vacation spots to travel to with someone you barely know

5 Foolproof Vacation Spots if You’re Traveling with Someone You Barely Know

For those times when you *need* a vacation but only one fringe friend is available.

By: Jodi Taylor
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

Friends, we’ve finally reached that pivotal moment when most of our friends have coupled up (some with babies!), have nine-to-fives that are more like nine-to-elevens, and have close to nil vacation days to be jet-setting as our plus-ones. While some of you fine souls can travel solo, there are times when you just want to have a companion on the other side of the world. Enter: a fringe friend (you know, the type of friend who isn’t quite a best friend, but a little more than an acquaintance). Traveling with anyone for the first time can be a little, shall we say, daunting, so it’s all about creating a drama-free, foolproof trip. We’ve put together a few locales that are so good you’re bound to have an amazing time no matter what.

 

If You’re Both Looking for Something Zen:

Rancho Valencia resort and spa in Sante Fe, California, is your spot. Every suite has its own private patio (chic!), and with 45 acres of olive groves and gardens to explore, you have more than enough wandering to do when you just need to get away. You can credit the diamond lift facials and wrap treatments for the reason its spa made Forbes 5 stars list, and the yoga and Pilates offered there gives you an hour break from making small talk.

 

If You Need to Sneak Away for Some Retail Therapy:

If you’re the type of person to wants to swipe some plastic and take home some international momentos, then we you should definitely make your way to Mexico City. This is an artisans haven, so the retail therapy is real. Whip out your plastic, and head to Void (high-end vintage shopping), Bimba Y Lola (while a Spanish brand, their Mexico City location is bursting with beautifully designed beachwear, accessories, dresses, and more), and Carla Fernández (a young Mexican designers boutique full of lively designs). Stay at the La Valise hotel for a peaceful escape from the bustling city. The rooms are incredible, but if you feel cramped indoors, just roll your bed onto the balcony and sleep under the stars.

 

Even if Things Are Going Horribly, the Views Here Will Make You Forget:

No amount of awkwardness will matter when you’re staying at One&Only Reethi Rha in the Maldives. Especially if you opt for one of the water suites, where you can spend your entire day lounging in a hammock over the ocean. When you’ve reached peak hammock time, simply opt for one of the 12 beaches or 40 pools the island offers instead. Malé, the capital city of the Maldives, is an easy day trip where you can easily get lost in all of the beautiful roadside food markets.

 

This Place Has Food So Good That Nothing Else Will Matter:

Ever had an urge to go to Japan? Hakodate, the city that people travel to for the food alone (don’t worry, the views are just as aesthetically pleasing), is a great place to go with a new friend. We recommend staying at the Boro Noguchi Hakodate and spending your days dining on fresh seafood. Some of the best spots to grab a bite are the stalls around the city (you can’t miss them) or Donburi Yokocho Market. Hakodate is also known for the best salt-based ramen, so make sure you stop at Ajisai for a bowl.

 

In Case You Really Do Feel You’ll Need an Exit Plan:

If flying across an ocean with your new buddy is hella scary, stick to somewhere close to home but that feels like enough of a vacation. Like Toronto! Your friendly city up north. Book a room at The Drake Hotel (no relation to Drake). It’s a short hour-and-a-half flight from New York, and Toronto has a ton to offer: incredible food, amazing museums like the AGO (currently showing Manolo Blahnik’s Art of Shoes exhibit) and the ROM (where you can see Iris van Herpen’s mind blowing creations), and an island that will give you the best views of the city line.

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