On Monday I posted all about my girls weekend in Amsterdam with my best friend, Megan. Megan and I have traveled together before a lot. We’ve been to Venice, Italy, NYC twice, Chicago too many times, Stuttgart and now Amsterdam together. It’s so great to have some quality time together and it just makes me realize how wonderful it is to have great girlfriends and how precious and necessary girls weekends are.
There is just something to be said for a girls trip. I always leave them feeling incredibly content, happy and #blessed. If you are on the fence about planning a girls trip, here are 5 reasons why you should definitely do it!
1, No agenda
It’s nice to have a general idea of things to do when visiting a new place but when traveling with girlfriends, it’s nice to not have a set agenda. You are open to wake up whenever you want with no dog or kids needing your attention at the crack of dawn, you can stroll wherever you want and can stop when you find a cute little bar or restaurant.
Depending on where you go, pool or beach lounging might be the only thing on the agenda, which is no agenda. You can honestly just enjoy your vacation.
2, Life/Boy/Kid talk
There’s just something about girl talk that helps me clear my head. I love being able to talk about what’s going on in my life and hearing what’s going on in my girlfriend’s life. On my most recent trip, we talked about everything from work to where we want to live to how much we want to organize our apartments to married life and future plans for children…and admittedly, a lot of conversations about reality tv stars. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who you know won’t judge you at all, knows who you are and your background and will listen to every small detail of your life. Add in a glass of good wine and you’re all set.
3, Chill time
Sometimes life is just so hectic and we need some quiet time. Girls trips are great for relaxing, sans alarm clock and easing into the day. There’s time to read a book in the morning, enjoy coffee and not have a to-do list staring at you every five minutes. Megan and I would wake up and watch some tv while getting ready or we’d come back after sight seeing and take a quick nap before dinner. Again, no agenda and time to relax.
For one of my friend’s bachelorette parties, we went to Florida and I just happened to wake up before everyone (I think I was training for a half marathon and my body clock got up super early) and I went for a run and then had coffee and read my book on the screened in porch. It was just magic. Having time to reset is so necessary.
4, Reverting to the good ol’ days
Remember in college how you would all get ready in one room, listening to Pandora and pregaming before hitting up the bar on on Thursday night? I mean, I was studying but that’s what my friends tell me, promise, Mom! Well, there’s always at least one night on a girls trip that takes you back to the good ol’ days. If you’re staying in a hotel, it’s much easier to make this happen, but cranking up music, swapping makeup, doing your hair and asking about your outfit make getting ready usually more fun than actually going out. And then going to dance always reminds me of college and early 20’s life. It’s so nice to relive that time but, man, I do not bounce back at 29 like I did at 21.
5, Makes you a better wife, mother, person
And the number one reason you need a girls weekend is because it will make you a better wife, mother, person in general. Everyone needs time to do things that make them happy, that help keep them sane, that connect them to other women. A girls trip can include a spa weekend, an overnight stay at a fancy hotel in your hometown or even a night on the couch when someone’s husband is out of town. The thing is, it doesn’t matter what you do or where you do it, as long as you make it happen. You will come back to your normal life with more of an appreciation, more patience and love.
Do you plan girls weekends? Where did you go? What did you do?