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.
ss_lost_girls_001_maasai-initiation_596x334"As part of our month-long volunteer program in Kenya, we were fortunate enough to rub elbows (and cheeks!) with local members of the Maasai tribe who smeared red ochre paint on our faces during an impromptu 'initiation' ceremony." -- The Lost Girls 960 1280
ss_lost_girls_006_sydney-harbor-bridge_596x334"One of the highlights of our time in Australia was experiencing the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, where local guides led us up a series of catwalks and ladders to the top of the bridge for stunning 360-degree views of the city and its most famous landmarks." -- The Lost Girls 960 1280
ss_lost_girls_007_jen-kenya-volunteer_596x334"It was Jen's lifelong dream to volunteer in Kenya, so all 3 Lost Girls signed up for a month-long program through Village Volunteers. There, we worked with students at a primary school and boarding home in a rural western village." -- The Lost Girls 960 1280
ss_lost_girls_008_tongariro-crossing_596x334"One of our favorite adventures in New Zealand's North Island was trekking over the Tongariro Crossing, a nearly 11-mile journey that wound us around volcanoes, through glacial valleys, past emerald lakes and into lush forests." -- The Lost Girls 960 1280
ss_lost_girls_012_amanda-rotarua_596x334"Amanda manages to smile for a photo despite the sulfurous smell of Hells Gate, a geothermal reserve in Rotorua, New Zealand. But the stench didn't stop all 3 Lost Girls from indulging in the area's famous mud baths -- a healing ritual long celebrated by the indigenous Maori tribe." -- The Lost Girls 960 1280
ss_lost_girls_013_kenya-haji-birth_596x334"We witnessed our very first baby cow come into the world on the farm where we were staying in Kenya. And to top off the experience, our volunteer coordinators named the calf 'HAJI' in our honor -- an acronym for Holly, Amanda, Jen and Irene (one of our fellow volunteers)." -- The Lost Girls 960 1280
ss_lost_girls_015_vietnam-hats_596x334"We were fortunate enough to befriend a young French expat living in Hanoi, Vietnam; he invited us to his apartment to attend an informal dinner party (complete with conical Asian hats) that he was throwing with his 5 international roommates." -- The Lost Girls 960 1280
ss_lost_girls_018_napa-valley_596x334"During a recent Lost Girls trip to Napa Valley, CA, we lived out our ideal luxury itinerary: sampling gourmet cuisine and wines of the region at the Culinary Institute of America, followed by spa treatments at The Meritage and the cherry on top -- attending the Pagan Halloween Ball at Castello di Amorosa winery." -- The Lost Girls 960 1280
ss_lost_girls_019_lg-book-cover_596x334Shortly after completing a 60,000-mile lap around the globe, The Lost Girls signed on with HarperCollins to turn their tales into a travel memoir, The Lost Girls: 3 Friends. 4 Continents. 1 Unconventional Detour Around the World.
Between working on their second book and overseeing their website, a thriving online community and information resource for women travelers, The Lost Girls still find the time to take trips as a trio. 960 1280
borneo-gear-guide_ss_001Packing proved to be a challenge for our Borneo trip, as we’d be away for roughly three weeks and doing everything from diving off the island of Sipadan to climbing to the top of Mount Kinabalu. Moreover, we didn’t want to risk losing checked luggage with three long flights, a few bumpy bus rides, and a boat journey, so we had to fit everything into a carry-on. 960 1280
Rolling LuggageNo longer twenty-something backpackers, we want luggage that is compact, stylish, and that can also roll. We’re big fans of Eagle Creek’s line of travel accessories, so we opted for the Switchback Max 22. rolling convertible backpack.
The red clay color stands out from the sea of black bags at the airport, and it even has a zip-off backpack complete with laptop sleeve (we couldn’t leave behind our iPads and Kindles!). 960 1280
An Organizational SystemHolly tested out the Hoboroll, an organizer with five compartments that has drawstring end closures and compression straps to minimize bulk. “It saved me from having to dig around my luggage for my clothes, separated dirty garments from clean, and could even be used as a pillow on the plane!” says Holly.
There’s also a tool loop making it possible for hikers to clip onto their daypacks, and for minimalists to use as their main bag. 960 1280