Meet The Lost Girls

TravelChannel.com's girl getaway gurus, The Lost Girls, are 3 friends who took a yearlong, round-the-world journey in search of adventure and inspiration. Check out the highlights of their trip.

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Jacques Cousteau put Sipadan on map with his film Borneo: The Ghost of the Sea Turtle (1989): “I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, but now, no more. Now, we have found again an untouched piece of art…” 960 1280

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More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem off the island of Sipadan. 960 1280

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Channeling Charlie’s Angels, Jen, Holly and Amanda get pumped for their underwater adventure. 960 1280

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“Always be respectful of the underwater world. One of the most amazing feelings is to be able to swim alongside a Barricuda or see a shark up close. But you have to remember that you are in their world now, and to not touch the fish you see, you don’t want to hurt yourself or the wildlife.” -- Holly 960 1280

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If you plan to dive off Sipadan, stay in the handful of dive resorts in Mabul. Tourists are not allowed to sleep on the protected island of Sipadan, and the government allows only 120 passes to the island a day (which you should secure prior to traveling from a dive resort). 960 1280

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The Lost Girls dove with Borneo Divers, the original operators for the region who first introduced ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau to Sipadan, which then turned the area into a world-famous diving destination. 960 1280

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When diving Sipadan, you’ll see turtles everywhere, dining on the sponges and algae, or lounging on the wall ledges. 960 1280

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The camouflaged crocodilefish found hiding in Sipadan waters is much tamer than its lookalike reptile. 960 1280

  

The best-known snorkeling and dive islands are Mabul and Sipadan, located at the southern end of the archipelago. 960 1280

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Sipadan draws divers from across the globe, with famous dive sites such as Barracuda Point where you can swim alongside a school of circling barracuda in a tornado-like formation. 960 1280

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“The second I took that giant stride from the boat into the water, descended down to about 30 feet, I looked up and saw the entire sky above me. It was this incredible, open, free feeling of floating in the water. “ -- Amanda 960 1280

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“Scuba diving for me, no matter where I go and how I dive, is always a new experience.” -- Jen 960 1280

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“I live so much of my life in automatic pilot, and I love that diving puts you in that mindful mode, like yoga, where you focus on your breathing -- you’re living totally in the moment. “ -- Holly 960 1280

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“With any sport, scuba diving takes practice. If you are interested in learning to dive, I recommend what I did a few years ago. I fully immersed myself in diving by going to an all-inclusive dive resort, which helps you to hone your skills and be more comfortable as a diver. “ – Jen 960 1280

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“No matter where you go in the world, you’ll always find other people who love scuba diving, too. It’s like a secret club that you will be a part of the second you get your scuba certification. If you go to Borneo or Mexico or anywhere in the world where there’s great scuba diving, you’ll find this incredible group of people to share the experience with.” – Amanda 960 1280

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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 Rings 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 views are nothing to sneeze at, either. Case in point: the "Cave of Awe" in Halong Bay. 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.. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

When it comes to stunning natural attractions and safety for solo travelers, Iceland can't be beat. There's certainly no shortage of magical spots for contemplation, including Kirkjufell Waterfall. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

Make friends with the puffins and other birds that live on the cliffs at Latrabjarg, the westernmost point of Iceland. 960 1280

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Morocco

Morocco

The seaside city of Essaouira is one of Morocco's most laid-back and beautiful destinations. 960 1280

  

Morocco

Morocco

Solo travelers will never be bored in Morocco, especially with all the souks, or markets, like this one in Fez. 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. 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. 960 1280

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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

  


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