Not So Lonely Planet

Call it destination bonding or traveling in a pack. The hot way to vacation is with a bunch of friends

Last March, Chenoa Taitt, 29, and her boyfriend Manuel Goncalves, 28, took a trip to romantic Florence, Italy. They brought along Matt, a mutual friend and former colleague, and Bob, Taitt's roommate at the time. They also invited Stephanie, Taitt's best friend from junior high, and an-other former co-worker, TracyLynn. TracyLynn in turn asked her mother to join, as well as a friend, Charlene, who also brought her mom. Altogether, nine people departed from Illinois, New York and New Jersey to spend eight days at adjacent hotels in Florence. "It was a real mishmash of characters," Taitt says, "but everything just...

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