4 Totally Cool Girlfriend Getaways

We’re still celebrating our birthday month, and as promised we have something fun planned for all the girls. Wouldn’t we all love to take a trip just with our girls? So much shopping, eating, traveling, gossiping and making loads of memories. It’s always something else when it’s just the girls – twice the fun!!

This post we are excited to have Natasha Amar, who I have known for years, she was my classmate and we used to be partners and share the same bench. How sweet is that?

Natasha is a Dubai-based traveler and writer experiencing the world in cultures, cuisines and hiking trails. Follow her adventures to the far corners of the planet on her blog TheBohoChica.com and Instagram.

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Hope you’ve got your travel bags ready girls and are all set to take off on holiday of a lifetime :)! Read on for more..

Who says girlfriend getaways have to be only about shopping, spas and luxury holidays? We girls can be classy, cool, adventurous, glamorous, sporty and unabashedly self-indulgent, effortlessly slipping from one role into another or magically whipping them into a winning combination all at once. Whether it’s a raging adventure that gets your girls excited or a yoga retreat on a remote island, here are four totally cool ideas for your next girls only vacation.

City Lovin’ in Istanbul, Turkey

Bosphorus Cruise, Istanbul
Bosphorus Cruise, Istanbul

A girls’ getaway in the city that boasts one of the most dramatic skylines in the world (the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in one picture-perfect frame- hard to beat) translates into a healthy dose of vibrant culture, delicious Middle Eastern cuisine and tapping into Istanbul’s undeniably cool vibe.

By day, visit the heritage sights such as the Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, and take in the gorgeous views of the city onboard a Bosphorus cruise. Begin your evening at one of the edgy bars that spill out on the street in hipster Beyoglu and later, move the party to one of Istanbul’s posh nightclubs.

Oh and while you’re there, don’t forget to head to a traditional hammam for a thorough scrub session- you’ll feel clean and relaxed like never before.

Whether it’s the stars of Istanbul’s historical extravaganza that sweep your girl gang off their feet or the incredibly handsome men who look like they’ve stepped out of Zara commercials, an escape to the city promises a great girls’ vacation.

Don’t forget to pack: Good walking shoes and high-heels.

Don’t miss: Trendy boutiques in Beyoglu and the local alcoholic drink Raki.

Exploring Off-The-Beaten-Path in Sapa, Vietnam

Cat Cat Trek, Sapa
Cat Cat Trek, Sapa

I know, I know, a holiday to Vietnam is the last thing you’d expect as a girlfriend getaway suggestion, but it’s not for nothing that this one’s called ‘off-the-beaten-path’. If your girls and you fancy yourselves an active vacation that involves spectacular views, and hikes that are both challenging and rewarding, then consider a trip to the mountainous region of Sapa in northern Vietnam.

Begin your adventure in Hanoi, a city that serves as a great introduction to the country with cool things to do such as shopping in the Old Quarter and watching a water puppets show. Then hop onboard an overnight express train to make your way to Sapa. Here you’ll find yourself hiking in lush green terraced fields, and lovely mountain villages such as Lao Chai and Cat Cat with colorfully dressed ethnic women from the local tribes. From Sapa, take a day trip to the Bac Ha market to buy beautiful handcrafted jewelry, hand-woven scarves and other textiles, and to try market style meals. After long days of hiking, spend your evenings at one of the cozy bars in town warming up with a cup of Irish coffee.

Don’t forget to pack: Hiking shoes, warm jacket and a daypack.

Don’t miss: Vietnamese filter coffee and Pho (traditional noodle soup).

Adventurin’ in Queenstown, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

If you’re not afraid to take the adventurin’ up a notch, then there’s no place better than Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island to get you girls your adventure fix. If there’s a place where you should head to face your fears and challenge yourselves, then Queenstown is it.

The surreal landscape of the town at the edge of Lake Wakatipu and flanked by the Remarkables range, and the wide choice of adventure activities makes Queenstown a haven for those who like to push the limits way further. Jump out of an airplane while skydiving at 15000ft. or warm up with a gentle paragliding session at G-Force Paragliding. From bungee jumping, zip lining, canyon swinging, and river surfing to hang gliding, there’s something exciting for even the most fearless of your girlfriends.
In the evenings, kick back and celebrate your feats with craft beer at one of the brewpubs scattered in the town center.

Don’t forget to pack: Your inner daredevil.

Don’t miss: Wine tastings right in the center of town at The Winery.

Coastal Charms in Tossa De Mar, Costa Brava, Spain

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Costa Brava, Spain

Just a 90-minutes’ drive from Barcelona, this charming little beach town on Spain’s gorgeous Costa Brava is the perfect place for a relaxed girls’ getaway that involves days of doing nothing but lying on the sand, wandering the narrow streets of the old town peppered with bars, cafés, gelaterias and restaurants, shopping for boho-style and vintage clothing and enjoying the delicious seafood that Costa Brava is famous for.

Unlike its infamous neighbors, the former fishing village of Tossa De Mar manages to retain its charm in spite of the number of resorts that now line its main promenade. When you’ve had enough of soaking in the sun on the town’s golden beach that’s overlooked by a 12th-century Roman fortress, sit down at one of the al fresco bars to enjoy glasses over wine over impressive sunsets.

Don’t forget to pack: Your most stylish swimwear, flip-flops and sunscreen.

Don’t miss: Tinto de verano (chilled red wine cocktail with soda and lemonade)

So are you ready to take that girls’ getaway yet? Hey, don’t waste time thinking about it and book those flight tickets already!

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