We love to travel with friends and family, but sometimes it can be hard to find the right balance when planning a trip. We think finding a destination with the perfect blend of cultural incentive and relaxation is the best mixture for your next group holiday, and will undoubtedly be a crowd pleaser!
Hang Out In A Hot Spring In Iceland
Whether your friend’s spa vibe is in a fluffy bathrobe or enjoying a nature dip after a day hike, Iceland has you covered. Although Iceland is known for its cold and otherworldly terrain, its name can be somewhat misleading when you discover the geothermal activities lurking beneath its surface. The results: spectacular natural hot springs situated across the island. While most groups may opt for the larger, more accessible pools, such as the Blue Lagoon (pictured), why not pack your group tent and go wild and visit some of natures hidden gems amongst the glaciers, in caves or even the Strútslaug Geothermal River! You and your buddies won’t get much closer than this to bathing like a clan of Vikings.
Discover The Renaissance In Rome, Italy
Art enthusiast, budding theologist, history buffs, lovers of Italian cuisine, the list could go on for hours, and for this reason, we think Rome is a spectacular city for your next group holiday – it just has something to please everyone in a group scenario! A popular destination such as Rome means that it’s well catered to group tours and activities’, meaning half the planning could be done for you! Enjoy your morning cappuccino with friends like no other, and don’t forget to treat yourself to the traditional breakfast sweets like the cornetto, fetta biscottata or crowd favourite biscotti! And you will need all the sweets you can get with 2000 years of highlights to tour, such as the Colosseum, The Vatican and its museums such as the infamous Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, or simply bask beneath the breathtaking architecture with a post-tour Aperol spritz in hand, feeling like a newly budded Renaissance connoisseur!
Chill In Crete, Greece
There isn’t a better environment for a laid-back group activity than beautiful weather by the beach, and Balos Lagoon (pictured) in Crete is just the ticket! With its exotic white sand and turquoise water, you’ll feel like you’re in a dream, and it has plenty of calm shallow water making it particularly kid-friendly. Other great things on offer, besides your pick of mouth-watering Greek cuisine, are the ancient ruins of Malia Minoan Palace and Phaistos Palace (1700 BC), taking a donkey tour down through Samaria Gorge, and the Aquaworld Aquarium and Reptile Rescue Centre for the aquatic enthusiast. And if you are a water enthusiast, you’re in luck as the extended dining and shopping spots by the harbour or beach getaways are hard to miss. Overall, a scenic and relaxing getaway especially for the travelling family!
Peace Out In Portland, United States
Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon, U.S.A, and like many large cities offers you great group outing opportunities such as high-end galleries and museums, flowering Chinese and Japanese gardens and an incredible urban forest reserve. Feasting in Portland’s Jade district is a must, and with arts and music a prominent feature, your group will never be short of great cultural activities. For those who have a few more days to spare why not take a tour in one of the many bordering vineyards, or if you don’t have the time, there are some great urban wineries for you to try your glass swirling skills on. Proximity to the ocean offers great coastal trips, and for those who stay local you can stroll the streets amongst impressive street art covering an eclectic blend of historic and new architecture.
Portland is especially known for its green-leaning, sustainably minded residents (which may have inspired a hilarious character or two for the T.V comedy Portlandia) and this oozes in many of its cultural activates, so if this is your thing you’ll feel right at home travelling through Portland – a nourishing feature many large cities often overlook.
Road Tripping In Romania
We think a great and intimate way for smaller group travel is a good old fashioned road trip, and what better way to do that, than the scenic Romanian roads? Known for its beautiful wild forests (and yes, they are inhabited with wolves!), timeworn gothic castles and picturesque colourful old towns, it really is a charming country to travel, and it won’t break the group budget either! You can trace the steps of Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracula, and you won’t be short of his touristic opportunities along the way. Highly recommended is the scenic Transfăgărășan route, which was acclaimed “the best road in the world” by Top Gear, which should be enough to entice any car enthusiasts. And we couldn’t agree more (even if we aren’t Top Gear inspired drivers) as the route is often described as the most scenic and fun road in the world. Pack the snacks and mix tapes and enjoy the ride!
Wine Tasting In Napa Valley, California
We just love the idea of a productive holiday, and learning about wine whilst refining your tasting palette is our kind of educational trip! Napa County, just north of San Francisco, California is top of the list for a group trip with friends and family. With beautiful lodgings, spas, shopping and endless wine on the cards it may just be the winning tickets for a great hens or bucks do too! And it’s not just about the wine (although, that is a great deal about it!), with rustic breweries and culinary classes on the menu too. Food and beverages aside, take a famous Napa Valley hot air balloon ride, paddle the Napa River or take the kids to an animal ranch or hands-on arts and crafts class. It’s beautiful and relaxing, which is just what you need when planning your next group holiday!