People often catch themselves daydreaming about where they’d like to vacation during busy times at work or school. You might imagine yourself shopping at local stores or visiting historic locations, but vacations aren’t quite the same if you don’t have someone tagging along.
Consider making your next vacation a girls’ trip to have some extra fun. Bring your closest friends and set some time aside from work to experience your destination for a bit longer than a quick weekend trip. A week gives everyone time to stop at places that interest them and bask in the enjoyment of getting away from town.
If you can’t decide where to go, check out these seven-day girl trip getaways. They’re the best one-week vacation ideas for friends to take since they’ll have a little bit of everything to please any traveler. Bring them up with your friends to decide which places to visit first, so everyone can get excited about your upcoming trip.
1. Tulum, Mexico
Jungle adventures and pristine beaches collide when you visit Tulum, Mexico. Your friend who loves to lay out and tan by the waves can relax while others go off to hike, but there’s much more to do later in the week.
Explore Mayan ruins just outside the city or visit caves filled with clear water that’s perfect for cannonballs. Enjoy authentic street food between yoga classes before heading back to relax at your hotel.
2. Dubrovnik, Croatia
The ancient town of Dubrovnik may not have been a massive tourist attraction before 2011, but now it’s known as the city used for filming Game of Thrones cities like King’s Landing. While you won’t see dragons flying over the town, it’s an excellent place for a girls’ trip because there’s so much to do.
Pose for pictures by the cities walls or take a cable car to see the views. Visit the historic churches and monasteries before swimming in the Adriatic as the sunsets.
3. Montauk, New York
Montauk is a picturesque and classic getaway spot in the northeast. Rent a yacht for the week instead of a hotel to go all out for a trip. Explore the many beaches available to the public or hike the nearby state park. Picky eaters will love the many restaurants in the area, which is a lively place to dine in the evenings.
4. Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a smaller country filled with paradise. It has everything from rainforests to vast open fields, plus waterfalls and beaches. You’ll want to bring the girls to check out Manual Antonio Beach, which has hidden trails and private vendors when you want to escape public beaches. Tour the city and take wildlife tours that bring you up close to friendly monkeys and colorful birds before dining at all the local hotspots.
5. Austin, Texas
Austin is known as one of the most popular places for bachelorette parties, so it’s perfect for seven-day girls’ trips. Rent a party boat and cruise one of the many lakes with your friends. Visit saloons, restaurants and attend some of the city’s seasonal events while you’re there. Many events are free, which gives you more cash to put towards making memories during your stay.
6. Santorini, Greece
Greece is where you want to go if you want a beautiful getaway that’s ultra-affordable. You’ll tour cliffside cities painted in bright colors and get the chance to waterski to a volcano. Choose from one of the many wineries to taste local blends. When everyone gets tired at the end of the day, you can head back to your hotel (you can find affordable options), even at the nicest locations.
7. Phuket, Thailand
Thailand is another place you can travel to on a budget, so your friends should all be able to go. Once you arrive, make sure you visit the Big Buddha landmark and sign everyone up for a local cooking class. There are animal sanctuaries to visit and beaches to explore when you’re not touring museums or visiting historic shrines.
Talk About Your Options
It’s fun to go anywhere with your best friends, especially locations like these. Send a list to your friends and talk about your options. Visit the place everyone wants to see first and then plan for future trips to other destinations. No matter where you go, your week-long girls’ trip will be a blast for everyone.