Why Going On A GIRLS Holiday Is Good For You
Pack your bags.
The number of women going on holiday with their friends, instead of their significant others, has risen in the last few years.
In the past six years, there has been a 230% rise in the number of women-only travel companies- which has been promoted by consumer demand. The girls-only holiday is a lucrative market, accounting for four percent of all US travel spending (which is around $200 million a year).
A 2019 study conducted by Harvard University found there to be significant health benefits due to social connections by going on holiday with your girls. “Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends and their community are happier, have fewer health problems and live longer,” said Harvard.
As we get older girls holidays are replaced with couple breaks and family retreats, but the recent wave of adult girls only holidays has shown a change in attitudes.
Why should you book a trip with your girls?
1) You’ll strengthen your friendship
A week or weekend away with friends can strengthen the intimacy of those relationships. As we get older we take part in fewer sleepovers and late nights and time spent with friends is minimal catch-up dinner and drinks. But friendship is based on experience, memories and talking about everything from the frustrating to the silly. You will struggle to cover all that in a few hours but you can with a holiday.
2) It’s Freeing
There is nothing more exhilarating or liberating than getting off a plane with your bestie and removing yourself from domesticity. Whether it’s laying on a beach or exploring some culture, it makes us feel younger and helps to remind us of joyful times. While you may have grown out of your alcohol-fuelled days a holiday is still a chance to go a bit wild.
3) You will meet new people
While couples tend to embrace the bubble of domesticity and not meet as many new people on holiday, those in an all-girl group will be more likely to socialize and chat with new and interesting people. As part of a girl holiday you will see more of the nightlife and you have a greater chance of doing something you didn’t expect.
4) You will party more
Days tend to last longer when you’re with your friends: where you might go for dinner and a drink with your boyfriend, nights with girlfriends tend to go on later- whether you head to the clubs or spend the evening talking over drinks.
5) You will be reminded about why you became friends in the first place
In the same way that a romantic getaway can help a relationship, going on holiday with friends can help you remember why you became friends in the first place. You will be seeing each other in a more relaxed state away from the usual pressures of life, so you’re more likely to be in good form.
6) You’ll talk through each other’s life problems
With unlimited time on your hands, you can finally talk about the bigger issues with your friends. Whether it’s figuring out what’s next in the world of work or giving advice about relationships this is the time to be fully supportive.
7) You will make memories to last a lifetime
When you hear a certain song it will remind you of the trip, or even eating a specific dish and it will feel like your back there. These small things will remind you of the friends you love and your trip away.