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Memorial Day Travel Deals - Daytime TV Show
Looking for fantastic Memorial Day Travel Deals this year? From island enchantment to family fun, The Getaway Girl shares her top picks for great holiday travel deals. To view, click on image above.
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Girlfriend Getaway Day
Cathy Hayes submitted this photo of her special Girls Getaway Day. She writes: "Sometimes girls think that a getaway should consist of a weekend away, so they don't take one because they feel they can't due to the busyness of work and family! My girlfriends and I have started setting up girls getaway days. We head out early to the beach on a weekday while kids are at school and leave the husbands in charge of car line pick up! Time away even for the day is such a refresher. We laugh, cry if we need too, and just enjoy time relaxing!"
Pictured: Cathy Hayes, Diali Carvallo, Carrie Twiss and Andrea Reed.
Win Free Stuff Returns
It's back! By popular demand....the Girls Getaway Guide's Win Free Stuff! That's right, everyone loves to Win Free Stuff, and the Girls Getaway Guide helps ladies win free stuff that will make their next Girlfriend Getaway even better.
This Spring, we have three prizes:
1) Sex and the City Hotspots Tour From On Location Tours
2) A "YourNovel.com" Personalized Novel
3) Costa Rican Adventure Excursion
All you have to do to enter to win is visit Girls Getaway Guide website and fill out the form. Someone is going to win these great prizes...it may as well be you!
Find Your Inner Getaway Girl
What if both your personal and professional lives were both turned upside down in just a few months? What would you do? How would you cope? For Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girl®, the best therapy was to combine her two passions: travel and her girlfriends. During her travels, she found an exciting, unfilled niche in the travel industry as no one was writing city-specific travel guides for women. Casey thought she could help fill that niche and check off an item on her bucket list of writing a book. After forming Gray Dog Publishing, she wrote and published her first book, the Girls Getaway Guide to Orlando: Leave Your Baggage at Home®. Two months after it was published, Barnes & Noble called her requesting copies of the book for their stores. And the rest is history...
Fast forward a few years and thousands of travel miles later, the requests started coming in for Casey to appear on TV, radio and online to serve as a "been there, done that" travel expert. After her own Career Reinvention, she now helps other people find their true passion and "reinvent" themselves both professionally and personally.
A naturally-gifted speaker, Casey's sense of humor, honesty and direct approach have received outstanding reviews from her audiences nationwide, whether youth, business professionals or women's groups. She tailors her message in new and vibrant ways by combining her passion, personal and professional experiences and travels to engage and entertain audiences.
Casey's popularity is reflective of her natural talent for relationship-building and innate ability to connect with people of all ages and walks of life. She is excited about challenging people to achieve greatness and she loves sharing her insider tips to getting there.
For more information about her speaking topics or how to book her for your next function, visit
website at www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net
You don't need an excuse for a great getaway, but Memorial Day is the perfect long-weekend holiday to enjoy one. Watch the Daytime TV Show segment (below left) for some amazing Memorial Day Travel Deals!
Girls Getaway Bachelorette Party to Cancun
Just in time for Vandy's Bachelorette Party, Cancun's Villa del Palmar Cancun unveiled the third and final phase of the resort in December. This five-star hotel, which is situated on serene Playa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico, features 415 luxurious guest rooms, new restaurants and a tranquil jungle-themed spa.
Cancun is a world-class tourist resort destination and a thriving community of 450,000 full-time residents. Its greatest asset is its natural marine playground that sits on 14 miles of white sand and enjoys sun more than 200 days a year.
After I almost missed our departure plane in Orlando (don't ask), we arrived at the airport and headed straight to the "Welcome Bar" to wait for our driver we re-named E-Dog (only because we couldn't pronounce his real name). After a few cervezas we drove through the bustling Cancun hotel zone and found our 'home away from home' at Villa del Palmar, which is about 30 minutes from the airport. Upon arrival at the resort, the ladies were all smiles as we were completely mesmerized by the lush grounds, blue water and white sandy beaches. Each of Villa del Palmar Cancun's luxuriously appointed guest rooms has a private terrace and is furnished with kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs and spacious spa tubs (plus a roomy hammock on the balcony that we loved). We quickly changed into our swimsuits, made our way to the beach, ordered cocktails and lunch at the tiki bar, and then parked ourselves in the resort's beachside lounge chairs.
While Heather and Carly spent the afternoon lounging and sampling cocktails, Vandy and I went to Le Blanc Spa Resort, which is nestled in a secluded enclave between Nichupte Lagoon and the glistening Caribbean Sea and ranked #3 in the Top 10 All-Inclusive Resorts in the World. We were escorted to the spa where we were surrounded by bamboo gardens, sensuous wood and marble floors. The spa features a unique fusion of Asian and European traditions that provides refreshment and rejuvenation for mind, body and spirit. Vandy and I arrived early to enjoy the spa amenities, and then eagerly went to our separate treatment rooms for our massages. We both agreed they were some of the best massages we've ever had. I felt like a bowl of Jell-O as we sipped Jamaican water in total relaxation afterwards.
Ziplining is something that was on Vandy's bucket list, so she was very excited as we arrived a Selvatica. We were greeted by their super friendly and welcoming staff who helped us get geared up for the adventure of zipping across lines to 12 different stations located in the jungle canopy.
We all zipped, flipped upside down, posed for action shots and had some of the most fun you can have with unattractive helmets and construction gloves on. After the zipping, we stopped at the Plunge where Heather and Vandy bungeed off a 30-foot high platform for a little more adrenaline.
We then climbed into an army truck and were transported to Selvatica's Cenote, which is a freshwater sink hole where everyone was able to zip, dive or walk into the water for a refreshing swim. Since we had no towels and are all from Florida, we decided the water was too cold. We perched on a deck facing the action and decided that watching the action was even better than being a part of it as we watched European men in very small swimsuits bellyflop into the water. After, we made our way back into the army trucks (thanks Selvatica staff for hiding in the bushes and scaring me to death) and returned to Selvatica's headquarters for lunch, which was fantastic! "Selvatica was my favorite experience of the entire trip. I was hesitant to zip line because of my fear of heights, but the staff was very experienced and reassuring. The jungle was beautiful and the trip to the Cenore was an unexpected surprise," Carly said. "And the lunch was some of the best food I had in Mexico! Overall, it was a terrific experience that I would recommend to anyone traveling to Cancun."
After checking out the Selvatica 'merchandise,' we were sad to leave. Many thanks to the amazing team at Selvatica....Alejandro, Carlos, Jhony, Raul (our James Franco look-a-like), Panther (and anyone else I am leaving out) for an unforgettable Cancun memory. With our adventure over for the day, we headed back to the resort for some more R&R, which would be much needed before the crazy evening ahead.
Upon requesting a dinner restaurant in town (there are 350 to choose from), the resort concierge recommended we try Harry's Prime Steakhouse and Raw Bar. We started with a round of cocktails....Coconut Martini, Mango Martinis and a Margarita on the Rocks. The drinks were delicioso, we knew we were in for a treat. This was an amazing dining experience....everything from the Crab Wontons to the New York Strip to the Mahi to the Macaroni & Cheese was amazing! And just when we thought we couldn't eat one more bite, they brought a huge, blue cotton candy display for the center of our table. After taking ridiculous photos with the Marge Simpson hair look-a-like, Heather distributed our stick-on mustaches for even more giggles (and a few stares from the other patrons). After dinner, we made our way to Mandala where we lounged on outdoor sofa seating and were completely entertained by watching the people on the street. In fact, Diablo (an older gentleman) was the most entertaining. Our waiter told us that Diablo comes to the Hotel Zone every night as he has done for the past 10 years and dances in front of various bars and night clubs. Very entertaining and a fabulous dancer! After we had enough of Mandala, we walked around the zone, got the scoop on Coco Bongo and were finally coerced into Congo (they offered us a round of free drinks). Next thing I knew, Vandy and I are on the dance platform with Cancun's version of Pitbull in a zebra robe. We danced for a while, then wanted down to our drinks, but Pitbull chained off the entrance so we were stuck there in short skirts dancing for the entire bar. Welcome to Cancun!
With the morning approaching and an early flight in the back of our minds, we decided to call it a night and head back to the resort. As we were waiting in our taxi, we caught a glimpse of a drunk guy urinating towards us about 15 feet away. I explained (jokingly) to Vandy that this was the male stripper we hired for her. However, when they guy started running towards our car while still urinating, we yelled at the driver to step on the gas and the out of there.
"Cancun is a great get away, especially with a group of friends," Vandy said. "There are plenty of things to do whether it is enjoying the night life or relaxing at the spa." All in all, we had a wonderful time and created some unforgettable Girlfriend Getaway memories in Cancun.
|Thanks for reading! Wishing you safe travels! |
Sincerely, Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girl® &
Author of the Girls Getaway Guide series