Is there a cause you feel strongly about? Maybe you lost your grandmother to cancer or a friend to Hurricane Katrina. Consider participating in an on-the-ground relief effort and making a volunteer vacation out of your girlfriend getaway.
Plan your own visit or go with an organized group. Teaming with your mother, sister or friends to help others who are suffering or less fortunate not only feels good, but it can also be a life-changing experience for you.
Just because you're "working" doesn't mean you're not having fun! You can see a new part of the country or world, meet other interesting people and learn new skills. Sharing extraordinary experiences like this can deepen the bonds of friendship. You also might get to know yourself in a different way and discover new aspects of your friends, too.