Girlfriend Getaways. Researchers link good health with good friends

Now that researchers link good health with good friends, we have scientific support for taking off with our girlfriends.By Travel Expert Marybeth Bond

According to recent studies and a New York Times article (April 20, 2009), female bonding activities serve as very important stress management strategies and have health benefits and this may contribute to longer lives.

Marybeth Bond, author of 11 women’s travel books, including the National Geographic Girlfriends Getaways series,

addresses the health benefits of traveling with girlfriends. Her best-selling travel books are for women—young, old, single, married, divorced, and widowed—who continue to fuel growth in the travel industry.

The 2nd edition of 50 Best Girlfriends Getaways contains considerable fresh content including more dude ranches, yoga retreats, mountain resorts and a new chapter on best home and garden tours as well as an additional section on.

Affordable escapes, close-to-home driving destinations, where to take teenage daughters, the best mother-daughter trips and transformational personal journeys are all found in her latest book, as well as hundreds of money-saving travel tips.

50 Best Girlfriends Getaways covers everything from fun-filled weekends in New York, Quebec, and San Francisco to festive wine-tasting forays; from adventurous raft trips down the Colorado River to heli-hiking the Canadian Rockies; from high-spirited reunions hiking through the Berkshires, Vermont or New Hampshire to soothing retreats in Mexico. Marybeth’s trip choices vary widely and suite every occasion, mood, and pocketbook.

The book is filled with practical tips on roommate etiquette, safety, packing, budgeting, and other specific advice. Short, true stories about women’s experiences open each chapter, and quotes from all types of women travelers broaden the appeal—further inspiring readers to pack up their bags, call a girlfriend, and say “Let’s go!”

“You should hit your bookstore for this paperback before you hit the road.” –Palm Beach Post

50 BEST GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAYS IN NORTH AMERICA 2nd Edition National Geographic Books May 19, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4262-0460-9 $15.95 Paperback Contact: Penelope Dackis 202.857.7335

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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.

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