As winter descends on us, we’re all getting ready for the onslaught of European summer on Instagram. If you haven’t got a trip booked be prepared to feel a twinge of envy (or want to claw out your eyes 🙄) every time you see an incredible beachside locale pop up on your feed. It’s not all bad news though, because tomorrow is International Best Friend Day and if that’s not a reason to book a trip with your besties ASAP, we don’t know what is.
While you may not be able to rent out an entire island with your BFF’s like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, a healthy combination of dancing, drinks and sun will serve you up just as much of an epic trip together! The Contiki crew have shared seven bomb-ass destinations that can give you just that. ☀️😎👯
Who doesn’t love tapas and cocktails with their pals? With Sangria, Mediterranean sunshine and of course hot Spanish men to perve at there’s really no downside to a Spanish holiday. Spain has it all, with gorgeous scenery and architecture plus the ultimate beachside European vibes. From Barcelona to Seville, it’s the European centre of passion and we’re passionate about getting there, stat.
If you and your girls want to take it up a notch (or let’s be honest, a few hundred notches), Ibiza is the place for you. Not just your standard clubbing experience, the European Vegas is home to some of the best clubs in the world. The beaches are next-level gorgeous, even by Mediterranean standards and the weather is pretty close to perfect almost all year round – it averages around 25°C all summer long.
If Sex and the City taught us anything, it’s that New York is the perfect backdrop for a girls trip. It’s kind of impossible to not get all sentimental over your girls in the Big Apple. Stroll down Fifth Avenue in a line swinging your shopping bags, sip martinis at a bar in the Meatpacking District and hit the town in Chelsea in your most Samantha get up.
You don’t necessarily need something to celebrate in Vegas and it’s time we stopped leaving sin city to the boys! It may be the historical home of bachelor/ bachelorette parties, but that just proves how perfect it is for a squad vacation. The parties are legendary of course, but it’s also a great place to get a little taste of international travel without leaving the desert – from Paris to Venice and even Egypt by way of the Luxor, the hotels of the strip will make you feel like you’re Euro hopping.
“What’s so special about Italy?” said no one ever. For starters, how about the best wine in the world? Prosecco in the sun, anyone? All of your favourite deliciously carby foods are really the cherry on top. Pasta! Gelato! Pizza! Not to mention jaw-dropping photo ops on the Amalfi. We’re already sold!
Sail Turkey is the hottest new destination for European summer and heading off on a yacht with your girls sounds like paradise to us. With sunshine, Mediterranean food, crystal clear blue waters and awesome on-shore shenanigans and you’re pretty much guaranteed an incredible week of fun! Skip all the hassle of organising your own and jump on the Aegean Classic, sailing between Greece and Turkey. Dreamy!
Audrey Hepburn once said that “Paris is always a good idea” and with a hefty serve of croissants and culture we couldn’t agree more. Embrace your inner Parisian with matching berets and see the can-can girls do their thing at Moulin Rouge before heading off to dance around the city. Drink all the wine and eat a ton of delicious butter and cream filled treats – calories in France don’t count anyway!