The new year has finally arrived, so it’s probably time we started to think about our next holiday to get us through these cold winter months. With a bit of luck summer will be here in the blink of an eye, but who said we need to wait until June before going away?
Time away with friends can be the perfect way to escape a busy life at home and come back relaxed and refreshed. Whether you want to go on a trip to a renowned winter destination or you prefer to wait for the summer, we’ve got you covered with some simple yet handy tips to enjoy a great escape with your gals.
Holidays with the girls can sometimes have slightly troublesome reputations. We want to make sure your time away with the girls is drama free so you can focus on the good times instead.
Be honest and flexible
When planning ahead make it clear on what type of holiday you’re looking for. Sun and sand or a city break? Travelling by plane, bus or up for a road trip? At the same time, keep in mind that you may have to adjust tour plans from time to time by being mindful of your friends’ interests too.
Before jumping on a plane, everyone should agree on a budget and try to split the costs equally amongst you all. Perhaps discuss having a kitty with your friends before you leave - this way there is no confusion on who has paid for what and you have a pot for essentials or unexpected costs.
Capture every moment
Leave the stress of your working life behind at home and spend as much time with your ladies as possible, but don’t forget to take a picture or two along the way! Let’s be honest, we all need to make our Instagram followers jealous, so make sure you find some amazing beachwear that makes you feel confident and comfortable, whilst giving you that sun-kissed look.
Once you have stocked up on some new swimwear, it’s time to think about packing or, at least, about those must-haves that will ensure you are ready for anything and everything. We suggest that you divide your checklist by categories such as travelling and documents, days and evenings out, makeup and beauty and tech. The shortlist below will help you remember those essentials that you always take for granted and end up forgetting.
A drawstring or crossbody bag
Being comfortable whilst having everything at your fingertips is essential when travelling. Small purses and massive shopping bags can be fancy and trendy, but not always the best choice in terms of comfort. Purses are way too small and shopping bags can be a heavy weight on your shoulder. Instead, opt for a crossbody bag to store your essentials inside and choose one with a zip to keep your belongings safe. You can find different colours available to match your look.
A swimsuit might not be the first thing to pack on a trip to the mountains, but they can come in handy when you find that hidden mountain spa. Many hotels have amazing spas and swimming pools; once again, a sure-fire hit for your Instagram followers. Plus, a swimsuit can also be worn as an elegant bodysuit under a blazer - perfect for a night out! Swimsuits don’t take up too much room in your suitcase and they are worth having so that you don’t miss out on any spontaneous adventures!
Hat and sunglasses
Protecting your eyes from UV rays is as important as protecting your skin. UV rays can damage your vision not only in the summer but throughout the year and a pair of glasses should always be kept in your bag. Be sure to match your frames with one of these gorgeous hats to further protect your eyes as well as your hair, whilst giving you an effortless glam look.
Adaptor and power bank
Buying an adaptor at the airport or once you’ve reached your destination is an expense you don’t need. Same goes for a power bank. Plan ahead and pack these essential two items to ensure you always have your phone charged and ready to snap your friends.
Last but not least, remember to compromise and share, share, share! From clothes to sunscreen, from a big portion of fries to your favourite drinks - because sharing is caring!
You can now sit back, relax and wait for your next holiday with your girls to begin!