The Getaway Girl® in the News
Multigenerational Getaways - Better TV
Better TV, a nationally-syndicated lifestyle TV show, aims to make your life "better" by focusing on trends and hot topics that affect your family and relationships. Watch The Getaway Girl®'s latest NYC TV appearance on Better TV by clicking the photo above.
Island Getaways - Daytime TV Show
Where are the best island getaway destinations? Whether you are looking for a history, water or R&R, here are some suggestions from The Getaway Girl® during her recent Daytime TV segment. To view, click on image above.
Florida Public Relations Assn. (FPRA) Annual Conference - Naples
The Getaway Girl® will speak at FPRA's 73rd Annual Conference, PR 2011: The Evolution of Public Relations, which will join PR professionals from around the region to enhance their career.
Girls Getaway to Alaska
Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. From fly fishing to hiking to dog sledding, we plan to do it all during this highly-anticipated getaway to The Last Frontier.
Girls Getaway to Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a great seaside community, with easy access to LA and the rest of southern California. Located 8 miles north of LAX, Santa Monica itself is a walkable 8 square miles and is comprised of eight distinct districts, each featuring it own character. Recently named one of the "best beach cities in the world" by National Geographic, Santa Monica, the quintessential city by the sea, defines the essence of the California lifestyle.
Girls Fishing Getaway to Key Largo
Key Largo, called "the first of the Florida Keys," because of its northernmost location along the Florida Keys chain, is an hour's drive from South Florida's two major airports. Yet it is a world away. Home to two state parks, a national park, a national marine sanctuary, Key Largo boasts some of the most fascinating botanical scenery in the state. Follow us as we do an All Girls Fishing Getaway to Key Largo!
Better TV, NYC
Follow The Getaway Girl® on Twitter and Facebook as she travels to NYC to tape a travel segment.
Girlfriend Getaway Photos
This month's Girlfriend Getaway photo was submitted by Trish Wood of West Palm Beach, FL (and her BFFs: April, Theresa and Renee) who recently visited Orlando and stayed at the Gaylord Palms Resort
and visited Gatorland
The weekend we spent in Orlando was absolutely indescribable!! The bonding experience we had while filming a TV show was amazing!!! We are so grateful for this experience! Seriously one of the best weekends ever!
According to Wiki Answers, career aspirations are simply the goals you've set out to achieve in either your current profession, or your desired profession. Many people know their career aspirations, but do you stop to think about your travel aspirations? Where do you want to go? What do you want to see during your lifetime? It's never too early to map out your travel goals (based on this photo, I started very early). So set out to achieve your travel aspirations today. There are too many amazing places to see!
Girl Getaway to Panama
I arrived at the Timucuan Airport in Panama City and was transferred to my hotel for the next three nights, the Riu Hotel Plaza Panama. After checking in and dropping my luggage, we headed to lunch at Miraflores Restaurant and visited the Miraflores Visitor Center. The Panama Canal is a lock-type canal, approximately 50 miles long, that unites the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans at one of the narrowest points of the Isthmus of Panama and the American Continent.
That evening we attended an outdoor Shakira concert at the Figali Convention Center. I was escorted to the front, next to the stage as credentialed media were allowed to stand at the stage for the first three songs. Shakira unexpectedly started the concert from the crowd as she walked around the stage on the ground right in front of us. I've seen her perform on TV, which is very different versus standing under her as she gyrates those hips with moves that could turn a gay guy straight. She is amazing, talented, beautiful and super flexible (at least in the hip area).
We drove to the Gamboa Rainforest Resort for the tour of Monkey Island. I was looking forward to seeing the monkeys, but thought we'd be far away and they would look like black specks to the naked eye. I was surprised to find out that we could park our boat under certain trees on various islands and the monkeys were right above us. In fact, we got so close to one group of Capuchin monkeys that one jumped onto our boat and stole someone's bread.
After lunch on the Causeway Amador, we went to the Handicraft Center that sells all kinds of souvenirs, hand crafts, and clothing made by Panamanians. I was looking for a genuine Panama Hat, but was surprised to find out they are actually made in Ecuador and ranged in price from $25-$120 depending on quality...who knew? But I got a lesson on how to spot a genuine Panama Hat (see video) and was thrilled with my new purchase.
With my "Purchase Genuine Panama Hat" checked off my To Do List, we headed to Casco Antiguo, or Old Quarter, which is a part of town where the city was relocated to in 1671 after an attack by English pirate Henry Morgan. The move of the city to a more appropriate place in terms of defense was carried out and the Old City was left behind. The look and feel of this area is reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans with beautiful architecture and various town squares with statues in the middle. This is also where the President of Panama lives with three white herons that also reside in his "White House." You can find merchants selling art and crafts in many areas in this part of town, which added some shopping time to my cultural exploration.
The next day we visited Panama Viejo, or Old City. The Panama Viejo Historic Monumental Complex, and specifically the Tower of the Cathedral, is one of the main symbols of the nation. The Old City was the center of expeditions during the Spanish conquest and colonization, as much as the central point in the trade routes of the times. Today, the Archeological Site is one of the most important offerings of the historical-cultural tourism of the country. Since July 2003, the Archeological Site of Panama Viejo has become part of the World Heritage list of UNESCO.
We drove to the Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa, which is located on the Pacific Ocean side of the country. The resort is absolutely beautiful and caters to large groups with its various pools, watersports, and sandy beach. We enjoyed oceanfront lunch and I found a beachside canopy bed so I could soak up some Panama sunshine.
My last stop in Panama City was to the Trump Ocean Club, which opened July 2011. It's an amazing 72-story building that's residences (92% are sold) and 369 hotel guest rooms located on the Punta Pacifica peninsula with boutiques, restaurants and a casino located below.
Thank you to Newlink Communications and the Autoridad de Turismo Panamá (ATP) for hosting me and showing me the best of Panama City.
Thanks for reading! Wishing you safe travels!
Sincerely, Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girl® &
Author of the Girls Getaway Guide series