Girlfriend getaways and Women's well-being

Liza Berdychevsky, Heather J. Gibson, Heather L. Bell

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This study explored girlfriend getaways (all-women leisure-based travel), focusing on the importance and meaning of such experiences and their potential contribution to women's overall well-being. Data collection involved 11 focus groups and 15 individual interviews, resulting in a sample of 83 women from diverse backgrounds. The data were analyzed using constructivist grounded theory. The threads evident in the link between girlfriend getaways and well-being can be classified into four interrelated domains: escapism, different gender dynamics, existential authenticity, and empowerment. The women particularly noted a sense of freedom from social structures and gendered expectations. Links are made to feminist scholarship in leisure and tourism studies, and attention is drawn to the importance of all-women localized leisure spaces for empowerment and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)602-623
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2013


  • Constructivist grounded theory
  • Girlfriend getaways
  • Tourism and well-being
  • Women and leisure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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