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The Lost Girls -- Amanda, Holly and Jen -- get ready to run at the starting line in the first-ever Runaway Bridesmaids race in New York City. 960 1280

  

Lost Girl Holly Corbett proves that you can wear that bridesmaid dress again -- and for a good cause! She created the charity along with her fellow Lost Girls to raise money and awareness for sex trafficking. 960 1280

  

And they’re off! The Runaway Bridesmaids surged ahead for the fun run. The 5th Avenue Mile in New York City attracts top runners from around the world, but this year was the first time a team of men and women ran down the iconic street wearing bridesmaids dresses. 960 1280

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The Runaway Bridesmaids team ran in dresses to collect pledges for Village Volunteers‘ partner New Light—an organization providing shelter, healthcare, education, and HOPE for the children of sex workers in India’s largest red light district. They raised more than $10,000 on Crowdrise for the shelter so far. 960 1280

  

Lost Girl and Runaway Bridesmaids Amanda Pressner is getting married this year, and is supporting the Runaway Bridesmaids cause by signing up for TheKnot.com’s first ever charity registry. She may have gotten a few ideas about what kind of dresses she wants her own bridesmaids to wear from the event. 960 1280

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Would you run in a dress for charity? Darren Garnick, one of the brave male runners, took one for the team and donned a bridesmaid dress for the cause. 960 1280

  

First place finisher: Congrats to Matthew Daniele, the guy in the green dress who, despite all the cat calls from the women on the sidelines, persevered to win first place in the Runaway Bridesmaids heat with a 5:54 mile. (And that's Lost Girl Holly Corbett just moments behind him, taking the win for first place female runner). 960 1280

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The Lost Girls -- Amanda, Holly and Jen -- celebrate after running The Runaway Bridesmaid's Fifth Avenue Mile. 960 1280

  

Five of the Runaway Bridesmaids (including Lost Girls Holly and Amanda) are going on to run 26.2 miles in dresses for the New York City Marathon. Check out the Crowdrise page to find you how YOU can help fight sex trafficking and make a real difference in kids’ lives without having to even leave home—or wear a poufy dress. 960 1280

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Lost Girls Holly and Jen get a little pick-me-up from their fellow Runaway Bridesmaids. 960 1280

  

Matthew Daniele and fellow male 'maid show the crowds along New York's Fifth Avenue how to run like a man…in a dress. 960 1280

  

Runaway Bridesmaid Heather Parcells has fun with the photographers. Crowds gathered on Fifth Avenue to watch the first-ever Runaway Bridesmaids race in New York City. 960 1280

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

Don't be put off by the name of Cape Kidnappers in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. The country actually has very friendly residents to go along with its awe-inspiring scenery. 960 1280

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New Zealand

New Zealand

Solo travelers who are fans of the Lord of the Ring movies are sure to find like-minded tourists at Hobbiton in Matamata. 960 1280

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam gets kudos as one of the most female-friendly travel destinations in Southeast Asia. The biggest challenge traveling alone in Vietnam is reconciling the abject poverty in some of the most beautiful mountain villages, such as Sa Pa, home to indigenous hill tribes. If you're inspired to lend a helping hand during your vacation, consider signing up for volunteer work at an orphanage with the Global Volunteer Network. 960 1280

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Admire the rice field terraces and surrounding mountains in Sapa in northern Vietnam, and then head into town to browse the markets. The language barrier is rarely a problem in big cities and larger towns. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

For something unusual, set your sights on one of Europe's lesser-visited locales and slow down your itinerary to dig deep into Iceland's allure. Make no mistake -- you're going to spend some serious kronas here, as Iceland is one of Europe's most expensive countries. But, when it comes to stunning natural attractions and safety for solo travelers, Iceland can't be beat. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

There's certainly no shortage of magical spots for contemplation, including Kirkjufell Waterfall. For serious pampering, book into the Blue Lagoon, where healing waters pool in lava rocks in surreal Icelandic surrounds. 960 1280

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Morocco

Morocco

The seaside city of Essaouira is one of Morocco's most laid-back and beautiful destinations. Remember to respect local culture by keeping your arms and legs covered with pants, long skirts and long sleeves as most Moroccan women do (a head scarf, however, is not necessary anywhere in the country). 960 1280

  

Morocco

Morocco

Solo travelers will never be bored in Morocco, especially with all the souks, or markets, like this one in Fez. If you're still hesitant, consider pairing solo travels with a few days as part of a group tour with other intrepid women. Walking-tour outfit Country Walkers offers a women's adventure tour that takes in Kasbahs, Saharan sand dunes, the High Atlas mountains and indigenous Berber villages. Plan your activities for daylight hours, as most Moroccan women retreat to their homes in the evening, with Western-style nightlife and promenading really only playing out in cities like Marrakech and Casablanca.  960 1280

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India

India

Despite the horror stories, India can be — with some careful planning and research — one of the most rewarding destinations for solo travelers. There's even a growing trend of Indian women traveling alone in their own country, thanks to increasing economic independence. Stroll through the streets and markets of cities such as Jodhpur. 960 1280

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India

India

Explore the cultural riches and deep spiritual roots of India at sites such as the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful wonders of the world. If you desire companionship with like-minded Western women, consider settling in for a while at retreats in spiritual centers such as Dharamsala and Rishikesh. 960 1280

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For the Jet Setter: Puerto Rico

For the Jet Setter: Puerto Rico

East Coasters looking for an exotic locale without technically leaving the country should consider Puerto Rico's stunning beaches and tropical weather. Head straight to a resort for some R&R or soak up San Juan's nightlife with bottle service at Club Brava inside the San Juan Hotel or salsa dancing to a live band at Nuyorican Cafe. Hint: let a local lead. 960 1280

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For the Sex-and-the-City Devotee: New York City

For the Sex-and-the-City Devotee: New York City

The Big Apple is the quintessential bachelorette party destination -- no matter which borough you choose to celebrate in -- boutique shopping with a side of cronut in Soho, rooftop cocktails at The Standard in the Meatpacking District, or craft beer and pizza at hipster-haven Roberta's in Brooklyn. 960 1280

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For the Party Girl: Las Vegas

For the Party Girl: Las Vegas

The life of the party expects nothing less than a big ole' Vegas-style bachelorette. Splurge on a poolside cabana at REHAB at the Hard Rock, see some Cirque and then hit the club -- just hopefully you won't end the weekend on the Hangover Bus. 960 1280

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For the Adventurer: Vail, Colorado

For the Adventurer: Vail, Colorado

Vail is a great option for the bride who can't sit still. Off the slopes, your party can take a Cocktails & Canvas class at the Alpine Arts Center, go whitewater rafting, zip line in the Colorado Mountains or ride horses from Beaver Creek Stables. Regardless of the season, check into the luxurious Cordillera Lodge -- the mountaintop retreat's award-winning spa is renowned for its relaxation treatments. 960 1280

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For the Music Lover: New Orleans

For the Music Lover: New Orleans

Depending on the bride’s music taste, we suggest either attending New Orleans’ annual Jazz Fest or singing karaoke on stage at Cat's Meow -- they'll even provide a DVD of her performance. Dine al fresco on Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar's patio along St. Charles Avenue for traditional Louisiana seafood and Creole fare or spice things up with class at the New Orleans School of Burlesque before a Bourbon Street bar crawl. 960 1280

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For the Sun Worshipper: Miami

For the Sun Worshipper: Miami

After a day of oceanfront lounging drinking and dining in South Beach hit Blo a blow-dry bar where you can sip wine and primp for your big night out. Then prepare to see-and-be-seen at STK steakhouse and hotspot LIV. For those still feeling inspired by Channing Tatum's moves in "Magic Mike" Hunk-O-Mania is a Miami bachelorette party mainstay. 960 1280

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For the Foodie: Charleston

For the Foodie: Charleston

Consider renting a beach house in nearby Sullivan's Island or stay in downtown Charleston for Upper King Street shopping, Lowcountry cooking classes with Bog Waggoner and a smattering of stylish downtown restaurants and bars, like Le FarfalleThe Cocktail Club is a foodie's dream -- the rooftop terrace houses a garden where many of the drinks' garnishes are picked daily. 960 1280

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For the Francophile: Montreal

For the Francophile: Montreal

She may only dream of honeymooning in Paris but she can get a taste of French culture (and cuisine) as you stroll by the mostly French shops and restos along rue St.-Denis. To truly take advantage of Montreal's nightlife get chauffeured around by Montreal Limousine (which offers everything from town cars to party buses). Then partake in the Saint-Laurent club scene a la Le Rouge or take in an entertaining drag queen show at Cabaret Mado. 960 1280

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For the Celeb Spotter: Cabo San Lucas

For the Celeb Spotter: Cabo San Lucas

With dreams of marrying Justin Timberlake now out the window she can still vacation like a celebrity in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Rent a yacht from the Love Shack and spend the day snorkeling swimming and lounging margarita-in-hand on deck. Just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles there's no telling how many A-listers you might run into (hint: infinity) poolside especially if you splurge on a suite at Las Ventanas al Paraiso. The hotel -- and spa -- are said to be among Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez favorites. 960 1280

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For the Quirky Girl: Austin

For the Quirky Girl: Austin

"Get weird" in a town that embraces it. Yes it has a dueling piano bar and Cherry Bomb party bus but we suggest focusing on daytime activities like floating down the Guadalupe River beer in hand with River Sports Tubes or sipping cocktails at the W Austin's rowdy pool party. Indulge in mouthwatering Tex Mex at La Condesa (where you can book a private dining room for up to 20) before heading out into the "live music capital of the world."  960 1280

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For the Oenophile: Napa Valley

For the Oenophile: Napa Valley

Your friendship is like a fine wine, it keeps getting better over time. Check into the scenic Carneros Inn where you can lounge by the pool in between spa treatments. After a weekend of Napa Valley wine tours catch the sunrise from a hot air balloon with Balloons Above the Valley that also offers a champagne brunch upon landing. 960 1280

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