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Published March 2nd 2018
Leave Your Worries at Home and Escape with Friends
There's nothing like a weekend away, connecting with friends and doing as little, or as much, as you like. Below are my top five benefits of a girls' weekend away.
1. Recharge and Renew
Take yourself away from the stresses of daily life, enjoy a few laughs (ok, lots of laughs) whilst you recharge your mind and body. Renew and strengthen your friendships as you and your girls create special and lasting bonds by living together for a short time.
A short break of two days away will renew your energy levels and you will be ready to face your challenges when you return home.
A change of scenery is good for you even on short stays.
2. Make Lasting Memories
When you book these short stays year after year with the same group of friends you will cherish the memories and experiences you make together. Friendships are bonded as you laugh, relax, shop, sleep, eat, drink, shop, relax and maybe eat and drink some more. Take care with drinking alcohol, it may make for some sleepy afternoons, which isn't all bad for those who enjoy napping.
Exercise might be an option for you sporty types. Bring along your gym gear and do a group session, then reward yourselves by walking to the local cafè
Oh, did I mention you will have time to shop? There is nothing like retail therapy with your best girls giving you advice and helping you buy your must-have holiday trinket.
Dinner with a view is so relaxing.
3. Unexpected Surprises
On one of my recent trips away with a group of close girlfriends, we were greeted by a pod of dolphins surfing the waves at Putty Beach on the NSW Central Coast. It was the last day of a girls' three-day trip away where the weather was perfect and this experience with the dolphins (we swam only metres away) will be a talking point for years to come.
You never know what will greet you. It may be something as awesome as swimming with wild dolphins or finding an item you will cherish for years. Always be open to new experiences, no matter whether you go bush, have a farm stay or a short beach stay.
A pod of dolphins surprised us. We watched them frolicking for hours at Putty Beach on the NSW Central Coast.
4. Share the Costs
Family holidays can be expensive for parents but this is not the case on a friends' weekend away. The costs are shared among the group. Think of the benefits of not cleaning, washing or cooking for a few days.
Even if you do decide to cook, the costs and workload can be shared amongst the group anyway. It's a win-win for everyone.
Sharing costs means you can choose better accommodation.
5. Support Regional and Small Businesses
One of the best things about escaping the city is finding a unique cafè, gift store or eco-store with fresh and unusual products.
I mentioned shopping, right? Think about all the time you will have to leisurely shop at these quaint stores. You and your friends will be helping to keep the regional economies going.
You and your friends can browse through the small businesses or sit at a cafe watching the world go by. It is up to you how much or how little you want to do. In our experience, we browse all the local stores on our last day and inevitably buy the fresh wares to take home. We definitely help the regional economy.
Go ahead, start organising your besties, check your diaries and book your short stay adventure now.
Local businesses benefit from girls weekends away too.
Over the years we have found these websites good for short trips, especially if you are looking for a place to accommodate five or more of your besties. For some smaller regional towns, it is good to contact the local real estate agents, they have the local knowledge you will find useful when booking accommodation.
Do you have another benefit of a girls' weekend away? Why not leave your tip in the comments section.