Planning the Perfect Girls-Only Weekend Trip
A girls-only weekend trip can be the perfect way to let loose and bond with a group of friends you don’t always have dedicated time to be alone with. It’s a time to recharge and find your balance.
Planning the perfect girls-only weekend trip can be a lot of work to get things exactly right. There are a few key areas you won’t want to overlook to have a fun and stress-free time.
Plan in Advance
For most groups of friends, it helps to plan a full year in advance of your trip. This gets the dates on everyone’s calendars so there’s no confusion later. If everyone’s in agreement to prioritize this time together, there is less likely to be conflicts with this much notice for everyone involved.
What to Pack
It’s a good idea to coordinate with your friends on packing for the activities you’ll be up to.
Will there be a pool or a beach involved? Make sure everyone brings a bathing suit.
If you’ll be doing lots of walking, or going to nice places, you’ll want to coordinate shoes, especially since they take up so much room in your bag. Common items that you might share to save space should be brought up, too.
You’ll probably have at least one wild night out, bar-hopping and experiencing the local nightlife. These are the nights that build fun memories you can talk about the rest of your trip and beyond. Make sure to pack alternative clothing for a night on the town, like edgy t-shirts and stylish jeans or skirts.
Will you be going to nice dinners? Will you be doing any outdoor activities where shorts and sneakers are necessary?
Decide on a Comfortable Budget
No one wants to be the cash-strapped friend stressing out the entire trip and trying to keep up with the others. Far ahead of time, ask what everyone is comfortable spending per-person on this trip. If possible, plan a trip using the lowest per person budget.
Remember that this trip is largely about spending time together as a group. There are plenty of amazing things you can do on a small travel budget, possibly on a road trip not far from where you live. Check out Airbnb listings for cool houses you can rent together on a budget.
Find Out What Your Friends Want
Do people need to relax at a spa? Do they need to break away from their everyday lives and have a wild time? Find out what the core need is from most people in the group and plan a trip that best meets those needs. You can figure out the activities that go with them once you have an idea.
It’s possible to plan a relaxing spa vacation with one or two wild nights out or expeditions to see the sights, to get a balance for the group.
Get Accommodation With Good Group Space
Renting a house or a large hotel room with a great common space will keep things fun. Look for comfortable sofas! You want everyone to have a relaxing space to hang out together as a group.
A fantastic outdoor space, like a pool or a barbecue area, is an excellent bonus and gives you two spaces where you can all hang out together as a group.
Plan Activities but Leave Room for Spontaneity
You don’t want things to be boring, so having a few activities planned for the trip ahead of time can keep people together, active, and building memories. But you don’t want the trip to feel like a chore, either. Leave room for spontaneity in the schedule. This time may get taken up with an activity you learn about once you’re in your destination, or it may turn into time spent sitting around a table at your accommodation, sharing wine and discussing your lives. This time can be some of the most valuable on a girls-only weekend, so don’t underestimate its value!