Although it’s wonderful to celebrate friends’ weddings and to chip in for their honeymoon funds, it can feel like a bit of a bummer if you’re single or flipping through an empty calendar while they post their incredible pics. Instead of letting your nagging social media envy make you feel guilty for being a bad friend, seize the moment to do something awesome: Plan a buddymoon, a new travel trend we totally love! All you need is an adventure-loving bestie and a cool spot to start creating the ultimate travel itinerary. Since some places seem to be better suited for romantic pairs, we put together a quick list of five destinations that are great for a dynamic best friend duo. Cap off your summer by celebrating a relationship you cherish. You both deserve it.
1. the great outdoors: Manchester, Vermont
Not feeling an outrageous resort this summer, or just can’t spring for anything too lavish? We love Manchester, Vermont, an underrated spot near the New York state border with cute cottages for you and your best friend. It’s located in the heart of the state’s well-known Green Mountains, so you’ll be able to get a solid nature fix that leaves you feeling refreshed. You and your BFF will love swimming in waterfalls, tubing down the Battenkill River, or taking outdoor yoga lessons. You can even try off-roading or fly fishing, if you’re up for it! Be sure to keep your camera (or phone) charged, so you can score some killer pics. When it comes to local souvenirs, scoop up Green Mountain coffee beans and local maple goodies like syrup and honey. They’ll be a sweet reminder of time spent with one of your favorite people once you’re back home.
2. A Hip, urban adventure: Brooklyn, New York
Travel with your adventure-loving bestie to explore a bustling metro that people love for international cuisine and diverse culture outside of Manhattan: Brooklyn, New York. One of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the eclectic and affordable Bed-Stuy central neighborhood is home to historic brownstones, artsy facades, and locally owned businesses while just a stone’s throw from trendy Williamsburg. While staying in Brooklyn, plan to ride bicycles along New York’s Ocean Parkway, enjoy a beer at Ruby’s Bar & Grill, and then go see famous landmarks like the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Bridge. Coney Island‘s nearly three-mile-long boardwalk is ideal for sneaking in some steps and offers tons of Insta-worthy photo ops, including famous #foodporn eats like Nathan’s hot dogs and Totonno’s Pizza. Yum.
3. a Sweet Southern Getaway: Sea Island, Georgia
If your idea of a great girls’ getaway has a preppy feel and sweet Southern vibe, Sea Island, Georgia is just the ticket. You and your bestie can indulge in spa treatments — the island is home to two of the top five resorts, and one of the top five hotels, in the continental US — or visit the greens for a round of golf. When you’re done, take advantage of impressive views while relaxing at one of the island’s luxe resorts or walking along miles of private beach. The Cloister and Broadfield both boast relaxed vibes and beautiful digs that count a fabulous farmhouse kitchen, epic dining room, and open porch — all made for sipping a craft cocktail or glass of sweet tea while watching the sun set over a saltwater marsh. Needless to say, you’ll have no problem keeping your colorful sundresses and printed shorts in rotation here.
4. The Ultimate Fitness vacay: St. Lucia
Fitness vacations have been popular for years, and they’re especially awesome for a pair of besties who love sweating it out at SoulCycle or crushing a weekend Barry’s Bootcamp class. Get your endorphins flowing at The BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive health and wellness resort in St. Lucia. This dreamy destination sits within a private cove and offers tons of water sports like sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. You can also take cool classes like “Spoga” (swimming and yoga) or spin at a treehouse studio. To truly experience the great outdoors and magical natural landscape, sign up for the property’s adventure program — you’ll be able to mountain bike, cave dive, and rappel along rivers. Since health is about more than just moving your body, the wellness resort also includes healthy eats and rooms that’ll help you relax at the end of each day. Not only will you have a blast on your trip, but you’ll feel great going home too. Heck, you might even kick-start some healthy new habits!
5. a Quintessential Caribbean Experience: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Have you dreamed of experiencing Cabo since you first saw it on MTV Spring Break back in the early 2000s? It’s never too late to experience the beachy bliss for yourself! Score insane deals online or book an all-inclusive resort experience to add a little bit of luxury to your trip. While in Cabo, you and your best gal pal can listen to a DJ spin tunes poolside, soak up the sun on Bali beds or experience the insanely awesome landscape of Mexico’s southern Baja California peninsula with a trip to the beach. Book activities like parasailing and snorkeling to experience the waves, and see the stunning desert mountains from the water. Once you’ve worked up some hunger, treat yourselves to delicious dishes and drinks, which include standard Mexican fare, seafood, salads, steaks, and seasonal cocktails. We think it’s safe to say that Cabo is *so* much more fun after college.
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(Featured photo via @mecabo)