Guest post on behalf of Sarah Cummings.
A girlie getaway is a lot of fun. It’s a chance to catch up with your besties properly instead of having to rush off after dinner; an opportunity to spend some quality time together and make some memories instead of having a wild night out that you can’t remember the next day. It’s your time to bond, to strengthen your friendship and to relax in each other’s company.
Of course, girls getaways aren’t always the most relaxing holiday experiences. Too many squabbles and too many nights out can result in tears, or in you getting off the plane feeling like you need another holiday to recover from your girls getaway! Fear not – there are a few tips I’ve put together that can help you have a brilliant holiday with your girls, feel relaxed and still be on the best of terms with your besties when you get home.
1) START OFF SLOWLY
You’re let loose from your job, your family and your responsibilities. It’s tempting to go a little wild at the outset…that’s why so many airport bars do so well! But my advice is to ease yourself in slowly. If you get so drunk the first night that you need 2 days to recover, well, that’s not an ideal start to the holiday!
Not to mention the fact that you need time to adjust to a new climate, new foods and just the newness of being away with your friends for an extended period of time. So try not to get too overexcited. Have a quietish night the first night, pace yourself over the time you’re away and you’ll have a much better, more relaxing, holiday as a result.
2) GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK
Being trapped in a teeny Airbnb apartment with 4 other ladies can lead to disaster. And it’s perfectly understandable if you wind up with cabin fever or feeling irritable towards your friends. After all, you’re used to seeing them for a couple of hours at a time; and suddenly, you’re spending every second of every day with them. You might start to notice little quirks of theirs that suddenly drive you mad! These little things can build up until you end up saying stuff you’ll later regret.
My tip is don’t let it get to that stage. Every day, if you can, take a little time out to yourself. Get up early to go for a morning walk. Or take yourself off for a coffee on the beach and read some inspirational travel quotes. Or go to a yoga class yourself, or for a quick swim. Having your own time is essential for your relaxation, as it helps you to reflect on the trip, to be at peace rather than “always on” and to build up your energy stores for the next chapter!
3) INCLUDE PAMPERING TIME
Obviously, this depends on your age but I’ve gotten to the stage where I can’t handle three nights out in a row anymore. I just don’t enjoy them, and I need time in-between to relax! Remember, you’re with your nearest and dearest, so you don’t have to put on a brave face for anyone. In fact, they’re probably feeling the same way you do!
So instead of dolling yourselves up for another night out, which none of you actually want to do, suggest having a pampering evening instead. Go out for a massage or a facial; or stay in and have a movie night. There’s nothing shameful about wanting an early night! We all need our sleep, after all – it could be the difference between the trip of a lifetime of the stuff of nightmares.
If you need some tips on helping you sleep – at home and abroad – check out the posts on the Sleep Advisor site. That way you’ll actually enjoy some relaxing time on your holiday, too… and you may even look refreshed getting off that plane!
4) REMEMBER IT’S SHORT TERM
Remember your on a trip and it’s short term. Before you know it the trip will be over! In saying that, don’t deprive yourself of fun! Sure, it’s probably not healthy to give it 100% every day and night; but you don’t want to shut yourself off from your holiday, either. Sometimes if you’re feeling a little tired and not in the mood for another girlie dinner, you just have to suck it up. Instead of wallowing and calling your partner at home to b**ch about how miserable you are, try to loosen up and enjoy yourself.
Remind yourself that you’re lucky to have the chance to be away with your girls; that it’s only for a short time and that you’ll be back to reality soon enough. So make it count! Of course, if you’ve paced yourself, and have had some “you time” and a bit of pampering in the mix too, this will be a lot easier!
5) CHOOSE THE RIGHT FRIENDS
This is possibly the most important thing to remember, and it’s actually something you should consider before booking your trip in the first place. Will the girls you’re going away with have a problem with the above steps? Or will they constantly be on party mode, calling you “boring” if you ever need a break?!
Of course, sometimes it’s hard to tell until you’re actually away together – but it’s worth taking into consideration. I have best friends who I’d never travel with again; even though I love them to bits, our personalities clash too much to be travel buddies! So before you book anything, think about whether it’ll be relaxing or exhausting to be away with these people for an extended period of time. It could make or break your vacation!
Now that you’re armed with some knowledge around how to have a more relaxing holiday, it’s time to start planning that dream getaway. Call up your girlfriends, pick a place and get booking your adventure. Have a great (and relaxing!) trip!
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Guest post on behalf of Sarah Cummings
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