By Julius Choudhury, dearJulius.com
Here’s a list some of the best places from around the world where you should holiday along with your best friends.
[post_ads]The Canadian city offers a unique blend of old European charm and North American culture. Cycle your way through its heritage architecture such as the Basilique Notre-Dame, wander across the many sleek shops of downtown, and eat at the inviting restaurants in Mile End and Plateau. For cultural aficionados, Montreal has over 250 theater and dance companies and 90 festivals taking place all through the year.
If you are looking for a serene, rustic life and regular wine-tastings, Tuscany is the place to visit. It is a perfect mix of elegant architecture, rolling hills and expansive vineyards. Take a hike along the cypress boulevards and olive groves, or explore Renaissance art in towns such as San Gimignano and Siena. A visit to the Chianti wineries – that produces some of the most exquisite wines in the world – is a given.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Although Bora Bora is a better-known paradise for honeymooners, the island offers exciting opportunities for all kinds of thrill seekers. From a 4x4 safari, to participating in shark feedings and lagoon tours, you’ll be spoilt for choices. However, if adventure isn’t your thing, you and your friends can relax at overwater luxury resorts that offer private decks, canoe-delivered room service and rejuvenating spa treatments among other attractions.
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Get away from the world of smartphones and plan a trip to one of the most isolated places on earth. As you traverse across its vast terrain of nothingness, the rugged beauty will leave you mesmerized. Along the way, you will be greeted by gigantic sand dunes and ancient dinosaur fossils. Off-road adventures can culminate with a camel ride and camping with nomads under the stars.
Located in the Hérault river valley in the Cévennes Mountains, the charming village in southern France is a perfect getaway for artists, hikers and medieval history enthusiasts. Walk around the local markets, pursue outdoor activities such as canoeing and swimming, and immerse in the cultural heritage of the place. Make sure not to miss the ancient monastery of Gellone, which is designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Look no further if you and your friends are keen on enjoying an urban vacation. Dubai – with its opulent shopping malls, world-class adventure parks and happening nightlife – is an apt destination for cosmopolitan travelers. While here, head over to the traditional gold and spice markets to experience an authentic shopping time. A visit to the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) is a must-do thing here.
If you’re a “Game of Thrones” fan, you must know that Dubrovnik is one of the filming locations of the popular TV series. The fortified city is known for its pebbled streets, ornate buildings and the calm Adriatic Sea. As you stroll around the city, stop by the informal eateries that will serve you some of the best seafood in the world.
Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA
Running across the Pacific coastline of California, the iconic 123-mile-long (198 km) route – starting at Monterey and ending at Morro bay – is perhaps the most iconic drive in North America. If you are a motley crew with diverse interests, the road has something for everyone including the Elephant Seal Rookery for animal lovers, posh restaurants for foodies, and hidden bars for nightlife fans.
[post_ads]Ditch the most obvious beach destinations and plan a trip to Sanya instead. The quaint city on the Hainan Island is sometimes referred to as “China’s Florida.” Apart from the pristine beaches, other attractions include traditional villages, scenic mountain getaways and historic landmarks. Stay at one of the plush resorts and hotels to enjoy a luxe vacation.
For a food connoisseur, there is no dearth of options in this seaside city. From first-class tapas bars to inexpensive wine cellars and lavish multicourse lunches, Barcelona has plenty to offer. After savoring the delectable Spanish cuisine, head to the innumerable concert halls, lounges and clubs to get a taste of the city’s upbeat culture. If you’re up for it, join in with the flamenco dancers for a round or two.
A tropical haven, the Indonesian island is equally alluring to adventurers and casual tourists. Go diving in the sea, trekking through the dense jungles, or simply unwind in the luxurious spas. If you have an eye for history, heritage and culture, Bali is dotted with many temples. Take part in the local customs and soak in the spiritual air of the region.
A popular seaside resort, Bundoran in County Donegal is famous for being one of the best surf towns in the world. The town is brimming with some of the best bars, nightclubs and restaurants, in addition to a water park and several fun fairs. It also plays host to the annual Bundoran Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival every June.
World-renowned for its all-night raves and never-ending revelries, Ibiza is the ultimate party destination. Some of the best European DJs such as David Guetta and Luciano play here that makes it a holy spot for clubbers. If you get tired of the partying, head to the secluded coves and hilltop hamlets or roam around the island’s architecture, which is an ode to its rich history and heritage.
The third-largest Italian city has the recipe for a perfect holiday – archaeological treasures, culinary delights and a vibrant nightlife. It is also the gateway to other gems of the country including Pompeii, Ravello, Positano, Capri, Sorrento and Ischia.
Often called the ‘pearl of the Andaman,’ the island of Phuket is marked by blue lagoons and pink sunsets. You are guaranteed a memorable beach experience; either explore the many adrenaline activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and wind surfing, or rejuvenate on the powdery shores with a drink in hand. The numerous hills, inlands and cliffs also provide excellent trekking opportunities.
Tel Aviv, Israel
One of the most popular Central Asian city, Tel Aviv is a modern and vibrant place that boasts towering skyscrapers, fine-dining restaurants, contemporary art galleries, and chic boutiques. It is also known for its thriving gay community. The best aspect of the place, however, is its balmy beaches.
Napa Valley, California, USA
[post_ads]Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are just some of the world-class wines produced here. Plan a trip with your wine-loving friends and sip in the freshly-produced fare as you go around visiting the quaint little towns in the valley. The modern-day wine country is visited by over four million people every year, making it a very popular vacationing spot.
For any budget traveler, Vietnam is one of the most preferred destinations. The Price of Travel’s Index showed that you can last a day in Hanoi on $20 or less on food, lodging and sightseeing. Offering a meeting point of modernity and traditional culture, the city is replete with museums, pagodas, markets and lakes.
The beautiful Greek island is a perfect amalgamation of Saint Tropez in France and Ibiza in Spain. It has emerged as one of the hotspots for party lovers, with a reputation for nightlong revelry. During its peak season (July-August), you will come across cruise travelers and pleasure-seeking vacationers. But those looking for a peaceful time or a taste of local life, a visit during the off-season is suggested.