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18 Perfect Summer Getaway Ideas for You and Your Friends

Add these destinations to your bucket list.

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Who needs a girls’ getaway? Who doesn’t? Whether you’re seeking a burst of adventure or just some downtime on the beach, these spots are worth a visit.

Ojai, California

Known for its lavish spa and retreat, this spot would be the ideal place to kick back, relax, and take a mud bath.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Scandinavian summers are what dreams are made of and Copenhagen is the spot to experience it all. Its food scene is booming and come summer, you’ll find locals and tourists alike, camped around the city’s spanning canals and riverfront cafes. Design-lovers, this one’s for you.

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Tokyo, Japan

This one is guaranteed to be the trip of a lifetime. Tokyo is a destination unlike any other and its unique mix of the old and the new contribute to the city’s celebrated style. An eclectic mix of neighborhoods, which comprise the city, mean there’s plenty to do and see for everyone in your group. 

Cinque Terre, Italy

The friends that exercise together, stay together. Head over to the Italian Coast and hike the stairs that connect each city. The views only are worth a visit.

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge


Ready for an adventure? Pack your bags and take a kayak trip through the caves of Hawaii. There’s nothing better for bonding than to be surrounded by natural beauty.

Zimbabwe, Africa

Want to try something different? Take a few weeks in Zimbabwe volunteering in schools and around town. Soak up the local culture and end the trip with a safari. (Not so bad.)

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Santorini, Greece

Soak up the Grecian sun and dive into the Sea of Crete. Lounge by the pool and take photographs of the small white villas. Warning: You definitely won’t want to go home.

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Harbour Island, Bahamas

Pink sands and bare feet. Enjoy the sea breezes in the Bahamas on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Plus, it’s a great backdrop for a champagne picnic.

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Bali, Indonesia

Looking for a spiritual rejuvenation? Bali is your best bet. Spend your time riding bikes through rice fields, eating local cuisine, and, well, meditating.

Photography by ANNA KOCHARIAN

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Sun and sand calling your names? Sit poolside, drink margaritas, and let the day fade away. It’s the perfect time to catch up on the latest gossip. See why art-lovers are flocking to Cabo.

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Charleston, South Carolina

There’s a reason why this Southern city has maintained its spot on top of the list of the best cities. Charleston’s iconic architecture, scenic landscapes, and unrivaled food scene earmark it as a must-visit destination.

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Photography by LOUISE DESROSIERS | East Mamma


France Floating down the Seine, champagne under the Eiffel Tower, more cheese than you can eat – Paris is the ideal setting. Take your bestie and revel in all the City of Lights has to offer.

Khao Phing Kan, Thailand

Can’t find a place that combines all of your passions? Try Thailand for a mix of history, adventure, and leisure. This beautiful culture will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

Villa Lena Tuscany Villa Exterior
Photography by ANNABEL ELSTON

Tuscany, Italy

Nothing screams ‘girls-only getaway’ like a weekend filled with wine tasting in Italy. Watch the sun set over the vineyard, take a sip, and buonanotte. Put this Tuscan villa on your list.

Lapland, Finland

Want to experience something extraordinary? Spend the night in an underground igloo with front row seats to the Aurora Borealis. This is one for the record books.

Queenstown, New Zealand

Skiing? Beaches? Nightlife? A vibrant city on the edge of New Zealand, Queenstown has a lot to offer. Get your most adventurous bud and take a zip-line through the city.

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Cairo, Egypt

Do as the Egyptians do and visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Ride a camel, take a picture with the Sphinx, and travel down the Nile.

West Village Townhouse Alison Cayne Balcony

New York City

Who doesn’t want to go on a shopping spree in the big apple? Bring along your favorite gal, and head down 5th Avenue. Very ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ indeed.

This story was originally published on April 28, 2015, it has been updated with new information.

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