Planning a getaway with the girls can be great! There’s nothing like going somewhere new with your friends, gossiping, shopping, and hanging out without any of life’s daily responsibilities.
Just don’t make the mistake of thinking that your girls’ trip is automatically going to be a success. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and the more people who are involved, the more drama can ensue.
A little planning ahead of time can make sure there aren’t any petty arguments or big fights. Here’s what you need to do to make sure there is no drama the next time you hit the road with your friends.
Decide Who Is Going to Drive and When
Road trips are popular with groups of friends. It can be a lot of fun to pile into a car with your favorite people and hit the road. Unfortunately, it can cause a lot of stress too.
Who drives and when is extremely important to iron out before you actually get in the car. If you have a girlfriend who is notorious for texting and driving and another one who is good at locating your car’s blind spots before putting the rental car in drive, the safe driver is the one who should get behind the wheel. Your tech-savvy girlfriend can be the one to navigate instead.
It’s also a good idea to come to an agreement on how long everyone who is driving will stay behind the wheel. If the driver has been at it for three or four hours with no expectation of stopping, she’s likely to get irritated.
Divide and Conquer
There’s a lot that goes into planning a successful vacation like:
- Finding the perfect hotel
- Booking flights
- Renting cars
- Buying tickets to shows and activities
- Making reservations at popular restaurants
It can be extremely overwhelming if only one or two members of your group are in charge of it all. Instead, give every person a job during the planning process.
Transparency is important. Make sure everyone gathers input from the group and talks about the progress they’re making. That way, you don’t end up in a hostel when the other members of your group were expecting a five-star experience.
Make Sure Everyone Pays Ahead of Time
Money can quickly drive a wedge between friends. You hope that your girlfriends will hold up their end of the bargain, but you will find yourself frustrated if you discover that they don’t have the money when you’ve already left home.
Instead of trusting everyone to pay up the day you leave, make sure everyone pays ahead of time. Decide who is going to pay for what and make sure they pay everything upfront or use a payment app to divide the costs of the entire trip equally.
You may also want to talk about who is expected to pay for daily expenses throughout your trip. For example, one member of your party may be willing to pay for tickets for everyone to see a show on Broadway, while another may be willing to pick up the tab at the bar after the show is over.
Get More Than One Room
Planning a girls’ trip often includes looking for ways to save money. One of the easiest ways to do that is to share hotel rooms. However, this isn’t always the best idea.
If you’re just staying one or two nights, you’re probably okay sharing a single room. If instead you’re planning on staying multiple nights together in a hotel, it’s a much better idea to get more than one room. That way everyone has a chance to get at least a little privacy. Not to mention, it provides everyone with more than one bathroom to use!
Get Plenty of Sleep
Spending so much quality time with your friends can be energizing. You may be tempted to stay out partying all night, but chances are, you’ll regret it in the morning. A lack of sleep can make you angry, which can end up making everyone snippy and impatient with each other.
There’s nothing wrong with staying out late. Just make sure that you have all agreed that you’ll be sleeping in the next day.
It’s also a good idea not to be out late every single night. Make a plan to return to the hotel early every other day to ensure everyone gets a chance to get some rest.
Match Activity Levels
There are tons of different vacation ideas that are perfect for every type of traveler. However, most destinations have activities that will appeal to everyone in your group. You just have to make sure you are aware of everyone’s activity levels and expectations.
Instead of planning a morning bike ride for everyone, split up and only take friends with you who want to be active early in the morning. Some girls may want to spend the afternoon by the pool, while a few others may want to go out and explore. Everyone will be much happier if you’re willing to separate in order to do the things everyone wants to do.
There are many ways to build strong friendships with your girlfriends. Taking a successful girls’ trip is one way you can build stronger bonds, but only if you’re willing to be flexible.
Have a friend who pulls out of a morning activity in favor of sleeping in? Feeling frustrated because one friend forgot to make reservations at a popular restaurant the night before? Try not to be too hard on each other. Mistakes happen and there are going to be things that throw you for a loop. Be willing to be flexible and understanding and everyone will enjoy the trip a lot more.
Getting away with the girls could be just what the doctor ordered! Just as long as you don’t return home with broken friendships due to a lack of planning. With these tips, you can ensure expectations are clear so everyone can relax and have a great time.
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