Friendship day may have just swooshed by, but that shouldn’t prevent you from celebrating all year round, should it?
Planning a trip abroad can be an exhilarating experience amid the excitement of treating your eyes and soul to new destinations. This experience gets magnified if you are planning to go with your best friend. A vacation with your best friend will bring you closer to them and create memorable moments to look back to, for all your life.
Here are 11 best places you can visit with your best friend:
Thailand is alluring for a plethora of reasons. From its electrifying nightlife to gorgeous sandy beaches, coral landscapes and diverse fauna to a thriving shopping paradise, it has something for everyone.
The best time to visit Thailand is between November to February when the weather is cool and pleasant, transforming the region into a lush green landscape.
A foodie’s heaven, Thailand, in general, is known for its great cuisines that you can gorge on with your best friend. Dishes like pad thai, tom yum, green papaya salad, GengKheaw Wan Gai are some of the must-haves along with the seafood.
Thailand has an amalgamation of various cultures and borrows heavily from Indian influences, Chinese traditions, and has elements that are uniquely Thai.
The local currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). ฿20, ฿50, ฿100, ฿500, ฿1000 are the frequently used banknotes and ฿1, ฿2, ฿5, ฿10 are widely used coins. The US Dollar can be used in some prominent establishments. One can get a prepaid travel card, which saves from the hassles of carrying cash around. A prepaid travel card can store multiple currencies as well.
Malaysia is another South Asian destination that cannot be missed when you are planning a trip abroad with your best friend. The country is a healthy mix of sleek skyscrapers dotting the skyline, gigantic malls, and shopping districts to a never-ending expanse of rain forests and millions of years old limestone caves.
May to July and December to February are the best times to visit the eastern and western coasts of Malaysia respectively as both ends differ in climatic conditions and have the most pleasant weather during these months.
Malaysia has great food offerings which include mouth-watering delicacies like Assam Laksa, Hainanese chicken rice, Nasikerabu, Chendul and an array of satays.
Malaysia is culturally diverse with a lot of Hindu and Muslim influence that blends in with the Chinese influence and local Malays.
Ringgit is the local currency and is also known as the Malaysian Dollar. Notes are in denominations of RM100, 50, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 sen. Prominent foreign currency and international cards are common but one can save more if they buy currency online.
The island of Bali is Indonesia’s tourist magnet that is steadily rising in popularity to become the most popular tourist spot in all of Asia. This makes it a must-visit destination with your best friend. Stunning beaches and magnificent temples dot the landscape and there are numerous activities to do in and around the island.
April to October is the best time to visit this island paradise with May, June, and October being the most economical.
Foodies are in a for a treat as Bali has some exquisite delicacies like Pisang Goreng, Nasi Goreng, Babi Guling, BebekBetutu, Mini Rijsttafel among others.
The culture of Bali is a healthy mix of Buddhist Hindu religion and the local Balinese customs.
The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is the local currency, commonly also abbreviated to Rp. Denominations are in the form of both coins and bills. US dollar, Euro and Australian dollar are widely accepted but you can opt for prepaid travel cards for a hassle-free experience that ensures that you are never short of finances.
A traditional yet innovate nation, the Netherlands is a gorgeous place to visit with your best friend. Nestled in a plain landscape, the cities and towns are quaint and clean with more cycles than any other vehicle in sight.
The Netherlands has a lot to offer in terms of food. Traditional delicacies like bitterballen, stamppot and suikerbrood are a must-try.
The Dutch culture is diverse thanks to the exploratory nature of locals, influences and migration from other parts of Europe.
Euro is the currency used in the Netherlands with 8 coins; 1, 2 and 5 cents, 10, 20 and 50 cents, 1 and 2 Euro coins. Then there are the bills of 5, 10, 20 and 50 Euro, 100, 200 and 500 Euro notes. You can also opt to buy Forex online which will help you save time and ensure best exchange rates.
Brazil is a nation whose people are full of life. It is a nation of party mongers and football lovers and if you and your best friend are either of those, you’ll fall in love with Brazil. It also has many scenic, as well as man, made attractions and is home to the great Amazon forest.
July and August are the best months to visit Brazil which is usually humid all year round, but gets cooler during these months.
There are plenty of local dishes to satiate your taste buds. Brigadeiro, Açaí, Moqueca de Camarão, and Coxinhas are some must-have local foods here.
The culture of Brazil is vibrant as can be seen in the spirit of locals. There is a strong Portuguese and some Spanish influence.
The Brazil currency is the Brazilian Real and is denoted as R$. The real comes in coin denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 centavos and 1 real. Banknotes are available in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 real. Cards are also widely used. One can buy Brazilian currency online for best exchange rates.
Iceland is a breathtaking destination with awe-inspiring scenic views that can produce the most camera-worthy views for you and your best friend.
The best time to visit Iceland is between June to August.
Iceland has some unique food to experience. One can gorge on local Skyr, lamb, Hot Spring Rye Bread, Fish stew among other great dishes.
The culture of Iceland is unique with the locals still in touch with their Viking roots and welcoming to new generations.
Krona is the currency of Iceland with banknotes available in 500 krónur, 2000 krónur, 5000 krónur, 10000 krónur, 1000 krónur and coins in 1 krónur, 100 krónur, 10 krónur, 5 krónur, 50 krónur. One can also buy forex online for the best exchange rates and a worry-free experience. You can make transactions anywhere, anytime with loads of flexibility and savings.
The bustling destination of Hong Kong is all you and your best friend need to experience a megacity in making.
March to April and October to November are the best times to visit Hong Kong as the weather is pleasant.
Hong Kong is a treasure trove of food with a variety of food items to try. From egg tarts to muffins, Milk tea to noodles, it has something for everyone.
Hong Kong is a melting pot of a variety of cultures from around the world with strong foundations of Chinese influence.
The currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar and banknotes and coins are available in HK$50, HK$150, HK$20, HK$500, HK$100, HK$1000, HK$10 and HK$10, HK$1, HK$0.1, HK$5, HK$0.2, HK$2, HK$0.5 respectively. One can also opt for a prepaid travel card that comes bundled with a plethora of benefits and are essentially, cash and debit rolled into one.
The land of the Loch ness monster is much more than just their bagpipers. It is perfect to visit with your best friend and explore the vast scenic countryside.
The best time to visit Scotland is from March to May and September to November.
The local cuisine is a mix of British and Welsh with haggis being the national dish. It is eaten with mashed potatoes, turnips and a whiskey sauce.
Scotland has a rich culture based on its vibrant and rich history.
The currency of Scotland is the GBP Pound (£). One pound is comprised of 100 pence and coins can be obtained in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2 denominations. Banknotes are commonly divided into £5, £10, £20 and £50 amounts. One can buy currency online for the best exchange rates.
Spain is all about the vibrant aura of youth, football, food, and celebration, which makes it the perfect place to visit with your best friend.
The best time to visit Spain is from March to May and September to November.
Spain is the food capital of Europe with lots to offer from mouth-watering seafood to the freshest of vegetables and of course, Sangria wine.
The local culture takes great inspiration from the nation’s history. Euro is the currency of Spain. You can make use of prepaid travel cards here that are capable of supporting multiple currencies and offer lowest rates.
The adventure capital of the world, New Zealand is an awesome place to visit with your best friend and indulge in crazy activities together.
New Zealand has something to offer all year round.
The food of New Zealand is driven by locally grown items. Dairy, seafood, and meat constitute a major part of the food here.
The culture of New Zealand is mostly western with British roots.
The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar, and available as Banknotes of $100, $20, $10, $50, $5 and coins of 10-euro cent coin, 20 cent euro coin, $1, 50c, $2. One can opt for prepaid travel cards for a hassle-free experience and can reload on the go, risk-free.
The biggest nation on Earth is home to spectacular views and welcoming people, making it a great place to visit with your best friend.
The best time to visit Russia is from March to June.
Russians love their Vodka and there are a lot of food items to try like Kamchatka crab, Borscht, Black Sea barabulka, Kvass, etc.
The visual and rich past of Russia heavily reflects its deep culture.
The official Russian currency is Rubles. Frequently used Banknotes are 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 rubles. Coins are 10, 50 kopeks, 1, 2, 5, 10 rubles. Prepaid travel cards are a great way to save yourself from hassles when short of local currency. They are a boon for frequent travelers and offer multi-currency support and an array of safety and security features.