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Your focus right now will probably be party season; Christmas is happening all around you, and there’s so much fun to enjoy. You’ll be thinking about what to wear, when to wear it, and where to go on the run-up to Christmas, and over the new year. Hopefully, you’re already well into your Christmas shopping and have bought everybody on your nice list a gift. The best bit about the festive season, apart from all that food and drink, is spending time with those you love, and catching up with the faces you may not have seen in awhile. However, the get-togethers and shindigs don’t have to stop when party season has finished; you can plan a trip or a mini-break with your favourite people in January.
Use your next meet-up at the pub to discuss where you’d all like to go and what sort of break you’d want. Keeping it in the UK will keep costs down, which is always good after a hectic and sometimes expensive Christmas period. Perhaps you want to continue the party in a different city together, or you’d all prefer relaxing somewhere tranquil to get over all those late nights. Wherever you decide to go; a trip with your besties will be something exciting to look forward to in January, which can usually feel a little bit bleak. The sooner you start preparing and planning; the better chance you’ll all have of going to do something you’ll all enjoy, and it will give people the chance to book time off work and organise travel plans. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who fancy kicking off 2018 with a girl’s trip to remember, and have their notebooks and pens at the ready.
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A Sales Shopping Trip
January is known for its sales, and the shops will be filled with great deals and bargains. If you and your friends are experts when it comes to retail therapy; a shopping trip in another town or city could be just the sort of getaway you’re after. The great thing about travelling to a new city for a spot of shopping is that you won’t be limited to just the one activity. The hustle and bustle of a place means that it’s full of restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, and plenty of history and culture, especially in the UK. So whether you want to book yourselves into a hotel or B&B; it’s worth checking out sites like cheaphotels4uk.com so that you can start grabbing a great deal straight away. Once you’ve sorted out your accommodation; you’ll be able to plan where to visit and what to see in regards to your location.
You’ll probably need at least a couple of nights in the city you choose to visit; this will allow you to do a range of activities, and you won’t have to cram everything into just one day. You could break the shopping up a little and spread it over a couple of days so that you can squeeze in an exhibition, show, or a landmark too. You’ll need to keep your energy up on a city break, so make sure you research into where the best places to eat are. If you fancy an evening out, dancing the night; see if you’re able to book a booth or a table and treat yourselves to top-notch service. Book a table at a restaurant, or go for an afternoon tea; these will be the perfect addition to your shopping adventure, and you’ll have a chance to wear those sale shoes you picked up straight away!
A Relaxing Spa Escape
If the thought of being on your feet all weekend after a season of non-stop parties and get-togethers, fills you with dread; you and your friends might be better off organising a trip with a focus on relaxing and pampering yourselves. A spa break is the perfect way to ensure that you end up glowing as you head through the new year, and will be a part of January well spent. Whether you check into a spa hotel or decide to book accommodation nearby and travel to your spa for the day; make sure you book yourselves some treatments in advance. You can often receive group sessions so that you can all have a massage, a facial, or your nails done at the same time.
If money is a little tight at that time of year, don’t worry; it’s far cheaper to book in for the day to simply use the spa facilities. You’ll have access to a pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and a steam room, so you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed when you walk out whether you’ve had a massage or not. Book a delicious meal together and enjoy a quiet weekend or midweek break indulging in quality time, good food, and chilled out vibes. Take a look at sites like pinterest.co.uk for spa break ideas and inspiration on where to head, and keep your eyes peeled for some great deals in January; there are bound to be plenty.
Fresh Air And Exercise
Maybe you’re not into doing very little, but the thought of a busy city also doesn’t excite you; a countryside escape, full of crisp, fresh air and scenery could be the ideal getaway for your group to enjoy. You can drive towards green fields, woodlands or forests, or find a coastal haven by the sea. The UK is full of beautiful environments, so start thinking about the sort of scenic views you’re all craving and go from there. Once you’ve chosen your location; you can book to do some activities, or find where you can go walking or hiking. Make sure you give yourself the opportunity to stop in local cafes and pubs to keep warm and fill up on delicious local produce; January isn’t known for its great weather.
Wherever you decide to visit in the new year; take your best friends and plenty of warm layers, and you’ll have the best start to 2018 you could wish for.
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I'm Louise, a 28 year old blogger living in York. I also work as a medical receptionist and I'm currently a trainee teaching assistant. This is my corner of the internet, in which I cover topics such as mental health, travel, fashion, lifestyle and so much more!
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