Getting away from it all on a girls’ holiday is something we all look forward to. With temperatures heating up & a range of personalities to contend with, sometimes things don’t always go to plan.
Planning a girls’ holiday for a big group can be MEGA stressful. You might find yourself asking. ” is it REALLY so hard to get everyone together for some much-needed girl time in the sun?”
Well, sadly yes – because let’s face it – no one wants the mammoth task of organising the whole thing. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a crazy organised friend who simply loves spreadsheets & actually enjoys spending endless hours researching the best destinations. When it comes to finding the perfect match for your whole group, even the holiday organiser will need a holiday after all that planning!
We’ve been on our fair share a girls’ holidays and the same few issues pop-up time after time – that’s why we’ve come up with our ultimate guide to planning a girls’ holiday that will ensure a stress-free holiday where you and your soul sisters can make memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
1.Plan way in advance
You can’t please everyone! With a little homework at the beginning, you are sure to find a destination where there’s something for even the pickiest person on your girls’ holiday. Before you start making any bookings, bring the girls’ together & have a chat about the kind of things they’d all like to be doing on your break. Catching some rays, spa treatments or something for the more adventurous, you’ll need to have a good idea of what everyone expects from your time together as this will have a major impact on where you finally decide to go.
You’re bound to change your mind about 100 times before you settle on your ideal destination, but by planning way in advance you give yourselves plenty of time to choose the perfect spot and check out what activities are on offer before you arrive.
Remember the best places get booked up way in advance so when you book a group holiday the earlier you decide where to go the better.
2. Be flexible
It might not have been your number 1 choice of destination for a girls’ holiday, but in these cases, the majority rule applies! If you’re really serious about getting away for some much-deserved R&R, then you might have to take a more flexible approach to where and when you go.
Organising a small herd of women & getting them to commit to one date can seem pretty impossible, but by asking the group to suggest some possible dates and having a vote can start to weed out those few who may not be all that excited by the trip in the first place.
3. It’s quality, not quantity
We recommend between 3 – 5 nights together, a longer break can mean some people cannot commit to that length of time & 2 nights is way too short to fit in sun-bathing, cocktails & spa treatments. It is also important to think about how long it will take you to get from the airport if you are going for a short stay and make sure your flight times allow you maximum time together.
4. Be honest
So how exactly do you get out of a girls’ activity that you really don’t want to do without spoiling everyone else’s fun?
Honestly is most definitely the best policy when this kind of thing crops up so no-one’s surprised when you tell them that skydiving isn’t exactly your thing.
Make it clear what you do, and don’t want to get up to on your girls’ holiday from the start – if that’s what they want to get up to then you can always chill out by the pool for a few hours and catch up with them later. Don’t leave it until the morning of the activity or the poor girl who’s done all the hard work organising everything certainly won’t be adding you to the invite list for the next girls escape!
5. Put a kitty together
Ever notice that there’s always that one person that hasn’t bought any cash along when you’re out exploring your new surroundings? Or that one friend that’s signature phrase is ‘I’ll pay you back later?’
When it comes to minor annoyances on a girls’ holiday, money is most definitely in the top three!
One way to avoid this common scenario is to put together a small kitty or fund for those little treats when you’re off exploring.
Decide on an amount before you leave your hotel in the morning and you won’t have to worry about finding a few euros at the bottom of your bag for that impromptu cocktail while you’re out and about.
6. Plan a special day or evening together
When there is a big group there is bound to be a few splinter groups, so we recommend planning at least one lunch or dinner in a nice restaurant or do a fun activity together, it really will add to the memory box.
7. Create some memories along the way
Take lots of photos and videos so you can look back on your girls trip, there will always be a budding David Bailey in the group, just make sure you check them before they land on social media. And why not get someone to create a playlist that you can share, there is nothing better to listening to a song that reminds you of a fabulous escape with the girls.
8. Sharing is caring
Choosing who’s going to be room buddies is a MAJOR source of tension on a girls’ holiday, so you’ll need to tread very carefully to avoid any face-pulling when you finally rock up to your hotel. Some of the girls will no doubt be more than willing to tell you who they do (or most definitely don’t) want to be sharing a room with whereas others are far less forthcoming.
So our tip is to decide before you go that way you can share straighteners or toiletries and if you are brave even clothes. But be warned – it’s often those who say they aren’t bothered about who they buddy-up with that cause the most drama,
9. Girl’s code
The saying ‘what goes on tour, stays on tour’ is most definitely something to remember on a girls’ holiday – especially after a few cocktails! So if one of the girl’s lets slip a scandalous piece of gossip while your having some downtime at the hotel bar or a few remarks are made about one of your closest friends then try to keep it zipped – you could be about to start a war on a biblical scale if you go repeating anything you’ve heard that might be a little intimate or not common knowledge.
We hope you like our blogs if you have a girls trip coming up and don’t know where to start, feel free to get in touch with the Grown-up Escapes Team, we would love to help.