About this time every year, my girlfriends and I start talking about taking a girl getaway. We've done Vegas and San Francisco in prior years. Next year, I'm flying to Disneyland with a group of gal pals for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon (which is full, by the way, or I'd encourage you to join us). I think spirited women need to get time with each other - away from partners and children, and away from laundry, bills, and work.
I have a few girl getaway dreams in my back pocket. These are the places I haven't gotten to yet, but plan to organize with few friends and make my way as soon as I can. Maybe you'll consider doing the same.
How about a spiritual river rafting/meditation adventure? Row Adventures offers river rafting trips combined with on-land guided meditations and yoga. These are seasonal trips which take place in the spring and summer. Some are women only. All take place on rivers in Idaho and run between $939 and $1,475. Check 'em out. To me it sounds heavenly to get my adrenaline going with adventure and then settle into a meditative, restful state later in the day.
As you may know by now, I love to travel on foot. Another dream I have is of taking a group of pals with me to China to hike the 19th century French explorers' route. Wild China offers a ten-day itinerary exploring this old trail and villages and landmarks it meanders past.
Finally, I've wanted for a very long time to travel to Central America and attend language school for a week or two. I don't need to take my husband along because he already speaks Spanish, but I do have a couple of friends who would be game for a language emersion experience. Guatemala has a number of language schools scattered throughout the country. With the help of Guatamala365.com you can choose the school that offers the amenities and services you're looking for at the price you can afford. I can't think of a better bonding experience with a girlfriend than to muddle through shopping in another language.
What are your best girlfriend trips? Where have you been that you would recommend? Or what's your dream? What have you always wanted to do with a group of pals that will take you away from daily life long enough to refresh and regroup?