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16 Amazing Trips to Take with Your Best Friends Right Now

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If you’ve ever traveled with your best friends, you already know that these are some of the most memorable, eventful and laughter-filled trips you’ll ever take. You might find yourselves skinny-dipping in a big Austin swimming hole or drinking mezcal with the locals in Tulum. Whatever your travel style with your pals, we’ve got you covered with some of the best trips you could take together right now.

Want to know the best city to stock up on handmade artisan goods from South Africa? Or where to get an East Coast lobster roll that’s absurdly delicious? Prefer to post up at a palace in India for a while? Come along for the ride with us and we'll share all our secrets.

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Tulum: For the Free Spirited Group

Quintana Roo, Mexico
Living your best life with your beach-loving crew is easy as the breeze in Tulum. Spend your days snorkeling through cenotes, gobbling up fresh ceviche, sipping on mezcal cocktails and learning about Mayan culture. Spend your nights dancing by the sea and snoozing in the chic beach houses at Papaya Playa Project.
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Cape Town: For the Beach Town Loving Group

South Africa
Surrounded by mountains and beaches, Cape Town is an easy add to the must-see list in South Africa. The weekend markets are excellent stomping grounds to try new foods and pick up souvenirs for any friends who couldn’t make the trek. Be sure to make wine tasting and a trip to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa two major priorities with your travel boos. Be sure to check out this NYC inspired restaurant too →
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Bali: For the Idyllic Paradise Seeking Group

Indonesia
Wild mangroves, turquoise beaches, coconuts right off the tree. What more could you ask for in a tropical destination? Check out Bali next time you’re looking to live like a queen for a week with your best friends.
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Kyoto: For the Culture Curious Group

Japan
Japan, we love you! For a perfect mix of posh hotels, quaint cafés, historical sites, beautiful gardens, delicious food, amazing architecture and artisan-made goods, Kyoto is a fabulous destination for the discerning group of travelers who want to experience authentic Japanese culture and a real feeling of community. Take this getaway guide to Kyoto along with you →
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The Serengeti: For the Luxury Safari Going Group learn more

Experience the sounds of wild hyenas cackling, spot jaguars running the open plains, gaze across the open landscape at zebras, elephants and all kinds of wildlife in Tanzania’s Serengeti. Safari tours are best experienced with your wildlife loving friends, so you'll want to get together a group of your favorite explorers and book the experience of a lifetime at the luxury safari stay, Singita Serengeti House.
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Udaipur: For the Meant-to-be-Royal Group learn more

If your jet set crew are all about glam travel, Udaipur may just be the destination you’ve dreamed of. Everything feels lavish in this whitewashed city of lakes and palaces. Treat yourselves to a stay at the former maharajah’s pleasure palace, Taj Lake Palace, and arrive via boat to a marble mecca floating on water.
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Manchester: For the Urban Dwelling Group

England, United Kingdom
Once considered a little too-rough around the edges, Manchester is now one of those English towns you’ll definitely want to breeze through with your mates. Shiny new hotels and culinary hotspots are popping up left and right, but the city still feels alive with its artistic, gritty roots. Snag a few theater tickets, grub on fish and chips at Mr. Thomas’s Chop House and hop into the local galleries and museums.
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Wadi Rum: For the Super Adventurous Group

Jordan
Glamping with friends is cool and all, but glamping in the desert of Jordan, where you can ride camels along the sand dunes and hot air balloon through the scenery is nothing short of epic. Head to Wadi Rum with your fellow sun worshippers and prepare to be blown away by a lunar-like landscape like you’ve never seen before.
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Amsterdam: For the Art & Architecture Aficionado Group

Netherlands
If you haven’t knocked Amsterdam off your bucket list, the absolute best way to do it is with your cronies in tow. Between the Dutch art galleries and museums, amazing architecture, extensive food halls, and charming cafés, this is the kind of place where you can make simply hanging out into something resembling an art form.
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Palawan: For the Remote Island Seeking Group learn more

Swim with the dolphins, gaze at towering limestone cliffs, paddle through lagoons and visit a dozen local fishing towns with your travel buddies at El Nido in this archipelago of the Philippines. Palawan has been voted the world’s most beautiful island by Condé Nast Traveler, and it’s easy to see why with these stunning landscapes of jungle and sea. 
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Austin: For the Concert Going Group learn more

If your crew is all about good food and great music, Austin is the place to be. With over 250 live music venues, something is always poppin’ in this charming Texan town. Head the gorgeous rooms overlooking Lady Bird Lake at The LINE Austin and be sure to snag a cocktail or two at Hillside Farmacy.
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Seattle: For the Libation Loving Group

Washington
Between exploring Seattle’s Pike Place Market and scoping out the city’s secret speakeasies, there’s always something you’ll enjoy exploring with your buds in Seattle. Hang like a local and book a stay at the Kimpton Palladian in Belltown, where you’ll have easy access to some of the city’s best amenities. Take this city guide to Seattle along with you →
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Stockholm: For the Design Obsessed Group

Sweden
If your gang is interested in design, architecture, fashion, food, and art, Stockholm is a must. Here you’ll find a mix of beautiful streets with cute tucked-away shops and cafés alongside bustling city sidewalks with a real cosmopolitan feel. Be sure to check out the museum scene and see if you can snag a booking at Michelin-starred Ekstedt. Take this Scandi-lover’s guide to Stockholm along with you →
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Charleston: For the Hopeless Romantic Group

South Carolina
The quintessential coastal summer town of the south, it’s tough to say whether Charleston is best enjoyed on foot, on bike or by boat. If you’re rolling with a deep crew, you might want to try all of the above. Wander along the city’s cobblestone streets and tour the Antebellum mansions before hopping on bikes to grab a lobster roll at 167 Raw. It’s all in a day’s work, y’all.
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Melbourne: For the Road-tripping-to-the-Countryside Group learn more

Melbourne may be far from home, but we can promise you it’s worth the trip when you’re looking to have an epic getaway with your kinfolk. Melbourne’s shining countryside is rich with pastoral land and dotted with vineyards and gourmet experiences, while the coastline stuns with its wild beaches and turquoise waters. Head straight to the Mornington Peninsula’s Jackalope to soak up the region’s best beaches, art, cuisine and wine. Get the full group getaway guide here →
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Mendoza: For the Wine Loving Group learn more

Tucked into the shadows of the towering Andes Mountains, the Mendoza region is famous for its beautiful terroir and plentiful vineyards. Spend a long weekend with your main squeezes, trekking the mountain terrain by day and sipping on local wines in the evenings. Book a villa at The Vines Resort & Spa for the ultimate luxury stay. Get the full guide to Mendoza here →
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