Starting Out

By Lisa Cheng

Whether you're traveling with friends or family, planning a girlfriend getaway can overwhelm you with all the big-picture decisions: Beach or city? Boutique hotels or all-inclusive resorts? Spa vacations, cooking classes, or retail therapy?

Then once you factor in the trip details, differing opinions, and budget constraints, it's not uncommon to feel like you need another vacation to recover from all the trip planning.

Use these expert tips and online tools to help simplify your next vacation. And thanks to this step-by-step guide to planning girlfriend getaways, you may even be able to spend more time exploring, relaxing, and making lifetime memories.

More advice: Need some inspiration for your next trip? Read about 15 top girlfriend getaways. From renting a farmhouse in Tuscany to taking cooking classes in Florida's Amelia Island, each of our trips is ideal for bonding, relaxing, and learning something new.

Discover group hotel discounts, deals on vacation rentals, and the best cruise ships for friends in our quick guide to lodging options for girlfriend getaways.