5 Exotic Girlfriend Getaways That Will Take Your Breath Away
While some girls prefer to spend their vacations relaxing in the sun with a cold drink and an interesting book, others choose to go on a real adventure to some exotic country and spend days exploring new cultures and tasting new cuisines. And then there are those who like to combine both experiences! Each country can offer a wide range of activities, so before you and your girlfriends choose what kind of experience you want to have, think about where you want to go most of all. Here are a few places that might help you choose.
Hit the beach at St. Lucia and swim in the Caribbean Sea
There’s no need to explain why the Caribbean Islands are a perfect destination to travel with your girls. You can do so much! Or you can just lie in the sun and relax all day with some occasional spa and massage here and there. St. Lucia is an amazing place to unwind and relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city. You can go for a girlfriends’ package at a place like the Landing that offers cooking classes, massages, sailing lessons and boat rentals. You can learn surfing or go kayaking, and don’t forget to try the amazing island cuisine!
Shop till you drop in Bangkok and party on Pangan
It’s true that girls like shopping, but it doesn’t hurt if your shopping paradise is lined with palm trees and offers some of the best dishes in Asia. If you want to have the most memorable shopping experience with your girls – go to Bangkok! Here you will find world class shopping malls like MBK, Siam Paragon and CentralWorld. You can wander these places for hours, studying everything from the world known brands to local designers. Chinatown is a vibrant cultural hub with unforgettable Hainanese-inspired dishes and an amazing flea market. Yet if you want to experience one of the biggest markets in the world, go to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. There are about 15,000 stalls with all kinds of goods ranging from clothing and shoes to souvenirs, musical instruments and food. You can spend a whole day here and still not see everything! You can then travel to the Pangan island and enjoy its laid back atmosphere with parties happening non-stop.
Dance all night in Barcelona and explore local pubs
Barcelona is a great place to do anything from exploring the Spanish culture to drinking in old pubs with amazing interior design. You and your girls can spend the whole day walking around and enjoying the spectacular architecture with wonderful basilicas, castles and Gaudi’s architecture. At night you can hit one of the famous local pubs (like the popular Opium). Put on your dancing shoes and learn some flamenco moves while you stay in Barcelona. And don’t forget to visit the amazing Museu de la Xocolata where you can taste all kinds of chocolate imaginable and see incredible chocolate statues like the famous Sagrada di Familia.
Go hiking in Nepal and relax a few days in the picturesque Pokhara
Hiking in the mountains is one of the most soul-bonding experiences that you can have with your friends. Although traveling to the Himalayas may appear challenging for most people, there are lighter trails that are suitable for beginners. You don’t have to go all the way up to Everest, think about hiking along the popular ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) route that has lodgings in every village, so you can go relatively light, without dragging a tent. You and your friends will enjoy some of the best views in the world as you go further into the mountains. You will also make a lot of friends your way there! It’s a fun active experience that you’ll remember forever. Think about spending a few more days in Pokhara from which most of the trekking trails start. The air here is fresh, there are a lot of cute cafes and restaurants and the music scene is quite nice too.
Experience the Indian madness in Mumbai
Arguably one of the busiest cities in the world, Mumbai is a crazy city that offers all kinds of experiences. Thoroughly described in the bestseller “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts, Mumbai is an eclectic mix of cultures, riches, poverty, amazing sites and magnificent cuisine. What to do in Mumbai? Everything! Hop onto a local train to mingle with the vibrant Indian crowd, eat vada pavs, samosas, masala dosas and drink plenty of chai. Visit the spectacular Siddhivinayak temple, Mount Mary Church and Haji Ali. And of course don’t forget to shop at the local market where you can find everything from saris to drums and pottery.
Ivanka Yurchenko is a writer and photographer with a passion for traveling. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she spends a lot of time exploring the vibrant local culture that is filled with all kinds of events like music festivals, yoga retreats and art gallery openings. She enjoys writing about her travels to inspire other people to go out and see what the world has to offer. She left a job at marketing and went exploring Myanmar, India and Nepal. Now Ivanka is striving to become a great photographer to share the beauty of the world with as many people as possible.