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How To Plan an Amazing Girl’s Getaway

There’s no time like the present to get away with your best friends — especially when it’s this easy!

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Ok, admit it. You can be a bit obsessive. Hey, that’s love! It’s not your fault — it hijacks the brain! If you’re like me, you want to spend all your time with your boo. But, is that really healthy?

How To Plan an Amazing Girl’s Getaway

We all hate it when our best girlfriends go MIA after meeting a new squeeze. So why be that girl? It’s important to have your own life, your own friends, and your own interests. Besides, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

So what’s the solution? A girl’s-only getaway, of course! Here’s how to plan the perfect long-weekend away:

  1. Start a Facebook Group and invite your best girlfriends. Make sure it’s set to private so you don’t get randos or non-besties trying to join.
  2. Find a long weekend that works for all of you, to go on a trip together. Make sure everyone comments and confirms! @Tag your friends to make sure they see the most important messages.
  3. Pick a vacation destination. My favorite way to do this is to pick an event, festival, concert, or destination spa and base the trip around that. If you need ideas, here’s a list of the best music festivals.

    How To Plan an Amazing Girl’s Getaway

    Going to a music festival? Buy fun floral accessories and get reimbursed via Square Cash

  4. If you haven’t already, download the Square Cash app and create a custom URL (like cash.me/$YourName). Get your friends to pay you for their flight or their share of the car (or yacht, maybe?!) rental, concert and event tickets, etc. by going to your custom URL (it’s super fast and easy!)
  5. Book the tickets (it’s better to have one person do this so that you can all sit together) after your friends pay you via Square Cash. Trust me, you don’t want people backing out after you’ve already paid for their non-refundable flight and concert tickets!

    How To Plan an Amazing Girl’s Getaway

    Me, getting reimbursed via Square Cash

  6. Then, when you’re on the trip, you can charge meals (and allllll those drinks), gas, or other shared expenses to your rewards-based credit card (or expense it for business) and get your friends to reimburse you using the Square Cash app.
  7. During the trip, get everyone to share photos in the Facebook Group.
  8. Wash, rinse, repeat! (ie. back to step #2.) 😉

What destinations, concerts, or events do you think would be perfect for a girl’s getaway?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Square, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 45 Comments

  1. Camilla Collins

    Here’s what we do when we agree on vacation: Agree on dates and a budget. Make sure each member of your group of friends blocks off time on her schedule. You don’t want your getaway plans derailed because of a child’s birthday party or spouse’s business dinner. Also, make sure everyone agrees on a budget before planning to ensure that no one feels pressured to spend over her limit.

    • elijah jones

      and then there will be a friend when on the day of the trip will say “sorry guys I can’t make it. family emergency :(” and then all of you will run out of steam and say are we still gonna do this? and then say let’s reschedule. next week? and then everybody will say “I can’t (random excuse)”. and that’s how a vacation turns to dust. the end 😀

      • THE DREADED FLAKERS. THE ONLY THING THAT RUINS A GOOD VACATION PLAN ALL THE TIME.

  2. Justin Carter

    If you’re younger, need to count every dollar, and are considering staying with one of your friends’ relatives in your chosen destination, find out first what that’s going to do to your “getaway” dynamics. Sometimes this works great; other times it’s a real trial and strains BFF relationships.

  3. Pepa Washington

    For me: Plan waaaaay in advance: I’m talking, a year out or more. Get the trip on the calendar and carve it in stone so it trumps the million other obligations that will definitely crop up. For the trip to succeed, it has to be sacred: The only times my friends and I have missed it are for late-stage pregnancies or just-born babies.

  4. Carla Peters

    For me, my tip is to “take photos”: Obviously, take lots of photos! These getaways are precious and the photos will be treasured memories for years to come.

  5. Katherine Swift

    Don’t forget a good paperback travel book for long bus rides. When your Kindle battery dies, you’ll thank me. I recommend anything by Pico Iyer or Paul Theroux. 🙂

  6. Abigael Fisher

    I love weekend getaways with the ladies because it’s easy to be goofy and do whatever we want! I love going camping on my girls’ trips to go on adventurous hikes, huddle around the campfire, and wake up to the sunrise! Ideally, there’s a beach or lake nearby for an afternoon swim. 🙂

  7. KEITH RIGGS

    IT’S ALL SO FUN AND COOL BUT ISN’T IT TIME TO LOOK HARD AT OUR CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT OF FLYING AROUND FOR FUN AND STATUS PIN UPS? SURE YOU’VE WORKED HARD AND DESERVE YOUR FUN AND FRIENDS BUT AS A DESIGNER AND LIFESTYLE PERSONALITY I THINK WE ALL NEED TAKE SERIOUSLY THE ENTIRE LIFE-CYCLE COSTS OF OUR ACTIONS TO REDUCE THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF THE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND PROMOTIONS LIKE THIS ONE. SO PERHAPS ADVOCATE PLAN YOUR TRIPS EARLY AND REDUCE YOUR TOTAL FLYING/DRIVING TIME BY 30% FROM LAST YEAR. 3.6 BILLION PEOPLE THIS YEAR BOARDED A JET AND 60% OF THOSE WHERE TRAVELING FOR LEISURE. IF EVEN A FRACTION OF THOSE PEOPLE LEAD THE WAY TO VOLUNTARILY REDUCTING THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT WE COULD MAKE MORE OF A DIFFERENCE THAN THE PARIS CLIMATE CHANGE AGREEMENT. IT VOLUNTAR BUT IT NEEDS LEADERS LIKE YOU. THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT WAY OF PROMOTING LIFE AND HAPPINESS. SINCERELY KEITH RIGGS

  8. One of the common problems I encounter whenever I try to plan an amazing girl’s getaway is this: someone will cancel at the last minute which makes other people cancel or reconsider going 🙁

    • Isabella Jones

      will try this tips if ever we “planned” a ladies-only getaway. what I usually do to my friends is call them 1 by 1 ask them to free a certain day “NO QUESTIONS ASKED” and on that day I will abduct them on whatever they are doing on that day and start our well-earned vacations together. pros: no one cancels cause nobody knows whats gonna happen. cons: some will struggle, bruises are bound to happen, and the occasional “911” call that somebody got abducted. but heck we had our fun! and they said guys live way more reckless that girls do.

    • Isabella Jones

      I hate last minute quitters too. Though there are some unforeseen events but still the feeling of canceling something you have been preparing for quite sometime sucks. 🙁

    • Sonja Fallow

      We’re in the same boat 🙁 But I always ensure the plan will push through (for friends who did not cancel). Don’t spoil the fun!

    • That’s why this method is so good! If they pay you via Square Cash, in advance, then they won’t cancel 😉

  9. Lynn Hayes

    Love this article! Thanks for the Square Cash idea, haven’t thought about using such an app for a successful girls’ only getaway!

  10. Emily Wentz

    Great advice! I can’t deny the fact that if you’re younger and need to count every dollar, it is very challenging to plan and pursue a getaway…

    • Pepa Washington

      No. I think it is way easy to save dollars while you are still young rather than when you already have kids and family. I mean when you already have your own family, your priorities will focus more on providing food on the table, kids educations, and those kinds of stuff. So while you’re still young travel as much as you can!

    • Francis Woods

      Yeah, we need to stretch our dollar as far as possible! Whew!

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