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Hatteras Island is a wonderful location for a weekend or week-long girlfriends getaway.

Shore Details can customize your girls trip based on length of stay, amenities desired and the number of ladies participating in the girls retreat. First, decide if your time together will be adventuresome or purely relaxing or a combination of the two. Shore Details can help you plan a kayak tour, stand-up paddle board lessons, jet ski rentals and an off-shore fishing trip for adventure seeking girlfriends. If relaxation is the focus, Shore Details will arrange for a massage therapist or yoga instructor to come to your vacation home to provide personalized services. Likewise, Shore Details can arrange a private chef to prepare some or all your meals.

For example, Kathy and Deborah from West Virginia build an annual one-week girls trip into their calendar. They’ve been taking trips every year for the past decade. The last three years, they have visited the Outer Banks. Deborah explained that the OBX has so many things to see and do, they couldn’t experience everything and still have enough beach time the first year they visited. With each return visit Kathy says the trips are a chance to relax without being responsible for anyone.

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“Let go of guilt”, says Laura Manske, travel journalist and author of Family Travel: The Farther You Go, the Closer You Get. “Just the thought of ducking out on your family – even for a little while – is enough to make you feel bad. And once that guilt creeps in, you can say goodbye to allowing yourself a little girl time. The truth is, there’s nothing to feel guilty about. You may think that by traveling with friends you’re taking something away from your family. But the opposite is true. Focusing on yourself and the joy of camaraderie increases your sense of fulfillment, confidence and resiliency. You become a better wife and, if you have kids, a better mom.” Manske offers the following tips to break free of the guilt for good.

Manske emphasizes, “Even if all is right in your world, vacationing with girlfriends is energizing and empowering.”

Consequently, the travel industry has taken notice with books and guides for girls trips. “It goes beyond girls just wanting to have fun. Women traveling without men or families is a sign they feel entitled to take time off from caregiving,” says Heather Gibson, a professor of tourism at the University of Florida who studies female travel. Many women who work maintain most of the responsibilities at home. Gibson’s research helps us understand how we can best juggle work and life. “There has to be some space in life where people get a chance to talk to one other and to feel connected,” she says. There is no time like the present to start building or continuing your own legacy of loyalty and laughter with your girlfriends by reserving a vacation rental and using our Vacation Concierge Service at Shore Details. Happy New Year!