If you cast your mind all the way back to a time when all you really wanted to do was go outside, hook up with your friends and go and get up to all sorts of fun things under the sun, it must be quite hard to imagine where it all went wrong.

As we grow up and the responsibilities pile up, what we find ourselves having to do as part of being responsible seems to pull even the most tightly-knit group of friends in a million different directions. Simply picking up the phone just to catch up is something you do after thinking about it for a long time because you’re afraid it might turn into a request to “meet up” and perhaps “catch up in person,” something which you’d probably rather not do because of the effort it takes.

Before your guilt eats you all the way up, you can take consolation of the fact that your friends probably feel exactly the same way you do, so it’s simply a matter of working something out which will be convenient to all of you.

Annual group getaways will work wonders to keep the friendship strong and ease the collective guilt you all feel, plus it’ll give you all something to really look forwards to. It’ll have to be made a tradition for it to work though and if each of you saves up a little bit of money every month, you’ll have a sizeable pot to spend on what can be an annual dream getaway to your hearts’ content.

Get everyone to commit to a predetermined monthly contribution, but set the official contribution amount to around 60% of what everybody initially agrees to. This way you’ll make up for any shortfalls synonymous with some of those leaner months we all tend to go through sometimes, so that nobody falls behind and effectively disrupts the plans you’re all looking forward to.

As far as the getaway itself goes, make it something really special each year, like perhaps going to stay at a secluded beachfront villa on Virgin Gorda, or any other remote location which really has you all feeling like you made some journey just to get there.An annual getaway such as this will do you a world of good on a personal level, but it’ll only become much more affordable if the costs are shared with your inner-circle friends. Also, what better way of catching up is there than a

An annual getaway such as this will do you a world of good on a personal level, but it’ll only become much more affordable if the costs are shared with your inner-circle friends. Also, what better way of catching up is there than a nice group getaway with the friends you’d have otherwise really loved to keep more contact with?