All work and no play gets kinda old (and let’s not forget boring) and before you know it you’ll be sending out a group text/email to all of your besties trying to outline your exit strategy from the everyday. When you’ve spent plenty of time with your special someone and your “me” time has been exhausted, there is nothing more exciting than jumping on a plane with your girls to create your next set of memories. Whether you are going to relax and wind down, party it up for the entire weekend, or get a little cultured, I have a few ideas that will help you craft that group text.

Relax and Unwind

There are times when I am down for a good weekend of dancing, cocktails, and other shenanigans, but these days I mostly look forward to a relaxing getaway. Gaining in popularity over the past five years, wellness retreats have expanded their offerings and provide much more than the traditional fitness and weight loss agendas. Now, many of these resorts have started to blend a little adventure and the programs are a bit more comprehensive. You can combine that workout regime with luxurious spa treatments, stress relief programs, outdoor activities, cooking lessons, and chef prepared meals. With the dawn of a New Year, a destination spa may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Resort recommendations: Reset Retreat in Belize, Travaasa in Austin, The Lodge at Woodloch in Pennsylvania, and El Santuario Spa in Spain.

Party with a Purpose

Like I said, I am always game for a little par-tay and sometimes letting your hair down and partying until you “can’t no more” is right on time. A getaway with this goal in mind is great when I only have a few days to spare. Unlike a destination spa where you are likely to stay close to a week, if you are like me, you only have a few good days of partying in you until you are promising to never have a drink again. With the shortened time frame I would suggest you invest in some pre-planning. Make sure all of your bases are covered like shopping, dining out, entertainment, nightlife, delicious cocktails (if you indulge), and of course, the spa. For the ultimate party trip try a few of my personal faves including New Orleans, Miami, New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago, and San Juan.

Get Cultured

I love to plan trips to places that I have never been. It makes the adventure just that much more meaningful and having an opportunity to share that with your girlfriends is something you won’t soon forget. Spending time learning something new from the cuisine, to the traditions, architecture, and the history, these trips always fall into the “so much to do, so little time” category. The night markets and safaris in Zanzibar, the wineries and vineyards in Sicily, Italy, and the villages of Bocas del Toro, Panama are all great options. Whether you’re looking for a bucket-list destination or a multi city tour that takes you across countries, a friend’s getaway that goes a little deeper is truly a way to get inspired.

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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