Going away with our families and partners is a great experience, but sometimes, you just need something a little different. A weekend getaway with your friends is a perfect way to relax, wind down and escape from all the troubles of a modern domestic life.
Planning a trip is not a simple five-minute job. Luckily, help is at hand! If your holiday weekend is coming up and you haven’t even booked accommodation yet, fear not. Here are the most important steps you should take to plan a weekend getaway with your friends.
Step 1: Collectively decide on a location and date
‘Collectively’ is the key word here. We’re all guilty of assuming our friends like the same things we do, but this is often not the case. Firstly, you’ll want to pick a date. Obviously, if you want it to be warm then go for summer, but if snow sports are more your thing then winter is ideal. It can be hard to find a weekend where everyone is free, so use a tool like Facebook Messenger to organize everyone in one space. When it comes to location, you could all just play it safe and pick somewhere that has a universal appeal. Think Las Vegas, London or Barcelona. If certain people have already been to certain locations, listen to their thoughts and decide if it will be suitable.
Step 2: Browse for bargain hotel deals
Nearly everyone jumps on the first deal they find, but in reality, it may not be a deal. Going away with a group of girls can prove pricey, especially when it comes to accommodation! So, put your detective cap on and get scouring the web for those deals! There’s no shortage of outlets to try, such as Hotwire, and you may surprise yourself with the bargains you can pick up. Oh, and before you book, it might be a good idea to fully confirm everyone in attendance. It can be hard to reverse it when you’ve slapped down the cash!
Step 3: Plan some stuff to do for when you arrive!
We’ve all had that one holiday where we ended up being stuck in our hotel rooms from sheer lack of things to do. So, make sure that isn’t this one! Of course, there may not be dozens of activities that appeal to you, but take a look at the local area beforehand and pick some out. Spa treatments, crazy golf and even wine tasting are all common events that won’t take up too much of your time. And time will be of the essence – a weekend isn’t a massive amount. You could even have a wild night in the hotel room, to switch things up.
Step 4: Be a frugal packer
Remember, you’re going to spend time with the girls, not to spend all day doing your hair. We’re all guilty of packing more than we need, and on a weekend getaway where time is limited, it’s not necessary. Material possessions like laptops and tablets will only serve as a distraction, removing focus from our friends.
Do you have any other tips for planning the perfect weekend getaway?