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50 Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America
     

50 Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America

by Marybeth Bond
 
This engaging, information-packed guide presents ten categories of Best Places for women to go. The wide-ranging chapters have something for everyone. "Best City Getaways for Girls Who Just Wanna Have Fun" focuses on San Francisco, Miami, Quebec, New York City, and New Orleans. "Where to Celebrate Big Birthdays" suggests Las Vegas, Northern

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This engaging, information-packed guide presents ten categories of Best Places for women to go. The wide-ranging chapters have something for everyone. "Best City Getaways for Girls Who Just Wanna Have Fun" focuses on San Francisco, Miami, Quebec, New York City, and New Orleans. "Where to Celebrate Big Birthdays" suggests Las Vegas, Northern California wine country, and Savannah. "Best Places for Adventure Escapes" includes rafting the Colorado, heli-hiking the Canadian Rockies, and kayaking or canoeing in Maine. "Best Bonding Vacations" recommends Ashland, Oregon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Chicago, and Lake Chatauqua, New York, while "Best Places to Heal When You've Been Dumped" sends you to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for its sumptuous chocolate baths. Other chapters offer suggestions for golf getaways, pampering retreats, artsy getaways, and great retail therapy.

The book is filled with practical tips on roommate etiquette, safety, packing, budgeting, and other specific advice for the growing number of women—young, old, single, married, divorced, and widowed—who are hitting the road. Short, true stories about women's experiences open each chapter, and quotes from all types of women travelers broaden the appeal—further inspiring readers to pack up their bags, call a girlfriend, and say "let's go!"

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Women have emerged in recent years as a growing demographic of separate travelers-either individually or in groups-fueling growth in tourism by Americans. These three books, each with a helpful approach, are aimed at women travelers. For the planning stage and for first-time travelers, there is Whitman's (web site publisher, www.forwormentravelingsolo.com) book, which is full of specific details regarding how to pack and how to book a trip. This one is best for the nervous newbie. Williamson (founder, TangoDiva.com) advises the solo female traveler but focuses on where to go instead of how to go. Arranged geographically, the 50 locations she describes are rated by culture, activity, weather, and social events; each includes resources and the top ten experiences, along with suggestions for preparing. There are also photos and anecdotes from travelers. This book will appeal to female travelers with varying levels of experience. Bond's book is similar to Fly Solo, as it also describes 50 travel locations, but it is aimed at groups of female travelers. Bond (Gutsy Women: Travel Tips and Wisdom for the Road) arranges her entries by type of vacation, including "Big City Getaways" and "Pampering Retreats," and limits her locations, unlike the other two volumes, to North America. Descriptions are shorter than in Williamson's book and are specific to the location and type of vacation, e.g., "Best Long Hike," "Best Shopping," and "Pamper Yourself" direct the reader only to Aspen, CO. Bond's title will be of interest to the largest range of readers; public libraries should buy it. Consider Fly Solo as another option for public libraries, and consider Wanderlust and Lipstick for public libraries with large travel collections.-Alison Hopkins, Northwest Territories Public Library Svcs., AK Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426200519
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
03/20/2007
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Marybeth Bond is an expert travel writer, consultant, and keynote speaker on women's travel. She has written extensively on the subject in magazines, newspapers, and in her Gutsy Women guides. She has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS News, CNN, Oprah Winfrey, and many other venues. Her many books include A Woman's World, winner of the Lowell Thomas Best Travel Book award. When not on the road, Bond lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

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