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Perfect Adventures to Share

When you're ready to head out with your family, partner, or friends the first big step is deciding where to go! While almost any destination is a good choice when you have good company, some destinations just rise above the rest. So which destinations are the best adventures to share?
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Travel brings all kinds of benefits to your physical and mental well-being. It’s known to reduce stress, broaden horizons, increase self-esteem and generate positive emotions. Traveling together with your family, your partner, or a group of friends multiplies those benefits! A shared adventure can strengthen your bonds, push you to try new things, and improve trust and communication.

When you’re ready to head out with your family, partner, or friends the first big step is deciding where to go! While almost any destination is a good choice when you have good company, some destinations just rise above the rest. So which destinations are the best adventures to share? Here are our top picks for each type of getaway – Friends, Romantic Partner, and Family: 

Share an adventure with: Your Friends

a group stands in front of a large fountain and beautiful vineyards in Napa Valley CA
(Photo Credit: Caitlin – read about her girls trip to Napa here!)

Napa: Wine tastings, bike tours, and vineyards are perfect for groups. Relax in a vineyard sipping on a selection of fine wines and feeling a world away from all the busyness of day-to-day life. A domestic destination with no passport required makes Napa an ideal place for a quick girls’ getaway. Mild temps mean it’s always a good time to visit and you can enjoy festivals and spa trips to round out the wine tasting experience. 

two women in parkas and hard hats take a selfie with the sunrise in the background on a glacier in Iceland
(Photo Credit: @following_liz via Shared Adventures )

Iceland: Do you and your besties love outdoor adventures, dramatic beauty, and a relaxing spa day? Then Iceland is the perfect destination. For nature lovers who want a bit more than a camping trip, Iceland offers unique and unforgettable scenery. Also, Reykjavik has tons of galleries, museums, and shops to enjoy. After Reykjavik, head out to the Golden Circle to see jaw-dropping landscapes. And end the trip with a relaxing spa day. Try the hot springs or get a mud treatment at the Blue Lagoon. 

Italy: Because there is such a wide variety of things to do packed into such a small country, Italy is great for groups. Although it’s known for being a romantic country (and it is), Italy is just as much fun to explore with your group of friends! There’s a little bit of history and culture, a little bit of beach time, a few mountains to climb and a lot of delicious food. Roll up your sleeves for a cooking class or take a guided walking tour to learn about the amazing architecture and history all around you. Then take a day to enjoy soaking up the sun on a pristine beach. 

a group of friends white water rafting down a river in Costa Rica
(Photo Credit: Alex van Besouw via Shared Adventures)

Costa Rica:  The perfect destination for outdoor adventurers who want lots of sun and sand. Large park areas throughout the country have beautiful lush jungles, abundant wildlife, and incredible snorkeling. Costa Rica is for the adventurous group of friends. The kind who want to take on ziplining, white-water rafting, and horseback riding. (With a few relaxing beach days thrown in.) Stay in a luxury resort or your own villa for wellness treatments and infinity pools. 

Share an adventure with: Your Partner

sunrise off the deck of an over water bungalow in Moorea
(Photo Credit: Meghan-
read about her Tahiti honeymoon here!)

Tahiti This tropical paradise is Instagram-famous as the ultimate romantic getaway, and for good reason! Stunning beaches and private overwater bungalows are the main attraction. So spend the day swimming in clear waters, lounging together on the sun deck, and devouring French cuisine. Finish with spectacular sunsets and cocktails on the veranda. 

France: France offers a huge variety of romantic adventures. Enjoy iconic sites and Michelin Star dining in the City of Love. Head south to the French Riviera with its romantic small towns with their winding paths and their slow, sun-kissed pace. Or snuggle up to your partner by the fire in the Swiss Alps at Chamonix Mont Blanc. Whether it’s, beach, skiing, or city life – wherever you go in France romance and adventure are in the air. 

a honeymoon couple stand together with the white washed, blue domed houses of Santorini behind them
Photo Credit: Christina & Chris via Shared Adventures -read about their Santorini adventure here!)

Greece: From jaw-dropping sunsets and dips in the sea to incredible dining experiences- Greece offers a romance like no other. These islands have become one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations! And they will have you falling in love all over again. The classic white-washed homes next to dramatic cliffs, the romantic seaside resorts, and the endless pools of shockingly blue water — Greece is a great destination for couples looking to bask in the sunshine. 

Norway: Snuggle up next to your significant other as you watch the Northern Lights dance across the sky from your glass igloo. Go hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, on a romantic sleigh ride, or an exhilarating dog sledding lesson. Norway is for the couple that loves outdoor adventures with awe-inspiring views. Share new experiences and splendid memories as you enjoy the wildlife, the abundant activities, and the unbelievable scenery. 

Share an adventure with: Your Family

two young girls and their mother sit at the table in giant sombreros on a family trip to Mexico
(Photo Credit: Tracy via Shared Adventures read about their family trip to the Mayan Riviera here)

Mexico: For families of all ages, the all-inclusive resorts of the Mayan Riviera are a perfect balance. Not too far from the States and with plenty of things to do – little kids and big kids will enjoy this destination. Because there’s a huge variety of activities. From ancient Mayan ruins to snorkeling in cenotes. Relax all day on the beach or get the adrenaline pumping with water parks and zip lines. Plus, many of the resorts have kid-specific areas and entertainment. So it’s easy to find something for everyone. 

Spain: Spanish culture has a huge focus on family, meaning children of all ages are welcome virtually everywhere. You’ll find kid-friendly museums, parks, play areas, and beaches. Plus, the cities are full of fascinating architecture and bright colors, built with families in mind. Spanish food and culture are meant to be shared with loved ones. So, Spain is a great introduction to another culture, language, and country. 

a couple holds a small child in front of huge disney cruise ship
(Photo Credit: Amy via Shared Adventures – read about the family’s Disney Cruise adventure here)

Cruises: Cruise ships have a bit of everything in one home base. Enjoy water parks, family activities, and kids clubs all in one convenient location. See incredible ports together, then enjoy age-specific activities during the sea days. Take a Disney Cruise for the younger kids or try an Alaskan cruise when traveling with your grandchildren. 

Japan: Japan is a perfect destination to share with your tweens to young adults. Although it’s not what first comes to mind as an easy family adventure, Japan is safe, clean, and full of interesting activities and Kawaii – the culture of cuteness. The main cities boast kid-friendly museums and events where you can meld the past and future together. With educational historical sites and cool new technologies, Japan offers some really unique experiences for the whole family.

Any vacation with people you love is going to be a good one. But planning a trip for a group can be tricky – so consider letting an expert handle the details for you! Let us know what adventure you’d like to share with your loved ones, and we’ll make it happen.


You provided excellent guidance for us. I appreciated that you really had us think about what was most important to us when we were selecting the right cruise – and not to totally focus on what other people had to say. THANK YOU for helping to make this a memorable trip for our family! It really was a trip of a lifetime!

Clare and Mark (family cruise to Alaska)

The level of service we experienced was out of this world (and we did NOT make it easy on Ann). We weren’t quite sure where we wanted to go, when we would be able to go, or what “vibe” we were going for. After asking us some key questions (what we liked, didn’t like, why, etc.) Ann helped us narrow down our trip details and planned the honeymoon of our dreams. She helped book some of our excursions, answered some emergency questions while abroad and was always available/willing to help. I think it’s safe to say we won’t be using anyone else for future travel planning – Ann is a rockstar!

Carli (Italy and Spain)