Ready for the trip of a lifetime?

Let spa expert and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Girlfriend Getaways,” Lisa Kasanicky, shows you the ropes!

A Savvy Travel Guide for Women Who Just Want (Need, Earned, Demand!) to Have Fun

Author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Girlfriend Getaways (Alpha Books, 2009), Lisa Kasanicky is also the creator and chief spa girl of ArizonaSpaGirls.com — a girlfriend-to-girlfriend guide that speaks to a new generation of spa and beauty enthusiasts.

Her first book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Girlfriend Getaways is a travel guide for women hankering for a getaway laced with some good ol’ fashioned girl time. The underlying message of the book is to “Just go!” A girlfriends getaway is a way to unwind, reconnect and just be yourself. And to that end, the book features more than 70 destinations throughout the United States and Canada including where to stay, where to eat and what to do. Each chapter has a theme — shopping, adventure trips, volunteer vacations, cultural excursions and of course, one seriously fat chapter on spas — so that you can skip right to the type of destination you want and get to the business of planning your getaway.

And thanks to the author’s beauty expertise, you’ll also find a guide to pre-trip beauty grooming and a list of must-haves for keeping fresh and pretty on the go. The book is also sprinkled with sage “chick wit” advice from other female travelers and as one reviewer put it, “a hefty dose of girly….”

So let’s get packing!

Photographer: Mark Lipczynski