Yesterday I arrived home from one of the best holidays of my life! I went to Malia for a week with 4 of my best friends! I think the idea of lying in the sun by the pool with your best friends sipping on your favourite cocktails sounds like a dream to any girl. But before splashing out all your savings on a getaway, I think it’s important to understand what you are signing up for to get the most out of your experience and more importantly have the most fun!
I have comprised a list of do’s and don’ts which I think will hopefully allow you to avoid any fallouts and make your holiday run as smoothly as possible.
- Do decide as a group on the destination.
We organised a couple of nights to all meet up at one persons house and scan websites to pick out our favourite places. This meant everyone was involved and we could see what suited everybody’s needs.
- Do be realistic.
It is important to look at the cost and time of your holiday when booking your accommodation and activities. It can be so easy to get over excited when looking at hotels and wanting all the extras but lets keep it real and only pre pay for the real necessities.
- Do talk openly about the budget.
Of course in every group, people will be in different financial situations and you will never want yourself or your friends to feel uncomfortable. Talk openly about the price of your holiday including the budget whilst you are out there. We booked our week to Malia through Thomas Cook who organised our flight and transfer to the hotel. We also had our breakfast included so we only had to bring extra money for meals and events during the trip. To save money we filled up on our breakfast and cooked our own dinners most nights and ate out on our balcony. (These evenings were a huge highlight of our holiday as we always had such a giggle).
- Do be open to compromise.
Its important to remember that it is everyone in your groups holiday, not just yours. There may be aspects that are important to some people more than they are others; so be open minded and respect everyones wishes. There will be some things that you will need to compromise on, whether its an activity or the sleeping situation. Whatever it is, take it on the chin and move on.
- Do share the responsibility.
Organising a holiday can be stressful so don’t let all the responsibility way down one person. We made a group chat and discussed all the decisions in there and shared emails which we had been sent by the holiday company. We all made the effort to go into Thomas Cook to book the holiday and sign the papers etc. On the holiday itself don’t just look around to wait for things to be done. This isn’t a family holiday so your parents aren’t there to help you. Be proactive, take turns when washing up and keep your stuff tidy. It just avoids any possible tension that could arise.
- Do research.
Before finalising decisions of what you want to do on your holiday make sure that you research the dates, prices and events. We new we wanted to do a boat party on our trip and for this we had to pre pay a deposit. So make sure you check because you don’t want to miss any opportunities.
- Do make a brief plan.
So that everyone has an idea of what to expect. Make a list of specific events you want to attends or days you want to have. We discussed this at the beginning of the trip and then made a list for each day. It did change a little bit as we went through but it just meant we all new what we were doing and could balance our time.
- Don’t over plan.
Don’t plan every minute of everyday. Once you are on holiday you don’t know what the circumstances might be. Someone may be too ill to go out one day or you might change your mind on what you want to do when you see something better or the weather decides to play games.
- Don’t let small issues become big ones.
Sometimes you just have to let it go. If you feel strongly about something of course voice your opinion but before blurting it out think for a minute and remain calm to restore the peace. Sometimes you may have to do something that you might not want to do if you are against the majority but just stay open minded and you may really enjoy it.
- Don’t involve yourself in everything.
Of course being on holiday with your best friends is super exciting! But take a chill pill and sit back. I think if you invest yourself into everything with 100% you start to take over and put more pressure on yourself and the small things that people do and say will start to annoy you. So make sure you make time for yourself. Don’t forget your headphones and bring a book with you. Maybe even bring a pair of earplugs so when you want to sleep the others talking won’t keep you awake.
- Don’t say you don’t mind sleeping on the sofa bed if you do.
Make sure you decide this before running into the room and everyone grabbing a comfy mattress with one person left with the sofa. An idea that worked well for us was to number 5 pieces of paper and then choose which bed we had from 1 to 5. Although in the end all the beds looked the same anyway so that sort of went in the bin.
- Don’t get persuaded by the first rep that abducts you.
Hold your ground! Its so obvious when its your first day out to the bars and clubs when you listen and feel persuaded by the first rep you speak to. Make an action plan with your girls and listen to the deals each rep has to offer before heading into their bar. (Play them at their own game). The reps can be quite forceful but dont let them push you around, only go into where you feel comfortable and where everyone is happy.
I really hope these tips have helped you!
Good luck to any of you heading off on a girls holiday, I know you will have the most amazing time and create some of the best memories of your life.
All my love,