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Published on February 23rd, 2016 | by Emma Hackwood

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5 Places to Travel with Your Bestie

Whether it’s falling asleep under the stars in Costa Rica, lounging on the beaches of Greece or eating your way through Italy, the best moments in life are made even better when you have your bestie by your side. So we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite places to travel with your best friend, and why we think you’ll love them.

1. Croatia

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Croatia is known for three great things: sights, sun and sailing! From the walled cities of Dubrovnik, to the fun island of Hvar, there’s a reason Croatia is a must visit.

Why you’ll love it: The swimming, sailing and coastal towns.

When to go:  July – August (Peak Europe summer season), June or September for a more relaxing visit.

Top 5 Experiences

  • Visit and explore a UNESCO world heritage site and the largest national park in Croatia – Plitvice lakes.
  • Travel to Dubrovnik, the old town encircled with huge stone walls from the 16th century. Hit up Buza cliff bar to witness a magical sunset.
  • Sail Croatia across some of the finest towns and islands it has to offer. Soak up the sun and swim in the sea.
  • Check out Hvar, one of the most popular islands in Croatia.
  • Hit up a renowned music festival in Croatia. From Ultra, to Soundwave.

2. Italy

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Italy vacation mapThere’s a reason they call it Bella Italia; beautiful people, delicious food, epic scenery, and so much vino! From the colourful coastal city of Cinque Terre, to the always incredible ancient city of Rome, the leaning tower of Pisa and the floating city of Venice, an Italy vacation is where it’s at. Why not have your bestie by your side to experience it with you?

Why You’ll Love it: Fresh authentic cuisine, ancient culture, history, and plenty of sights worth Instagramming.

When to Go: April – July (sidenote it can get pretty hot from July – August).

Top 5 Experiences:

  • Get lost in Venice, ride a gondola and visit Basilica di San Marco
  • Roam around Rome and hit up the classical must see’s – The Colosseum, the Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Escape to the seaside by visiting the Amalfi coast of Italy. This 50 km stretch of coastline includes Positano, and goes further down to Sorrento.
  • Indulge in delicious world-famous pizza, cheese and wine.
  • Do a day trip to the smallest country in the world – the Vatican city.

3. New Zealand

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Whether you’re a Hobbit fan or an adventure junkie, there is so much to experience on a New Zealand vacation. With plenty of outdoor activities, adventure, food and wine – we promise you there is no shortage of things to keep you busy.

Why you’ll love it: Breathtaking scenery (almost as epic as Canada), glaciers and the #1 destination for adventure travel.

When to go: Winter (May – July) or summer is perfect in New Zealand (Dec – Feb)

Top 5 Experiences:

  • Conquer your fears and bungee jump for the first time at the original Nevis – if you dare!
  • Head to Searle lane, one of the best bars in Queenstown.
  • Cruise down the Milford Sound, one of the 8th wonders of the World that was carved out by glaciers during the ice ages.
  • Visit home of Middle Earth from Lord Of The Rings and check out Hobbiton.
  • Explore Wanaka in winter and learn to ski or snowboard at world class fields of Cardrona and Treble Cross.

4. Thailand

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Contiki island hopper tourOnce you go to Thailand and eat the street food, Thai food back home will never taste the same again. Imagine yourself taking in stunning sunsets and enjoying Island life in Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan. It’s the epitome of being ‘young, wild and free’ and there’s nothing better than having your bestie by your side to do those things with. 

Why You’ll love it: It’s affordable, the food is delicious, the parties are awesome, and did we mention Thai massages?

When to go: Nov- May (May-Oct is rainy season)

Top 5 Experiences:

  • Yi Peng Lantern Festival (Nov) where 10,000 lanterns are released into the sky
  • A Full Moon party
  • Thai Cooking class in Chiang Mai
  • Scuba diving/snorkelling
  • Try Muay Thai (martial art boxing)

5. Costa Rica

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This small country in Central America is a haven for discovery. From jungles and rainforests, to volcanoes, beaches, coffee plantations and even cooler locals, there’s nothing quite like a trip to Costa Rica with your BFF.

Why you’ll love it: Rainforests, coffee plantations, surfing and did we mention Sloths?! (they may very well be the cutest animal in the world).

When to go: April – June and Sept- Nov

Top 5 Experiences: 

  • Soak up one of their many hot springs or waterfalls (La Fortuna is a must).
  • Learn to surf.
  • Zipline at Selvatura Park.
  • Visit the famed Arenal Volcano.
  • Visit a coffee plantation.

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Don’t want to leave your trip up to chance? Travel with your bestie on any Contiki tour and save $150 each! 

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About the Author

Emma Hackwood

a freelance copywriter, amateur glider pilot and full-time adventure seeker, has travelled extensively in pursuit of her lifelong dream of simply seeing it all. Up to over 50 countries, she lists American Samoa and the seldom visited Marquesas Islands as her current favourite destinations, with a wandering eye on Guam and Tonga to complete her Pacific escapades.



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