Travelling with family is fun and all, but is there really anything better than getting away with that one special person in your life? The one you can count on for anything, share your deepest secrets with and act completely insane with no judgement? You know who we're talking about – your best friend. Taking a trip with your bestie can give you some of the most memorable experiences of your life. No matter where you decide to go, the key to a best friend getaway is to plan activities that you can enjoy together. Here are some of the best places to travel with your bestie to ensure a vacation you'll never forget.
If it's food, wine and culture you and your bestie are seeking, plan a trip to Tuscany. This is Italy's most famous region and will be sure to leave you and your friend with lots of bonding opportunities. You can tour the area and sights of Florence, which is known for its amazing architecture and museums, or you can head out to the country to visit the smaller villages and, of course, the world-famous wineries.
Charleston, South Carolina
If you're looking for good food, beautiful scenery and a night life that will keep you up till the wee hours, Charleston is for you. One of the best places to stay is the Wild Dunes Resort, a 45-minute drive outside the city in Isle of Palms. You can swim in the ocean during the day and take the resort's free shuttles to Charleston hotspots at night. You can also recover from your nights out at the Sand & Sea Salon or visit the city for a detoxifying session on the amethyst bed at Seeking Indigo, a wellness center that will get you refreshed for the rest of your party nights.
If you can't afford an expensive get away to Europe or the United States, just head to Toronto, one of the most exciting cities around. There are several pubs and clubs to spend nights at and several more restaurants with some of the world's best food. Niagara Falls is just a short ride away and most of the city's attractions and shopping centres are an inexpensive and short cab ride away from most hotels.
If you are telling yourself, “we just need to get away from everything and everyone for some relaxation and bonding”, this is the place to go. This U.S. Virgin Island will reenergize you and leave you with nothing to do but lounge on the beach and sip cocktails with your best friend. You can tan in the white sand beaches, get an oceanside massage and go out at night for some dancing or live music performances.
If it's a party you're looking for, head here. Known for its night life scene, Miami has somewhat of a strict dress code – less is better. You can test out several of the bars each night and even attempt to get into one of South Beach's more difficult clubs, such as the Hyde Beach pool bar at SLS Hotel. Many of the hotels have bars that are perfect for single girls and guys to mingle. It's also the perfect place to be pampered at with many luxurious spas. You can also shop till you drop at designer boutiques or just lay back and relax with your friends on the beach. If you go here, be prepared to party and keep what happens in Miami in Miami.
This famous spot is a given for any best friend adventure. I mean, have you seen the Hangover Movies? You can spend your days and nights on The Strip and while it may be 4'o'clock in the morning you still feel like it's 9 o'clock at night. You can play slot machines, go to a glitzy show or dance like no one is watching – and then do it all again the next night. If you want a break from the party scene you can head outside of the Strip to a resort with a more relaxing feel. The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is located just 20 minutes from the Strip and has suites overlooking Lake Las Vegas. It also has a cobblestone district next to it with shops, a wine bar, Irish pub, restaurants and a venue for concerts and wine crawls.
Chic Resort & Spa, Talum, Mexico – This is considered one of the coolest beachside retreats in Mexico and is owned by two New York women who wanted a place others could relax in a more natural way. Here you will be treated to fresh-squeezed smoothies, yoga classes on the beach and many other ceremonies that are designed to relax you. The rooms are lit by candlelight and have no televisions. You'll be sure to return from this vacation feeling toned and stress-free.
New York City, NY
This is the ultimate destination for any group of friends to travel to. During the day you can shop along Fifth Avenue, tour the Museum of Modern Art or stroll through Central Park. At night you can take in a Broadway show, view the lights and action at Times Square or party it up at several happening night spots.
If music is your thing, you will want to put Nashville on your travel list. Some say Nashville is the new Vegas – what happens in Nashvegas stays in Nashvegas. So it goes without saying that this is a place you'd want to take your best friend to. This city is a wonderland of music and Southern hospitality, not to mention great food and an endless amount of nightlife. There is so much to see and do in this city, including Ride the Row, a tour of Music Row where you'll get to visit the historic RCA Studio B, the famous recording studio where Elvis, Dolly Parton and Roy Orbison recorded songs. You can also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which is considered the world's largest popular music museum with several exhibits featuring the legends of country music. And you can't miss a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. This radio show is what put Nashville on the map as the Country Music Capital of the World. Today the Opry hosts many top performers like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. You can stop by the Grand Ole Opry House for a tour and a behind-the-scenes look.
It may not sound like the most exciting trip to take but consider this, especially if you're looking to book a boys only weekend – this places hosts a Man Camp. That's right, a camp for men. The Aspen Man Camp offers men (usually in groups of three to eight) the chance to experience a little bit of everything that is manly – seiminars on ninjutsu, hunting, Harley riding, race-car driving, weight training and archery. It also has a mandatory cigar sampling policy. Doesn't get more manly than that.