If we all had our way, and if Instagram told the truth about how fabulous our lives were, we’d be jet-setting every other weekend and racking up those frequent flyer miles. But the reality is that traveling as often as we’d like to is just not possible, at least for most of us. Enter, the beloved staycation. Check out these tips for making the most of your mini-getaway.
Step One: Round up the squad and decide your dream location. Does someone have a sweet pool at their condo and a few extra air mattresses? Done and done. Hit up family members or friends with rental properties. Even if they’re not in a place to give you a beach house for the weekend for free (but wouldn’t that be #goals?!), they’ll probably give you a friends and family discount. If your bank account can fund something a little extra, (split with your friends on Venmo, of course), check deal sites like Groupon, or booking sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.
Step Two: Pick a date/weekend and stick to it. There’s nothing worse than a fun event you’ve been looking forward to for ages getting rescheduled…and rescheduled…and rescheduled.
Step Three: Have an honest conversation with girlfriends about budget expectations for the trip. So many of us are in a stage of life where we have back-to-back weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, not to mention the never-ending birthday/graduation/holiday parties. Yes, this sounds intimidating, but these people are your friends and friendship should be a safe space. You’re probably similar ages with similar expenses, depending on loans and such. It’s better to be honest and upfront about what you can afford, rather than to regret spending too much and not enjoying your time with friends.
Step Four: Pack one night/day of coordinating outfits. I don’t care what anyone says, I will never get over the novelty of coordinated outfits with a group of ladies, whether it be a bachelorette party or girls weekend getaway.
Step Four: When the weekend comes and you reach your home away from home for the weekend, whether it be a beach house in San Diego if you live on the West Coast or an Air BnB in Nashville if you’re based in Tennessee, make a necessary Costco trip. No girls weekend is complete without that $8 life-size bottle of Kirkland Margaritas, amirite? This will cut down a lot of costs for alcohol and snacks—even breakfast, depending on the setup of the place you rent.
Step Five: Plan to stay in at least one night of your weekend. Make your favorite drinks and appetizers and have game night, or play your favorite rom-com and set up an at-home spa with a mani/pedi station and face masks.
Step Six: If there’s a restaurant you want to try, hit them up for happy hour or lunch instead of dinner, which always turns into dessert and then a round (or two or three) of drinks afterwards.