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When you and your soul sisters are in the mood for old-fashioned Southern hospitality, head below the Mason-Dixon Line for some girl time and a fabulous adventure. Find culture, entertainment, shopping, and opportunities for relaxation around every corner. From the unexpected allure of vibrant nightlife to a golf resort tucked away in the pines, we have your next girls’ escape covered with the list below of four fun spots for a getaway in the South.
Destin, Florida: Unwind With a Yoga Retreat
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Imagine waking up in sunny Florida to relaxing sounds from the ocean, sipping a glass of wine, and connecting with new friends. All the ambiance and plenty of laughter are awaiting you when you join Mind & Body Complete for a four-day rejuvenating meditation and yoga retreat. Discover more energy and improve your body’s health and your mind’s wellness through a variety of programs and workshops geared toward finding acceptance, embracing joy, and building strength.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Host a Costumed Slumber Party
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Even if your journey south doesn’t land in February for the famed Mardi Gras, New Orleans is the ideal party-girl destination when you want to kick up your heels. Immerse yourself in the city’s pulsing vibe and enjoy liberal open-container laws for your bachelorette party or dance to traditional Southern jazz on Bourbon Street.
When you’re in New Orleans, you don’t need a reason to celebrate. Watch the festivities from your hotel balcony or put on your best masquerade and venture down to mingle with the crowd. If you’re looking for nightlife, stop in Louisiana and let your hair down.
Pinehurst, North Carolina: Experience a Luxury Golf Resort
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The South is a hotspot for luxury resorts, and Pinehurst is one of the best. Each destination is distinctive in its style, services, and amenities. Pinehurst’s nine world-renowned golf courses will test your skill, and this resort has more than spectacular golf.
The pine-scented air will restore your spirit while you tee up or unwind with a carriage ride or walking tour of the area. Discover gourmet Southern flavors at one of the resort’s fine dining establishments. Find tranquility at the spa with a vast menu of services from massage to whole-body cryotherapy.
Alpharetta, Georgia: Discover World-Class Shopping
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Poised near Georgia’s enchanting mountains, a shopping paradise awaits you only 22 miles north of Atlanta. Discover five distinct shopping districts such as North Point Mall which is home to almost 140 major retailers and department store greats such as Dillard’s and JCPenney. Experience trendy fashion at J.Crew and Anthropologie, or discover the antique shops and cafes dotted throughout the historic downtown. No matter where you decide to shop, a hotel within walking distance makes it easy to hit the upscale resellers at North on Main or plenty of other shops that offer affordable fashions and fun.
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Traveling solo can be a little intimidating, I completely understand! You need to book the flights, plan where you’re going, where you’re going to stay, what you’ll do, how you’ll get between each destination and how you’ll navigate new places with new languages and everything […]
Before, most women travel to have more quality time for themselves and would often spend their vacation relaxing at the beach, going on a spa weekend, or joining sightseeing tours. But traveling trends have changed as new data reveals that more women are booking trips to seek adventure. The poll shows that 35% of women are booking exciting holidays such as hikes up Mt. Kilimanjaro or Serengeti safaris. While most women tend to travel as a group on an adventure trip, it’s possible to find thrills and new experiences even if you’re traveling on your own. By going off the beaten path and being open to experiencing new things, you can certainly have a more exciting and fulfilling holiday. Here’s how to find more adventure on your solo travels.
Consider a different way to get around
Adventurous travelers find different ways to explore the world. Think about renting a motorbike to zip around in Vietnam or driving across Europe. You can even try to hitchhike in some of the best countries for hitchhiking such as Cuba, Germany, and the Netherlands. To have an easier time getting around, consider putting your belongings in a sturdy yet fashionable backpack. Keep your things in a single bag for maximum mobility. If you choose to hitchhike, exercise caution and offer to pitch in on gas if you have the funds for it.
Eat like a local
Part of the fun of traveling is treating yourself to the local cuisine of whatever country you’re visiting. The best way to eat like a local is to go to the places where you can find street food. Eat jalebis, kebabs, puris, and bhaji in Mumbai, or feast on pad thai, khao pad, or tom yum noodles in the streets of Bangkok. Eating street food gives you access to some of the most delicious, authentic, and cheapest meals that you can ever have in your travels.
Spend at least one night sleeping under the stars
If you’ve always stayed in hotels or hostels, get out of your comfort zone and try sleeping under the stars for even just one night. Bring a tent, a warm and comfy sleeping bag, some food, and a portable stove, and you’re all set.
Go to places where there are lots of possibilities for adventure
If you want more excitement during your travels, visit the places where there are lots of possibilities for adventure. For instance, the Philippines has 7,107 islands that you can explore. Argentina is another paradise for adventurers as you can do anything from mountain biking to paragliding in the country. New Zealand, dubbed the world’s capital of extreme sports, is where you can participate in thrilling activities such as bungee jumping.
This year, make the most of your solo travels by finding more ways to have an adventure. You’re sure to have the best experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Your career might require you to relocate on occasions, or a move might come about simply because you desire a life change. It could be, sadly, that due to the breakup of a relationship, one of you might decide you’d feel better at home, returning to your roots and bringing the children back with you.
Whatever the reasons for families needing to move, there are ways to ensure the transition from one place to another, one country to another, can be as least disruptive as possible. Of course, a move can be stressful, but preparing well for it can minimize that stress.
It may be that a community already exists at your new location; consisting of people you may have met before through work, or who share a similar background to you and speak the same language. Even so, it would be well worth the effort to learn some of the language and customs of the new country you are locating to. Familiarize yourself with some of the cuisine of your new destination, and prepare some traditional dishes. Involve your children in the food preparation and give the meal a real sense of occasion. Find out about recreational facilities, beaches and parks. This way, you will feel less apprehensive about the change, and more like you are beginning a new adventure, with exciting opportunities and new places to explore.
If you are choosing your own new home, as opposed to moving to military accommodation, for example, find out everything you can about the immediate vicinity; explore it online together as a family. Different aspects of the area will appeal to different members of the family, and it’s sure to be a fun journey of discovery.
New schools and educational facilities for your current family (or one you might be planning to have in the future) will be towards the top of the priority list. You may even give home schooling some thought – it would be less of a life-changing event for the children that way, but may deprive them of the opportunity to make new friends and immerse themselves in the new culture. As a family, look at the websites of new schools, and discuss the benefits of a new school together. It may have terrific sporting facilities, drama classes, a swimming pool or an award-winning soccer team. It may have educational opportunities that simply did not exist at your previous location.
Singapore is one destination where it will not be hard to make new friends among the thriving expat communities. You’ll be able to connect with other parents easily through school-supported networks. American international schools are very likely to provide connections to many and varied groups. Look for links to religious groups, common interest groups such as sport or dining, cultural organizations and even recommended babysitters and home helps. Such a support network will really help you to settle in and make new connections quickly and reliably. The local embassy will be a valuable source of information for you – from legal affairs to arts and culture. It will detail citizen services and act as a point of reference should you need it.
You will be busy making new friends but it’s so important not to forget your old ones. Friends and family will be keen to keep up with all your news and progress, and maintaining these connections will make the transition easier and less unsettling for your children. There’ll be new customs and celebrations in your new destination, but make time to still celebrate and engage in the customs of your home country. Make Christmas just as special for your family, wherever in the world you may be – whether your new home has a chimney for Santa or not.
Do look out for each other as a family; some might be more adventurous and outgoing, and readily able to adapt to life changes. Others may find it very much harder; they may have had to leave behind special friends and places – maybe even a much-loved pet – and the transition for them could be difficult. Allow family members their own space but take notice if you sense they are becoming withdrawn and downhearted. Make time for family activities and games, either indoors or out. Involve all family members in planning special meals or days out on Sundays. Go shopping together; get to know your new area together.
Prepare well for the journey (sweets, coloring books for younger children) but importantly too, look forward to the destination.
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