Positive, romantic escapes are unimaginable and I’m all the time up for a solo journey however there’s nothing like happening a girlfriend getaway. I’ve talked to you guys many instances earlier than about my favourite locations across the globe for girls-only adventures.
From ladies’ nights out in Vegas to female-friendly adventures in Cape City, issues are all the time extra enjoyable with my ladies there. Whether or not it’s simply me and my BFF or a bunch of us, my favourite adventures have all the time been with my crew. And I’ve all the time questioned what leaves these instances so close to and expensive to me.
The reality is that there are a couple of widespread threads that make all of those journeys so particular and all of it revolves round unplugging collectively. Unwinding with buddies helps me recharge in a approach that even the perfect wellness middle or spa doesn’t match.
Seeking to get collectively together with your girlfriends? Even when it’s only a weekend at house or a mini-break within the subsequent city over, it may do you some severe good.
Right here are some things that may elevate your girlfriend-getaway right into a wellness retreat.
Consider Sleep and Relaxation
If you wish to have a revitalizing journey, take it down a notch. Everybody has an infinite array of tasks at house so let this be a real reset. Take a step again out of your bucket checklist. Neglect about your Instagram and simply loosen up.
Repeat after me: doing nothing is completely okay. Higher than okay even.
The perfect journeys aren’t jam-packed with actions. Give your self ample time for an excellent evening’s relaxation. Hold a easy schedule of actions early within the day then go away it free after dinner. In the event you really feel like going out, do it, however don’t strain the women into going if somebody simply wants a laidback evening in.
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To Drink or Not to Drink?
This is very much a personal preference but I avoid alcohol when I need a reset.
While a glass of wine can be therapeutic, moderation truly is the key. Focusing on making healthy decisions will leave you feeling better the next day and ready to go home with a clear head.
Alcohol can make it all too easy to gloss over some of the harder truth and really stand in the way of proper self-care. Prioritize your mental health and avoid the drinking-to-forget mentality of relaxing.
I recently went on a girls’ wellness retreat in Moab and didn’t drink during the entire trip. I came home feeling so much better than when I left. It was definitely what I needed for a reset.
That said, let your girls know in advance. If they are thinking wine tastings and you’re planning on a dry day out, a lack of communication can create frustration. Be clear and set expectations ahead of time so everyone can plan for their best trip.
The great outdoors are central to your wellbeing. Whether it’s an adventurous hike in the mountains, a walk down the beach, or a picnic in the park, being outdoors is good for your mental health.
While even just sitting outside and breathing in the fresh air is good for you, make movement a priority.
Whether it’s a self-guided tour, yoga class, or a good old fashion sweat session, moving your body will make you feel accomplished and give you those oh-so-good endorphins.
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Yoga (or Not)
Got a group of girls that love working out? Incorporate yoga into the trip! It’s easy to feel like time off means that you should be taking time off from all of your routines, workouts including, but keep the good stuff going.
We had a yoga instructor come to the house one evening during our girls’ wellness trip to Moab. We’d been hiking so much that having a yoga instructor walk us through a slow stretching class was a major perk.
Spa or DIY Spa
What’s better than a spa day with the girls? Check out a day package or do it yourself! On my latest girlfriends’ getaway, I had my steamers, massager, and massage circle. It was a priceless treat after all the long days outside exploring.
You can find a massage therapist to come out to work out those achy muscles or bring your own gear. Trust me, it’s worth it.
For me, there’s nothing like a DIY facial. In fact, I’ve learned a few pro tips that you are definitely going to want to steal. Check out my How to Give Yourself a Spa Day from Home for all the details.
As you probably already know, I love to try local food from around the globe and find amazing restaurants while I’m traveling. On a wellness retreat though, I prefer to slow things down.
There is something so timelessly therapeutic about preparing and enjoying food that you made from scratch.
It is doubly fun when you’ve got the girls there. Take turns cooking and have fun making a menu together. Think of healthy and easy to prepare picks like buddha bowls, acai bowls, healthy tacos, and Mediterranean-style tapas platters.
Look for healthy options and unique picks. Take the time to research before you go and make sure that the menu works for everybody. Make an adventure of it. Look for green juice options to fuel you in the morning.
For dinner, try to support local small businesses that offer minimally processed picks.
It’s all too easy to go for fast food and other unhealthy picks while you are traveling. Planning ahead will make the process simpler and more enjoyable. Eating and being healthy on the road is actually way more doable than you might think.
Journaling and Meditation
I’m still working on getting meditation into my routine but, for now, journaling and having solo time has been doing wonders for me. It is essential to value your alone time and learn how to process thoughts and feelings on your own.
While having time with friends and talking it out is crucial too, be sure that you have a fair balance between the two.
Schedule that alone time in the same way that you would schedule time for friends. And be flexible with it. Journal, meditate, listen to music, and free up your brain space that you need to reflect on life and appreciate your time away.
It’s easy to get stuck in small talk or let all of your conversations revolve around the same topics. Get out of the rut and start having serious discussions. After all, you love your girls because they are brilliant and full of interesting insights into the world.
Dig in and make it a priority to keep learning about each other.
Elect someone to be responsible for leading fireside chats. If you are driving a lot, take turns thinking of higher-level discussion points. Here are a few that started a great discussion for us.
- What are three things you’re most proud of yourself for doing?
- What five things are you most excited about doing in the next five years?
- What is something you want to improve about yourself and why?
It’s all about using those questions to dive deeper into the important topics. You might even have a few revelations about yourself as you think it all through.
Plan Fun Activities
Of course, you don’t want it to be serious all of the time. Have fun. Do some sightseeing, go hiking, lounge by the pool. Take the time to appreciate where you are and who you are with!
I especially love planning for games and bonding night. Grab a board game or a great movie and make a night of it.
And there you have it! There are my tips for hosting a wellness-focused retreat with your friends. What other activities would you include or have any tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!
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