In the early 1980s, Cindy Lauper sang the undeniable truth. “When the working day is done, oh girls, they wanna have fu-un. Oh girls, Just wanna have fun…” When planning a vacation with your favorite girlfriends, mothers and sisters, deciding on a destination that fits everyone’s interests can be a bit of a challenge. But fear not! There’s hope! Pushing beyond the traditional, here are a few out-of-the-box ideas for a wild, fun and fabulous ‘just us girls’ weekend.
An island nation of 4.4 million people (and a disproportionate amount of sheep), New Zealand is a hot spot located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean off the coast of big brother Australia. The Colorado-sized country consists of two main islands – the North Island and the South Island. While the North has cosmopolitan cities, active volcanoes and geothermal activity, the South delivers the Southern Alps mountain range, fertile green farmlands and Queenstown, “the adventure capital of the world.” With sweeping vistas, stunning landscape, Polynesian spa thermal hot springs and natural beauty so magical it serves as a cinematic backdrop for mythical lands, New Zealand is at the top of many travelers’ ‘go to’ lists. True, NZ has been on the tourist radar for quite some time now, but this year is an opportune time to explore this diverse and fascinating country. From wine tasting to bungy jumping, Maori traditional dance to whale watching, worm eating and Hobbit hopping, New Zealand has an activity for every type of traveler.
“Beijing Sideways” offers tours to the Great Wall from the sidecar of a 1930‘s vintage motorcycle! Cruise through the Chinese countryside for an off-the-beaten path look at this iconic monument (section of the Great Wall near Huang Hua Shang & Shengtengyu), the follow it up with a french picnic. This is a part of the wall that is far from the tourist trail. Really cool company offering a unique perspective. They also offer day long sightseeing tours of Beijing. Check out this video I did for MSNBC about the experience.
Cyan waters, cloud-free skies, palm-fringed sugar white beaches of pebbly perfection that stretch for miles. You’re tucked away in a hammock, gently swaying in the cool tropical breeze, sipping a chilled rum and coconut milk cocktail, straight from a freshly plucked green coconut. For many, this scene is heaven on earth; a fantasy island of pristine beaches made for blissful relaxation. If you’re looking for a refuge far from the 9-5 grind, away from the pressure of mortgage payments and dry-cleaning errands, here are ten tropical island paradises across the globe with stunning natural landscape, unspoiled beaches and a Hakuna Matata ‘no worries’ lifestyle.
Puerto Rico is a destination that is often overlooked but it’s a great choice for the adventure traveler. You can get the exoticism of a far flung destination but without the hassles. This US territory is a few hours flight from NYC. It’s US currency, English speakers, you don’t need a passport to go, your cell phone still works and there are rainforests El Yunke (It is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System), beach, luminescent bays and adrenaline activities.
“Brain meets brawn.” That’s how many are describing the hybrid spot of chess boxing. Yes, chess boxing! As the name suggests, chess boxing combines the cerebral discipline of chess and the physical force of boxing. Athletes are pitted against each other in rotational 3-minute rounds of chess, followed a 3-minute round of boxing. The first opponent to knock out the competition or proclaim ‘check mate’ wins. Chess boxing is Bobby Fisher meets Muhammed Ali.
It’s a rite of passage, an excuse to get together with friends, a time for that one last wild blowout before you commit to life-long monogamy and “death do you part.” The bachelor/bachelorette party is traditionally a debaucherous event complete with pub crawls, strippers and waaaaaay to much alcohol. But where best to spend those precious final single days? The following are some of the most action packed activities for bachelor and bachelorette parties around the world.