Before starting Grown-Up Escapes, we were no stranger to getting left with organising the annual girls group holiday, whether it be a birthday weekend, spa retreat or just a much-needed getaway. And from our experience, there can really be some decisions that will make or break your trip.
Nonetheless, we believe anyone can achieve that perfect blissful escape, so we have compiled our top tips to nailing the stress-free getaway:
- Don’t leave it until the last minute
It may sound obvious, but organising your getaway in plenty of time will save you that last-minute anxiety and make sure your holiday runs smoothly. There are few things worse than half your group not being able to get the time off work, or finding that the perfect hotel doesn’t have enough room.
Getting in early with hotels and experiences will also make sure you get the best deals and won’t miss out on anything you had your heart set on. We recommend booking at least 6 months in advance.
Top tip: By booking early, you almost always get the best rates, and maybe even an upgrade…
- Location, Location, Location
The big decision for any trip is always going to be the “where”. Getting this right is key to setting the tone of your getaway. For some groups, this could be a remote spa in the countryside, for others, it could be a metropolitan city break. For us, we like to be in resort no more than an hour after we land to max out the time you’ve got to spend.
What’s most important is taking into account what each location offers you. A beautiful hotel with a pool might be nice, but if it’s in the middle of nowhere and you want to be eating out every night, it’s probably not the place for you.
- Think about the group dynamic
Just because you’re all so close, it certainly does not mean that everyone will get on all the time, or want to be around everyone all the time. So when you’re planning your getaway, try to anticipate your group dynamic so you can make allowances for any known differences.
This is particularly important when booking the hotel, villa or rooms. Some of your group may want undisturbed peace, while others may want to be exploring the area. So, make sure you know who’s who and accommodate accordingly.
Finally, remember that when booking, not all hotels will offer triple rooms, and if they do, the third bed will almost definitely be a fold away – which doesn’t always go down too well when picking your beds…
Top Tip: We believe that 8 people is the perfect number – enough that it will never get boring, but intimate enough to build your relationships and still enjoy the experience.
- Make plans, but don’t overwhelm
There’s a fine balance between cramming too much into your trip and losing out on group bonding time. While an hour-by-hour schedule of activities might be overkill, you are there to spend time with one another… so make sure you do!
We recommend planning a few activities in advance to get in that bonding time but schedule some solo time in between where your guests can take the trip at their own pace. A getaway should be relaxing for everyone and you don’t want your guests to come back more tired than they started.
- Cater for everyone
Our final tip is a golden one, that is often overlooked. Plan activities which the whole group can enjoy, so you don’t isolate anyone.
Sometimes, when planning trips, we get swept up in the excitement of the activities that the resorts offer and forget that not everyone will be able to enjoy it. So, maybe rethink that afternoon 15km hike for your 80-year old grandmother and pregnant cousin.
If you don’t want to compromise these standout features of your trip, make sure that there are some alternative activities they can enjoy and make sure there is still at least one activity to bring the group together.
So whether it’s a hen do or a holiday with your girls, these golden rules will create the foundation for a memorable and amazing experience.
If you’re on the fence about organising a trip abroad, check out our blog on why you should be investing more time on yourself.