Looking to getaway with all your friends this year? Nothing creates unforgettable memories and strengthens friendships better than travelling together. Whether it’s the funky, fun of London or the Mediterranean vibes of Barcelona we’ve got something for every friend group! Check out our top picks for trips to take with your besties!
London, United Kingdom
Calling all extroverted friends! Jet off to a city known for its youthful energy and nightlife. With an assortment of pubs and eclectic venues to choose from, London will not disappoint anyone looking for a nocturnal experience.
First and foremost, for an authentic initiation into the London clubbing scene, head to Fabric. This club has three separate rooms and a dance floor that vibrates with the music. It is also known to host popular performers, and is the perfect place to dance the night away. For a greater taste of London’s nightlife, visit Shoreditch and Soho to enjoy restaurants, pubs and live concerts. Lastly, to experience London’s eccentric energy in the daytime, be sure to visit Camden—a local counterculture haven known for its funky energy.
New York City, United States
What says “celebrate” better than a trip to the Big Apple? Internationally known as the city that never sleeps, New York is an all-nighter oasis! It is a particularly special destination for groups that like to celebrate art as much as they do their friendships.
For a perfect getaway in the city, arrive in the evening and see a Broadway show. In the morning, grab a rainbow bagel from Liberty Bagels Midtown and order bottomless mimosas from Lilly’s Craft and Kitchen. Next, stop at Rockefeller Centre’s “Top of the Rock” to see the breathtaking views of the skyline we’ve all come to love. After seeing the city from a bird’s-eye view, come back to ground level and explore the city on foot. The best way to experience New York City is by walking and wandering.
During your stay, be sure to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, and Grand Central Station. Last but not least, stroll over to the trendy and charming Greenwich Village. Here, you can visit what was once known as the Bohemian Capital throughout the 19th century, and eat at the Little Owl—a local hangout spot situated under the Friends apartment complex.
This is the perfect destination for a well-rounded vacation experience. Here, clubs are as plentiful as the exquisite architecture and museums that surround them. There is something for everyone in Barcelona. So if your friend group is debating between booking a classic trip filled with history and culture, or a fast-paced tour packed with incredible nightlife… why choose one when you can have both?
For an artistic and architectural tour visit La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Milà and the Casa Batlló. All of these were designed by the famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. For art lovers, a visit to the Picasso Museum is also highly recommended. With 4,251 pieces, this museum is home to one of the most extensive collections of Picasso’s work.
Finally, to let loose after a day of enriching exploration, consider joining an organized party tour or pub crawl. The Gothic Quarter is also a great place to find local gems. Lastly, two highly recommended spots are the Caribbean Club and Barcelona’s Ice Bar.
While inspiring a rich appreciation for art, culture and food, this vacation will bring your group closer to what matters most: connection and its many manifestations. Ultimately, this is a trip for the heart, soul and belly.
Once again, for those that wish to explore the art scene, stop at the Yayoi Kusama Museum. For something a little more modern, the teamLab Borderless experience is a wonderful option. To counteract the bustling city life, take refuge in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or Yoyogi Park.
Lastly, for all the foodie friends, a stroll through Shinjuku Golden Gai and Omoide Yokocho is highly recommended. Not only will these mini food tours satisfy every craving, but they will bring visitors closer to the history and art of Japanese cuisine.
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By: Briahna McTigue