There is no better feeling than putting aside your responsibilities, getting on a plane, and traveling to a new destination with a group of your best friends. Whether you’re headed on a relaxing beach vacation or to hike to the top of a mountain, a vacation with your friends will provide memories to last a lifetime.
But with the whole world in front of you, where do you go? You can’t go wrong, but you can definitely go right. Here are some of the best places to travel with your friends while you’re young.
1. An Eastern Caribbean Cruise
What better way to spend time with your friends than in paradise? With an Eastern Caribbean cruise, you’ll visit some of the Caribbean’s best and most desirable spots. You and your friends will lay on the white sand and clear blue water beaches of St. Maarten, snorkel and hike through the rainforest on St. Kitts & Nevis, and explore the beauty and history of Puerto Rico. Plus, not only will this vacation provide stunning views, relaxation, and lots of fun, you won’t have to lift a finger; the cruise does all the work for you, so once you sign up, your fate is in their hands — and they won’t disappoint.
2. Rainbow Mountain, Peru
Rainbow mountain is one of the coolest hikes in the world and will be made even cooler with your best friends by your side. A sister-hike to Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain is a marvel; it’s covered in reds, yellows, blues, and greens and is about 17,000 feet above sea level. It’s a hard hike — made harder by the high Peruvian altitude that can quite literally take your breath away — but worth it. Plus, you’ll have your friends to push you when you want to give up.
3. Lisbon and Lagos, Portugal
Portugal has it all. Lisbon’s cobbled streets and antique tram line provide an authentic Portugal experience, and you and your friends can spend all day wandering the city, shopping, and tasting Portugal’s famous Pastel de nata pastries.
Not far outside Lisbon is Lagos, where you can hike the cliffs, taste local seafood, and relax on the beach. Then, after a day of sun, you can hit the clubs and bars and experience the magical Lagos nightlife. It’s so much fun that you’ll want to stay out all night.
4. Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaíso, Chile is a spot you may have never heard of, but it’s one of the most unique and awesome places in the world. The streets are colorful, with houses painted with bright blues and pinks and impressive street art on every corner. You could spend all day walking the city and taking in the art. Not only that, but Valparaíso is right on the beach; you can surf while the sun is up, and then head into the city at night to check out the packed bars and clubs. Just don’t miss the sunsets; the bright sunsets are some of the most gorgeous in the world, and no matter how many days you spend there, they won’t get old.
5. Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos is the best place to channel your inner Mamma Mia. Laugh and dance with your BFFs as you explore breathtaking beaches, drink and party like crazy, and enjoy excellent seafood. You can rent a scooter as your transportation device, and you’ll be young, wild, and free as you feel the wind in your hair and explore what Greece has to offer. Plus, Mykonos will give you some pretty nice content for your Instagram page.
Traveling with your best friends is one of the greatest joys life has to offer. So, pick from this list and jet off before it’s too late.