Can we first just take a moment to fully absorb this image? It looks like it is a postcard, right? It’s not. I took the photo. I was standing right there and captured the most amazing sunset in Caye Caulker, Belize. This was the very first day of our trip and it encapsulates all that the trip was. Every time I look at this photo I am instantly transported right back to that moment.
A friend of mine from high school, who also loves to travel, asked me if I wanted to join her on a girl’s trip to Belize. She was putting feelers out there to see who was interested. I jumped on board in two seconds. Travel? Yes! A trip with a good friend? Yes! It doesn’t take that much to twist my arm to go explore a new country I haven’t been to before. The wanderlust bug bit me at a very young age and I make a good effort to travel at least one place new every year.
So what’s the meaning behind 5 reasons you should go on a girl’s trip at least once? Well there were five of us that explored Belize together so I thought it would be fun to play off that number.
Bonding experience with lots of inside jokes
Think back to your early days of bonding with the girls. These kinds of trips easily take you back to those moments. While you are all adults and participate in different activities now (can we say wine tasting?) the feeling of that childhood bonding is very much present. Getting to spend so much time with your friends creates tons of fun memories and a few inside jokes to take home with you. Everyone’s lives get so busy as we get older and trips like this allow for you to continue to build upon those friendships when you don’t get to see each other as often anymore.
Independence and self growth
Self growth and a sense of independence are two main experiences one gains from traveling. There is something about getting out of your comfort zone that really challenges you as a person. You get to experience different cultures, foreign foods, and sometimes language barriers.
Traveling in packs is safer
There is something so rewarding about being a solo traveler. It’s a type of growth one can’t explain, but has to experience on their own. It’s the ultimate out of your comfort zone experience. There is something to be said about travelling in packs though. Sharing experiences with someone or a group are just as rewarding. Safety is a big factor here. When you are in a foreign country and don’t always understand the culture or language, it’s nice not to be in it alone.
You get to experience more because it’s more affordable
When we travel in a group we always rent a home or condo off of airbnb or vrbo. It helps to keep housing expenses so much lower and affordable for everyone. It gives you the opportunity to spend more money on experiences. If you’re a huge foodie like me, it also gives you more money to spend on trying out new restaurants. If you are trying to get the most out of your trip, being able to book a home that has a kitchen can help save a lot. There were many days we would cook breakfast before heading out and exploring. That helped to keep costs down a lot. If the holidays are coming up, now would be a great time to ask family for an airbnb giftcard to help fund your future travels.
So many picture opportunities
We all know about the selfie stick. Or using your own arm for a selfie. There is nothing quite as good as having your friends with you to take photos. They can help you capture all those amazing shots to share with others about your trip. It’s also fun to create a group album together where everyone can add photos from the trip. Then you can pick and choose if someone got a shot you weren’t able to capture or maybe a better angle.
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Krissy lives in California with her family of three that make up “The Hadicks.” With a passion for research and helping others, The Hadicks was developed as a resource for other parents and parents-to-be!