, hip and happening Austin ticks all the boxes. Bond over craft beer and scrumptious food from the city’s food trucks before listening to some cool live music. Take it all in on a local tour.

Enjoy a full-day adventure including a “funyak” (inflatable canoe) and a jet boat ride on the Dart River outside of Queenstown, New Zealand.

2. Get active on an adventure

Fresh air and the great outdoors are a must for active friends. You don’t want to sit around and chat — you want heart-stopping activities that leave you wiped. Enjoy the thrill of white-water rafting in Jackson, Wyoming for an adrenaline boost. If you’d rather explore on foot, head north to Vancouver and cross the awe-inspiring Capilano Suspension Bridge on a hike through the rainforest. For the ultimate thrill, head to the Southern Hemisphere. Queenstown, New Zealand, is the home of adventure. Skydive, go canoeing, or try a zipline experience. 

Experience the thrilling nightlife of Berlin on a pub crawl.

3. Enjoy the bright lights

If you want to pack the best urban experience into one trip, explore these fast-paced destinations with your best friend. Berlin combines fascinating history, hip subcultures and the best techno clubs on the planet. Walk in David Bowie’s footsteps, or check out the city’s nightlife. If you plan on traveling in the US, there’s no question that New York City’s lights still shine the brightest. Learn about prohibition bars on this pub tour. And if Asia’s on your radar, Singapore‘s the place to live your best life à la “Crazy Rich Asians.” A cocktail in the sky on the Singapore Flyer is just the thing.

Enjoy a fully narrated tour along the coast of Portland, Maine.

4. Take it slow

Sometimes you simply need to take it easy, and there’s no better partner in crime than your bestie. This calls for a vacation destination that suits your laidback approach to hanging out together. For wicked cool vibes, head to Portland, Maine. There, you’ll enjoy bracing seaside walks and exploring towns and lighthouses. Equally charming (but on the other side of the Atlantic), Provence in the south of France is all about enjoying great food and wine and exploring charming villages.

Explore the concept of hygge on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of Copenhagen.

5. Chill out and catch up

It’s time to finally have some one-on-one time with your best bud. These kinds of trips feature days spent lazily exploring and evenings full of food and quality time. Copenhagen epitomizes the Danish concept of hygge — cozy comfort all the way. If you’d rather leave thick sweaters at home, California could be the destination for you. A trip to Palm Springs is ideal for nature lovers and just the place to unwind. An aerial tramway trip to Mt. San Jacinto State Park will give you a new perspective.

Sampling new food together is a great way for foodie friends to make delicious memories.

6. Chow down

A foodie friend is a friend forever. For an epicurean adventure, make sure you head somewhere delicious. From craft gin to the best restaurant in South Africa, Cape Town will make any foodie’s heart flutter. Explore the Winelands or join a cooking class to savor the country’s flavors. If you’d rather go east, taste the delights of Bangkok on a midnight Tuk-Tuk street food tour.

Head to the archaeological zone of Coba and Tulum to explore ruins with a local guide.

7. Agree to disagree

One of you likes history, the other is more of an adventurer. Yet your friendship bond remains strong. If you need a destination with variety to keep all everyone happy, Tulum is an excellent choice. One of you can explore ancient Mayan ruins while the other snorkels and paddles through famous caves. If Mexico isn’t in the cards, Barcelona also provides great options for traveling friends. Choose a tapas tour, or explore the works of famous architect Antoni Gaudí.

Hear about the origins and culture of jazz before making your way to the 19th-century French Quarter neighborhood that boasts the best music and bars in town.

8. Party like there’s no tomorrow

Letting your hair down is best done with best friends. If you and your crew know how to get the party started, look no further than Goa. Famous for its sandy beaches, this Indian city’s hippy party vibes make for fun days and wild nights. A continent away, the U.S.’ New Orleans is the place to let loose and listen to live jazz. Explore the French Quarter by night and nurse a sore head the next day with local cuisine. If you want to party in Europe, the sparkling island of Mykonos in Greece is a fun option. A sailing trip to visit its famous beaches is a must.

Walk through history along the Boston Freedom Trail’s famous red line to experience some of the most seminal landmarks of America’s revolutionary founding.

9. Get clued in on culture

If museums, art galleries, and history sound like a great bonding experience with your best friend, then there’s no better place than Paris. See some of the world’s most famous art in the Louvre and marvel at Rodin’s sculptures. Plus, there’s just something about strolling along the Champs-Élysees that makes you feel fancier, you now? For a North American culture trip, head to Boston. History buffs will love exploring the Freedom Trail on a walking tour or seeing the city from a different perspective on a historic harbor cruise.

Discover the most delicious chocolate and coffee in Seattle with a local chef.

10. Make new friends

If you and your best friends want to add more cool people to your crew, plan a trip to a city where the people are as warm and welcoming as you are. Taste your way through Amsterdam with a local as you sample the area’s food and learn about the past. Head over to central Europe for a few days in Prague. Once you’ve ticked the main sights off your list, it’s time to grab your pals and go on an alternative walking tour with a local. A flight (and several timezones) away, Washington State’s Seattle is perfect for coffee addicts and best explored with a local chef by your side. 

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