Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Girls (Therapeutic) Getaway to Cambodia

Eight female art therapy graduate students from Naropa University have embarked on a service- learning trip to Cambodia, working with a group that provides shelter to victims of sex trafficking.  With faculty member Sue Wallingford from Boulder, Colorado’s Buddhist-inspired university, these women are collaborating with Transitions Global to help the organization integrate art therapy into its work with victims.  Transitions Global empowers survivors of sex trafficking with the opportunity to heal and recapture the most basic of human rights: freedom and hope. It empowers girls to become strong and independent adults.

The Naropa students will also work with the Raggamuffin Project, an organization that brings the creative arts to children and families suffering from trauma and Anjali House, an orphanage in Siem Reap that offers education and creative expression to children who live in extreme poverty.

Although they are currently in Cambodia, the students’ journey to get there started months ago with a special event to raise money for their travels.  The “Small Resources=Big Possibilities Art Auction Gala” took place on March 17 in Boulder.  The group raised $9,500 auctioning off items that were once ordinary matchboxes and had been transformed into inspired pieces of art by nearly 50 artists.  Donations still accepted; click here.

While I am uber-inspired by all of these women and their work, one stands out to me as not just an artist but also a dear friend.  Katie Hansczaryk is the daughter of my mom’s college roommate, Donna, who we traveled throughout Italy with earlier this year.  She is a true inspiration and writes:

“In a growing global community, we are connecting to the pain and suffering not only in our backyards, but also on our whole planet. This project makes me feel as though I am utilizing my skills as a Post-Modern Art therapist, and bringing compassion and awareness to a larger community by shining light on a population that has mostly existed in the shadows.”

To read Katie’s blog post ‘The Great Divide’ and to follow these ladies on a truly inspirational Girls Getaway to Cambodia (from eating crickets to meeting amazing children), visit

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fabulous Father's Day Getaways

Tired of buying dad the same tie and golf widget every year for Father’s Day?  How about making it a memorable day for dad this year with a special trip that he will remember forever?  And to get the ideas flowing, here are a few ideas from The Getaway Girl® herself, Casey Wohl.
Aruba - Located amidst the white sands of Palm Beach, The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba invites dads to 'hog heaven' this Father's Day with their new Hog Island Special. The premier resort has partnered exclusively with the local Big Twin Aruba Harley-Davidson Dealership to bring guests a unique island touring experience bike-side. Featuring discounted Harley-Davidson rentals, the five-night package allows guests to discover the 19.6-mile Caribbean island atop one of the finest pieces of machinery on two wheels: a Harley-Davidson! Available May 1-December 16, the Hog Island Special starts at $199 per night and includes: Ocean-view room accommodations, 20% off half- and whole-day rentals of all motorcycles at Big Twin Aruba, 10% off all Harley-Davidson apparel and memorabilia when paying in cash (or) 5% off when paying with credit card and $150 food and beverage resort credit.
For $20 more, riders can join a four-hour guided tour of historic sites like the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, Baby Beach and more. The resort's GM will also join riders once a month on his own Harley as they discover Aruban culture and history. For hotel reservations call (877) 782-0149 or visit  When booking, please use rate plan HARLEY. For rental reservations visit Big TwinAruba
Bolivia - Is dad a fisherman?  How about fly fishing for Golden Dorado in Bolivia?  Picture fishing a remote freestone stream where the Amazon merges with the Andean hardwoods...all of this pushes this tour from "special" to "extraordinary." Anglers spend four nights in Seure Lodge, near the Chimán Indian village, fishing both the upper and lower beats. The rivers are inhabited by two different Dorado species and other fish from the Amazon basin, such as the Pirapitinga or Amazon Pacu and the Yatorana (pound by pound, one of the strongest fresh-water species). On the fourth day, a skiff ride to the Chimán village, a 10-minute charter flight, and a jungle trek brings anglers to the second lodge of the week, Pluma Lodge. Tsimane Lodges were created for anglers to fish one of the most pristine uninterrupted jungle regions in the world. However, birders will find a variety of species to add to their life list and a migratory butterfly population is home to this region.
To get there: American Airlines via Miami is the best (and most cost efficient) way to get to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, which is the jumping off point for the Dorado program.  The details: $7,600 per person for an 8-night/6.5-day fishing package inclusive of 2 overnights in Santa Cruz at Los Tajibos Hotel and Resort and 3 internal charters. In total, a 10-day trip.  International air, gratuities and Bolivian Visa ($130 paid at Santa Cruz Airport) are not included.  For more information, click here.  
Oklahoma - Broken Bow, OK is the place to go if families want to take Dad to experience nature at its majestic best.  Located in the heart of the Kiamichi Mountains, McCurtain County is home to Broken Bow Lake, Pine Creek Lake, the Mountain Fork, Eagle Fork and Glover Rivers and Beavers Bend State Park - where camping and staying in a remote cabin is absolutely fantastic. There are deep mountain lakes surrounded by National Forests; log cabins and camping grounds nestled in the towering pines and clear running rivers. An easy 2 to 4-hour drive from Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, OK, Tyler, TX, Little Rock, AR and Shreveport, LA.
*LIFE Magazine named McCurtain County’s Beavers Bend as one of the “100 Places To See In Your Lifetime"
*FOX News in Oklahoma City has done a 6 part travel series on the Beavers Bend State Park area.
* Southern Living Magazine named this area one of the top 3 places in the South to see fall colors.
Plus, there's tons of stuff to do there: Camping, Fish for Trout (state record+17 lbs for brown), Kayak (class 2 & 3 rapids as well as calm lake waters), Golf (Best Municipal course in OK by Golf Digest Magazine), Gaming (Choctaw Casino), miles of hiking through mountains, biking, parasail/scuba diving over and in 14,000 lake, birding, geo-caching, boat rentals (sailboats, paddleboats, ski boats, house boats, jet skis, party barges, canoes).
In McCurtain County, there’s something for every family. Your vacation or weekend getaway can include almost any kind of lodging you prefer--from a rustic cottage or “fisherman’s retreat” to modern motels to elegantly appointed log cabins nestled in the towering pines, as well as unique bed & breakfasts.  To make reservations, visit the website or call 800-528-7337.
Canada - CanadianRockies of Western Alberta for a unmatched experience for Dads this year - including Banff, Jasper, Canmore and Kananaskis Country.  It's within easy flight access from most major airports into Calgary (serviced by most major air carriers including Delta, United, US Airways and more).
* 15-hour Daylight Golf Marathon: Visit the Canadian Rockies near the Summer Solstice, and expect the sun to rise at 7 am and fall around 10 pm daily - making 36 holes a day not only manageable, but easy. Try the Iron Man Golf Package, including eight rounds and five night's stay, starting at $1,439 CAD per person. You might actually fit in three full rounds with this much sun.
* Canmore and the Calgary Stampede: The famed Calgary Stampede will celebrate its Centennial in early July. Enjoy the popular Chuckwagon Races and then drive a quick hour west to the hip and fresh Canmore, playing the meaty Silvertip or Stewart Creek mountain courses with the laid-back Canmore Golf & Curling Club. May Canmore packages start at $174 CAD per person, for a round and an overnight stay.
* Drive and Fly (Fishing, That is): Golfers and anglers will love the Pins and Fins package, combining two days of golf with a full-day fly-fishing excursion with guide and equipment included. Stay four nights, starting at $979 CAD per person.
* Ultimate Dad's Getaway (for 8 golfers): The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is celebrating their 90th Anniversary with their Jasper Great Golf Getaway, including three nights, two rounds, golf lessons, private Scotch tasting, fly fishing and lakeside barbecue, starting at $3,125 CAD per person.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Girls Getaway to Vero Beach

Where will we be this weekend?  At Costa d'Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Florida.  Where's that you ask?  Quietly nestled on Florida’s east coast lies this exquisite world-class retreat surrounded by white sand beaches and lush natural views. Specifically designed to pamper, relax and inspire, Emilio and Gloria Estefan's exclusive oceanfront haven will be our home away from home as we experience the resort's new BFF (Best Friend Forever) Package that celebrates everything that epitomizes quality gal pal time.

So it is no surprise that my friend Kelli will be joining me.  I have known her since I was in second grade, but after divorces and living in different cities for nearly 20 years, we always pick up where we left off.  And this weekend will another one for the memory books!  Where will you find us?  At the spa, poolside bar, in our beach side cabana or on our very own paddle boards.  Look out we come!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Best Beach Getaways

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to start planning your sun and fun-filled getaway to your favorite beach.  Looking for some new and exciting beach destination ideas this year?  Here are a few recommendations from The Getaway Girl® herself!

Located just 35 miles north of Venezuela, Curaçao is on every jetsetter’s radar as it was most recently named by Frommer’s as a ‘Top Destination for 2012,’ selected as one of the ‘5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now’ by Budget Travel and a top three ‘2012 Honeymoon Hot Spot’ by Condé Nast Traveler. 

With its intimate, private beaches, pristine dive sites, eclectic array of restaurants and ϋber-luxe resorts, Curaçao is redefining the luxury Caribbean vacation. The capital city of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, lures visitors with its distinctive candy-colored Dutch Colonial architecture, museums and monuments. The island has more than 30 beaches, 129 nationalities, 60 dive sites and an increasing number of hot new hotels and restaurants.
It enjoys a hurricane-proof location, world-class diving, and guaranteed sunshine. But Curaçao is unlike its fairly one-note siblings—anyone who looks beyond the tropical surface will find a distinct culture, a pronounced Latin-Caribbean vibe, some fine Dutch colonial architecture, and menus featuring some surprising specialties, from satay to cactus soup and tamales. 
Where to stay? The Avila Hotel is a luxury beachfront resort named a 2011 Fodor's Choice property by Fodor's Travel.

Cape May, NJ
Yes, Cape May is, technically, on the Jersey Shore. But it’s the antithesis of the Jersey Shore you’ll see on TV—instead of nightclubs and tanning parlors, you’ll find Victorian mansions and a famous lighthouse.  It was ranked the ninth best beach in the world and second in the U.S by
The Ocean Club Hotel, which underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in late 2010, has reopened as an ultra chic and modern option in Cape May's quaint, victorian community. The boutique hotel, which sits directly across the street from the beach, is designed so that each and every room has its own private balcony with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Kauai, Hawaii
The island of Kauai is known as the Garden Isle for its lush tropical beauty. Hawaii's least developed island is crisscrossed with rivers, swamps, ginger blossoms and banana trees. Its picture-perfect landscape has been featured in Jurassic Park and South Pacific, as well as in the opening shot of Fantasy Island. Poipu is hands down the best beach on the island and is actually a series of three curved beaches. Poipu is ideal for families since the middle beach has the calmest waters, and adventurous types can brave the high surf in the other two.

Situated on a verdant bluff on the north shore of Kauai, The St.Regis Princeville Resort offers guest rooms and public areas with breathtaking panoramic views of emerald mountains and the turquoise waters of Hanalei Bay. Set on 23 luscious acres, with brilliant bougainvillea in abundance, The St. Regis Princeville Resort dazzles. The resort boasts of outstanding natural beauty, exceptional recreational facilities and superb restaurants. Rates start at $375/night.  Plus, stay 5 nights, get $1,000 resort credit, and Starwood Preferred Guest members can now SAVE 50% off their next exotic Hawaiian island escape.  For a cozy experience, stay at Gloria's Spouting Horn B&B. Rates start at $275.

Vero Beach, FL
Situated along Florida’s Atlantic Coast 135 miles north of Miami and about 110 miles Southeast of Orlando, this quaint seaside county is surrounded by 26 miles of pristine, unspoiled beaches and the Indian River Lagoon.  Nature and culture are treasured and preserved here, as well as immaculate beaches, superb fishing and water sports, and small-town ambiance. With world-class dining, boutique shopping, and an abundance of natural and cultural resources, it’s no wonder that Vero Beach was twice named by "Great Towns of America" as one of the "100 Great Towns in America."   Visitors can relax on miles of picturesque beaches, or choose sports activities all within just a few minutes of local resorts.

Swimming, surfing, boating, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and sky diving are just a few of the wide range of exciting recreational opportunities awaiting you in Indian River County. There are 17 challenging golf courses, three open to the public.  In addition, there are tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, riverside camping and seaside picnic facilities available for year-round enjoyment…a lot to choose from including the Atlantic Ocean in the backyard.

The Costa d'Este Beach Resort, an oceanfront property owned by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, encourages guests to get their feet in the sand with its Beach Bum Package (starting rate $249)
Grab your shades and your favorite book and hit the beach in style. With sugar-sand shoreline extending as far as the eye can see, our Florida oceanfront resort presents a glorious dilemma – how do you want to unwind? Our suggestion drop into a beach chair set up and order up your favorite tropical drink.  This package includes: Luxurious Accommodations, Full Day Beach Chair set up, $50 Resort Credit, FREE Valet Parking, and a Welcome Mojito!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Toronto’s Not-So Hidden Gems

With the Toronto Blue Jays hosting the Tampa Bay Rays next week, many superfans will be making the trip to Toronto to support the Rays. Check out these other great things to do while in Toronto!

After a barely-there winter and a heavy dose of springtime, Toronto is all set for a nice, long summer. Canada's busiest city continues to evolve and surprise, offering appealing, trendy neighborhoods and unusual attractions, complemented by a handful of one-of-a-kind destinations. Simply put: there's a ton to see in this action-packed city! Discover what’s hot in Toronto as we get ready to ride the heat wave into summer.

1.       Steam Whistle Brewery: Keep cool with a tour-and-taste as the weather starts to heat up. Located within footsteps of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, Steam Whistle Brewing occupies a designated national historic site that was previously home to the Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive repair facility. The brewery is open for tours 7 days a week but caters to sports fans looking to add to their game day excitement with special food & entertainment in addition to tours offered every half hour. “Every Jays game day we see hundreds of jersey-wearing fans, young and old, come into the brewery. We like to acknowledge visitors with ball-park themed fun,” said Josh Hillinger of Steam Whistle Brewing. Learn how this uniquely Canadian craft pilsner is made and enjoy a tasty brew served up by friendly staff.

1.       The CN TowerIt may have lost its title as the world’s tallest structure, but Toronto's concrete spike is definitely the classic way to hit the heights. For a stunning view from the heart of downtown, let the glass elevator whisk you up to the 1,122 foot high indoor/outdoor observation deck and savour the atmosphere of Canada’s largest city. To enhance your viewing pleasure, you could also make a reservation at the tower's top-floor restaurant to get the view.

2.       Rogers Centre: As the official home of the Toronto Blue Jays and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, Rogers Centre is the city's premiere sports facility. Because of its retractable roof, the facility is popular all year round. For a behind-the-scenes look at the wondrous complex, guided tours are available at various times in accordance with its schedule. Its close proximity to the CN Tower and Union Station make Rogers Centre an ideal site to visit in the bustling atmosphere of Toronto.

3.       Hockey Hall of Fame: He shoots, he scores! Canadian’s sure are passionate about hockey, and you can see it all, plus much more at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The museum is loaded with interactive exhibits that put kids or adults in the heat of NHL action, presenting excitement for every age. Take a walk through a replica NHL dressing room (minus the scent), and a trophy room housing the greatest collection of all major NHL trophies including the most famous and coveted of them all, The Stanley Cup.

4.       Harbourfront: As the scenic backdrop for many of the city’s attractions, Toronto’s Harbourfront is one of North America’s largest recreational waterfronts. The Harbourfront sets the location for many of Toronto’s major events throughout the year, including the Caribana Festival and the star-studded Toronto International Film Festival. Its unparalleled location is an excellent way to spend the day, with limitless activities to choose from. Take leisurely stroll, feed the ducks by the water's edge, get some exercise or shop and dine – it's all here waiting for you!

Who up for a Girls Getaway to Toronto???

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Make The Most Out of Your Memorial Day Getaway

Looking for a fantastic place to spend Memorial Day this year?  From fun in the sun to off the beaten path places, here are a few ideas for a great holiday getaway!

Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. Carlisle Bay, a family-friendly hotel, is uniquely nestled between the Caribbean Sea and tropical rainforest, on one of Antigua’s 300+ beaches (one for every day of the year!). In addition to resort activities, guests can take in Antigua’s rich history, explore the rainforest on hikes, cycle around the island, and enjoy limitless water sports.
Carlisle Bay will run its first inclusive offer, the Super Chill Out promotion, over the holiday weekend; kids up to 15 to stay free with parents and teens and young adults 16-21 to stay in an additional Ocean Suite at 50 percent off rates. Additionally, guests who book more than 60 days in advance are eligible for an Early Booking Discount for a further 15 percent off rates. Double occupancy rates start at about $590 with the early booking discount applied.  

The offer includes accommodations, beverages, daily full breakfast, one three-course lunch and one three-course dinner at any of the hotel’s three restaurants. Memorial Day guests also have access to the resort’s activities (water sports, jungle hikes, spa and total beachfront relaxation) and the Cool Kids Club (only available during school holidays), with specialized activities geared toward different age groups.  
Greenville, SC
If you are looking for a off-the-beaten path destination that has tons to do during the Memorial Day weekend, check out Greenville, SC.  There’s USA Pro-Cycling, the Freedom Weekend Aloft (hot air balloon event), and the Greenville Scottish Games.

But aside from special events- there’s always something exciting to do in Greenville- like catching The Greenville Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox whose field is a mini replica of Boston's Fenway Park, or take a ride on the free trolley up and down Main Street, and a leisurely stroll through the 40 acre park that is in the center of Downtown Greenville. A visit to the Michelin Retail Store is a must- the only retail store of its kind featuring Michelin-inspired products- everything from coffee mugs to Christmas ornaments, stuffed toys to golf balls- all with the signature Michelin Man himself. Another must? The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library (free) chronicles the life of one of America's greatest baseball legends in his childhood home.
And there are great places to stay, such as the Marriott Greenville-Memorial Day;  weekend special includes stay two nights (at $99/night), you get the third free.  Or the Phoenix Greenville's Inn’s Pub & Putt Package ($119/night) includes: Accommodations for one night, 9 holes of Golf at Crosswinds for two, $25 Gift Certificate to McKibbon's Pub and a full Southern breakfast
San Francisco, CA
Visit San Francisco to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge!  2012 marks the 75th anniversary of this iconic bridge, and the Golden Gate Festival, which will take place Memorial Day weekend, is the center point of the Bridge’s year-long 75th anniversary program. With the theme of “Bridging Us All,” the free community event seeks to honor this amazing landmark in a way that reflects the ingenuity, inclusiveness and creativity of the entire San Francisco Bay Area.   The festival will offer thousands of people the opportunity to reflect on the beauty of the Bridge, learn about its history, and be inspired through performances and exhibits.

Cavallo Point Lodge, a luxury hotel with the most picturesque view of the bridge, will host a number of events surrounding the anniversary, including a birthday BBQ and an art exhibit. Other bridge anniversary events will take place throughout the Bay Area, focused around Memorial Day weekend. You can find more information about these at

Ft Myers, FL
Ft. Myers’ Estero Island, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is a perfect getaway vacation with warm tropical breezes, exquisite dining and accommodations. There’s just something special about a Gulf-front island discovered by Spanish explorers and frequented by pirates that’s retained its heritage and charm and abounds with modern conveniences. When it comes to activities, Estero Island has it all—be it shopping, dining, watersports, fishing or just relaxing on the beach.
Via the “Sandals In The Sand” website, you can find information about the "Escape to Estero Island 1, 2, 3, Free!"(stay 3 nights; 4th night free) package for a relaxing getaway in one of Southwest Florida's favorite destinations overlooking the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This vacation package is the perfect match for couples and families who enjoy Florida's beaches on Fort Myers' Estero Island. This offer is available on
Offers include stays at all-suite resorts where you can enjoy private balconies, screened lanais, pet-friendly floors, picnic areas and private beaches.  Bask in the sun during the Memorial Day weekend as you bask in the warm tropical breezes and dine al fresco over spectacular sunsets.  Rates for the holiday weekend start at $900/week for a 2 bedroom unit that can sleep up to 6 people.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Want to "Win Free Stuff?"

Who doesn't love to WIN FREE STUFF?  Especially when it is fabulous travel prizes that you can enjoy during your next getaway.  All you have to do is visit the Girls Getaway Guide website and enter to's free and easy!  Here's a list of our current prizes:

Sex and the City Hotspots Tour From On Location Tours
Follow in the footsteps of Carrie & Co. as you visit locations from the popular TV show and movies to see where they shop, drink and dine at more than 40 locations in New York City.  Tour highlights include: a visit to the site of Carrie and Big’s wedding rehearsal dinner, hop into the Pleasure Chest where Charlotte buys her “Rabbit,” scout the bar owned by Steve and Aidan, reminisce Miranda’s embarrassing underwear moment in the Village , venture into the trendy neighborhood, MePa, where the girls frequent, pass the café where Samantha invites the girls to Abu Dhabi, get some retail therapy like Carrie & Co. at Greenwich Village boutiques, and indulge in cupcakes like when Carrie confides in Miranda about Aidan.  Two tickets.  For more information, visit
Value: $96

A “” Personalized Novel
Be the star in your own personalized romance novel!  Any couple can play the starring roles in these novels - as hero or heroine - how cool is that? With dozens of books and eBooks set in exotic locations around the world, there's something for everyone (even vampire, detective, golf and historical fiction). Our authors blend action and romance to produce fun, campy books for a one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake.  For more information, visit
Value: $126.95

Costa Rican Adventure Excursion
Desafío Adventure Company is Costa Rica's leading adventure company specializing in unique, high-quality adventure and nature activities throughout Costa Rica. Legendary "Adventure Pioneer" Suresh Krishnan started Desafío (which means "challenge" in Spanish) way back in 1992 by doing first descents on local rivers & canyons and igniting adventure tourism in the wet and wild Northern Zone.  Desafio Adventure Company is giving away an exciting adventure tour of your choice (either canyoneering or rafting) to a lucky Girls Getaway Guide fan. For more information, visit
Value: $180 win, just visit Girls Getaway Guide and enter today!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Take The Stress Out of Travel & Enjoy Your Next Getaway

Sometimes just thinking about your next vacation is stressful....where to go, when to book, taking care of things at home before you leave.  Almost makes you want to nix the  entire vacation.  Whether your next excursion is a weekend away or a two-week retreat, studies show that ‘getting away’ helps reduce stress levels and provides you with down time to re-focus and re-energize.  So what are some ways you can avoid stressing out before and during your next trip?

Embrace the Uncertainty. Unplanned things will happen to you while you travel, so it is best to embrace the uncertainty versus worry about it.  You cannot control if your flight will be delayed, you get stuck in traffic, your luggage is lost, or you forget something.  Allowing your mind to be open to uncertainty can actually help you cope.  Plus, sometimes the uncertainty can make things fun....if you let it.

Plan Ahead. The best places always book quickly, so make as many reservations in advance as you can for hotel, restaurants, spa, show tickets, cultural attractions and other activities. The more reservations you can make ahead of time, the more organized your trip will be.

Pack Smart. You can save yourself a lot of stress by packing appropriately. Check the weather forecast and make a list of all the things you may need to bring with you.  Pack at least the day before you leave, to avoid the stress of being rushed. Packing items that layer is always best, and (for ladies especially) stay within the same color scheme to lessen the amount of items you pack.  Keep things you may need while traveling in your carry-on bag, but pack the rest of your items in your checked luggage to reduce your chances of getting held up at security points.

Dress For Comfort. While people used to dress up for travel, we now know how important it is to dress for comfort when on the go. Be sure you wear (or bring) comfortable shoes. Also, be sure to pack clothes that you can comfortably move in and don’t mind wearing all day.  Plan to accessorize in order to dress up an outfit for easy day-to-night fashion modifications.

Take Care Of Your Body.  Get plenty of sleep before and during your trip, take vitamins, and have some stress relievers on hand to decrease your chances of getting sick from the stress of travel and the germs re-circulated in the airplane. Eat small meals throughout the day versus only a few large ones, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Remember to stretch your legs frequently to keep circulation active.