Summer is perfect for a girls' getaway.
We've all done it at some stage or another and whether you head off yearly for a friends-only jaunt or save your travels for special occasions, spending time with your best friends and letting your hair down is often the best kind of holiday. No ties, no responsibilities, no need to please anyone but yourselves. Unfortunately, there are a few pitfalls that can plague this kind of break and if you’re the unfortunate one left to organize it; you’re probably in for a bit of stress and worry until the big day arrives. I’m happy to collaborate with First Choice to look at ways you can make these amazing trips even more successful!
It’s best to be prepared as much as possible before departure, which is a go-to tactic I find always works. Checking your up-to-date flight times in the days leading up to your trip will give you the official and real-time status on your flight, such as which terminal you need to be at, and what time etc. I also love the app Gate Guru for doing a little advanced research on where different services and amenities are located in the airport. Pass along the info, but let your friends be responsible for themselves. You can’t herd everyone like sheep to the right place if they’re hell-bent on heading somewhere else, like the bar! Look after yourself and get to where you need to be, that’s all you can control!
Lanzarote: One of the beautiful Canary Islands, Lanzarote will check every box if you have warm weather and seaside adventures on your life. This area is renowned for amazing snorkelling and scuba and surfing and those with adventurous friends in their group can even try hang gliding. The volcano soil from eruptions of centuries past is still very much in evidence here and you can have meals in volcanic caves, go for camel rides over volcanic fields and explore Timanfaya National Park. (And while this is a post about girls’ travel, I do have a tip from a boy. Ryan would like to point out Dr Who: Kill The Moon did filming here!)
Istanbul- THIS is the city I’d recommend for shopping! Even if clothing or jewellery is not your thing, there’s still plenty to look at and buy (or not) in Istanbul and the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar are fascinating enough to spend half a day exploring them. Istanbul’s my top choice for souvenirs like peppercorn and saffron and scarves and soaps and household items like lamps. It also provides the perfect counter balance to the chaos of the markets in the serenity of its Turkish baths. Granted, depending on the treatment you choose, they might not be so much relaxing as reinvigorating but they’re always perfect for bonding with friends.
Arranging this kind of holiday takes patience and a cast-iron ability to grit your teeth (again, not that I’m talking about anyone in particular!) If you can do that, the resulting holiday will be full of fun and frolics and will create enough memories to last a lifetime.
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