April 12, 2024

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30 Best Girls’ Trip Ideas for 2024

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Zen out in Tulum, Mexico

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La Valise Tulum

If you’re ready to graduate from spring break vibes, Tulum should definitely become your girl gang’s next go-to destination. La Valise is the perfect hotel for groups who are down to embrace a little spirituality during their stay, as you can spend your days doing wellness treatments at the spa, attending traditional healing ceremonies, or taking private yoga classes. When you’re ready to explore, the hotel offers tons of amazing adventures, from guided snorkel tours to a hike through the Mayan jungle complete with a home-cooked lunch.



Chase the Northern Lights in Reykjavik, Iceland

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The sun never sets on this capital city. No, literally, during the summer the sun barely sets, meaning you can wander the streets all night long if you please. I recommend staying in the heart of the city—on Reykjavik’s main shopping drag, Laugavegur—at Alda Hotel Reykjavik. You can enjoy the stars (or Northern Lights!) from the outdoor hot tub, or decompress after a long day in the tranquil indoor sauna. Then, if you’re feeling adventurous, plan a trip to the famed Blue Lagoon for swoon-worthy Insta shots.


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Embrace your inner “I summer on the Cape” girl in Nantucket, Massachusetts

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If you and your friends have ever dreamed of a small-town life à la Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, Nantucket is basically Stars Hollow if it had a nautical twin (think: beaches and biking). Begin your day by picking up some sandwiches at a local deli, then bike down to the beach for a day in the water. When you’re satisfied with your amount of time in the sun, head back to your rooms at Life House to reset and get ready for dinner at Lola 41. Don’t forget to end the night with stargazing!



Just go allll out in the Maldives

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As I’m sure you all know, the Maldives has become a top choice on basically everyone’s bucket lists lately. And if you and your friends are looking for the ultimate place to relax, this is freaking it. Book your stay at the Ayada, which boasts eight different restaurants with eight different cuisines for your enjoyment. When you’re ready to get out of bed, hop on the hotel’s jet skis or try out windsurfing for a day of water sports. If you’re celebrating something specific—or just want something intimate to do with your besties—definitely be sure to end your vacay with the hotel’s deserted island picnic. It’s adorable!



Hike your heart out in Joshua Tree, California

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Home to Joshua Tree National Park and starry nights described by many as “magical,” Joshua Tree is perfect for groups who love to be outdoors. After spending your days hiking the park (and getting all of those amazing desert pics) book a private sound bath session to relax and clear your mind. Looking for some real adventure? Joshua Tree also offers tons of rock climbing opportunities for beginners and experts alike. At night, book a two-hour stargazing experience with Sky-Watcher in Hidden Valley before heading back to your rooms at Mojave Sands, a five-room boutique hotel that’ll feel like your own private bungalow.


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Get on island time in Fiji

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Fiji Marriott Momi Bay

With over 300 islands, endless beaches, and gorgeous hiking trails, everything about Fiji screams paradise. After landing, check into the Fiji Marriott Resort in Momi Bay and settle into your over-water villa. Then, once you’re ready to explore, make your way to Suva, Fiji’s capital, for a stunning hiking experience with Talona Treks. From short day trips to overnighters, you’ll get a real taste of what it’s like to live in paradise.



Consume some culture (and wine!) in Paris, France

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Head to the banks of the Seine with your ladies to soak in art, fashion, and, of course, some of the world’s best food and wine. Visit iconic pieces of art at the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay, or indulge in history lessons with a day trip to Versailles or Normandy (I recommend travel company City Wonders). Stay central by booking a room at Chalgrin Boutique Hotel, which offers chic and affordable accommodations just minutes from the Arc de Triomphe and the world-famous avenue Champs-Élysées. Plus, its plush lobby bar will serve as the perfect backdrop for your group pic.



Get your spa on in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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If you’re going to get away, you may as well turn the trip into a full-blown pampering session. There are so many incredible hot springs spas worth venturing out to in and around Santa Fe, most of which are way more affordable than other places around the country. I recommend booking a weekend at Ojo Santa Fe Spa Resort, which is set on 70 beautiful acres, all fed by natural springs. The hotel offers a large array of wellness activities from yoga to cooking, and it also has an on-site spa that combines Eastern and Western therapies.


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Stroll through vineyards in Sonoma, California

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Napa is great, but if you’ve been there and done that (and need something a little cheaper, lol), Sonoma is ready for you. It’s a little more laidback than Napa, and has an incredible food and wine (duh) scene. Head to the boutique West Sonoma Inn & Spa, which is located in the heart of Sonoma wine country and situated near (I kid you not) 130 vineyards. Bonus: You technically don’t have to leave the property for vineyard views or wine tastings.



Sip poolside drinks in Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Conrad Tulum

A proper girls’ trip calls for the spiciest of margs and poolside drinks, so with that in mind, may I recommend the picture-perfect Conrad Tulum? The resort itself is capital-S stunning, and the drinks aren’t the only detail worth obsessing over. The hotel is home to 11 dining venues, so you can your pals can chow down on everything from sushi platters to Mediterranean tapas. With so many options (and an incredible jungle sanctuary spa) there’s honestly no reason to leave the resort during your stay.



Get the party started in New Orleans, Louisiana

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If your group’s musts include good tunes, good food, and good drinks, New Orleans is prepared to wow you. And if you want to check all three boxes at once, stay at The Ace Hotel. Not only does it have multiple on-property restaurants, but it also has a concert venue right downstairs. The super-popular rooftop bar and pool are also perfect for a group of friends looking to take it easy in the Big Easy.


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Head from beach to bar (and back again) in Montauk, New York

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Montauk may have gained a reputation as a party town in recent years, but if you head to the right spots, you’ll find it’s all about kicking back and enjoying the OG beach lifestyle. Sole East Beach is the perfect hotel to crash at if you’re looking for long days on the sand—because it’s one of the only hotels located across the street from the ocean.



Brush up on your history in Savannah, Georgia

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Pack your best blister-proof pair of walking shoes, because trust me—you’ll need ’em with all the cobblestone cruisin’ to be had in this centuries-old city. Savannah is a dream for travelers of all kinds, thanks to its strollable squares, incredible food scene, and riverfront shops. Book a dinner res at Husk for Southern staples before settling in for a night at the always luxe Perry Lane Hotel. Pro tip: Visit during the spring or fall (summers in Savannah are pretty sweltering, ngl) and enjoy the city’s famous fountains.



Get in the Empire State of mind in Brooklyn, New York

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Over the past few years, Brooklyn has been making its mark as the capital of cool. With its dive bars, vintage clothing shops, and quaint bistros, you won’t even want to cross the bridge into Manhattan. You can, however, get a good view of the island from 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, a fab hotel in Dumbo overlooking the East River. It’s got an incredible rooftop pool and on-property restaurant, so you really don’t have to leave if you don’t want to.


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Soak up all the fresh air in Bend, Oregon

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Do you like stunningly beautiful landscapes? Do you love being outside and staying active? Do you also like having delicious food and plenty of spas to come home to at the end of a long day? Bend, Oregon—a hidden gem in the Pacific Northwest perfect for outdoorsy types—is exactly where you want to be. Stay at the Springhill Suites, which is within walking (or running, if you’re feeling it) distance of the downtown Old Mill District, an area full of great shops and restaurants. It’s also a quick ride (by bike or car) to plenty of hiking trails!



Slurp seafood and vino verde in Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is becoming one of Europe’s major urban hot spots—and for good reason. It’s authentic, affordable (especially compared to some other big European cities), and has great local flair. You’ll be able to spend days on end wandering the cobblestone streets, taking in the beautiful views of pastel-colored waterfront buildings, and gorging on seafood and glasses of vino verde. My rec? Make the colorful and central Hotel Valverde your home base for your exploring (the Botanical Gardens are practically across the street!).



Up your IG game in Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Cliffs dart sharply into the Mediterranean in this idyllic region in southern Italy. Journey between a series of picturesque towns on the coast, like Sorrento and Positano, then take a day to see Mount Vesuvius and tour the remains of Pompeii. For spectacular views, stay at Hotel Le Fioriere in Praiano—all the rooms have a terrace, which will come in clutch for sunset selfies. Note that a lot of the restaurants, hotels, and Generally Fun Things in the area are closed between November and Easter, so you’ll want to plan your trip accordingly.


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Get away from it all in Bali, Indonesia

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You can’t get closer to spiritual paradise than Bali. With its dreamy beaches and stunning waterfalls, it’s hardly a surprise that the island is also a hot spot for yoga retreats. If you and the girls want to get in touch with nature—and do some complimentary yoga!—book a stay at the cliffside Kanyon Resort. The views alone are worth the trip.



Let loose and party it up in Los Cabos, Mexico

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Whether you’re down to party, unwind, or just soak up as much sun as possible (sunscreen, friends, sunscreen!), Cabo is ready and waiting for ya. As far as where to stay, try El Ganzo, a luxe boutique hotel with a focus on art and music. The property has its own beach club which you can get to via a three-minute boat shuttle, so a little fun is always just a hop, skip, and a jump away.


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Natasha Jokić is one of Cosmo’s 2019 summer editorial interns. She’s a grad student in NYU’s Digital Journalism MA program, which is one of the many excuses she uses for being on Instagram all the time. When she’s not obsessing over everything pop culture, she’s also the drummer for a punk band that wear cowboy hats on stage – because why not?

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Hannah Chubb is the lifestyle editor at Cosmopolitan, covering all things home, travel, food, health, career, and more. She spends pretty much every hour of every day curating the internet for the best new products, trends, and travel destinations. You can typically find her looking for houses she can’t afford on Zillow or Airbnb, planning her next meal before she gets to the restaurant, or taking all of the Justin Bieber classes over and over and over again on Peloton. Follow her on Instagram.



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