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Every once in a while, you have to get away from your busy life and spend time with the girls. Going on a girls getaway trip can be exciting, rejuvenating, and empowering. But it does take some planning and preparation. Here are some tips to plan a successful and fun girls getaway trip…

Say Good-bye to Guilt

Sometimes the thought of leaving your family or job, even temporarily, is enough to make you feel guilty. But there is nothing to feel guilty about! We all need time with our friends. Talk with your family and/or employer in advance to let them know about the vacation. There’s no need to beat yourself up for wanting to get away. Assure your family that this will be good for all of you. It gives your kids and husband a break as well as you. Do the core chores before you leave so your family doesn’t feel overwhelmed while you’re gone. You will be a better wife, mom, and/or employee when you return.

Pick the Right Friends

The friends you choose to go with may depend on the type of trip you’re planning. Pick girlfriends that share your interests, will have fun, and won’t try to control every aspect of the vacation. Discuss everyone’s expectations and work out details together on our Groups page, using notes to share thoughts so everyone can be involved in the conversation.

Set the Date

If you don’t set a date, it likely won’t happen. A long holiday weekend is always a good choice for a vacation because, generally, your partner can stay home with the kids while they are home from school. However, rates are usually lower during the middle of the week, which could justify the hassle of working out details. Use the Groups area to find the best dates for everyone and discuss options together.

Determine Finances

Once you start planning your getaway trip, start saving for it. Consider asking for a donation to your girls getaway instead of a Birthday or Christmas gift. Discuss a budget with your girlfriends and stick with it so nobody is surprised by excess costs while on vacation.

Choose your destination

Our users make great suggestions and our Editors “Pick” some of the top places and activities for you to consider. Look through our Destination recommendations. If you have a theme for your vacation, search through our Theme recommendations.

Limit your Technology

Go to any restaurant or public place, and you will find most people on their phones checking email, social media sites, texting or talking. When going on a getaway trip, agree to put your phones away during dinner. Take a vacation from your everyday life to enjoy the moment! A popular technique is placing your phones in the middle of the table, and if someone picks theirs up before dinner is over, they pay the entire dinner tab for the group.

Make it a Tradition

If you make it a tradition each year around the same time, it won’t be a question of if or when, just where.