While we might all dream of round-the-world trips and month-long adventures abroad, life often gets in the way. Thankfully, being time-poor doesn’t mean you can’t have great vacations, and the joy of a weekend getaway is often underrated. Here are a few tips for planning the perfect weekend getaway.
Don’t go too far
While you might be tempted to head to an exotic location, time spent travelling is time you could be enjoying your weekend away, so try and keep it to a minimum. If you can drive or take a train, this will save time at the airport, but even if you fly, try and find somewhere nearby so you can make the most of every moment of your break. You also have the option to hire a motorhome and this can save on travel costs, hotel costs, and restaurant costs. Travelling in a motorhome means you can travel from location to location with ease and it’s a family-friendly choice. Take out motorhome insurance beforehand to protect your vehicle and belongings before travelling.
Think outside the box
It might be worth considering alternative types of vacation, and even trying something new. For example, some of the best short cruises will take you to surprisingly exciting destinations and pack a whole lot of fun into a short weekend, so even if you’ve not considered a cruise vacation before, now might be the time!
Non-direct flights might be cheaper, but flying direct will save you so much time, and on a short break time really is money. It makes sense to splash out a little on a mode of transport that will get you to where you are going as soon as possible.
For a weekend getaway, you really don’t need much luggage. Using mini travel suitcases can be practical for such short trips. These will allow for the basics and a couple of outfits without overwhelming you. With mini travel suitcases, there’s often no need to check in luggage, as they can fit in overhead compartments. By limiting your space, you’re encouraged to pack only the essentials. Packing light not only saves you money on checked luggage fees but will save you time waiting at the airport for your bags to arrive.
Finding a hotel that is right in the thick of things is a great way to maximize your time on a short break. If you are staying in a city, find somewhere downtown near to the best attractions, museums, bars, cafes, and restaurants, so you can pack more vacation fun into your weekend.
Careful planning is the key to a great weekend getaway. Vacation planning is always important, of course, but when you’ve only got a few days to play with, working out what you want to see and where you want to go beforehand can ensure that there are no unexpected hiccups. You can obviously be flexible during the weekend, but having a well-organized itinerary as a guide can be incredibly helpful.