The conversation has started – Girls’ Trip 2016.

Actually, it started last year. Or at least, attempts were made. As a group, we keep challenging ourselves to plan earlier so that we can take advantage of the extra time to save up money and branch out to even more exciting adventures, but we haven’t been able to make it happen just yet. We’ll keep trying.

In the meantime, here we are – and we’re talking about different options for fun-in-the-sun this year.

And, as usual, the cruise option gets added to the list.

And it keeps getting added, because it’s such a good option for all of us. We’re a pretty diverse group of ladies, with different tastes and preferences in activities. A cruise let’s us share time together, while at the same time, giving us enough options to appeal to our differing opinions.

It’s also an indulgent kind of vacation, with not a lot of thinking required. There’s an agenda and a menu – and you just have to narrow it down from there. The group I travel with are power-players in their own spheres, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to make a few less decisions for a couple of days. Regroup. Rest. Relax. And recharge for getting back in the game when we return.

We all like to adventure – and definitely enjoy vacations that require a little more crafting and decision making. Sometimes.

I guess what I’m saying is that there is a time and place for both.

Now is the time to talk about relaxation, great food and lots of fun. We’ve already pulled up the Carnival website to start exploring what opportunities are available for the rest of the year. We’re interested in trying a port that’s a little closer to home: Baltimore or Charleston as opposed to driving (or flying) down to Florida.

We’ve been to the Bahamas before, and even though it’s our preference to go someone new (adventurous spirits are we), we’re also sensitive to the fact that not everyone in our group can take 7 to 10 day cruises. And there’s plenty in the Bahamas that we haven’t already done.

And, there’s also this coconut tea that I bought the last time I was in Nassau. I’ve been saving the last bag for a special occasion – which ended up being this weekend, and now it’s done. And it was delicious. Soft (not bitter) and fragrant, and addictive. I tried to make it last by using each tea bag twice.

No complaints from me for going back to stock up on my tea stash.

So, it looks like we’ll be cruising with Carnival again. I can’t wait!