We first talked about taking a mom only trip in late 2009, but with the arrival of my first born daughter in 2010 it had to be postponed. Then in 2011 we decided it was time that we finally put our plan into motion for the following summer. However, by spring 2012 I again threw a wrench in the plans by announcing my second pregnancy. At this point my friends were giving me evil death stares and I can confirm bodily harm was mentioned at least once. But by then schedules were set and deposits were paid so there was no cancelling. This trip, like my growing belly, was gonna be big!
Now that your shock, amazement and partial anger at me have slightly worn off, I will explain how I did it. These are my tips on how to plan a mom getaway:
I think it’s best to plan 8 months to a year in advance for a trip lasting 5 nights or longer. It will allow you to get your personal finances in order, as there’s nothing worse than being on a trip broke. But most importantly to get the entire groups schedule in sync. Without it you’ve got nada. Scheduling is everything. You not only have to coordinate the schedule of your household but all the households of those planning to go, including sitters for those who may be single moms. With your dates confirmed its time to…
As a group talk about what type of trip you want to take. Do you want to be active and adventurous? Do you want to relax and lounge? If you’re unsure do a little research about location ideas and what they have to offer. Afterward look into flights, hotels, transportation (if needed), and activities. Each mom should take one item and research it so that no one person is doing all the work. Unless there’s a mom who enjoys doing all the work, there’s most always a natural born planner in the group. With your destination and activities ironed out lets talk…
How much everyone wants to spend should be established early on. With you all being friends there’s no reason to feel embarrassment about how much you can or can’t afford to spend. Once your destination and budget is set you need to start calling to get your rates. If its 4 or less moms the you can simply share a room or maybe do 2 rooms side by side. It keeps cost low and will allow you to splurge at 4 star hotel, or upgrade your room from a city view to an ocean room, or maybe a suite. Don’t forget to look for deals. You can find them on various vacation and discount sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, or you can call the hotel directly and inquire about any future deals they may have. Remember the earlier you book the better.
Now that you have your trip planned out the only thing left to do is shop for new outfits, pack and get excited!
- Open a vacation savings account. Have a little money direct deposited directly into that account. This way you don’t have to think about putting money to the side. As a deterrent from the money being too easily accessible do not link it to your debit card. Make it so that you have to go inside the bank to dip into it. Trust me you will not go to the bank to withdraw money from the account.
- A way to keep organized throughout your planning is a group email or Facebook group, like me and friends do. It’s secret and no one has access to it but us. This way it will contain all suggestions and make it easy to attach links so that everyone can view the suggestions presented. It will also aid everyone in being able to keep track of everything regarding your trip such as due dates etc.
- Don’t worry if everyone isn’t in agreement with an adventure idea. Yes, its a group trip but don’t expect to be together the entire time. It’s perfectly okay if the group separates to do different things. The group split will make for great conversation at dinner about what everyone did with their day.
- Sign up for hotel or event email reminders for city you plan to visit. Keeping up to date about what’s happening locally will allow you to plan around an event that may be of interest to the group. There’s nothing fun about missing an event taking place in your own hotel or at a neighboring restaurant.
- Businesses may not advertise it but they love catering to moms so take advantage. When you call to inquire about deals be sure to tell them the reason for your appointment. Lots of times they will work with you to get you the best seating or appointment times.
My girlfriends and I had an absolute blast on our mom trip… granted we almost missed the flight for it, but that’s a whole different story to tell. I hope these simple tips will help you plan your own successful mom trip.