If you like traveling, chances are you are going to want to travel with friends sometimes. And you should. Traveling can make for a wonderful bonding experience and sharing it with your friends will leave you wanting for more.
Different groups will want to have different types of experiences. Whether you like adventure, art, culture or food, there is something for all. Hence below you can find a list of 10 best destinations for groups, each with its own unique experience.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Vegas is a city that never sleeps. So if you are looking for a party destination, Las Vegas is the place to go. The city is filled with exciting themed hotels, casinos and parties. There are plenty of things to do including watching shows and eating at the mouth-watering Vegas buffets.
When to go: Las Vegas is a year round destination. The mot popular dates are between December and February (especially NYE). For cheaper rates, you can go mid-week (as Vegas is a popular weekend destination) or during the summer months. Fair warning: Summer is extremely hot in Las Vegas (around 100 degrees).
Playa Mujeres, Mexico
Are you looking for a beach holiday, maybe at an all-inclusive resort? You should definitely consider Playa Mujeres. There you can do all types of ocean activities, including swimming with whale sharks, while staying in a breath-taking resort. Things to do at Playa Mujeres, don’t end there. You can also sailboat around Cancun, scuba dive and snorkel!
When to go: January to April is the perfect time to go. These months have the least rainfall and have a warm climate (around 80 degrees).
Italy is the home of pasta and pizza, but in Naples you can have AMAZING pizza and delicious wine. In Naples, group wine tasting is an experience not to miss. Other activities you can do are visiting Pompeii, going to see Italian opera and going to a beach party.
When to go: May or September, the shoulder season, offer you great weather with less crowds. Get the best experience by visiting during this shoulder season.
Home to abstract architecture and art, Barcelona has plenty to offer to group travelers. There is no shortage of things to do in Barcelona; like trying Spanish cuisine or visiting museums. But be sure to leave enough time to visit La Sagrada Familia, as it is truly a unique site.
When to go: From May to June, there are less crowds and the temperatures are pleasant, perfect for sight-seeing.
Japan has beautiful traditions that have managed to survive. As a group, you can rent a traditional Japanese house and get the full experience. While in Tokyo, you can also visit an onsen, which is a Japanese spa. Also you must try authentic Japanese food. Oh, and don’t forget to see the temples (especially if it’s sakura season!). These are only a few of the things you can do while in Tokyo. If you need more details when planning your trip to Japan, Lonely planet has a Japan travel guide which is very helpful.
When to go: For cherry blossom (sakura) viewing in Tokyo, go in March, when they are in bloom. Be advised that it will be very crowded! For the best travel periods overall; visit during March to May or September to November. These months have little rainfall and mild temperatures, perfect for sightseeing. Please note that during Golden week (29th April to 5th May), it will be very hard to find accommodation unless you book months in advance.
Visit Jordan with your friends, and it will be an adventure to remember! Travel in the desert with camels, visit one of the great ancient cities of the world, Petra, and so much more.
When to go: Spring is the best time to visit Jordan. It has low rainfall and wildflowers will be blooming. Be wary of desert winds which may last days.
Interested in a hiking adventure? Well, Machu Picchu is a staple. But Peru, is so much more than that. You can visit rain forests, sandboard and a lot more.
When to go: April to May or September to October is the shoulder season, which is arguably the best time to visit Peru. It is much less crowded than the peak season, but the weather remains nice.
When going to France, you can admire beautiful cities like Paris and Marseilles.What you can also do is, go skiing. France is a fantastic destination for ski trips. You can expect to find high altitudes and huge resorts.
When to go: For ski trips, February is the perfect time to visit. For city traveling, April to June or September to November are the best periods. Please note that during Mid-July to the end of August, most shops in France will be closed.
When to go: Peak season is July to August. Shoulder months are June and September. Shoulder months are quieter with warm temperatures.
Honolulu has a wide variety of beaches you can enjoy. You can also go to rain forest and waterfall hikes. Or visit a sea life park, snorkel and so much more.
When to go: During September to November, both the prices and temperatures are mild. However there is an increased chance of rain. Peak season is from December to April as it has high temperatures and low humidity.
Each one of these destinations offers something unique which are best enjoyed as a group. So when planning your group vacation, take into consideration the above destinations.
Travel tips to keep in mind
- Always buy travel insurance. World nomads is a very good travel insurance provider. It covers over 150 adventure activities, has 24/7 emergency assistance and can cover trip cancellations. Better safe than sorry.
- Book cheap flights through online travel “search engines” like Skyscanner or Expedia.
- Get the cheapest accommodation rates from sites like Booking.com. Or house sit and get free accommodation!
- Purchase quality travel guides to help you plan you travels. Lonely planet has a large selection of detailed travel guides for countries all around the world. Check out if they have a guide for your next trip.
Have you ever been to these places? What other places are best enjoyed as a group? Share with us in the comments!