Whether you’re dating around or in a committed relationship, it’s worth taking the occasional time-out from couples territory. Devote a weekend to those other people who are so important in life, namely your girlfriends. I’m hot off the heels of a girls’ getaway in Tofino (west coast gem and Canada’s surf capital), so in addition to being a little bit biased, I know that spending quality time with girlfriends can be restorative mentally and physically. These gains will no doubt translate to your love life.
With the weather looking up and a few long weekends on the horizon, now is the time to start planning your ladies’ weekend. Before you do, consider the following:
Pick a theme song.
The theme song sets the tone for the entire weekend, so think twice before going all Vanessa Carlton and signing yourself up for a thousand miles of treacly piano pop. Choose something upbeat with memorable lyrics that can be referenced in subsequent Instagrams. If you’re okay with Pitbull’s more questionable turns of phrase, then I would recommend Timber featuring Ke$ha. Perfect for dance parties ad nauseum.
Bring a puppy.
I’m serious. The best accessory for a weekend away is a furry friend. Puppies work especially well being adorable and easy to smuggle onto ferry decks etc. I’m not saying you should procure one specifically for the occasion, but if you do have access to a pet, then don’t leave her at home. Provided the ladies are on board, your animal will help everyone to relax and come together for a stress-free weekend. Just remember to secure pet-friendly accommodation.
Embrace the group selfie.
So you’ve been sick of the group selfie phenomenon ever since Ellen broke Twitter at the Oscars? Hold that thought. A girls’ weekend is not the time to protest social media #trends, but rather to stretch your selfie arm and work those angles. Indulge in a healthy photo shoot (or three) because it’s fun and absolutely flaunt the spoils of your efforts. The world will be a better place for these public displays of female camaraderie, and you’ll be grateful for the souvenirs come Monday.
Set realistic goals.
This is the time to let your hair down, so forget any lofty intentions to hold yourself to strict diet/exercise routines. Be healthy, always, but let moderation rule the day. Plan for balanced meals, fresh air, toss in an oceanside ramble if you’re lucky and above all leave self-deprecation at the door. Take a rare moment to appreciate who you are today and encourage your friends to do the same.
The ladies’ brunch is a cliché I can get behind. I suppose you could make it work with fruit salad and low-fat yogurt, but let’s be honest, waffles and bacon are so much better. Plus you’ll need ample energy to tackle the various work/love/life issues that will inevitably be served up on the side. And yes, this means packing your waffle iron.