4 tips for planning a girls-only trip

4 tips for planning a girls-only trip

July 1st, 2013

By Aimee Heckel

You don’t need a bachelorette party, bridal party, birthday or special occasion to organize a girl’s weekend out. Do it for your health.

Hanging out with friends is good for you. The more social ties you have, the less likely you are to get sick, studies report. A lack of social support can even be considered a risk factor for cancer, another study found.

It’s no wonder women-only trips are on the rise.

Don’t wait any longer; your well being depends on it (insert desperate swoon here).

Here are four girls-only trip inspirations:

1. If a simple girls night is all you can organize, take advantage of girls’ night specials.

KTCHN Restaurant in New York has a special girls night out every Tuesday, complete with dimmed lights, wine and chick flicks. Indulge in snacks that line up with the movie’s plot, such as watermelon cocktails with “Dirty Dancing.” 

2. Relax and pamper yourselves with a special spa trip.

Check local spas for girls’ night out escapes, like one of Relax Spa Escapes’ fun theme spa treatments, from a Margarita Spa, to a Wine and Cheese Spa, to a Chocolate Lover’s Spa. Not funky enough for your girlfriends? Plan a Coffee and Tea Spa, A Spa-Jama Spa (in your pajamas, of course), or Fondue and Facials.

If you’re a resort kind of crew, you can live the high life but save money using these resort deals and coupons.

3. Take a “Sex and the City” tour of NYC. Visit the same restaurants and hotspots as the characters in the show. Grab a cupcake at the famous Magnolia Bakery. Maybe get some Jimmy Choos — or at least drool at them.

Score cheap tickets to New York (and save the money for a new pair of shoes) by checking these travel deals and coupons.

Right now, we’re loving this deal from Travelocity: 5 percent off hotels (use the coupon code SHOPAT5), plus get up to 10 percent Cash Back when you book it through ShopAtHome.com.

4. Plan a sweet trip and indulge your tastebuds.

party-roomBuy cupcakes from a vending machine at Sprinkles in Los Angeles, the world’s “first cupcake bakery.” Throw a party in the pink party room (see photo).

Just as sweet but with a different energy is a roadside treasure, the Amish Bakery, Fudge and Candle Shop in Muskogee, Okla. Here, you can score homemade fudge and Amish delicacies.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at AimeeHeckel.com, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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