Budapest, Hungary GETTY IMAGES Best for: spa aficionados Budapest is known as the “city of baths,” because it boasts a number of naturally-heated thermal baths—including the impressive Széchenyi Thermal Baths, which has 15 indoor pools, three giant outdoor pools, saunas, and even hosts regular parties with a DJ. Because who says you have to leave a bath to hit the club? Lol, anyway, if you don’t even want to leave your hotel for a dip, the majestic Corinthia Hotel has the largest hotel pool in the city.
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Bruges, Belgium GETTY IMAGES Best for: brunch fans If you’ve ever seen In Bruges, you know that this city is so beautiful, it can even distract you from Colin Farrell—which is something I never thought I’d say. Walk through the central plaza and explore the city’s many historic churches, before finishing the day off with some famous Belgian beer and a sleep in Baron’s actual house from the movie, The Peellaert.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina GETTY IMAGES Best for: dancers (or, wannabe dancers) Take your dance outings to the next level with a visit to the home of tango itself. You’ll even find paintings on the sidewalk that offer foot-by-foot explainers on how to do various dance moves. Keep your stay cheap, but social, at the Circus Hostel & Hotel
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Chiang Mai, Thailand GETTY IMAGES Best for: zen seekers Wat is the name for a type of Buddhist temple found in this region of the world, and there are many in Chiang Mai to explore. Our advice: Start with the breathtaking Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (psst—your Instagram will thank you). Then gorge on all the Thai food you can eat, including the creamy regional specialty khao soi. For a bed right in the thick of it, book a few nights at the BED Phrasingh
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Chicago, Illinois GETTY IMAGES Best for: the architecture obsessed Get the best views of the Windy City by braving the Skydeck in Willis Tower, which is a mere 103 stories up (*gulp*). Show everyone that you’ve bean to Chicago with a pic by the Cloud Gate (aka the big silver bean) or a selfie by the Pritzker Pavilion. Top it off with a stay at The Talbott Hotel in Chicago’s trendy Gold Coast district.
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Dublin, Ireland GETTY IMAGES Best for: pub crawlers According to one website, Dublin has 751 pubs. If that’s not enough for you, there’s even the Guinness Brewery where you can pour your own perfect pint. After a day of drinking, stay in an actual castle at Clontarf Castle Hotel to get a little R&R before tomorrow’s crawl.
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Hanoi, Vietnam GETTY IMAGES Best for: street-food taste-testers Immerse yourself in contemporary and ancient history in Vietnam’s capital. Witness the Vietnam War prisoner of war museum, the Hoa Lo Prison, before exploring the Old Quarter for some of the sweetest and strangest street food in existence. Be tactical and stay right around the corner from the Night Market at the La Beaute De Hanoi Hotel.
Hawaii GETTY IMAGES Best for: de-stressing, Aloha, relaxation! Explore the Volcanoes National Park and surf your troubles away without even having to renew your passport. Or stay at the Turtle Bay Resort and literally never leave your hotel. We won’t judge.
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Killington, Vermont GETTY IMAGES Best for: snow bunnies Killington is ideal for a squad ski trip, with slopes suited for beginners and pros. Stay right by the mountain at the Summit Lodge & Resort so you be first in line for the lift. If snow sports aren’t your thing, then schedule your visit timed to the assortment of autumnal festivals. Apple cider, anyone?
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Lake Bled, Slovenia GETTY IMAGES Best for: outdoor adventurers Visiting Lake Bled is like stepping into a postcard. Besides soaking up the scenery, this city has tons of options for hiking, cycling, canyoning, and water sports. Row-boat out to Bled Island if you really want to feel like a princess from a Disney movie. For a view of the lake from your room, stay in Vila Bled.
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Lake Garda, Italy DEA / ALBERT CEOLANGETTY IMAGES Best for: water babies Just a stone’s throw away from Verona (aka Romeo and Juliet’s love shack) is Italy’s biggest lake. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, its waters are famous for sailing and windsurfing. If you’d rather stay on dry land, there are lots of beautiful cycling paths and vineyards (although we don’t recommend doing both at the same time).
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Lisbon, Portugal GETTY IMAGES Best for: urban explorers Lisbon is becoming one of Europe’s major urban hot spots—and for good reason. “Lisbon has deep-rooted history mixed with a very vibrant local scene,” says Stein. “It’s not as glamorous as some other European cities, but it’s the authentic charm I love. Not to mention, that makes for some pretty affordable pricing.” Spend a few days wandering the cobblestone streets, taking in some beautiful views of pastel-colored waterfront buildings, and gorging on seafood and glasses of vino verde. Make Hotel Valverde, with its colorful design and central location (the Botanical Gardens are practically across the street), home base for your exploring.
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London, England GETTY IMAGES Best for: fashionistas London, with its hundreds of eateries, shops, and museums, is ideal for those who prefer exploration over relaxation, and the best part is you can easily cover a ton of ground in one long weekend. Book a room at The Ned hotel in the heart of the city, where even locals love hanging at one of the nine bars and restaurants (one is in a former bank vault, NBD) or one of the two pools. “Although there’s no need to ever leave the building, the city is at your doorstep, making it quite easy to do it all,” says Stein.
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Los Cabos, Mexico GETTY IMAGES Best for: anyone who wants to let loose “Cabo is a place that has something for everyone,” says Stein, “whether you’re looking for a gritty party scene, a bohemian retreat, an active detox, or a pampering resort experience.” As far as where to stay, try El Ganzo. “It’s a very cool boutique hotel with a focus on art and music, even hosting their own rooftop concert series,” adds Stein. “They also have their own beach club just across the waterway by three-minute boat shuttle.”
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Machu Picchu, Peru GETTY IMAGES Best for: crossing off your bucket list Hike the world-famous Inca trail for breathtaking views and physical challenges that will definitely strengthen your bond with your besties. But consider yourself warned: Due to erosion, a limited number of trekkers can hike the trail every day, so make sure you book your ticket well in advance. Or skip the trail altogether and take a bus directly to the mountain from the Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel.
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Mallorca, Spain GETTY IMAGES Best for: Love Island wannabes This Balearic Island may be where the Love Island villa is located, but the entire island is worth exploring, including the village of Capdepera (perfect for lying on the beach or renting a speedboat to drive across the crystal waters) and Magaluf (an infamous clubbing town frequented by British teenagers). Whilst the Love Island villa itself might not be free for reservations, PortBlue Club Pollentia Resort is a worthy substitute. TBH, we’d recommend this place over the villa anyway.
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Miami, Florida GETTY IMAGES Best for: never-ending spring breaks Hit South Beach during the day, spend happy hour in Wynwood’s arts and entertainment district, and then dance the night away at one of Miami's legendary nightclubs. (BTW, LIV is great for spotting celebs.) Stay beachfront at The Miami Beach EDITION, which boasts its own private beach as well as two ocean-facing outdoor pools. Swing by its hip food hall, Market, for a bite before you head to the hotel’s basement, where there’s a club and a bowling alley.
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Montreal, Canada GETTY IMAGES Best for: day drinkers First of all, Montreal’s airport is called the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport—who doesn't want to start off their vacay with a bit of Trudeau?! The city is full of outdoor terraces that are open from April to October, if you’re in the mood to upgrade your Sunday funday. Sleep off your hangover at the Le Square Phillips Hotel and then wake up and grab some poutine.
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Mykonos, Greece GETTY IMAGES Best for: budding reality stars Mykonos may be famous for its rows of pristine white buildings, but it’s also famous for another important thing: the location of an iconic Kardashian family holiday. Until recently, it was also home to Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club (RIP). Get A-list-level privacy at the gorgeous five-acre Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort.
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Nashville, Tennessee GETTY IMAGES Best for: music lovers From Miley Cyrus to Kings of Leon, Nashville still attracts so many famous musicians that it’d take too long for us to list ’em all here. Thankfully, the Country Music Hall of Fame has that covered. If seeing Elvis’s gold piano isn’t enough to satisfy your country music passion, then catch a show at the iconic Grand Ole Opry. And you can’t go wrong with the centrally located Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.