As the family you choose, your friends are some of your nearest and dearest, so why not use your timeshare exchange to round up your buddies and go on tour? Whether you fancy a city break for a long weekend, or want to book a spacious apartment for a week of shenanigans, here are two fabulous breaks perfect for a girly getaway or a boy’s break.
Las Vegas for the ladies and gents
It’s loud and raucous, offers fabulous weather and round-the-clock entertainment. A week in Las Vegas is a group holiday dream, catering to every taste and budget.
Start as you mean to go on, so begin your holiday with a champagne brunch at the weekend to get things off on the right track. And you have a limitless number of options and cuisines from around the world to choose from.
Try Sugarcane which offers bottomless brunch all day, every day. The two-hour bottomless mimosas for $25 are perfect for you all to raise a toast to the perfect weekend, while the chef’s fusion of dishes from around the world mean you won’t suffer from the FOMO - the fear of missing out.
Naturally the high rollers hit the tables, but if you’re not a big gambler, even just wandering the various themed casinos and enjoying a few drinks at the bars in each is an entertaining way to spend a few hours - as you never know what you’re going to find.
You could stumble upon a Can-Can performance at Paris Las Vegas, experience all things cultural with the riveting Egyptian exhibit at The Luxor, or movie buffs can tour the likes of The Bellagio to imitate George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Ocean’s Eleven.
After having an obligatory little flutter, it’s time to venture beyond the tables.
For high-end shopping you have a healthy supply of couture stores from Chanel to Prada. The Shops at Crystals houses luxury brands such as Tiffany & Co. and Tom Ford, and it is afforded a central location on Las Vegas Boulevard - the perfect pit stop to avoid the mid-afternoon heat.
There’s also The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian for elegant buys, or elite window shopping if your budget won't stretch that far.
If there’s time, head back to your hotel for a little siesta before heading out for a show. If you prefer to leave your plans open until the last minute, head for one of the Tix4Tonight booths to book some tickets for a show - anything from the Cirque du Soleil camp of performances is going to be spectacular.
You and your pals might enjoy the more adventurous outdoor pursuits, and Sin City has you covered there too. Book a Grand Canyon experience by helicopter, or if you have an even better head for heights, step out on the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped bridge.
Resting 1,219 metres above the canyon, and 21 metres out from the edge, your heart will soon race as you peer down through the glass walkway. A case where you definitely should look down to get the full experience.
Or you can leave the glitz and glamour of Vegas behind and relive the Wild West days with a horseback and wagon ride to see the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon, along with a cowboy-themed meal and entertainment. Yee-haw!
Budapest for the boys and girls
The best bunch of friends you can have in life are the ones who you hardly see in what feels like forever, but you can still pick up where you left off, just like old times.
This is usually down to everyday life getting in the way, or you may have grown apart geographically. So the chance to use your Trading Power or Points to treat yourself to a catch up is a well justified one.
Some spa time is an ideal way to reconnect with your besties and slow the pace down, and Budapest is undoubtedly one of the world’s best spa capitals with therapeutic baths for restorative healing.
The medicinal pools at Gellért Spa & Thermal Baths are popular for healing, but you may decide to mix revelling and recovery together with a sparty at Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Featuring 18 pools, 10 sauna and steam rooms and more, it’s a haven for spa-goers, the restless and friends in need of a good catch up.
After you have chilled and chatted, it’s time to hit the streets of Budapest for a sightseeing tour and there are numerous tour themes here so you can take your pick. The active can organise a bike or segway tour, there’s culinary walking tours to cater to the foodies in the group, one for arts and culture vultures, or for something quirky, the three-hour Ruin Bar Walk.
These drinking spots in abandoned buildings are something of a trend here in the city, and this tour takes you into the Jewish Quarter to stop off at up to five edgy drinking establishments. You’ll also get a bit of a history lesson from your guide and some tips on the best Hungarian food and drink.
If you’re only here for a long weekend, a private sightseeing tour is a sensible option for making the best use of your time. With the undivided attention of your personal chauffeur and guide, you can tailor the things you would like to see the most, and cover much more ground. As you travel in style, you’ll also be treated to some fascinating information about the landmarks and sights, such as St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Chain Bridge and Buda Castle.
The café scene in Budapest continues to flourish, and so you must take the opportunity to pop out for a coffee and a slice of strudel - the traditional Hungarian pastry.
Judging by the name, the First Strudel House of Pest sounds like a favourite option. And with fillings including cherry, rhubarb, cabbage or salmon, both your sweet or savoury-inclined pals will be looked after.
Of course this gives you ample time to reminisce about old times and catch up on the new ones in between your city wanders. After a couple of days exploring the city, where to next?
If you want to get out of the city, you can catch the train and be on the south shores of Lake Balaton in less than three hours, or of course you could hire a car to explore, which will be much quicker.
The Balaton area is famed as a wine-growing region, so you have your pick of vineyards to book a wine tasting tour with the likes of Rieslings and Chardonnays to be sampled.
Home to the largest lake in Central Europe (reportedly 40 times bigger than Lake Windermere) it would be a shame not to get out on the water and experience it!
While away a day on a yacht, and with prices starting at approximately €300, it just goes to show a little luxury can go a long way. Vision Yacht Charter have a fleet of six vessels, which will permit from six to ten people on board, so it’s great for a group outing on the water, all of whom can share the cost making it very affordable.
Alternatively, after a week lounging at your RCI resort, you could extend your visit and hire a yacht for a whole week - there’s a bounty of shores to explore after all.
Which will you choose - living it up in Vegas, or chilling in Budapest? Either way, with your besties around you, it’s sure to be a fun ride!
If you want to get away with your best friends, timeshare is the perfect way to do it. Accommodation is often larger and more spacious than a standard hotel room, meaning everyone can have their own space without tripping over each other! Click on the RCI Resort Directory button below to select your accommodation.
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