Like most of us, you’re probably overdue for a girls getaway with your friends. Whether you really need to relax, or just blow off some steam by having a lot of fun, or both, before you start talking to your friends about a much-needed girls weekend, there are a few things to consider.
When you start to think about and initiate a conversation with your friends about planning a future girls getaway, that doesn’t mean you must plan the entire trip if you don’t want to. But, before you decide who the main or co-planners will be, you should have a good idea who you want to include.
Make a Guest List
Sounds easy, right? But have you considered whether you want to go on a girls getaway with your two sisters, or 20 of your friends?
If you’re inviting a lot of friends, remember not everyone has the same interests or will travel well together. Consider who you think would be a good fit for this trip, you can always plan and go on another girls weekend later in the year with a different group of friends. (However, if you have a group of friends that do all know each other well, like a group of your high school or college friends, you may need to invite all of them so you don’t damage friendships.)
Some of your friends might like to wake up early and hike tall mountains or go river rafting, and others want to sleep in, lounge around the pool all day and go out to the bars all night. Or, maybe you prefer a peaceful mountain getaway, and inviting friends that party harder, drink a lot more and like to play loud music could be a conflict if they’re loud and drinking when others are trying to sleep.
So, even if it’s only in your head, create a guest list for your girls getaway. Write down your friends names and some of their interests or dislikes if it helps to brainstorm or organize the list.
Bonus Girls Getaway Planning Tips
Going on a girls weekend with just a couple of friends might be more relaxing and fun than going with 20 people. Especially if one of you is going through a difficult time and just needs a quick last-minute getaway to recharge.
Taking a last-minute girls weekend trip with minimal planning can be fun. But, spending a couple, or a few, months to plan a girls weekend can give your friends time to save money and schedule time to go. And, it gives the planners more time to find fun activities and things to do. Try to start planning a few months ahead of time.
Do you already have a group of girlfriends that regularly go on a girls getaway? Mix it up this year and ask them to each invite a friend that they haven’t brought before. Maybe someone that the rest of you haven’t met yet.
Do you have your guest list completed? Great! Time to read How to Plan a Girls Getaway: Step 2. If you haven’t decided who to invite yet, that’s ok. Give yourself some time to think about it and work on it. You can still read ahead to Step 2.