According to AAA, 24 percent of American women have taken a girlfriend getaway in the past three years, and this percentage is on a steady rise. Why? Because after working hard and balancing the craziness of life, sometimes a small getaway is needed — or better said, mandatory. And never fear, because Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine (with the help of local travel agents from Let’s Go Travel in East Lansing and Capital Area Travel Leaders in Grand Ledge) has selected the best getaway spots for the perfect girls-only getaway. So, grab a suitcase, your most sparkly heels (and a pair of comfortable walking shoes) and sunscreen because we’ve got go-to spots for every traveler. 1. San Antonio, Texas With nearly 40 years of travel experience, Mary Shultz of Let’s Go Travel recommends San Antonio to many of her travel customers. “San Antonio is so fun,” said Mary Schutlz of Let’s Go Travel. “(It’s) great for people with all interests, there is just so much to do.” With a growing art scene and nightlife, it’s easy to see why. However, don’t get too caught up in the city life of this bustling town. There is still a down-home feel that is an escape for many. Visit the historic district to experience everything from authentic Mexican food to jazz concerts and artists’ studios. Stressed? Try a visit to the growing number of resorts and spas populating the area. The Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa opened in 2011 and is the number one spot for the luxury treatment that we all deserve every now and then. If San Antonio isn’t first on your travel list, then maybe save it for consideration. With its excellent shopping, sightseeing and dining scene, it’s the perfect getaway for the girls. 2. Barcelona, Spain Known as the city that never sleeps, Barcelona is rich in good food, good people and most important Las Ramblas. With a 24/7 nightlife, Las Ramblas is a laid-back beachside stretch of shops, restaurants and bars that support anyone’s need to slip on their dancing shoes and show off their moves. “With the beach right there and the great food, it’s simply beautiful”, raves Shirly Elliott, a travel agent with Capital Area Travel Leaders for 11 years. Another great spot to also visit is the Centre d’Art Santa Monica, a public museum of contemporary art located on the Raval side of Rambla de Santa Mònica, with regular exhibitions of international artists. 3. Southern Caribbean “A lot of girlfriends really enjoy a Caribbean cruise and the prettiest part is the southern Caribbean,” said Elliott. When thinking cruise, think group rate, she added. “Sixteen people make a group in cruises and normally the 16th person is free,” said Elliott. Discounts like this are common in the cruise industry. Also look out for early booking discounts and more. Besides discounts this particular cruise offers sun, sand and beautiful ocean scenery perfect for relaxing. For more info on any of these trips and more, contact Let’s Go Travel at (517) 351-2015 or Capital Area Travel Leaders at (517) 627-8350.
Ellen Dowling is a student at Lansing Community College. She plans to transfer to a university where she intends on studying journalism. She loves photography, poetry, art and exploring the city she loves with her dog by her side.