Now that you’ve decided who you want to invite on your girls getaway (click here if you missed Step 1), you can move on to Step 2 and decide what kind of a girls trip you and your friends want to go on. This step is a great excuse to get together with your friends for coffee or dinner to make some decisions.
Decide What Kind of Girls Getaway You’re Going to Plan
Before you and your friends decide where you’re going, you should agree what kind of a trip this will be. Will it be a 3-day weekend to a local destination, a road trip to a neighboring state, or will you be flying out-of-state for a few days?
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Tip: Create a place on your phone, or buy a small notepad that will fit in your handbag, to take notes on so you can reference them later. Write down any important information. If Anne tells you she can’t take time off of work until next year, so she’s only able to attend a weekend trip this time, write that down. Or, if Jennifer says she doesn’t have a lot of money to spend at the moment, take note of that. If Maggie has a great idea for an experience or an accommodation, write that down too.
Be Aware of Your Friends’ Obstacles
Some of your girlfriends may have a lot of money, but it can be a constraint for others. If a friend is tight on money at the moment, they might not want to tell people.
Expect that it will probably be hard for some friends to take time off of work for a longer girls getaway. It can be difficult for some people to leave their kids for a few days when the other parent, or another relative, has to also take time off of work to get the kids to school on-time, or to be home for them after school.
If the majority of your group wants to go on a longer or more lavish trip, and any of these are issues for some of your friends, ask if it would help to plan a longer trip for next year so they have time to save money and plan for time away.
Tip: If you think your friends might not want to disclose their financial situation, take an anonymous straw poll online. Ask what their personal budgets are for accommodations, transportation and activities. Have a few different options from low to high estimated costs.
Mistakes to Avoid
Don’t assume your friends’ financial circumstances. Even if they told you something about it a couple months ago, their situation may have changed since then.
Even if your friends have “a lot of money”, maybe they don’t want to spend a lot on a vacation right now. So, it’s better to ask what they prefer.
Next up: How to Plan a Girls Getaway: Step 3.