Girlfriend Getaway Tips (via Parlour Magazine)

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I’ve been daydreaming a lot about my next vacation. Not sure when or where it’s going to happen, but the ideas are surely brewing. As if my girls over at Parlour Magazine were privy to my inner-most thoughts, today the online magazine published a piece about planning the perfect girlfriend getaway. Get all the way into it, dolls. I promise you’ll be reaching out to your girls and heading over to travelocity.com immediately to lock in your next travel deal! Many thanks to Parlour Magazine for sharing these tips:

Traveling to any far destination takes dedicated planning, consideration and research in order to have a great time. But when it comes to a girlfriend getaway, multiple personalities, expectations and budgets can make for the seemingly right things to go left—quick. Avoid any unnecessary drama by abiding by these five simple rules that we’ve learned in our own travels. Overall, keep it simple for the best time with your crew.

1. Edit The List
A year ago while planning a bachelorette getaway for my bestie I asked her about her guest list, which was surprisingly short. Her reply has stuck with me since: “I want people who are about bringing joy. No joy killers.”

When you start to plan the guest list for your next girl trip, editing is key. Forget small personality differences that can generally work themselves out. Take a honest look at who you want to invite and make sure everyone is on the same page. Mix it up a bit too if you want—just no joy killers, needy Nancys or Kenya Moore style drama queens. Don’t feel as if you have to invite everybody, keep it cute and chic for a guaranteed good time.

2. Set The Tone
Are you and your girls looking to reconnect with your inner-selves on a yoga retreat? Is it a single-girl’s turn up in a big city where stilettos are an absolute requirement? Is your chosen long weekend all about doing a little bit of everything or nothing? Before choosing your destination, ask your crew to tell you what their intentions are on your trip. This will help you define when to go, where to stay, hotel style and more. Because if the agenda is to party, staying in a zen-filled spa resort may lead to a few problems.

3. Divide And Conquer
The dates are chosen and the style of the trip has been set. Now it’s time to figure out the details. Where are you staying? Any major events to attend? The benefit of group travel is that you don’t have to be the only one in charge of planning so take advantage of it. Play to your crew’s strengths concerning organization, social networks and more to get the most out of your trip. And after duties are assigned, agree to a set of dates for people to have ideas, confirmations and information locked in. Just remember not to plan every minute of the day, keep everything optional and easy except for key reservations and events that you may want to lock down beforehand.

Click here for the rest of this Parlour Magazine story.

As a New York City beauty PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.