How To Plan a Girls Trip: Monterey, CA

How To Plan a Girls Trip: Monterey, CA

Whenever you plan a trip, you always need to prepare the big things first. When are you going, where will you stay, and how will you get there? Through this article, I’ll fill you in on how Jenna, Marie, and I planned our trip to Monterey and made some of the big decisions!

How To Plan a Girls Trip: Monterey, CA


When are you going?

The essential piece to planning a trip with your girlfriends is getting everyone to agree on a date.

With grad school, working late, boyfriends, family, and a full social calendar, finding the time can be tough! Don’t be stuck on one specific weekend and find a weekend that works for everyone. We chose a weekend in January when we knew it wouldn’t be too hot or too cold. Also, it happens to be the only weekend we were all free. (This is why planning a date is so essential!)

Where will you stay?

 Additionally, how much do you want to spend and who will cover the cost?

In our mighty group of three, we always agree to split the bill evenly. This makes things easier and might allow you to splurge a little more than usual but, you’ll still need to consider what everyone wants to spend.

We like to try new places and look at all of our options. For Monterey, we looked on HomeAway, Airbnb, and different hotels around the area and after comparing all of the costs, renting a room in a hotel was the best and most cost-efficient way to go.

This year we stayed at the Pacific Hotel and loved it. The room had two beds, a separate living room area and even a fireplace! The hotel was located about a mile away from Cannery Row, few blocks away from the Fisherman’s Wharf and near downtown Monterey. We were drawn in by the charm of the hotel and would recommend it if you’re planning a trip!

How will you get there?

Decide on who’s car you’ll end up taking and if anyone is expected to chip in for gas. Typically I end up driving (I really really prefer to drive) and don’t care much about splitting the gas money...we’re all going to the same place after all!

My biggest piece of advice for the car ride: Make sure there are snacks and coffee (and GPS!) on hand for the drive. If you have these items, nothing can stop you...not even traffic.

Choosing the right music is key for any road trip! In fact, you should always consider a road trip with your girlfriends as a personalized concert with no audience. It’s your time to shine and leave it all out there.  We recommend creating a Disney playlist or rocking out to some classic bands which could range from N’Sync to Hall & Oats.

What will you do?

Wherever we go, we always try to have at least one thing planned that everyone wants to do. This gives everyone something to look forward too and removes the pressure of one person planning the whole weekend. 

Planning trips with Jenna and Marie comes naturally as we all are open to doing whatever is suggested (within reason and appropriate veto powers). Whatever and wherever you plan, grab your best friends, leave the real world behind, and get out there.

Happy exploring,


If you enjoyed the article above, check out some of our favorite spots in Monterey and find out where we went during our third annual girls trip to Monterey in next week's post!