It‘s holiday season! Whether you want city lights or countryside, and you‘re traveling with your boyfriend, your best friend, your mother, your brother, or on your own, pack your bag and head off on an adventure to one of these amazing destinations.
SWEET SAUDADE IN LISBON
For a long weekend with your partner, try a romantic but versatile destination where you can choose between walks by the water and city strolls, candlelit dinners and vibrant nightlife, culture and nature, and retail therapy. The perfect place for doing all this and just letting everything flow is Lisbon, Portugal. Lose yourself in the narrow streets of Alfama with its tiny houses and colorful tiles, and feel the sweet melancholic longing known in Portuguese as saudade when you listen to soulful fado music. Walk around the city by foot or go for a ride on the fun little tram—down to the modern business district Baixa, for example, with its neoclassical buildings on the banks of the Rio Tejo, or up to Castelo de Sao Jorge for the stunning vistas over the city. Rrather than hectic sightseeing, just chill and enjoy short breaks accompanied by galão (milk coffee) and a pastéis de nata(Portugal’s utterly unforgettable custard pastries). For dinner and a striking view of the city, we recommend the Ponto Final on the other side of the Rio Tejo. The Teatro Boutique Hotel, in the heart of Lisbon, is situated between the chic and trendy Chiado and the bohemian Bairro Alto, and also offers a dramatic setting. Each room is themed according to a different Commedia Dell’Arte character, and it’s full of modern interpretations of various elements from classical theater. Make sure to wear comfortable flats, sunglasses, and a light summer dress, then set it off with a local purchase of a cute and colorful hand-woven reed bag.
GET ACTIVE IN TEL AVIV
If you’re travelling with your best friend, make sure you visit a place with lots of cultural, sporty, and fun activities and attractions to share and remember. For this, Tel Aviv, Israel, is a great option. Stay at the Market House, one of the hippest yet down-to-earth boutique hotels you’ll find. Situated next to the Jaffa Clock Tower, most balconies look out over the vibrant flea market, where you’ll find everything from spices to crystal chandeliers. Look out for the archeological remains of a Byzantine Chapel that can be seen through the glass floor of the hotel lobby, which gives an authentic, magical feeling of Tel Aviv’s Old City. From here, explore the coastline by bike, which is quick and easy way to getting around. Ride along the beach and stop for a bit of surfing or beach volleyball while you top up your tan. For serious shopping, Neve Tzedek, with its village-like atmosphere and vintage shops, has become very fashionable in recent years. Follow the famous Rothschild Boulevard, with its restaurants, dog walkers, coffee kiosks, skyscrapers, and Bauhaus buildings (Tel Aviv’s iconic architectural style) and finally enjoy a glass of rosé and live music at the Rothschild 12, a chilled bar, restaurant and club with a terrace that’s great for people watching.
GIRLS CAMP IN NEW YORK CITY
Girls just wanna fun—and the number one fun destination will always be New York City. You can walk through avenues and across bridges, be wowed by the high-rise buildings, go shopping, or visit some of the most famous museums in the world. One of Manhattan’s more recent attractions is the High Line: it’s a linear park built on an elevated section of a disused railroad spur that was repurposed as an urban park. It runs from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard—and it also happens to go right through The Standard hotel. Perfectly situated for easy access to the galleries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants of Lower Manhattan and SoHo, the glass high-rise, with its witty minimalist interiors and unbeatable views over the Hudson River (especially at sunset), brings together all of New York’s glamour. Be sure to bring dazzling swimwear for your visit to Le Bain, the penthouse discothèque and rooftop bar on the top floor of The Standard, which features a plunge pool on the dance floor. You’ll also need an LBD and heels for the live jazz events and the velvet-roped restaurant, along with some casual pieces for the ground-floor beer garden.
BACK TO NATURE IN CORNWALL
Family vacations with parents and/or siblings are popular due to the rise in single living in anonymous big cities, far away from our relatives. So the focus is on spending time together and going on adventures, climbing mountains, hiking, getting fresh air and reconnecting with our families. England’s South West Coast Path offers a perfect combination of back-to-nature experiences, stunning vistas, and great food. For around 1,014 kilometers, the winding trail passes dramatic cliffs, magical forests, and charming fishermen’s villages, along with stunning beaches, historic sites, and fashionable marinas and ports. Starting in the county of Somerset, the path runs along the coastline of Exmoor, Devon, and Cornwall, and is as suitable for gentle strolling as it is for long-distance walking. The only must-not-miss is the famously scrumptious local specialty known as a “cream tea” (tea served with a scone, jam, and clotted cream). And do check in at one of the cozy B&B-retreats, such as the Artist Residence, a beautiful upscale boutique hotel in West Cornwall. After a long day’s activities, try the rustic menu made from delicious local produce at the hotel’s restaurant and bar known as The Cornish Barn. Don‘t forget to take practical clothes so that you’re prepared for all weather conditions.
CULTURE IN COPENHAGEN
Don’t be put off by the idea of taking a solo holiday—traveling alone brings a certain unfiltered intensity to your impressions and experiences. A great destination for solo travelers is Copenhagen, Denmark. The capital of the world’s oldest kingdoms, it has morphed into a cutting-edge city. The medieval center is great for exploring by foot or bike, and the city boasts some of the best examples of contemporary design, particularly when it comes to architecture and interiors. The Danes have a reputation for being friendly, tolerant, and apparently the happiest people on earth, making their capital a great choice for a hip and laidback weekend break. The stunning Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located 25 miles north of Copenhagen, is one of the country’s notable contemporary buildings, and plays host to a vast spectrum of international artists, concerts, and lectures. To be among businesspeople and other people on their own, we recommend staying at the SP34. This stylish hotel is right in the center of the city within easy walking (or cycling) distance from all the top sights, such as Nyhavn Harbour, with its brightly-colored houses. Vintage outlets and coffee shops are on its doorstep, while the lobby provides a workspace with newspapers and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stuffed with arty books. With an excellent in-house restaurant, and a small gym area for those who don’t want to lose fitness while they’re away from home, it’s highly recommended.