With a large group of close girlfriends, I’ve organized and attended my fair share of ladies weekend trips—everything from bachelorette parties, to birthday trips, summer getaways, and ski holidays. Now that my best friends are scattered around the world, these trips are even more important (and fun!) than ever. Along the way, I’ve discovered there are a few key ingredients to planning a ladies weekend to remember:
With jobs, kids, aging parents, and pets in the mix, it can be next-to-impossible to get everyone in the same place at the same time. To get as many people on board as possible, try to plan your trip as far in advance as you can. It might seem crazy to plan a trip two or three years ahead of time, but the secret is to get the trip in your calendar before other commitments arise. It also makes finding accommodations and booking activities for a group much easier.
Agree on a budget before you plan anything
It’s no fun to be worried about money while you’re supposed to be enjoying a holiday. Agreeing on a budget that works for everyone and being upfront about all the costs is critical. This will make settling up at the end of the trip a breeze.
Leave the organizing to 1 or 2 people
It can be frustrating and time-consuming to get a large group to agree on anything, but almost everyone is happy to go on a holiday they didn’t have to plan. Assign one or two key organizers for the entire trip, or select someone for each area of responsibility (lodging, transportation, food, activities, etc.) There will be less stress for the planners and the attendees.
It’s a good idea to have a few activities scheduled. Get active with a yoga class or walking tour. Learn something new at a cooking class or wine tasting. Or attend a concert or sporting event. Pick something you think the group might enjoy and remember that everything is more fun with friends.
But don’t forget to leave some downtime
One of the best parts of a getaway with your friends is just being together. Make sure to leave some time to relax and catch up as a group. Keep this in mind when you’re choosing accommodation too, because a comfortable area to spend time as a group is key.
Massages, facials, hot springs—it doesn’t really matter which option you choose. There is something about pampering yourself that makes even a short trip feel like a getaway. Spoil yourselves with some self-care to get everyone in vacation mode ASAP.
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Our Ladies Getaway to Echo Valley Ranch this May, combines all the right ingredients to create the perfect ladies weekend. Bring your BFFs, your sister, your mom, or any other special ladies in your life and join us for an unforgettable 4-day trip to the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, a luxurious, all-inclusive resort unlike any other. The ranch sits amid hundreds of acres of pristine mountains, lush valleys, pine forests, and desert canyons. Start the day with a Thai yoga class, get pampered in the award-winning spa, take a wine tasting or Thai cooking class, and gather around the campfire at the end of the day to enjoy s’mores. Husbands and children take note: this trip would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift! Refer a friend to this tour and we will double the refer-a-friend discount!
Written by: Pam Jensen