For friends on a budget: Majorca
Holiday of a lifetime without the big budget? Visit stunning Spain for sun, sea and sand. Majorca is one of the country's most popular hotspots for its great nightlife, low-cost accommodation and beautiful Blue Flag beaches. Spend your days by the pool or on the sandy shores where you and your friends can experience the thrills of paragliding, jet skiing and paddle boarding.
For friends who love to explore: Turkey
With hot weather, azure seas and great things to do, Turkey (aka Turkiye) is an incredible country to explore with friends. Discover the ancient site of Ephesus, wander around the enchanting ‘fairy-chimneys’ of Cappadocia or just relax on one of many picture-perfect beaches. With delicious local food and drink too, there’s plenty to experience in Turkey.
For friends who love to relax: Crete
Unwind surrounded by Crete’s stunning scenery as you relax on some of the best beaches in the whole of Greece. Explore the traditional mountain villages. Sample delicious, locally produced cuisine. Walk through the beautiful countryside. And discover Crete’s interesting culture.
For active friends: Portugal
With its alluring views, pretty beaches and mouthwatering food and drink, Portugal puts adventure high on its priority list. Visit the Algarve for views of its dramatic, rocky coast; walk or cycle through Madeira’s lush countryside or throw yourself into city life in Insta-friendly Lisbon. There are loads of things to do, so you can be as active or relaxed as you like.
For friends who want to party: Ibiza
For the friends who love to dance the night away, one of the best places in the world is the gorgeous island of Ibiza. Enjoy music from world-class DJs in famous clubs such as Pacha, Amnesia and Ushuaia. Not just about incredible nightlife, Ibiza also has exceptional diving, water sports and traditional villages like San Agustin to explore.
For friends who want it all: Cook’s Club
DJs performing your summer soundtrack, a pool area perfect for socialising, amazing cocktails and delicious, world-inspired street food… if that sounds like your gang’s idea of heaven, get yourselves to a Cook’s Club hotel! With an atmosphere that builds from day to night, the adventure’s all yours, from snorkelling over Red Sea corals to stargazing after a beach party by the Med.
Whether you and the crew are planning a fun sunshine break, a total chill-out or some of the best sightseeing around, we’d love to see your pics! Tag @thomascook on Instagram and @thomascooktourism on Facebook.
Written by Carris Boast, 2016. Revised and republished by Lucy Roberts, 2022
About the author
Lucy Roberts blogs about all things holiday, with tons of Thomas Cook knowledge. And as a mum of two, she's always looking for ways to help you have family holidays that are memorable for all the right reasons!