Archive for May, 2008

Girlfriends Getaways – Getting Started

Girlfriends Getaways Worldwide We know that “girls’ night out” is fun. We love to confess, confide and laugh together. We also know that a short trip together is even better. I am asked repeatedly is: “how do you plan a girlfriends’ reunion or women’s getaway?

First, access your budgets and the amount of time you have. Do you want to travel for a long weekend or a week? Do you want to go far or stay close to home, travel by car or plane?

TIP: You can save a lot of money if you travel weekdays, off-season and to less touristy-destinations. Best days to travel for cheaper plane tickets are Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.

Second, canvass the group to find out what everyone wants to do; sit and talk, go to shows, spas, resorts, evening entertainment, cultural events, biking, hiking, kayaking.

Thirdly, one person needs to be the organizer and start looking for accommodations. Ask everyone if they have friends or family members with a condo, beach house, mountain home, or apartment that your group can use or rent? Condos or homes are practical because they have kitchens and living rooms where you can all hang out. Maybe you’d all prefer a spa vacation, or a weekend at a fabulous resort.

Fourth, everyone should contribute a non-refundable deposit of $100 to go into a kitty. The organizer can use this for reservation deposits. When everyone has decided upon a date and committed money, there will be fewer cancellations. Remember, the deposit is non-refundable.

Happy Travels.

Links to a sampling of Organized Girlfriend Getaway Packages:

Camelback Inn in Scottsdale , Arizona

Camelback Inn in Scottsdale , Arizona offers a Mother/Daughter package year-round. For moms with daughters 18 years and up, the package includes accommodations, two one-hour spa treatments per person, two Starbucks drinks, a $50 food and beverage credit (redeemable for room service or any of the restaurants), and full access to all spa amenities (pool, hot tub, steam, sauna, lounge, gym, classes, etc). The package starts at $469 during the month of May.

Girlfriend Getaway to Galena, IL,

where travelers can visit wineries and spas or go hiking on the Galena River trail. Enjoy the perfect girlfriend getaway in a setting that offers a chance to relax, shop, and sample wine at local vineyards.

BIG SKY, MontanaAdventureWomen Inc, a pioneer in women’s travel in active women over 30 is offering a new adventure vacation for solo women travelers who want to experience one of America’s “last great places” while celebrating their independence—on Independence Day. Home to some of the last remaining wild land in the United States, Montana is renowned for its outdoor adventures, and this trip will give these ladies a reason to celebrate in Montana this 4th of July.

On this adventure vacation, gutsy women who want explore the glorious outdoors can learn to fly fish, take a horseback riding jaunt across Montana fields, and then enjoy whitewater rafting on the Gallatin River. Travelers will safari to Yellowstone National Park to see a “big game” and unique ecosystem, relive history as they visit the Missouri River headwaters made famous by Lewis and Clark, take a trip through time to historic gold rush towns of the 19th century, and experience a Western rodeo and fireworks on the 4th of July. This trip to a premier dude ranch is specially designed for those independent ladies who want to “try it all” during this jam-packed week of adventure activities in Montana.

The James Chicago

Gather the girlfriends for a Just Us Girls weekend at The James. Start with a cooking lesson from talented (and eligible!) Executive Chef Rick Gresh from in-house restaurant, David Burke’s Primehouse. Later, head up to the Penthouse and indulge in mini facials and makeup applications by technicians from The Spa by Asha. Don’t miss dinner reservations at Primehouse, followed by a VIP table and round of drinks at Jbar.

About Marybeth Bond

Marybeth Bond is the nation’s preeminent expert on women travel. She is the award-winning
author-editor of 11 books.

Marybeth has hiked, cycled, climbed, dived and kayaked her way through more than seventy countries around the world.

She was a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Marybeth has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, National Public Radio and National Geographic Weekend.