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I’m Single AF. These are the Girls Trips I’m Manifesting for Valentine’s Day.

For those of us who may not be partnered up, the days leading up to Valentine’s Day can be a bit lonely and isolating. (It is Single’s Awareness Day for many of us, after all.) Instead of languishing in the lack of a travel partner, Valentine’s is actually the perfect time to spend planning awesome adventures with your girl (or guy) pals. Here are trips that are on my radar as a travel editor.

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Yellowstone Hot Springs

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Hot Springs Road Trip

From out-of-this-world outdoor saunas and cold plunges to DIYs enjoyed right in your own backyard, we have officially entered the golden age of ritualized bathing. The healing benefits of hot springs, saunas, and cold plunges have been celebrated for boosting circulation, reducing inflammation, and generally making you feel like a brand-new human. And there’s no better way to enjoy it than with a few of your favorite friends. Why not book a trip to Taylor River Lodge for true hot and cold plunging in its frozen eponymous river? Or invest in a hydrotherapy experience in Ojai with Sefari? Better yet, book into the de facto capital of hot springs in Idaho? With 130 soak-able hot springs, it has more than more than any other state in the country thanks to millions of years of colliding tectonic plates.

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Women’s Trips for Baja Bliss

While solo travel can be incredibly rewarding, there are times when you just want to share the bliss. Even if you don’t have pals that want to hit the road with you, it doesn’t mean you have to go alone. Rather than booking a commercial cruise or cheesy BLAH BLAH, invest in a group trip with travel planners like Salt & Wind, or invest in learning a new skill like surfing with women’s surf trips from Las Olas.

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The pool at Taylor River Lodge.

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Swoon-Worthy Spa Getaways

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Need to unwind and de-stress? Perhaps it’s time reinvigorate those New Year’s resolutions with a wellness getaway. Sensei Porcupine Creek, the new 230-acre wellness retreat in Rancho Mirage, California is the ultimate antidote to the hurried outside world—a bucket-list destination for any spa lover. And the historic Murrieta Hot Springs reopened February 1, adding another amazing offering to the region.

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Bonding in Big Sur

There’s nothing quite like a road trip to bring the gang together, with Highway 1 being one of the world’s most iconic. Though the road south of Big Sur is closed, making it slightly more difficult for those traveling from Southern California, rerouting and dipping through Carmel still affords a gorgeous drive. Book in at Post Ranch to explore the expansive acreage and learn more about wildlife conservation. Resort Pass offers day use of the iconic Alila Ventana Big Sur, known for its onsen-style soaking baths.

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A crab boil at Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon Coast.

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Willamette Wine Tour

A new wave of sustainable and regenerative travel is taking hold in the Willamette Valley, adding to the excitement of what’s already been one of the most buzzed-about wine regions in the West. Between farm stays focusing on regenerative agriculture like The Ground to the incredible excursions to the Oregon Coast for crabbing with Antica Terra, there’s no shortage of amazing food-focused fun to have.

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The Drift Hotel by Erin Feinblatt

Poolside Partying in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is always a vibe, especially during the sunny spring months when most destinations are still thawing out from winter. There’s never a shortage of top-notch restaurants and bars to explore, not to mention the world-class thrifting and historic modernist architecture. (Modernism Week is this week, y’all.) Our favorite resort to open in the area as of late is the Drift, which also has a super-chic location in San Jose Del Cabo, should you wind up South of the Border, and one in Santa Barbara as well.