• Plan a relaxing girls' getaway with these tips

    2016-08-04

    Whether you're taking a trip on your own, traveling with a group of friends from school for spring break or setting off on family travel with a sister or close relative, ensuring a successful girls' getaway can be easy with the right travel tips.

    An all-girl vacation gives you and your travel companions a chance to unwind and leave behind school, work, dramatic relationships and any other aspects of life that cause stress or anxiety. Consider these suggestions and destination ideas to make your girl getaway a trip to remember.

    Make time for rejuvenation
    One of the best approaches to a "girlcation" is making a great deal of your time about being pampered. Get your nails done, go for a massage or spend the day at the spa without having to interrupt your "you time" by compromising on activities with your guy friends, brother or boyfriend.

    Other forms of rejuvenation can include simply getting outside and enjoying nature. Whether you're at a beach resort or hiking a mountain trail, regular daily routines can prevent people from enjoying the little things in life. Sit back under the sun with a margarita or explore a city garden to redirect your focus on the aspects of life that you may have started to neglect.

    Catch up on your sleep if you've been feeling sluggish or overtired and then splurge on dinner and a night out with your girlfriends. If you're alone, check out the theaters in the area - maybe there's a Broadway show playing that you've been wanting to see.

    Plan, but don't treat your trip like work
    Travelers often get too caught up in the planning process of their vacation. Even after they've arrived at their destination, it's common for people to place too much focus on what they will be doing next instead of enjoying the moment. Simply write up an outline for your itinerary, including the attractions that you want to make a point to visit and the activities you want to engage in.

    Depending on the length of your trip, pick a few activities that you and your girlfriends feel particularly passionate about. From there, focus on relaxing and catching up with one another - play everything by ear. This is a particularly good idea if you're traveling with a group of girls who have strong personalities, as it can get tricky meeting everyone's needs. Who knows, you may end up wanting to cancel the afternoon massage you carefully planned and hang out by the pool instead.

    Choose a location that suits everyone
    According to Budget Travel, with a little research you will find hotels throughout the country that offer special packages for all-girl vacations, such as the Exclusive B.F.F. deal at the Beaches resort in Turks and Caicos, which feature cocktail parties and professional hair makeovers.

    However, you don't need a special package deal to make the most of your trip. Sometimes just a night or two in the city can offer ideal shopping and dining opportunities that you and your friends would love. Just be sure to collaborate as a group and find a destination that meets everyone's budgets and itinerary preferences.

    Focus on girl time
    Taking a break from everyday responsibilities and relaxing is the main focus for most vacations. Girlcations are also about catching up with your girlfriends, especially if you haven't seen each other in a while.

    Make a point to hang out together in a calm setting where you can talk, such as the beach or a quiet restaurant setting. There will be plenty of time to hit the town or kick back with your favorite music playlist, so make each other a priority for the majority of the trip.

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