travelgirl magazine - escapes for women

Summer 2015

Find out why one of our travelgirls traveled to a private Caribbean Island seven times to swim with a jaguar and how another accidentally found herself on a "Hangover II" tour of Thailand, minus the monkey.

On the domestic front, find out why Houston is our next "It City," discover the many charms of San Diego and Myrtle Beach, where to lose weight in an island paradise and find out which of the U.S. Virgin Islands is right for you. Haven't been to Cuba yet? Get close with a trip to Little Havana in Miami. And get ready for some shopping for your next trip after you read about some awesome leggings, swimsuits and an all-weather jacket in TG Alley. Reba McEntire graces our cover for the second time, dishing about her new show in Vegas, her new album Love Somebody and her work with food banks.

you know you're a travelgirl if…
Three different airlines have replaced your luggage in the last six months.


Photo courtesy of visit USV

"If you want to catch island fever this summer, pack your bikini, sandals and shades and head for the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), America's own tropical paradise. The three virgins — St. Croix,
St. John and St. Thomas — float in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea and provide everything a travelgirl could dream of for a summer getaway: Fascinating history and culture, killer shopping, dining that ranges from downhome conch stew to French haute cuisine, balmy sea breezes, drop-dead scenery and
beautiful beach resorts overlooking aquamarine seas and sugary sands. ”

From "Visit the Virgins: Which One is Right for You?" by Renee Werbin
tg main itinerary
26 Travelgirl Covergirl: Reba McEntire
Q&A with the Reigning Queen of Country
Music, Stage and Screen
30 Publisher's Choice:
In Love with the U.S. Virgin Islands
America's Sun-Kissed Sisters serve up Cerulean
Seas, Sugary Beaches & Smokin' Nightlife
38 Girlfriend Getaway: San Diego's North Coast 
Become a California Girl (even if you're from Iowa!) on this Mellow & Mesmerizing Coastline
48 5 Things to Do in: Houston
From Bucolic Bayou Parks to Beer Can Houses:
Why Houston is the Next "It City" 
52 Travel Far: Thailand

Thailand teems with frenzied crowds, bustling food markets and unbridled traffic where rickshaws and tuk-tuks vie for space. But in the quiet of its temples, lush jungles and isles, you can almost hear yourself think.  

58 The Magic of Horse Whispering
Getting back in the saddle
tg side trips
8 reflections from the road
  letter from the editor-in-chief
10 on the road again
  letter from the publisher
12 tg alley: stuff we love
  Swimming with Jaguars, island weight loss,
Little Havana and travel-ready clothing
18 advance notice
  learning vacations
42 editor's pick: Myrtle Beach
  mental break and memories at a S.C. favorite
44 savvy six
New Orleans' sizzling music scene
46 readers' choice
favorite products
60 founders' finds 
favorite products 
62 you know you're a travelgirl if...
64 final thought

"After a short plane ride approximately 500 miles south, we laded in Krabi, where the relaxed and scenic 50-mile drive through small villages and the Thai jungle was in sharp contrast to the crowded, noisy streets of Bangkok. Our destination was Phulay Bay, the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve property opened in 2010 with just 54 villas on 50 meticulously landscaped acres, and a guest to staff ratio of 3 to 1. While I am not, nor ever will be, a movie star or member of a royal family, from the moment we entered the mystical confines of Phulay Bay, I felt like I was playing the role I most aspire to: pampered, spoiled guest in paradise."

From "Take Two in Thailand" by Jan Schroder