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Keep up to date on the latest travel news, vacation ideas, and updates to the Great Womens Vacations website with the women's vacation ideas blog.

This blog will keep you informed on the latest news in travel from many resources - Yahoo Travel, MSN News, Budget Travel, Travel and Leisure, and many more!

It will also keep you up-to-date about the latest additions to the Great Womens Vacations website - maybe we found another great spa or culinary adventure!


Great Women's Vacations in Woman's Day Magazine!!
Great Women's Vacations has been mentioned in an article in the May, 2011, issue of Woman's Day Magazine. The article, about planning a girlfriend getaway, has lots of tips on how to handle finances, responsibilities, etc - along with plenty of reasons you need to get away with "the girls"! We're mentioned at the end of the article, with other resources for planning your getaway.

Nov 25, 2015

Women's Hawaii Surf Camp and Adventure Retreat

Join us on a magical Hawaiian Island adventure and learn to surf with Chica Surf Adventures. Whether you are traveling alone or want to join with

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Nov 25, 2015

Chica Surf Adventures

Get ready for an insanely fun all-inclusive women's surf camp and yoga retreat in Costa Rica. We specialize in teaching women how to catch their very

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Nov 18, 2015

Girlfriends Getaway in Bolton Landing

Relax the Body, Renew the Mind and Refresh the Spirit in Bolton Landing, NY!! May 6 - 8, 2016 What Will We Be Doing? - Wellness Workshops - Yoga,

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Nov 18, 2015

BFF Beach Getaway

Grab Your Girlfriends and Head for the Beach! Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos, that is. Beaches Resorts is having a 4 night BFF Girl's Getaway, with:

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Oct 16, 2015

Del Mar Surf Camp

As one of the first surf camps in Costa Rica since 2003, started by local Maria del Mar Alfaro, Del Mar Surf Camp has been teaching women how to surf from

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Apr 13, 2015

Taste the Terroir Wine Tour of the Loire Valley

Discover the wines of the Centre Val de Loire and Pays de la Loire, France Wednesday, Sept. 2-12, 2015 Explore France’s finest wine producing region

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Mar 11, 2015

Shenandoah Manor Bed & Breakfast

The Shenandoah Manor is magnificently located near the historic town of Lexington, VA, nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley on 10 acres. It has

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Feb 06, 2015

WilderFIT Colorado

WilderFIT Colorado is an opportunity to explore an outdoor fitness retreat. We are located in Southwest Colorado at the base of the Lone Cone Mountain,

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Dec 11, 2014

Roadmap to Wellness

A Roadmap to Wellness February 26 - March 1, 2015 The Chopra Center at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California This four-day immersion, led by

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Dec 11, 2014

Creating the Life You Want

Creating the Life You Want January 16 - January 18, 2015 The Chopra Center at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California Why not start the new year

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Dec 11, 2014

Harmonic Awakening

Harmonic Awakening to Access the Universe Jackie's on the Reef, Negril Jamaica January 24 - 29, 2015 Taunya Layla and Stephanie Woods will help you renew

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Dec 04, 2014

Retreat Central

Founded in 2008 by Janyie Shultz and Deb Williams, Retreat Central helps event planners looking for facilities outside the traditional hotel market. Our

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Oct 22, 2014

Women's Travel Clothing: Voyager Knit Seamed Jersey Dress Blue Large Petite

TravelSmith Voyager Knit Seamed Jersey Dress Blue Large Petite Easy to pack and easy to wear! The easy-to-wear fit-and-flare dress is flattering

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Oct 07, 2014

Wine, Women & Wellness Weekend

Women, Wine & Wellness Weekend at The 'Cliffs October 24-26, 2014 This is your ticket to an adventure and joy filled weekend. You will be joining other

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Sep 01, 2014

Looking for an Outdoorsy Getaway and Charming Inns?

If you love the outdoors - hiking, biking, skiing, or horseback riding - and love staying at charming country inns, too - why not combine the two into a vacation or weekend getaway?

Smarter Travel has 10 suggestions for "inn hopping" vacations. What's "inn hoping"? Well, you hike, bike, ride a horse - or whatever activity you enjoy - from one inn to the next, exploring a wider region than you could if you stayed in one place. These vacations offer the transfer of bags from one inn to the next, so you don't need to haul your stuff. Just hop your horse (or bike, or whatever), enjoy a day's activity, and arrive at a new inn each night. Your belongings are already there, waiting for you! Then do it again the next day.

What a great way to enjoy your favorite activity - and stay at comfy, charming inns!

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Aug 20, 2014

Creative Me Time Workshops & Retreats

Enjoy creative workshops and retreats on the beautiful Central Coast of California. We have an amazing Mixed Media Retreat coming up October 17-19 overlooking

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Aug 10, 2014

Are You Making Any of These Hotel Booking Mistakes?

With online booking so readily available and commonly used, it's easy to assume you just need to pick a date and destination and book your trip.

But errors do happen - and there's always fine print in any transaction.

Here are a few common mistakes people make when booking a hotel - from booking the wrong dates (forgetting your flight is an over-nighter) to assuming the hotel's photos are accurate.

Have you made any of these booking errors?

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Jul 03, 2014

More Packing Tips from The Independent Traveler

OK, I know I post articles about packing your bags periodically. But with the cost of checking bags (and overweight bags), any little bit helps.

Take what you need, leave everything else home - and follow these tips from readers like you!

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Jun 18, 2014

Photo Divine ~ Girlfriend Getaways

We are a team of two sister photographers who grew up in Southwest Colorado. Ten years ago, Kyla started a portrait and wedding photography business

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Jun 01, 2014

Beach Houses You Can Afford

If you'd love a vacation at the beach, but a hotel just doesn't do it for you, you might try a beach house.

Beach houses are generally expensive, though - except for these beauties, available from Hawaii to Maine. Whatever your preferred destination, you'll likely find an affordable cottage here!

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May 25, 2014

You Won't Believe The Surprise at This Hotel!

I love learning about unique hotels and accommodations. While I always enjoy getting away and many times a hotel is just a place to sleep, a trip is especially fun when the hotel or resort is a destination in itself.

This hotel, which looks like it's in the English countryside, is actually in Africa - and it's a wildlife preserve for giraffes!

You'll love the photos of the giraffes sticking their heads in the 2nd story windows.

Another item on the bucket list!

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May 11, 2014


Isis Ayurveda Retreat is a place created to offer pure treatments in the heart of Ayurveda land , Kerala (India). Gianni , the owner , is an italian


Apr 06, 2014

Day Trips from Caribbean Islands

Jan 19, 2014

Caribbean Bargains!

It's still a cold, miserable winter in the midwest, and many other parts of the US.

Wouldn't you love to thaw out on a soft, white sandy beach???

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Jan 07, 2014

The Best Cities to Escape Winter!

Nov 16, 2013

10 Great Day Spas

A spa doesn't have to be a destination in itself; you can enjoy a massage or an afternoon of pampering in the midst of any vacation.

I love taking a "break" from my vacation activitites to get a massage at a local day spa!

Here are a few that are especially nice.....

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Nov 13, 2013

Find Your Inner Goddess Retreat

January 17 - 22, 2014 Negril, Jamaica Have you lost your inner goddess? The hustle and bustle of everyday life can leave you lost and exhausted, not

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Nov 13, 2013

Archaeological Excursion to France

Visit France and help to unearth treasures buried for over 1000 years! and the Leymonie Archaeological Project offer the opportunity to

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Sep 15, 2013

Cutting Clutter in your Suitcase

Do you tend to overpack/ (I mean, who doesn't??)

This article has tips to get rid of the clutter and keep only the essentials (hint: think like a backpacker!)

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Sep 09, 2013

Rock Creek Cottage

Located 10 miles SE of Eau Claire, WI in Caryville, Rock Creek Cottage is the area's newest craft retreat. The completely remodeled facility accommodates

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Sep 03, 2013

Fantastic Photos from Solo Travelers

Much as I love traveling with my sisters, I always enjoyed the time I had to wander on my own when I had a day off during a business trip. Sometimes I got lost (but I always got found!), and I've had some great experiences along the way.

Taking the time to go it alone is a wonderful way to get to know yourself better - explore at your own pace, see what you want to see, stop and enjoy a brief repast at a little cafe that you might not have tried otherwise.

Enjoy these photos - and the comments that go along with them. Very inspirational!

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Aug 29, 2013

Time to Plan Your Fall Getaway!

Summer's almost over (boo!!) - but it's almost time for brightly colored leaves, cool,crisp air, and caramel apples!

What a great time for a getaway with the girls. The kids are back in school and family vacations are over, so now it's time you do something for yourself.

FareCompare has six destinations that are perfect for fall - including San Antonio.

You don't even need to fly! There's bound to be a terrific town near you that's perfect for a fall getaway. Book it today!

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Aug 26, 2013

10 Things You Need but Might Forget to Pack

I was actually surprised to find that I already pack ALL of these items (or at least, variations on the theme). But I truly can't travel without most of them - bandaids for blisters, hand sanitizer, extra bags - and, of course, snacks!!!

I would also include a penlight (flashlight) and/or a nightlight for nighttime bathroom visits.

What's on your must-have list?

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Aug 17, 2013

Food, Dogs, and Art!

Come to Vashon Island, Washington for some great weekend retreats in September! Beautiful Vashon Island, WA, is just a 15-minute ferry ride from Seattle.

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Jul 23, 2013


FestiGals ( is a fabulous weekend getaway, created by women for women, in one of America’s most interesting and culturally rich cities

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Jul 20, 2013

Smartipants Weekends Away Just for Women

Did you know that the company of women improves the health and well-being of all women? According to a Stanford University study, the best way for women

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Jul 02, 2013

Movies and TV Shows that Inspire Travel

Do you ever find yourself watching a movie or TV show and thinking, "I wish I was there!"?

I certainly have - and here are a few that made me want to get off the couch and travel!

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Jun 26, 2013

Tips for Traveling Alone

If you find yourself facing a trip on your own for the first time, this article has some great tips to help you deal with situations you might not dealt with before.

Many of these tips apply when you're traveling with friends, too!

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Jun 10, 2013

Jerking Things Up in Jamaica!

What could be better than food, rum, and sandy white beaches? Join us in Jamaica for all of that - and more! Caribbean Culinary Tours offers an all-inclusive,

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Jun 10, 2013

Hard Sided Luggage: Travel Concepts Safari 4 Piece Luggage Set

Travel Concepts Safari 4 Piece Luggage Set A 4-piece set of hard sided luggage in a zebra or leopard print - how much fun is that? The hard shell

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