Next month I'm off for a girls long weekend to Majorca with a couple of friends. We've done the whole Magaluf party weekend with 15-20 of us a few times before, but we're looking forward to less of an endurance test this time and more of a chilled out few days catching up on the gossip, especially as I don't get to see the others very often.
If you're thinking of planning a girls only break to the sun (which I would thoroughly recommend, and I think us Mums all deserve), I have a few tips to ensure that your break is as stress free as possible.
- Make a list of important phone numbers/email addresses and the kids activity timetable to leave with the grandparents/husband to avoid unnecessary calls to your mobile whilst you're relaxing on the beach when your husband needs to cancel a play date/party/dance lesson, due to a sick child
- Lift share to the airport with your friends to save on costs, and make a holiday playlist to get you in the holiday mood en route
- Book your airport parking in advance - APH have a range of options to suit your needs and budget, including meet & greet, long stay and off airport parking
- If you've got an early flight then why not extend your holiday with an overnight stay in an airport hotel which includes parking and transfers to the airport
- Avoid queues at check in and baggage carousels by taking hand luggage only. Most flights have a hand baggage allowance of up to 10kg which is enough for a long weekend (be sure to check baggage allowances and sizes with your airline)
- If you decide to only take hand baggage you need to make sure that your liquids comply with the hand luggage restrictions. You can buy a set of cabin approved bottles online or from many retail outlets such as Boots.
- Invest in a good carry on bag which meets the maximum cabin baggage size allowed, to give you maximum capacity in the knowledge that your bag won't be refused onto the aircraft. I bought a Cabin Max rucksack style bag online.
- To make the most of your holiday, and give you time to relax in comfort with your friends, book an airport lounge where you can eat, drink and read magazines for one price.
- To avoid queuing for a taxi on arrival, when all you want to do is get to the beach, make sure you book your resort transfers in advance. If your budget is small then a shared shuttle is ideal, but if you want to get to your sunbed more quickly a private taxi is recommended.
- For a completely stress free, relaxed holiday book an all inclusive deal. There's no bed making, cooking or washing up for the whole duration of your holiday, plus it's a great way of budgeting your holiday spends.
More holiday tips can be found on the APH blog.
I received airport parking in exchange for writing this post