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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India, with its cultural riches and deeply spiritual roots, is one of the most rewarding destinations for solo travelers. 960 1280

  

One of the most beautiful wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. 960 1280

  

Vietnam gets kudos as one of the most female-friendly travel destinations in Southeast Asia. Pictured here is Halong Bay. 960 1280

  

Three women in conical hats wait for the morning catch in Mui Ne, Vietnam. 960 1280

  

Rice field terraces in northern Vietnam. 960 1280

  

When it comes to stunning natural attractions, like this glacier, Iceland is a chart topper for solo travel. 960 1280

  

A view of the Hallgrimskirkja Church facing the sea in Reykjavik, Iceland. 960 1280

  

Another stunning view of Iceland's magical landscape in Olavsvik. 960 1280

  

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

  

A pavilion by a pool in Jardin Menara, Marrakesh, Morocco. 960 1280

  

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

  

Packing 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 Luggage

Rolling Luggage

No 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!).
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An Organizational System

An Organizational System

Holly 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.
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The Travel Bible

The Travel Bible

We believe that getting lost is the best way to explore a new place, but we still like to read up on our destination by studying Lonely Planet guidebooks on the plane. When traveling to Borneo, we opted for the Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Lonely Planet rather than the Borneo Lonely Planet edition because it’s been updated more recently. 960 1280

  

Foot Protection for Water Sports

Foot Protection for Water Sports

Jen is an adrenaline junkie who is all about comfort, so she loves protecting her feet while walking on the beach by wearing Sockwas. The Sockwa G series is made from space-age polymers for the most tactile walking experience, and Jen discovered that they’re also thin enough to wear with fins while diving to ward of blisters caused by friction. Plus, they take up no space in your carryon. 960 1280

  

Fog-Free Masks

Fog-Free Masks

Amanda suggests stocking up on anti-fog solution before any dive trip to clean your mask, because a cloudy mask makes it tough to enjoy the underwater world. We like Aqua Sphere’s anti-fog drops, as well as their Kaiman ladies goggles (with anti-fog and scratch-resistant lenses and straps that don’t leave marks on your face) for doing laps in the ocean or a pool. Holly couldn’t resist swimming in the gorgeous blue waters off of the island Mabul. 960 1280

  

Lightweight Sneakers

Lightweight Sneakers

Traditional running shoes are bulky, making them cumbersome for travel. For this trip she packed Altra’s Zero Drop Eve shoes, which weigh a mere 4.5 ounces. Designed for athletes looking to transition into barefoot running, they’re an excellent choice for adventure trips because they’re so versatile. Holly wore the shoes on the dive boat, hiking in Bako National Park, running on the beach in Mabul, at a hotel gym, and even with a sundress. 960 1280

  

Stylish Workout Clothes

Stylish Workout Clothes

We needed to pack some comfortable and cute athletic clothing that could also multitask for both airport apparel and adventure outings. Enter Electric Yoga gear. While hiking Mount Kinabalu, a hardcore, two-day climb that led us above the clouds, Amanda and Jen wore the seamless racerback tanks, which are snug-fitting without cutting into your shoulders, making them uber comfortable and ideal for layering. 960 1280

  

A Supportive Sports Bra

A Supportive Sports Bra

No need to accept the pancake-boob fate when looking for a sports bra that will keep your breasts from bouncing, whether you’re hiking a mountain or running on the beach. The best bra we’ve found for providing both a flattering fit and ample support is the Ta Ta Tamer from Lululemon. It’s pricy at about $58, but it may do such a good job of shaping your chest that you’ll actually want to swap it for your typical underwire bra when on the road. 960 1280

  

Versatile Outfits

Versatile Outfits

It never fails: No matter how many different outfits we pack, we typically end up wearing one the most. Holly’s go-to outfit on this trip was Athleta’s draped tunic dress. Flattering and sporty, the fabric is wrinkle resistant and wicks away sweat. She’d wear it for a day on the beach or exploring the tiny fishing villages of Mabul, and dress it up with gold hoops for evenings out. 960 1280

  

Multitasking Makeup

Multitasking Makeup

While not all female travelers consider cosmetics a toiletry basic, Holly (the Lost Girls beauty buff) swears by multitasking products that let you look polished without taking up a lot of space in your bag. Her new favorite product is Oxygentics Oxygenating Foundation because it acts as a foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen all in one, and is healthier for your skin than wearing no makeup at all thanks to special peptide ingredients to boost healing oxygen. You can even wear it swimming in the ocean because it’s waterproof for up to 90 minutes. 960 1280

  

Brightening Facial Cleanser

Brightening Facial Cleanser

Travel can do a number on your complexion because dry airplane air and humid weather can cause flaky skin and clogged pores. Exfoliate dead skin cells to ward off breakouts while helping to reverse sun damage with a brightening cleanser. MyChelle Dermaceuticals Apple Brightening Cleanser is sulfate free, comes in an easily-portable 2.1 ounce bottle, and has natural fruit acids and powerful antioxidants to shield skin from free radical damage. 960 1280

  

Antibacterial Protection

Antibacterial Protection

Amanda is the group’s self-proclaimed hypochondriac, but you don’t have to be hyper vigilant about germs to know that it’s a good idea to arm yourself with anti-bacterial sprays and wipes when traveling—especially in places like Borneo where some bathrooms don’t have toilet paper or even running water. We like CleanWell To-Go disinfectant sprays and wipes because they have natural ingredients and are easy to tuck into your purse. 960 1280

Jeff Alexander