6 Best International Destinations for Your Next Guys Vacation
While every trip takes some planning, traveling with a group of guys requires a little extra work. Not only do you have to consider daytime activities, nightlife, individual budgets, and personal needs, but unlike a romantic getaway or a family trip, you have to plan out the nitty gritty details like who shares a bed with who and how to balance the party dude with the friend who likes to be in bed by 10:00 p.m. Whether your crew is into golf, surfing, drinking, or skiing there are destinations around the world that cater to groups of guys who just want to escape the doldrums of daily life, live a little, and have a great vacation without all the added stress travel usually adds.
These destinations know how to set your group up for success, so you can leave your drama and stress at home and enjoy a week of testosterone, beer, and time relaxing with the guys.
1. Golfing and Guinness in Ireland
If you and your pals are golfing masters (or masters in training), then there’s no better place to be than on the vibrant greens of Ireland. Get your golf fix taken care of during the day by taking a golf tour of the country’s top courses. In the evening settle in with the Irish for a pint of Guinness, fish n’ chips, or bangers and mash. Not only will a golf tour of Ireland fulfill your golfing dreams, but being outside, immersed in the game will melt away any lingering stress.
2. Rafting the Grand Canyon in Arizona
Don’t want to go international? There are tons of natural wonders begging to be explored in your backyard. If your crew is into adventure, a whitewater rafting trip may be the ticket. Not only will you experience the impressive size and splendor of the Grand Canyon intimately, but also the teamwork it takes to navigate a giant raft through rocks, eddies, and rapids will test and strengthen your bond with the boys. Whether you opt for a weekend trip or a two-week adventure, tackling the great expanse of the Colorado River will keep you on your toes and entertained by the constant 360-degree views.
3. Grand prix racing in Montréal
Love speed? This June, head north to Montréal for Formula 1 Grand Prix Week. When you’re not at the track watching renowned international drivers show their skills, your crew can experience Montreal’s epic nightlife and eclectic food scene. This is one guys trip where no one will be bored. In addition to high-end shopping, the city is also known for it’s outstanding comedy and jazz clubs.
4. European ski adventure in Champoluc, Italy
If you’ve already experienced Aspen, Whistler, and Tahoe, you may be yearning to experience a bit of the ski action in Europe. Stunning Champoluc, Italy, offers guests the variety and challenge of a big ski area paired with a relatively affordable nightlife, two important aspects of any guys trip. The Italian town is at the northeastern end of the Aosta Valley and is linked to the villages of Gressoney-La-Trinite, Stafal, and Alagna, which together form the Monterosa ski area. When your legs are burning and your fingers are frozen, warm up in the lodge or refuel with a dinner comprised of Italy’s renowned thin crust pizza and homemade pastas.
5. Indonesian surf in Sumatra, Indonesia
For a healthy dose of culture, exotic adventure, and epic surf, Sumatra is the spot to be. The Togat Nusa Retreat is located on a private, tropical island offering escape, relaxation, and surfing right out the front door. To give your burning arms a break, explore one of the many paths that cross the center of the island and experience the wonder of thick rainforest complete with large monitor lizards and unusual birds. The retreat caters to only eight guests at a time, so pick your closest surf-hungry friends and make the escape to the islands of Indonesia.
6. Beer in Munich
If you and the guys are all about beer, why not make attend the ultimate beer-lover’s event? Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany really is as amazing as Beerfest made it look. If you can’t make it to Oktoberfest but still want to partake in some of Germany’s best brews, book a trip based around the area’s authentic beer gardens and beer halls. There are plenty of castles, monasteries, medieval villages, lakes, and mountains to keep you busy between brews.