As my new home, I’m a little biased when it comes to the UK. But so far, we’ve enjoyed several trips from London to South Wales and absolutely love its tranquility and laid-back atmosphere. Not only are the charming bed and breakfasts great for a getaway in groups, there’s many vacation rentals that accommodate larger crews. I adored our farmhouse in the Vale of Galmorgan that could sleep up to seven people. We also managed a dinner at the massive farmhouse table for nine and a toddler.
Get a big car and hit the road! California is a large state, but many of the top spots are covered in a week or two by road. Not to mention, the roadways like the Pacific Coast highway have unforgettable cliffs and crashing ocean waves to admire. Sure Napa Valley and Sonoma are iconic, but I thought the Paso Robles wine region was superb in welcoming group travel experiences with tastings and tours. Other cities with plenty of options for accommodation and activities are San Francisco, Monterey Bay, and Pebble Beach.
I have a huge crush on Jamaica. For now it’s a long distance crush but I do hope to visit in person someday. The island’s easy breezy vibe can keep a group nice and relaxed as they travel together. Dig into some slow cooked Jamaican soul food, then work of the calories with a hike through the Blue. Obviously, the beaches are also to die for when on the hunt for perfect sandy sunbathing or snorkeling.
A few weeks ago I had an incredible meeting that enlightened me about South Africa’s wine scene. As soon as I learned about Stellenbosch and the plethora of farm houses located on vineyards that welcome guests, I was hooked. The people of this lush region are pumped about its offerings, as evident in the beautiful Stellenblog that updates locals and travelers alike on the area’s latest news. There are 152 estates and vineyards to choose from, with some legacies of wine dating back to the 1600s. Stellenbosch is only a short drive from the coast and major airports, so you and your crew can see a little of everything in South Africa.
Mexico can be embraced by land, but those who love group travel, especially with older parents, it can be ideal to cruise. Set sail to several destinations along either coast for a taste of spice and color that can only be found in beautiful Mexican traditions. Ensenada is one of our favorite ports, with plenty of jeep tours and village excursions that can accommodation big or small groups. Not only can the cruising be incredible, the beach-side resorts are among some of most breathtaking in the world too. Suites are wonderful for friends who want to save and still go somewhere sunny, while adjoining rooms can be awesome for a unique family reunion getaway.
The beautiful island nation has been named a top destination for 2016 on every list. It’s definitely on my own top five list as well, especially now that the restrictions for Americans traveling there on vacation is loosening. There is something special about destinations that have been untouched by droves of tourists or outside influences, and Cuba is one that won’t stay that way forever. I picture this destination perfect for a girl’s getaway, complete with dancing, delish Cuban cuisine and ogling the beautiful antique cars cruising the streets.