You and your friends have decided to take a girls weekend trip and are in the process of making plans. Where do you start and what needs to be done? While some things can be researched and arranged ahead of time, like the location of your hotel and places to visit. Other things you should consider include issues like safety and being aware of your surroundings in unfamiliar places. There are ways to stay vigilant and alert so everyone can have fun and make the most of the girls weekend while staying safe out of town.
Before you make a reservation for lodgings, be sure to check any available data about the neighborhood and any ratings for safety. Look at reviews to see information posted by former guests as it relates to what’s offered versus what they experienced. Don’t hinge everything on one review; take a step back and analyze the aggregate to determine the likely true condition of a hotel.
Next up is transportation. If driving, it’s imperative for a group of friends to play it safe with alcohol. Decide on a designated driver before going out for the night. A girls weekend is no fun if you come home with the task of learning what is SR22 insurance in the aftermath of an out of state DUI conviction. Consider using rideshare or cabs to steer clear of the risks of driving during a night on the town.
Check the public transportation system if you need to travel out of the area. Before exploring a strange part of town, consider what’s there. Are there any nearby restaurants, shopping centers, convenience stores or places to hang out and have a drink, such as a bar or a nightclub? Is it safe to walk around in the neighborhood at night? When venturing out, what neighborhoods or areas of the city are best to visit, and alternatively, which should you avoid?
A weekend trip is a nice break from the typical routine of working all week and doing chores on the weekend. Some people will want to let loose and throw caution to the wind, and this usually includes partying and drinking. In most cases, people will drink moderately and not intentionally do anything to endanger themselves or those around them. But there are others that drink too much or don’t have control over the amount they drink because of alcoholism. This can lead to very risky and dangerous behaviors, made more so because you and friends will be in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers. Alcohol dulls the senses and delays reaction time, which will render drinkers more vulnerable to people with bad intentions.
For those that consume alcohol, it’s best to drink slowly and pace yourself. Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach, as it will go straight to your bloodstream and cause you to become intoxicated much faster. Drinking water in between drinks will help to keep you hydrated and lessen the effects of alcohol. Don’t try to keep up with others or play drinking games. Stay with your group of friends and keep tabs on each other. Also, keep an eye on your drink and never leave it unattended.
Here are some additional tips regarding your safety and related issues during your trip. In cases of emergency, it’s always good to know where the nearest hospital is located. Travel insurance may come in handy as well, especially if you’re planning to engage in any type of risky activity. Any money, bank cards, or credit cards you bring should not all be kept in one place, in case you get robbed.
If you are ever in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, such as someone following you or a creepy passenger on a subway, try to create distance between you and look for security, and get to a more crowded area as soon as you can. There’s security in numbers so you should travel as a group. When it comes to people and situations, always trust your gut instincts.
Finally, after all the aforementioned concerns are laid to rest, it’s time to have some fun!