#SquadGoals | Adventure-Packed Girls’ Vacation Getaways
Editors Note: Please enjoy this post about girls’ vacation getaways for BossChix Network by guest blogger Kiki Baxter of Text Me When You Land. This is the first in a series on vacation ideas for Summer 2017.
Costa Rica *Weekend Vacation Getaway
[US Dollar to Costa Rican Colon: 570.5]
Recognized as one of the “greenest” countries in the world, you’ll soon see why Costa Rica translates quite literally to “Rich Coast.” Nestled in between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, photographers, adventurers, nature lovers, and everyone in between can enjoy this incredible hotspot packed full of activity. Conveniently located in Central America, Costa Rica is a perfect weekend getaway for a girls’ vacation! You can find plenty of great accommodations throughout the country beginning at roughly $10 a night in a hostel or splurge on a luxury resort for about $300.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning a weekend getaway, consider renting a car to maximize your time exploring all of the adventures that Costa Rica has to offer!
Just 4 hours away from the San Jose airport, is the quaint, floral town of La Fortuna (the fortune), featuring the active Arenal volcano. Hike the trails and explore the waterfalls during the day and watch the eruptions at night. Don’t forget to relax in the volcano’s naturally heated hot springs. If you’re looking for a resort-like experience, there are plenty of locations throughout town, however you can also find local sweet spots for free!
The perfect sweet spot for the yogi beach bunny! I can’t promise that you’ll fall in love with a sexy surf instructor, but there’s no risk in boosting your odds, right? Rent a surfboard, take a yoga class or explore the town filled with natives and expats alike.
Pro Tip: Ziplining is one of the most popular adventure experiences in Costa Rica, but here in Jaco, you can surf the sky! Check out Jaco Ropes Adventure Park.
Playa Uvita and Playa Ballena
Known for Marino Ballena National Park, the naturally formed whale tale is a must-see for Costa Rican travelers! It’s even more amazing because hundreds of humpback whales migrate at this exact location before heading north! Plan to visit between July and November or December through April to see this incredible phenomenon.
[US Dollar to Indonesian Rupiah: 13335.5]
Liz Gilbert put this Indonesian country on the map for a lot of readers in her novel-turned-Blockbuster, Eat, Pray, Love. Lush with miles of ricefields in the rolling hills and spectacular beaches along the coast, Bali is a feast for the eyes and a charge for the soul. A popular vacation spot for Aussies and Kiwis, Bali also attracts expats and travelers from all over the world; a new culture exists between Eastern and Western lifestyles.
You could possibly spend an entire month just in Ubud and still not check off everything on your Bali Bucket List! Monkey Forest is a great place to start! Walk amongst hundreds of monkeys in their natural habitat – no cages, no handlers – right in the heart of Ubud. Shopping around town includes local crafts juxtaposed with bougey shops owned by expats. You’ll also find restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, and even coworking spaces (not to mention a Starbucks) also owned by Americans, Brits, Australians, etc. For those looking for a spiritual experience, the Yoga Barn is perhaps the most famous space, offering classes, workshops, retreats (even accomodation) for new and experienced yogis. Just 30 minutes outside of Ubud is the sacred water temple of Tampaksiring, attracting locals and tourists from all over the world to offer devotional rituals and prayers and even take home some holy water.
Pro Tip: Motor bikes (also known as “tourist launchers”) are available to rent as an affordable way of exploring the country. Understand traffic laws properly or risk a ticket, accident, or, unfortunately, much worse.
Rise and shine, adventure seekers – that is, at 2 a.m! Your morning will begin with a local pickup with breakfast of pancakes and coffee. Get an early morning start under the pitch black sky and begin your trek up Mount Batur, Bali’s active volcano. Join hundreds of other trekkers from all over the world as you begin this strenuous hike. Arrive just in time for the sunrise and see the mountains peak through the clouds. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience you won’t want to miss! At the top, enjoy fresh eggs cooked from the heat of the volcano itself before making your way back down to town. Treat yourself afterwards with a relaxing day at the local hot springs.
Scuba, surfing, and sunsets, oh my! Catch a ferry to the largest of the three Gilli Islands off of Bali. Gilli T is a party town, where rules don’t apply and anything goes – yes, anything. Stay in one of the many hotels or chic beach bungalows. You can even glamp in a beach tent for $75 a night (lacocoteraiegili). The small island can be explored by bike or horseback buggy – no cars here!
Pro Tip: Pack lightly for this vacation trip! A ferry will take you from the main island to Gilli T where a horse and buggy will take you to your accommodation. Traveling with multiple bags will slow and weigh you down.
[US Dollar to Thai Baht: 34.75]
The “Land of Smiles” is a perfect girls’ vacation getaway for a mix of relaxation, adventure, and everywhere in between! One of the most popular countries to visit in Southeast Asia, Thailand is rich in culture, history wrapped in so much fun! We can’t promise you’ll get the Hangover experience (that’s up to you, if you want it!), but we can certainly recommend these beautiful and exciting places to make your Thailand trip complete!
Spend your day getting lost in the Old City, the heart of Chiang Mai, filled with ancient temples on every block (there are 30 in Old City alone!). Whether you’re a master chef or a new fan of the local cuisine, everyone will have fun at a Thai cooking class, where you’ll learn how to make dishes including Pad Thai, spring rolls, and traditional desserts! Be sure to check out the Night Bazaar, where you’ll find bargain shopping, faux designer goods (“same same, but different”), and local Thai handicrafts .
Pro Tip: Skip the elephant rides and the tiger jungles! These animals are viciously beaten and drugged for the sake of tourism and entertainment. Check out Elephant Nature Park for an informative and fulfilling experience with elephants you’ll never forget!
Spirituality meets art at the juxtaposed White and Black temples found in Chiang Rai. Lavishly decorated by artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, the ethereal White Temple is a continual work in progress, that you’ll just have to see for yourself! The Black Temple is rather morbid and dark, adorned with animal bones and skins (it even houses the artist’s cremations!). Visit Singha Park, owned by the Thai brewery of choice, but unfortunately not a beer lover’s attraction, for a picturesque and quaint spot to spend some time during your day. Be sure to check out the Opium Museum and learn about the impact of the drug in the Golden Triangle.
Kayak through the caves and timeless waters in Khao Sok National Park. Whether your vacation pleasure is sky or sea, a treehouse or floating house are just a few of the choices you’ll have while staying here! Everyone’s invited to the Full Moon Party, where glow in the dark paint and neon clothes are the dress code and the party goes all night long! For the real adventure seekers, join the thousands of rock climbers who head here from all over the world and test your strength – and courage – on some of the world’s most famous rocks! Finally, you can’t miss the pristine turquoise and white beaches in Krabi or Phuket, where you can scuba, snorkel or simply relax with your girlfriends!