Planning The Perfect Girlfriend Getaway To New Orleans
Are you and your girlfriends planning a getaway to New Orleans? First off, congrats on choosing New Orleans. This vibrant city has so much to do and see, you're going to have a great time. You can spend the days wandering through beautiful art galleries and fabulous shops, then indulge at one of the world class restaurants, before dancing the night away while enjoying the city's treasured jazz music.
Here are tips to make sure that getaway avoids many common issues and will be memorable for you and all of your friends:
Before you leave, get together with your friends to plan a few things about the trip. It doesn't have to be anything formal, just get together in someone's living room and discuss the getaway over a bottle or two of wine.
Start by planning where you want to stay. New Orleans has many hotel options from luxury to affordable. Hotels are located all over the city, so now is a good time to decide as a group where in the city you want to stay. It's New Orleans, so you're not going to spend too much time in the room, but you still want some place that is quiet and comfortable to stay while you're here.
After the hotel, the second most important thing is to decide what to do and see while you're in town. There's so much to do here and you don't want to skip this part. Split up the planning of the itinerary so that everyone has a voice on what the activities to include and so no one is stuck with doing all of the hardwork.
While each of you will make decisions about where to eat, where to shop and what places to visit, together you should decide on what type of trip you want. Do you want to wander around the streets all day, and then cut loose at the bars after the sun sets? Or do you want to learn about the long, storied history via visits to the historical sites and group tours? Or how does an adventure with alligator spotting via one of the swamp tours sound? Of course you can mix it up and do all three, but you and your friends may want to set up some guidelines before you each go your separate ways and make your plans.
Make sure to include some downtime and time to be alone. There's so much to see and do, but you don't want to get burned out and need a vacation from your vacation when you get back home.
To guarantee that you don't get burned out, make sure to indulge in a spa treatment that includes massage time and pedicures. Many hotels have spas on their premises, but if that isn't an option, there are many fabulous spas around the city.
Plan a dinner where you and your friends can share your personal dreams, hopes and goals. Keep it fun and positive. Anyone that complains or is negative about their family or job has to donate a dollar (or more) to help fund the next trip.
Don't forget to take lots of group pictures around town, in front of the historic sights and at dinner. You may even want to go all out and have a professional photographer capture the memories of this group getaway. A good hotel concierge should be able to connect you with a local photographer.
It may seem like a lot to plan, but it will go a long way to making the trip something that you and your friends will never forget.