One of the fastest growing trends in the travel industry these days is the “girlfriend getaway”…a trip just for you and your BFFs. What better way to refresh and rejuvenate than heading out of town with a few friends for a new adventure. According to a recent survey, approximately 25 percent of American women have taken a girls vacation in the last three years and almost double that number have plans to do that in the upcoming three years. There’s no better way to bond with the favorite women in your life.
Most of the large hoteliers in major cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Chicago and Los Angeles are getting the message that girls just want to have fun! Girlfriend packages are offered in most every major city with amenities that include martinis, massages….and more. Some large chains are even including late nite pajama parties options complete with chick flick DVDs, tabloid magazines and snacks.
Golf, tennis, and spa vacations remain mainstays for girls’ vacations. These trips offer an opportunity to take care of mind, body and spirit and can be found at almost every price level. Wine and gourmet vacations are also quite popular. You can take cooking lessons in Italy, make your own wine in Napa Valley California or just take the time to experience a new ethnic cuisine.
How does a ranch experience in the Southwest appeal to you? Horseback riding, hiking and roping lessons could provide some interesting stories to tell when you return. What about a surf camp on the beaches of Hawaii or California? Can you imagine hiking and zip-lining in the rainforests of Costa Rica? Or does a Sex and The City themed weekend appeal to your inner fashion diva?
So, whether you want poker lessons or pilates, pampering or just popcorn…a girlfriend getaway can provide any woman with a much needed break from everyday stress and routine – and an opportunity to create memories of a lifetime.
And here’s a Travel Tip from a vacation specialist:
When booking travel for a group of friends, make sure you clarify if prices are quoted per person or per room and whether or not they are based on single, double or quadruple occupancy. Ask about black-out days and other restrictions and consider whether or not gratuities and taxes are covered in the printed price. An experienced travel agent can help navigate the sometimes tricky wording on offers.