How to make a Girls Trip a Success!
How to make a Girls Trip a Success!
I get asked a lot about Girls Trips and my answer is always the same. I recommend you don’t do it. You would do better going with the Girlfriend that you know you can travel and have a good time with, instead of going with a group. If you have an option, don’t do it! Understand that I am talking about “Girls Trips” in general. Some Women go on Girls Trips and have a wonderful time. Others find that a Girls Trip can be at best a disaster and worst a nightmare! At another time we can discuss how and why, but today let’s focus on how to make a Girls Trip successful!
Don’t do this!
First what not to do. Don’t fall for the “Banana in the Tailpipe.” (Don’t get sabotaged!) First, don’t pick the largest and most expensive trips in the world to do a Girls Trip. Second, don’t choose events where women outnumber Men more than 10 to 1. I am talking about the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras or Essence Festival.
Those choices put too much pressure on your Group to have fun under extraordinary circumstances. During mega-events like those, there are too many people in the City. The prices of the hotel, rental cars, parking all triple. Then the wait to get into an average restaurant is 3-4 hours if you can get in at all. I love New Orleans and suggest that you go the following week when all the event merchandise is more than 50% off the prices of the hotels and rental cars are normal and you can walk right into the better restaurants or have a modest wait!
Pick something specific to do. Things like a concert, an event, a landmark or something to see. Something everyone can agree on. Then everyone needs to be respectful of time. Make sure everyone agrees on what you are doing. Build in “Free Time” that allows people to choose what they want to do or choose nothing. Some people need rest. Some people need time to themselves. People need time to take care of their personal life that does not include the “Girls Trip” and let me add that is not your business!
Tip for making a Girls Trip Successful
When looking for an event in another city, 2 tools that are very effective are Eventbrite and Facebook Events. Both have the ability to search for events by location and date. I have found “All White Parties”, Yacht Parties, and a host of events, parties, and brunches. Do not overlook Groupon or Travelzoo. They often have great discounts for activities, concerts, restaurants, and things to do!
My Best recommendation for a group of Black Females who want to do a Girls Trip. Look into HBCU Football Classics or Homecoming Weekends. You don’t have to like football or sports. Classics are about comradery and are a showcase of successful African Americans. Football Classics are played all over the Country in wonderful locations. Plus Homecomings and Classics have lots of college-educated Black Men who have jobs and generally they know how to treat women. Plus, there are lots of events surrounding the football game. Not to mention that everyone is there to have fun and the cost of the weekend is reasonable.
Top 5 Places to go on a Black Girls Trip:
Philadelphia is one of the best historic destinations in the USA. With a rich heritage and an undisputed place in history, Philly has a great deal to offer its guests. Known as the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, Philly has several attractions that are noteworthy. Philadelphia has an assortment of galleries, boutiques, and restaurants to go with the diverse nightlife.
- Landmarks: “Rocky Steps” Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Natural Attraction: Fairmount Park, Susquehanna River, Delaware Water Gap
- Food: Cheese Steak Restaurant:
- Shopping: Liberty Place, Philadelphia Mills, Comcast Center
- Other Attractions: Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Penn Station, Penn Plaza, One Liberty Observation Deck, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Adventure Aquarium, Chinatown, Philadelphia Walk of Fame
- Must see/do: Warmdaddy’s (Especially the Sunday Brunch)
Maybe the largest population of Black Singles and many affluent professionals. The City has a rich African American history and a wealth of Historically Black Universities and large Alumni Associations. A plethora of restaurants, nightclubs and strip clubs if you need them!
- Landmarks: King Center, CNN, World of Coca-Cola
- Natural Attraction: Stone Mountain Georgia
- Food: Soul Food (Paschals, Beautiful, Sweet Auburn Seafood, The Pecan, OLG)
- Shopping: Buckhead
- Other Attractions: Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Grant Park, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Water
- Must see/do: Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint
Orlando is the tourist capital of the world. With both Disney and Universal, there is stuff to do 365 days of the year! The little-known secret is that Orlando sits only 55 minutes from the world’s most famous beach Daytona Beach and 65 miles in the other direction from the beaches of Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
- Landmarks: Lake Eola
- Natural Attraction: Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach, St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach
- Food: Boston Lobster Feast (All you can eat Lobster and Crab Legs)
- Shopping: Premium Outlet Mall, Mall of Millenia, Florida Mall
- Other Attractions: Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay, Disneys Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Universal’s City Walk, Disney Springs, Orlando Eye, International Drive
- Must see/do: Boston Lobster Feast and Outlet Malls!
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have a small population of African Americans especially compared to the other cities on this list. Most people remember the icon Prince was from Minneapolis, but make no mistake Minneapolis is a major city. The city boasts all major sports with the Vikings representing the NFL; the Twins of Major League Baseball and the NBA Timberwolves.
- Landmarks: Paisley Park, First Avenue Nightclub
- Natural Attraction: Mississippi River, Chain of Lakes
- Food: Tater Tots
- Shopping: Mall of America and Amusement Park
- Other Attractions: Minnehaha Regional Park, Twin Cities Brewery Tours, Minnesota Zoo,
- Must see/do: Mall of America
Chicago has a large African American population. It is home to Ebony Magazine, HARPO Studios and Luster Hair Products. The Windy City has great shopping, wonderful restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. Chicago has the tallest building in the U.S plus great history and culture to take in.
- Landmarks: Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower)
- Natural Attraction: Lake Michigan
- Food: Pizza
- Shopping: Magnificent Mile
- Other Attractions: Navy Pier, Chinatown, Night Clubs, HARPO Studios, Shedd Aquarium, John Hancock Building on the Magnificent Mile
- Must See/Do: Navy Pier and Second City Comedy!
Other great Cities include: Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas, Washington D.C. and New Orleans
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