July 30 is World Friendship Day.
While not necessarily a true holiday, it’s a good day as any to celebrate with your closest friends. It’s time to plan that next big trip, too!
Traveling with friends not only improves your bond, your pals also help enrich your overall travel experience. Agoda, one of the fastest-growing online travel agents (OTA), shares five reasons why you should round up your squad and book your next adventure together along with suggested destinations.
1. Your friends know your best (and worst) angles
Friends easily up your IG game as they can best capture poses of your choice. When in the UK, The London Edition provides a great photo shoot backdrop, with its blend of modern and classic European architecture. Located on the edge of the artsy London neighborhood Soho, this glitzy hotel is within walking distance of picturesque galleries and restaurants.
Closer to our country, photo-worthy properties include Bali’s Bambu Indah Hotel, a green oasis with breathtaking views of rice fields and Ayung River, and Malacca’s The Rucksack Caratel, a hip boutique hotel that serves as a hidden green sanctuary in the middle of the city.
The London Edition
Bambu Induh Hotel
The Rucksack Caratel
2. Friends help explore your taste for adventure.
Trying new cuisines is easier with a little help from friends. Test your taste buds in Malaysia this August as it is the prime durian season. The Agoda Home Vortex KLCC is located right in the city center of Kuala Lumpur and close to all the shops, restaurants, and food stalls selling durian, of course! The question is, are you ready?
More adventurous eaters can head to Osaka to try out Dotonbori Street’s diverse food options including fugu, delicious pufferfish that are notorious for being poisonous. Don’t worry, Japanese chefs need a special license before they can serve this delicacy! A stone’s throw away is Dormy Inn, a minimalist boutique hotel with your very own hot-spring
Friends are the perfect wing (wo)men for a memorable night out
If you’re after the ultimate party holiday, Las Vegas is your answer as it has everything—from casinos, nightclubs and pool parties. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is located right on the Vegas strip and in the center of all of Las Vegas’ main attractions.
If you’re looking for something closer to home, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s nightlife offers hundreds of bars and nightclubs to choose from—from upscale nightclubs down to hole-in-the-wall dive bars. Take it easy the morning after at Chill Box, a cozy homestay right in the city center.
You can also consider Bangkok, Thailand for your next trip as it has a lot of rooftop bars and trendy speakeasies. Agoda Home Cape House Serviced Apartment offers relaxation for when you need some extra TLC after a big night out.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Cape House Serviced Apartment
Friends help motivate you during physical activities
For an adrenaline rush, head to Siargao, to experience the world-famous Cloud 9 wave, and see who can ‘hang ten’ for longer. Stylish Soultribe Beach Retreat offers bungalows right on the beach so you can roll straight from bed and onto the waves.
Going to Thailand? Consider Chiang Mai’s May Taeng River, the go-to for rapids and white-water rafting. Dry off at 9.5 Hotel, which is in commuting distance of all the river action.
Should you and your active friends find yourself in Laos, Luang Prabang’s meandering mountain trails are best experienced from a mountain bike, or if you’re opting for an easier ride you can cycle along the Mekong River. My Dream Boutique Resort is a scenic spot off the Mekong River where you can take a breather.
Soultribe Beach Retreat
Private Garden Boutique Resort
Wait, you save money traveling with friends?
Yes, traveling with friends means being able to stick to your budget thanks to shared payment of costs. When you’re in a big group, there’s no reason not to splurge on an entire private property.
If Melbourne, Australia is your next target destination, Agoda Home Aquila Nova Retreat is just on the outskirts of the city and is a quiet retreat in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Aquila Nova Retreat
Private Pool Villa by CHATTA