Destination Deep-Dive 10 MINS READ

The 11 Best Budget-Friendly Places to Visit With Your BFF

The 11 Best Budget-Friendly Places to Visit With Your BFF

Destination Deep-Dive 10 MINS READ

Celebrate the International Day of Friendship by planning a trip to one of the places to visit with your BFF. Not only do certain destinations across the globe make top travel lists due to their attractions, accommodations, and cuisine, but also because of their affordability. You and your BFF can explore, eat, and travel around the world without breaking the bank. Some of these popular locations on this list may even surprise you. But first, let’s take a look at the history of this special holiday.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

International Day of Friendship

best friend vacation at the beach

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly announced that July 30th would be the official International Day of Friendship. The holiday was created to celebrate the friendship between countries, communities, and people, to inspire unified global peace efforts. Since then, every year global events, activities, and celebrations are held on the 30th of July to encourage respect for diversity and understanding in the global community. Another popular way to celebrate this beautiful international holiday? By planning a trip to spend quality time with your best friends.

Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.

The Top Destinations To Go With Your BFF

Two best friends taking a selfie during sunset while camping.

Whether you are looking to lounge on some of the best beaches on earth, or explore the world’s greatest national parks, sip on some amazing wine and eat great food: these destinations make the best budget-friendly getaways.

While certain countries instantly come to mind for affordable trips, there are specific places around the world that make the perfect vacation spot. So don’t think twice and add them to your bucket list of the best trips to take with friends.

And in case you live in one of these locations, then it’s time to plan a staycation with your BFF. Find out all the best vacation ideas for you and your friend out here:

Europe

Portugal

best friend vacation in portugal

Portugal is relatively small — slightly smaller than the US state of Indiana. For that reason, a good vacation idea is to rent a car and take a road trip from North to South or vice versa. During the summertime, for instance, you and your best friends can drive from Porto and the Douro Valley, which are up in the North of Portugal, until you reach the Algarve, which is located in the South. Take a road trip from the Algarve to Porto when travelling to Portugal.

Portugal borders the Atlantic Ocean, which offers travellers a refreshing summer experience within Europe. Some of the best trips to take in Portugal is spending a weekend in Porto. The city is a top destination for foodies, so make sure you enjoy the famous Douro Wine and explore some of the region’s best vineyards.

After a weekend of amazing food and wine in Porto, head over to the Algarve. The beautiful Portuguese coastline is home to paradisiac beaches, which makes this destination perfect for a summer trip. You can stay in cities such as Lagos, Albufeira, or Faro, and drive to beaches like Odeceixe, Dona Ana and Algar de Benagil. Spend some time soaking up the sun on the beach, eating traditional grilled sardines and you’re good to go.

With hostels ranging from 5€ to 20€ a night, you can relax in luxury at a budget-friendly price in one of the world’s most beautiful verdant locations.

Attention digital nomads: Lisbon, is not only a culturally exquisite city, but it is also an amazing location to work remotely in. With over 100 co-working spaces in the country, you and your pals can extend your European vacation by adding a couple of weeks of exploration and working abroad. The perfect combination of combing work from “home” with travel.

Croatia

best friend vacation in croatia

Summertime calls for a trip with your best friends to the Balkans. Croatia is not only one of the most beautiful places to explore in Europe, but it is also very affordable. With meals for as low as 5€ a day and hotels and vacation rentals for as low as 10€ a night you and your pals can have your Mediterranean vacation for under 20€ a day. That sounds like an excellent plan for us. Book exciting excursions including hiking through Plitvice National Park or take a boat ride to the nearby Hvar and Montenegro islands. There is so much to do and discover on your Croatian getaway.

Pro tip: When in Croatia be sure to check out the hidden Game of Thrones film scenes to really discover locations that will transport you and your friends to another period of time.

Czech Republic

The 9th-century Prague Castle, located in Hradčany, the Castle District

One of Europe’s most fascinating destinations, Czech Republic is a great alternative to expensive European destinations such as London and Paris, for instance. Located in Central Europe and bordered by Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia, the Czech Republic is also an ideal place for best friends to go together.

For first-timers, the perfect destination is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The city is brimming with castles and medieval alleys, and it’s well-known for its stunning architectural landscape. While walking around Prague, you’ll find architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras that can take you 500 years back in time. An amazing way to uncover the city’s history and learn more about its landmarks, by the way, is to take a free walking tour with a local guide. Prague is quite compact, so you’ll be able to go almost everywhere on foot.

For groups of friends travelling to Prague, a great idea is to book a hostel in the city, which is an excellent budget accommodation option costing around 25€ per person/night.

And you can also add day trips to your Prague bucket list, as there are local trains to nearby places like the Karlštejn Castle.

Italy


The Gothic-style Florence Cathedral, formally the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence, Italy.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Italy pleases almost every type of traveller. Well located in southern Europe, this destination has some of the most varied – and gorgeous – landscapes in the world. It comprises the southern side of the Alps, which is the perfect ski weekend getaway; the long Mediterranean coastline for an idyllic vacation; and charming towns with rolling hills of vineyards.

And even though Italy might not the cheapest place to go, there are budget-friendly options for when you’re travelling with your best friends. In small cities like Florence, for instance, you can easily walk around and save money in transportation. You can also find great accommodation options in hostels for around 20€/night. Places like Rome, Milan, and Venice tend to be a bit more expensive. Florence is also filled with beautiful churches and basilicas, which are usually free to enter, aside from being home to gorgeous “piazzas” (squares), where you can sit down and drink a glass of wine and eat some amazing prosciutto.

Also, Italy is one of the cheapest places in the EU to take transport, and Italy’s regional train has some great affordable options for travelling around.

Asia

Vietnam

best friend vacation in vietnam

Over the last ten years, Southeast Asia has become increasingly popular especially for millennials. This is both due to the incredible cultural experiences and the most affordable prices. With hundreds of hostels to stay at for less than $20 a night to street food that adds to the experience, one place stands out from the rest. Vietnam is one of the most unique countries to visit in SEA, as well as one of the cheapest.

Vietnam’s architecture and design are influenced by both indigenous and foreign cultures. You and your best friends can spend your vacation sightseeing Hoi An’s popular attractions, taking a boat ride through Halong Bay, and indulging in a cooking course in Ho Chi Minh City. There is something for every pair or group of pals to enjoy in Vietnam at a budget-friendly price. Find the perfect hotel, hostel, or beachside villa for your trip.

Indonesia

It’s no surprise that Indonesia makes it high on our list of incredible, budget-friendly places for your vacation. This place celebrates life, joy, and all wonders. You can spend the day exploring the stacks of rice fields, and afternoon taking a surf lesson all without spending your life savings. Might we suggest spending the night at a beachside bungalow or hostel near the Ubud Forest?

From eating incredibly inexpensive meals of chicken skewers, mixed vegetables, and homegrown rice, to dancing on the beach with both old and new friends, Indonesia offers so much to fall in love with on each of its islands. You will have to go to experience it all.

Turkey

If you and your best friends are craving a cultural experience unlike any other, then Turkey is the place for you. From coastal cities with beautiful beaches like Ephesus to Cappadocia’s unique fairy chimneys and hot air balloon rides to Istanbul’s rich art and religious influence, Turkey is full of bucket list adventures. And the best part is they are all incredibly affordable.

Turkey has one of the oldest civilizations in the world and it has over eighteen UNESCO World Heritage sites including Göreme National Park, the Great Mosque, and Archeological Site of Troy. Visiting best friends can book a hotel or hostel room, or an entire vacation rental in Turkey for as little as $9/night on CuddlyNest.

South America

Colombia

Two people riding horses on a forested hill in Colombia.

Discover Colombia’s charming hotels in the heart of the jungle and cities throughout this South American getaway. If you have ever dreamed of exploring South America without breaking the bank, then Colombia is the best place to start. With hotels and hostels for as low as $12 a night, you and your friends can save your travel funds to splurge on delicious meals, excursions, and backpacking adventures. Bogota’s museums will enchant you while the historic streets of Medellin and Cartegena take you to another world. After having a cup of fresh Colombian coffee in the morning, your group of best friends will be ready to start the day. You can’t miss adding Colombia to your budget-friendly bucket list.

Bolivia

A traditional reed boat on the blue waters of the Lake Titicaca, in Bolivia.

Bolivia is a great place for an affordable and adventure-filled vacation in South America. This destination is mostly known for its mix of dramatic mountainous settings, rich wildlife and diverse cultures merging together. Located in central South America, Bolivia is dominated by the Andes, the longest continental mountain range in the globe. For this reason, it’s the perfect place for the adrenaline-seekers who love hiking and trekking.

If you decide to take a trip to Bolivia with your best friends, start by going to La Paz, which is the administrative capital of the country. The city sits on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau at more than 3,500m above sea level, and it’s the highest administrative capital on the planet. In the city, be sure to try the amazing local food by going to the Mercado Camacho market for some delicious empanadas and chicken sandwiches.

From La Paz, you can go to Lake Titicaca, a freshwater lake placed on the border of Bolivia and Peru, home to ruins and said to be the birthplace of the Incas. You can also take a trip to the Amboró National Park, one of the most botanically rich national parks in the world located 40km west of Santa Cruz, in the Andean foothills of the country. The park is home to over 830 species of bird, more than the US and Canada combined. In fact Bolivia is so biodiverse that there are unique species that are being discovered to the present day.

Another perfect destination for you and your friend in Bolivia is the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat at over 10,000 square kilometres.

North America

United States

View of some of Grand Canyon’s red-coloured rocks during an orange sunset.

When it comes to great travel destinations for BFFs, the United States is the place to be. From North to South the USA is home to a range of getaways for all types of travellers.

And in the USA there are also affordable destinations, so you won’t have to dig deep in your pocket when taking your dream trip. Cities like New York or San Francisco for instance, are known to be some of the most expensive places in the country, and if you’re looking for a budget-friendly trip, you might wanna consider a fun bustling city such as Las Vegas.

Nestled in the Nevada desert, the “city that never sleeps” offers more than just casinos and nightclubs, as it also has amazing restaurants, fine-art galleries and cool shops. Nature lovers can also benefit from taking a trip to Las Vegas, as the city is not far away from places like the Grand Canyon and the Red Rock Canyon, which is perfect for hiking. And there’s one more thing that makes Las Vegas a great alternative to New York: the city is a great year-round destination, and during the winter the average high is 14°C.

BFFs can also take a road trip to California. Filled with excitement and adventures, road trips are actually a great way to stay closer to your friends. You can rent a campervan or a car, and hit the road listening to your favourite tunes. During a road trip do California, you can stop by places like the Big Bear Lake and hike the San Bernardino Mountains, to the Joshua Tree National Park, in southern California, and Pismo Beach.

Africa

South Africa

An elephant in front of a safari truck full of people.

For best friends who have a safari trip on their list of dream experiences, South Africa is the place for you. Cities including Johannesburg and Capetown are not only ex-pat hubs, but excellent cities to visit to learn about African lifestyle and culture. Hike to the top of Table Mountain to get a full view of the South African coast and visit one of the famous national reserves including Kruger Park to see the big five animals up close.

Although safari and other tourist experiences have a reputation of being pretty pricey, we are here to debunk that notion by sharing CuddlyNest’s most affordable South African accommodations. You can go to South Africa and experience it all while staying in a budget-friendly rental or hotel. A rooftop pool with a view of the beach sounds like heaven.

Find the best-priced hotels and vacation rentals on CuddlyNest. You and your BFFs are just a few steps away from exploring the globe at an affordable price.

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12 Ways to Internationally Travel from Home

12 Ways to Internationally Travel from Home

Hacks & Tips 9 MINS READ

As time goes by, the possibility of traveling again seems to be getting closer and closer. But, with border closures and restrictions still being a reality around the world, many travelers are looking for creative and fun ways to feed their wanderlust. If this is something you can relate to, good news: there are several ways you can travel without leaving home. You can re-visit some of your past trips through photos and videos, discover new places while binge-watching movies and tv shows, and also plan future getaways with bucket lists and Pinterest boards. The options are endless and, to help you satisfy your deepest cravings, we created a comprehensive guide with the best ways to travel from home.

The Best Ways to Travel From Home

Many don’t know about this, but going on vacation has many benefits for your health. Some of the top advantages of going on a holiday are increasing sleep quality, reducing stress levels, and even decreasing blood pressure. And while wandering around the world may seem like a distant possibility for many, there are several creative ways to maintain the healthy habit of traveling. The first one is going for a staycation, which consists of traveling to places nearby, sometimes even within your own city. Aside from the safety of avoiding long hours inside an airplane, there are other benefits of going on a staycation, such as boosting sustainable travel and avoiding jet lag.

But, in case your country’s regulations don’t allow any form of travel, you can always take a tour around the world without leaving the comfort of your home. This will keep your mind busy, help you stay inspired, and even excited about your next trip.

1. Make A Photo Album of Your Favorite Trips

A set of four analogic travel pictures.

It’s almost impossible to go on vacation without taking a million photos. However, it’s common that those amazing pictures usually live only on your phone or on your social media channels. So, since you’re home, you might wanna take advantage of the situation and relive your best international travel by making a photo album or scrapbook. Not only does this activity creates a great relaxing memento for you, but it is something you can share with generations and generations to come. You can even gather your entire family for some DIY scrapbook time, which is a great activity for bonding. Another amazing idea is to create themed photo albums or scrapbooks, such as “Summer Trips” or “Holiday Vacations”, for instance. You can also use digital tools, such as Canva or Shutterfly, to design the album.

2. Listen to an Audiobook or Read a Book About Travel

When it comes to travel books, the options are endless. Written by amazing authors all over the world, these books can simply whisk you away on an unforgettable adventure just using words. From Ernest Hemingway’s fictional escapades to Jedidiah Jenkin’s brave accomplishment of biking from Oregon to Patagonia, be inspired by reading or listening to international travel books. In case you want to travel from Italy to Bali, read the iconic Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. Feel like uncovering the wilderness of Alaska? Then Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, should be on the top of your list. If taking a road trip across the United States is on top of your bucket list, then get some inspiration by reading the famous On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.

And there are also amazing books that are not necessarily about travel but can make explore amazing destinations around the world. Craving a trip to Barcelona? Then read the best-seller The Shadow of The Wind, by Carlos Ruíz Zafón, and visit some of Barcelona’s most picturesque spots, from the Gothic quarter to Montjuïc.

Just find one —or more— books that you can’t get enough of and be sure to pack it with for your own future trip.

3. Have a Movie Marathon with Films from Around the World

movie night - travel from home

Was there a movie that immediately made you think “wow I want to go to this place now”? Then this is the perfect opportunity to rewatch it. You can even start by watching the film adaptations of the travel books you read, such as Eat, Pray, Love; Into the Wild and On The Road. But there are more amazing films to include in your list. Midnight in Paris, by Woody Allen, will take you straight to Paris in the 1920s, and Walter Mitty will keep you daydreaming about Iceland.

There are hundreds of films that can take you far away and watching travel-themed movies is definitely one of the best ways to travel without leaving home. Pro tip: turn your backyard into a “home theater” by setting up pillows, Christmas lights, and a projector. Your movie experience will be so elevated, that you’ll even forget you are at home.

4. Take a Virtual Tour

Girl traveling in India.

The international community banded together to create innovative ways to offer global travelers the opportunity to travel without leaving home. Currently, one of the best experiences to explore the world from home is taking virtual tours, which are basically simulations of an existing location. Virtual tours are created from sequences of panoramic images that are stitched together and have become more popular than ever.

Thanks to virtual tours, you can visit museums, world monuments, national parks, and more. Whether you are interested in learning more about the intriguing artwork of Van Gogh or are curious about the history of the U.S. National Parks, virtual tours and experiences can be your unofficial tour guides right from home.

Art enthusiasts might wanna visit some of the world’s leading museums by using the Google Arts and Culture app. They can also take virtual tours on the website of renowned museums, such as the Salvador Dalí Museum, in Barcelona, the Guggenheim, in New York City, and the Louvre, in Paris.

Adventure-seekers will love exploring national parks and natural reserves. Currently, there are virtual tours in sites such as the Cliffs of Moher, in Ireland, and the Yosemite National Park, in California, USA.

Is seeing the cherry blossom trees on top of your travel bucket list? Well, with Google Earth you can check some of the most beautiful sakura spots around the world. Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of the planet based on satellite imagery. You can take

Discover endless opportunities to explore without moving from your sofa, by embarking on a journey through virtual reality.

5. Set Up a Fort in Your House

Three kids, a boy and two girls, playing at night inside a bedroom tent.

Especially with little ones in the house, making a fort is an excellent way to show them a brand new place. Whether you build a castle out of couch cushions and pillows and call it Buckingham Palace or layout all your towels, umbrellas, and boogie boards in the backyard to create the beaches of California, your kids will love going on an adventure you plan for them. It may just be their best yet!

6. Plan a Themed Dinner

themed dinner - travel from home

During the pandemic, cooking soon became the preferred hobby for many who were homebound. From experienced cooks to newbies, several people started playing Master Chef at home by baking sourdough bread and trying new recipes. And if you’re one of those people, you can take advantage of your new hobby and travel to a new destination at the same time by cooking typical dishes from other countries.

Hosting a themed dinner can make things even more fun, as you can also include your friends and throw a virtual party. You can celebrate Cinco de Mayo by trying delicious Mexican recipes, learn how to make homemade pasta, and even try some unique coffee recipes. Ask your pals to bring their favorite dish so you can celebrate together, eat yummy food, and enjoy your at-home restaurant.

7. Listen to a Travel Podcast

Woman listening to a travel podcast in front of the ocean.

Last week we created a list of the best travel podcasts to listen to in 2020. Not only these podcasts will give you helpful information for planning your future stay, but they will also provide you with great ideas on where to go, and what to do and see there. Podcasts are also a great alternative for books and movies, and you can listen to them anytime: while cleaning out your closet, working out, or before bed. Check out our list to find your new favorite show.

8. Re-Purpose Your Old Postcards

postcards - travel from home

Do you have dozens of postcards sitting in a shoebox under your bed? If so, there are a few different ways to re-purpose them! Do a DIY (do it yourself) project. All you need is a couple of pieces of string and some clothespins to turn your wall into a global paradise.

You can also make photocopies and mail them to friends and family. Your loved ones will be so thrilled to receive mail from you during this time, and it’s a great way to share your past experiences with them too.

9. Make a “Bucket List” Pinterest Board

A Pinterest board on a smartphone's screen.

We have given you dozens of ideas for bucket list adventures, and now it’s your turn to make them a reality. A good place to start is by creating mood boards on Pinterest to organize your “Travel Around the World Bucket List”. You can create specific themed boards for each travel type, like surfing destinations, mountain getaways, romantic vacations, best cities for foodies, and more.

The advantage of doing this, aside from being fun and almost therapeutic, is that when you start planning your trips in the future, these trusty boards will help you organize and plan based on your interests. You can check out our CuddlyNest Pinterest page for inspiration.

10.Learn a New Language

Young woman writing on a paper while studying in front of her laptop.

Believe it or not, learning a new language is one of the best ways to travel the world without leaving home. This basically happens because, when you learn a new language, you usually start gaining interest in a new culture, which most of the time makes you want to travel. So, to make the most out of staying in, save some time during the week to learn a new language you’ve always wanted to. You can either take online classes with a native speaker or download language-learning mobile apps, such as Duolingo.

11. Watch a Travel-Inspired TV Show

Woman smiling while watching a movie at nigh on her laptop.

Now that you already watched travel movies, read travel books, and listened to travel podcasts, you might wanna watch some travel-inspired tv shows. One of the best is, undoubtedly, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. This award-winning show follows the chef and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain as he eats his way out in the world. Bourdain travels to all five corners of the globe and explores the local culture and cuisine while visiting each destination. You can see him eating the most unusual things, such as goose intestines cooked in black beans sauce, pig soup, and balut, which is a fetal duck egg that is normally eaten in the Philippines.

And there are other great travel-themed shows to binge-watch from home. Available on Netflix, the Kindness Diaries is a documentary show that follows the journey of Leon Logothetis, a former London broker that travels around the world on his vintage Chang Jian motorbike. While exploring places like Alaska, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Logothetis relies only on the kindness of strangers for receiving food, gas, shelter, and everything else except for money.

12. Create a CuddlyNest Wishlist

international travel wish list

Travel is nothing without finding the perfect place to stay, and we are here to provide you with incredible accommodations at the best price. Use our CuddlyNest “Save to Wishlist” tool to plan your future getaway now, and stay later. To save to the wishlist, all you need to do is log in to your CuddlyNest profile, press the save button on the right-hand side of the listing, and it will appear in your wishlist under your profile, waiting for you to book and visit. It’s that easy. Your domestic or international travel plans can be done in seconds.

We would love to join your international travel from home. Let us know what journeys you embark on. Check out our blog for more inspiration to fill your wanderlust.

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9 Terrific Ideas for Group Vacations and Family Reunions

9 Terrific Ideas for Group Vacations and Family Reunions

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It does not matter if you are a careful planner with detailed travel plans, or your travel plan consists of just a rough list of ideas when you go traveling on your own. Contrary to solo travel, travel planning is necessary when it comes to group vacations and family reunions. Whether you are going on a budget trip with a group of friends, or decide to go on a vacation with family, there is always a clash between group members when it comes to getting lazy at the beach resort, and going on a hike and discovering the history of the city.

To keep everyone happy, CuddlyNest comprised a destination list of ideas that will keep everyone happy at the destination — regardless of if they prefer shopping and discovering the local culture and cuisine, or go for surfing, hiking or adventure parks.

Budget Ski Trip to Tatras Mountains, Slovakia

It may be the first time you hear about Tatras, but surely it should not be the last one — this mountain range is widely known in Europe for being one of the most affordable ski destinations in winter months. The mountains form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland, and in summer, you can go hiking or paragliding here, while the older members of a family can visit the historic Polish city Krakow or Slovakian Košice just 3-hour ride away. 

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Scenic Train ride on Trans-Siberian Railway

If you wish to spend some quality time together with your older family members or a larger group of friends, then embark on a scenic trail ride! The Trans-Siberian Railway route is one of the oldest and third largest train routes in the world connecting Moscow with Vladivostok in the Russian Far East since 1916. While on the train, you can see the Ural Mountains, Yenisei, and end your trip close to the border with North Korea. Taking the route is possible in any of the seasons, but in summer months when the weather is the best and daylight hours are the longest, you can enjoy the views for longer. Make sure to try some Black Bread and smoked omul (a local fish) at lake Baikal when off the train, and enjoy the absence of small talk when encountering locals.

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best family reunions ideas 2021

Enjoy the Cottage Life in North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Solitude is so easily obtainable when you are in Northern Ontario! Get back into nature, connect with your extended family and clear your mind by booking several cottages for a family reunion. Enjoy the nature, and when craving the sip of a brew, head to Gateway City Brewery in North Bay. Let members of the family enjoy shopping to discover the works of local artisans at the year-round indoor public market at the heart of Downtown North Bay, or go on a bike ride using the bike rental at Cheapskates.

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best family reunions ideas 2021

Explore Mayan Ruins in Guatemala 

Guatemala is just the perfect location for your next family reunion or friend group vacation to keep both beach bums and culture vultures happy. Everyone will appreciate the lazy beach days, soaking up the sun, snorkeling or surfing at the ocean. After a swim, you can take a yoga class on the beach, or learn about turtle conservation. When you want to fill your thirst of knowledge, go and visit Tikal Ruins, one of the largest urban center in pre-Columbian Maya located in the rainforest. Make sure to indulge in plenty of seafood! Try the ceviche (raw fish cooked in lime juice) and drink some Picocita (popular hangover cure) sold at the ceviche stands.

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Reunite in the Green Seattle, Washington

Not everyone is up for a reunion at the beach. If your friends are into cities, and you too want to discover the modern culture, architecture and music scene, there is hardly any place better than Seattle. Located in Washington, it also has great logistics, and you can set up picnics and family excursions to Museum of Pop Culture to have some educational yet fun experience that would form a lasting bond for all members. For families with small children, Seattle offers to visit the Seattle Aquarium and Ferris Wheel on the Seattle Waterfront. Make sure to play pinball in Seattle Pinball Museum, listen to alternative rock and grunge, and after a long day of walks around the city’s major tourism spots, pack some Hom Bow from Mee Sum Pastry for a picnic in the Emerald City’s green forests.

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Go for family fun in Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida is perfect for families with small children. It tops our list of Florida family vacations with kids, and with a good reason. Disney World is a great place for kids to enjoy carousels, meeting their beloved movie characters in the real world, at the same time allowing the adults to enjoy the lovely Kissimmee swamp airboat tours and charming Bok Tower gardens. 

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Host a family reunion party at Walland, Tennessee

Walland, Tennessee is a perfect place for those willing to escape the modern-day rush and slip into the countryside state of mind. Keeping the bustling city atmosphere away, Walland in Tennessee is just the perfect spot to relax and reunite with your extended family. You and your loved ones will be able to bond in the solitude and calmness of nature, go for long walks on the Great Smoky Mountains northern foothills, or go fishing in the Little Tennessee River.   

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Discover the captivating Seoul, South Korea

For groups under ten people, city breaks are one of the best ideas for a great vacation destination. While you may have been to most popular European cities, and maybe even to some of Europe’s best offbeat vacation spots, East Asia is a completely different experience for anyone coming here. Be prepared to experience a bit of drama when making a group decision in between early morning tours to the Gyeongbokgung Palace and other historical sights, and late-night dining on Myeong-dong streets. But after you have listened to some Korean pop, went on pub-crawls and talked with locals over beer and fried chicken, there will be Jeong  (정) – a bond formed in between you.

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Family reunion in Sofia, Bulgaria

While Athens, Rome and Florence are usually described as the most historic cities in Europe, there is so much more to discover in Sofia, Bulgaria and around! Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe, founded in 681 AD, and famous for its natural diversity – mountains, plains, Black Sea coast, rivers, lakes and hot springs. You can come to Vitosha, Bulgaria for hiking and skiing in winter or lay on the beach in summer months.

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An Extra Idea for Family Reunions: Wine tasting and historical exploration of Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia is known for its wine, nature and hospitality of Georgians. Situated in between Asia and Europe, it is the perfect destination for those seeking to discover the remains of ancient cities, snowy mountains, lush nature and delicious wine. Go and visit Kakheti for a wine region, go skiing to Gudauri, just north Tbilisi if you visit from December to April. Remember to try the delicious wine paired with the traditional Khinkali (Georgian Dumplings), indulge in vegetarian Badrijani Nigvzit (roasted eggplant strips), and bring back home some sulguni (Georgian cheese).


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3,2,1 Action: New York

3,2,1 Action: New York

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When planning a trip to New York, the first thing that comes to mind is a battery of images that we have all seen on the big screen. The city of skyscrapers has become a set of shooting in itself: “When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel like I’m in a movie”, Ryan Adams.

Who does not remember those musical fights between the Sharks and the Jets in the streets of the Upper West Side? Who has not dreamed of having Breakfast in front of Tiffany’s and singing Moon River on a fire escape with the same glamor as Audrey Hepburn? Or even to spy on the neighbors of Greenwich Village from a Rear window, because as John Lennon said: “I regret profoundly that I was not an American and not born in Greenwich Village. It might be dying, and there might be a lot of dirt in the air you breathe, but this is where it’s happening”.


New York is a city with a soul and if there is someone who loves this city and has been able to transfer that passion through the screen, it is undoubtedly Woody Allen. Movies like Manhattan and that emotional final scene convince us that love may be fragile and fleeting, but it’s worth the risk every time. That’s New York, a city where anything can happen. A city where you learn to have faith in people.

But there is a world beyond the movies. You do not have to be a film buff to know the streets of the city. Let’s say: “Central Perk”, I bet that 90% of you know what we mean, right? Joe, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, and Ross spent many hours with those huge cups of coffee as we spend many hours in front of the TV with tears of laughter watching this group of Friends.

And what about the mythical Sex and the City? I’m sure you can picture yourself going into a Manhattan bar with Manolo Blahnik’s shoes and asking for one of those pink cocktails. Do not miss visiting Carry’s apartment on the Upper East Side (66 Perry Street) after a day of shopping on the Fifth Avenue.

If you are interested in the architecture, you are in the right city as well. Surely you have heard about Ted Mosby and How he met the mother of his children. His love for the Empire State Building or those wonderful moments with Robin, Marshall, and Lilly on the roof of his apartment, right above MacLaren’s pub (which is based on McGee’s pub on West 55th Street), are in everyone mind.

New York, it’s that city that never sleeps. That city which is always the center of the catastrophe, where the Armageddon begins and the one in which monsters like Godzilla reproduce. That city where everything can happen and in which everyone has a dream:

New York, New York

I want to wake up in a city, that doesn’t sleeps

And find king of the hill one top of the list

A number one

The options are endless, but we are going to give you a list of 5 things you MUST do if you are in the city of skyscrapers at least once in your life:

  1. Try the Katz’s pastrami sandwich sitting on the same table as Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal and “scream” in that peculiar way.
  2. Sing “Ta, na, na, na, na, na, GHOSBUSTERS!” At the National Library of Fifth Avenue.
  3. Play the giant piano of the FAO Schwartz toyshop emuling Tom Hanks while you become a child again.
  4. Stay on top of the Empire State Building with someone who could be the love of your life (you can always use the Tinder) …
  5. Cook Spaghetti and use a tennis racquet as a Jack Lemmon style strainer in the Apartment.

Because you can visit many cities in the world, but there are none the same in the world. As our favorite Taxi Driver Robert De Niro says: “I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say,” There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it”.

Do you still need more? Well, click here and start planning that dream trip in which you are the Star.

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