As you may know from my last blog post, I have just recently returned from a girly holiday in Ayia Napa. It was a whole lot of fun and I think it should be an unwritten rule that everyone ventures on holiday with their friends at least once! I’m still suffering from major holiday blues, so I thought I’d do a guide to going on holiday with your girl friends!
Before you go…
- choose your friends carefully – you’re going to be spending 24/7 for (at least) a week with these people, so you really do actually need to like them. If every time you go out with them you end up crying into your kebab at the end of the night, following a cat fight, it’s probably sensible not to go on holiday with these people. We went as a group of three which was pretty easy to organise, but I can imagine trying to organise a holiday with 15 of your “closest” friends, could be as difficult as teaching a class of 5 year olds algebra.
- do your research – 2 years ago I went to Kos with some friends, however we ended up at the opposite side of the island as to where all the clubs and bars were and we had to shell out for a 40 minute taxi journey there every night; not ideal. This year we spent hours staring at the computer screen, reading through TripAdvisor reviews, to make sure we didn’t make that mistake again and for peace of mind that our hotel wouldn’t be similar to the one on the Inbetweeners. Our research paid off and we were in gorgeous apartments, a five minute walk away from “the strip” which was perfect as it was quiet enough to get some sleep (when we eventually rolled in at 5am).
- take out insurance – I can’t even begin to stress enough how important this is. If you do end up drinking too much or even worse you get spiked (it can happen so be extra careful) you know that you can get treatment without it costing more than your whole holiday itself. Also if you’re taking a decent phone, insure that too and check that the insurance covers claims in foreign countries. (I had my iPhone stolen, but thankfully it was insured and I eventually got it replaced).
- be prepared – don’t leave everything until the week before you go, it’ll cause for an expensive week and you’re more likely to forget something. Start buying the odd toiletry every now and then, when it’s on offer and spread the cost over a few months, you’ll be extremely thankful you did this when you return from holiday and you actually have money left in your bank account – you can treat yourself to a post-holiday cocktail to soften the holiday blues!
Whilst you’re there…
- get your bearings – it’s hard to navigate around even your home town after a few drinks, never mind a foreign country. Before your first night, take a stroll to become familiar with your surroundings. I’d suggest looking out for the safest route to take too, even if it does take a couple of minutes longer than going through that dodgy looking, dark shortcut – safety first!
- get up “early” – okay maybe not early, but at least before midday!!! Even if you’re super tired and hungover, have some breakfast, drink plenty of water , apply suncream and roll onto a sunbed around the pool. You don’t want to come home looking as pale as you went, just remember to apply suncream, even if that means setting an alarm every few hours to wake you up to do so!
- have an open mind – the last thing you want to do is fall out with your friends whilst you’re there. To avoid this, all pick 1 thing that you’d love to do and agree to do each person’s top pick, this will mean that there should be no fallings out about what to do! Also remember that comments that may be made whilst tipsy/hungover are probably not the truth, so just brush it off and you’ll all live happily ever after.
- have fun – well d’oh, you’re not purposefully going to try and have a boring time! But what I’m trying to say is you work hard all year for this break, so make sure you enjoy it as much as you can! Forget about the stresses and worries of life back at home and really appreciate the moment.
- capture the moment – okay don’t be that annoying friend who takes photos of everything (including the moment your friend becomes an emotional drunk with tears and snot all over her face). But you do want photos to show off on Facebook, to make everyone jel and for you to remember what a fab time you had.