Top 8 Destinations Worldwide for Adventurous Trips with Friends

2023-07-03 00:18:46 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

A vacation with friends offers the perfect opportunity to escape the obligations often associated with romantic getaways, family vacations, and business trips.

True friendships often last a lifetime and deserve a celebration of the highest order: embarking on a special trip together.

No matter if your friendship is nurtured through heartfelt conversations in elegant cafes or high-energy escapades in the wilderness, here are the top eight destinations in the world for traveling with friends.

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1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, the most stylish destination in South America, is the ideal place for friends seeking an affordable taste of the good life. Its historic and sophisticated café culture resembles that of Paris, offering budget-friendly yet full-bodied red wines (Argentina is, after all, the birthplace of Malbec). Moreover, the city's top-notch restaurants, such as Don Julio, serve enormous steaks that are meant for sharing.

The list of things to do in Buenos Aires is endless. Stroll through beautiful, well-maintained parks with your pal, revel in the vibrant nightlife that caters to even the most party-loving companion, and admire the stunning, time-worn architecture that graces the city landscape. The city is also renowned for its incredible culture, boasting South America's most esteemed opera house and hosting some of the most passionate football matches in the world. As the birthplace of the tango, Buenos Aires is the perfect place to learn this dance form without any performance pressure.

2. Ko Tao, Thailand

Taking the plunge together takes on a whole new meaning on Ko Tao, a secluded island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. Scuba diving is the lifeblood here, and the island offers affordable prices and crystal-clear waters teeming with a diverse array of marine life, including the turtles from which it takes its name. As one of the world's premier diving destinations, Ko Tao provides a fun-filled atmosphere for taking diving classes with your friends. Afterward, you can relax and chat about the fascinating marine creatures you encountered while basking on the island's pristine white sand beaches.

People sit in a beach deck on a Thai island.

If you are a fan of celebrating your friendship out in the open, Ko Tao is becoming more and more popular as a hiking destination. There are several trails that cut through the hilly and jungle-covered interior.

Munich, Germany

For those who enjoy indulging in hoppy beverages while surrounded by luxury, Munich is the place to be in Europe. Many friends will find this to be reason enough to visit the Bavarian capital, a city that works hard to make its drinking scene famous all over the world.

People dressed in traditional costumes are sitting in the beer garden

In Munich, there are six major breweries that offer a stunning variety of exquisite beer halls. These halls are adorned with columns, frescoes, and other decorative elements. Munich is also home to the original Oktoberfest, making it feel like a festive celebration of fermented froth every day. As you explore one of Europe's largest city parks, the Englischer Garten, you'll work up a thirst and luckily, there is a big beer garden located there as well.

San Francisco, USA

San Francisco was the hangout spot for one of the most well-documented friendship groups of the 20th century, the Beat Generation. The city is steeped in the legacy of counterculture from the 1960s and has a phenomenal music scene with bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane originating there. You can immerse yourself in the historical bars that were frequented by literary icons Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady, such as Vesuvio Café.

A rear view of people cycling towards the Golden Gate Bridge, heading in the direction of San Francisco.

After experiencing the literary history of San Francisco, take some time to appreciate the incredible street art in the Haight and Ashbury neighborhood. You can also explore the vibrant live music scene with your friends. And if that's not enough, expand your horizons and take a cruise around the iconic landmarks of the City by the Bay, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. For those who want to elevate their experience, venture into Napa Valley, the most legendary wine country in the USA, just an hour's drive north.

5. Budapest, Hungary

Embarking on a voyage through the distinctive capital of Europe, Budapest, to indulge in the enchanting thermal springs with your comrades is truly a magnificent endeavor. Discover this remarkable destination boasting a dozen or so historic spa complexes, where the naturally warm waters provide the ideal setting for relaxation, engaging conversations, and even a riveting game of chess, which holds great significance in the baths of Budapest. Commence your immersion into Budapest's captivating bathing culture by taking a dip in the Széchenyi Baths, a charming establishment dating back to the turn of the century, where you can also pamper yourselves with invigorating massages.

Men playing chess in outdoor pool at Széchenyi.

6. Petra, Jordan

Foster your friendships by embarking on a journey to the awe-inspiring, UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Petra – a breathtaking city sculpted from sandstone. Witness the remarkable achievement of the ancient Nabataeans who meticulously carved this mesmerizing desert city from solid rock during the 4th and 3rd centuries BC. Allow this architectural marvel to ignite a sense of boundless possibilities within you and your comrades, for if the Nabataeans defied the odds with their ingenuity, there is no limit to what you can accomplish together.

Treasury from above with a two sisters, seated on a cliff, Al Khazneh in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan

The mesmerizing entrance to Petra, known as the Siq, is a narrow and winding passage enthroned by towering rock formations. It serves as a tantalizing prologue to the extraordinary craftsmanship that awaits within the hidden city. The Treasury, the focal point of this dramatic tale, showcases an exquisite Hellenistic facade meticulously chiseled from the iron-rich red sandstone cliff. However, don't overlook the grandeur of the Monastery, secluded higher up in the complex, as it too is an outstanding testament to human artistry. Rise early and seize the opportunity to witness the sunrise while exploring Petra's extraordinary monuments, suffusing them with a surreal palette of red and pink hues. This shared adventure will undoubtedly create lasting memories.

7. Sydney to Gold Coast, Australia

Embrace an exhilarating road trip that will take you from the splendor of Sydney, Australia's largest city, to the idyllic shores of the Gold Coast, one of the country's most magnificent beach destinations. However, for you and your companions, the true essence lies not in the destinations themselves but in the journey that unfolds between them. Embark on a scenic route, either along the Pacific Highway spanning 850 kilometers for coastal enthusiasts, or on the New England Highway spanning 1000 kilometers for those wishing to intertwine water adventures with the charm of wine country. Whichever path you choose, the breathtaking national parks along the way promise unparalleled beauty.

Surfers goes into the water with surfboards on Byron Bay beach in New South Wales.

While these distances may not require an entire day of travel, it is recommended to extend the journey over several days. This way, you can fully embrace the magic of the open road, reveling in delightful pit stops and liberating yourself from the confines of a rigid schedule. Such an environment becomes the perfect breeding ground for deepening and nurturing long-standing friendships. We guarantee that every member of your group will find something truly captivating about this unforgettable adventure along the mesmerizing east coast of Australia.

Discover the most endearing marsupials in Port Macquarie, which is abundant in koalas, along the Pacific Highway route. Alternatively, find tranquility in serene coastal towns like Byron Bay or indulge in swimming and surfing on the stunning golden beaches that adorn this coastline. If you opt for the New England Highway, embark on an exhilarating rafting adventure on the Nymboida River or raise a glass to friendship amidst the mountain-backed vineyards of Hunter Valley.

Two friends walk down a New York street with brownstone apartments in the background.

8. New York City, USA

New York City, also known as the Big Apple, offers something for every traveler. The best part is, most attractions and activities are available 24/7. If you and your companions cannot get excited about the vibrant arts scene, world-class dining options, rich cultural experiences, and vibrant nightlife that define NYC, then it may be challenging to agree on any other destination for your joint travel plans. Despite being one of the most-filmed cities in the world, exploring New York City can simultaneously feel familiar and completely unparalleled.

During the day, forge a stronger bond with your best friend at an elegant café in Manhattan – the birthplace of leisurely brunches. Then, ascend a towering skyscraper like the Empire State Building to enjoy breathtaking views of the bustling metropolis. Afterward, immerse yourself in the magnificence of a monumental museum, such as the Guggenheim, or delight in visiting iconic locations featured in the beloved TV show about friendship, Friends!

The nocturnal experiences are just as legendary. Venture to a historic speakeasy, an all-night diner, or a lively jazz club to experience the city's incredibly diverse spirit while engaging in the kind of heart-to-heart conversations that are tailor-made for these unforgettable trips.

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