Weekend Getaways with the Girls

When was the last time you and your girlfriends spent some real time together? (And no, instant messenger or Facebook commenting does not count.) If you’re having trouble remembering, then a girlfriend’s vacation getaway should be at the top of your to-do list.

Studies have shown over and over that time with friends makes you happier (duh) and even healthier and more likely to live longer. Even (or maybe especially) if you’re in a relationship, time apart with your close friends is extremely good for you. Plus, a road trip or weekend getaway with your besties makes for tons of laughter and inside jokes you’ll be telling for years to come.

So now that you’re totally convinced that traveling somewhere with your buds for the weekend (even if it’s a last minute thing) is the best idea ever, you need to decide where to go. That’s where we come in. We’ve found the coolest places for mini vacations — and we’ll tell you what to do there and of course, essential beauty items to pack. Think about it: in a couple days you could be jetting (or driving, whatevs) off to Las Vegas, the Hamptons, Miami or another awesome place.

And if you’re thinking, “I barely have money for rent, no way I can book a vacation now,” never fear for we’ve got a couple totally fun staycation ideas too. All the good times and none of the jet lag, sweet.

So here’s your girlfriend weekend getaway to-do list:

1. Read this story and figure out where you want to go.

2. Call your girls and pick a date for your vacation.

3. Figure out your travel/hotel arrangements.

4. Use our packing guide so you’ll have the essentials.

5. Hit the road (and don’t forget your camera, unless you’re following a strict “what happens here, stays here” policy).

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