With as much traveling as I have been doing, it’s a little bizarre that I have more travel on my brain at all. There is a major difference between travel for business and pleasure though and I just can’t help it that summer time makes me dream of all the vacations. Recently, I’ve been wanting to do a girls trip to catch up with my girls and also just take a break from all the chaos and hectic schedules we all have. I do have something both relaxing and good for the mind and body planned for next week (more of that to come), but first I wanted to give you guys the travel guide I searched for places to go. These were my top picks and honestly I really hope to do all of them at some point soon.
Trip ideas for you and your BFF or your man or your dog…..whatever floats your boat:
Sonoma County, California
- Doing back-to-back wine tastings with your nearest and dearest is what friendship dreams are made of. Most people go to Napa Valley for their vineyard crawls, but there’s another wine country you should be looking at… Sonoma County. It is more affordable and less touristy and there is endless wine and views
Liberia, Costa Rica
- Looking for a vacation spot that gives you the option to be active and is breathtaking? Costa Rica is for you and your besties. Take a hike at Rincon de la Vieja National Park and discover plenty of stunning volcanos, waterfalls and wildlife. The small town is easy to walk around and you’ll feel right at home grabbing cocktails from street vendors, or admiring homegrown artistic creations. Even the locals love it…that’s a good sign!
- I feel like everyone is going to Portland these days? With a distinctive personality and colorful neighborhoods to match, the city is ideal for young people looking for a chill weekend. You’ll be greeted with retro RVs, funky murals and interestingly-dressed locals on the streets.
San Francisco, California
- Let’s be real. You can’t go wrong with anywhere in California..but San Francisco is AMAZING. Whether you and your friends are into art museums, shopping, restaurant-hopping, or all of the above, San Francisco provides endless fun. And if you’re tired of the city, you can always take a day trip to nearby wine country or check out one of the many surrounding hiking trails. So it’s basically a win-win for all.
New Orleans, Louisiana
- There are so many ways to describe New Orleans: soulful, raucous, unexpected, delicious, fun, wild. You won’t regret taking a trip here with your BFFs. Just a few tips: Go in the spring or fall, and keep in mind that it gets really busy around Mardi Gras and JazzFest. Don’t eat for a month before you go, because the food is DEVINE and the drinks are over flowing.
Asheville, North Carolina
- Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville is perfect for both the outdoorsy and the indoorsy crew. If you enjoy roughing it, there’s no shortage of opportunities to hike, bike, or raft. Rather enjoy the mountains from a safe distance? You can stay busy just exploring the city. There are breweries and food trucks throughout the town.
Palm Springs, California
- Yep. It’s true. California is the place to be. Palm Springs, is a quick two-hour trip from LA. On average, the area gets 350 days of sunshine a year…(when can I move there?) Should you and your girls leave the pool, there’s hiking, Wild West-style trips through the desert and the best spas in the world.
- With stunning views and a widely-known culture of friendliness, America’s neighbor to the north is an ideal place to hit up with your squad. Vancouver, in particular, has an intoxicating blend of city life and outdoor adventure to offer.
Stay tuned to find out which trip I am going on next weekend!
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