Don’t have time to take a week long vacation? A weekend getaway can have the same effect as a vacation when you need a recharge. I love week long vacations but sometimes time won’t allow that. I personally love weekend getaways because I get to explore closer cities that I wouldn’t normally visit for a week and where I only want to see one or two things. I’ve been dying to visit the Kennedy Space Center so I’m planning a quick trip there in October. I can visit the beach, a restaurant and I’m done. Weekend getaways are also great if you want to travel without putting too much strain on your wallet. To avoid planning overload, I’ve compiled 10 quick tips to plan your perfect weekend getaway.
- Plan ahead. Planning ahead will allow you to grab the best deals. While I understand some travelers are spontaneous, last minute trips can be hard on your wallet. Last minute one days trips are fine but anything longer than that may hurt you.
- Pick a close destination. You don’t want to spend all day in a car or on a plane. Time is critical when you have limited time away. Consider places no more than 3 or 4 hours away or with a non-stop plane right.
- Always check for deals. Check the major cites but don’t be afraid of Groupon or Living Social deals. My husband and I scored a 4 star hotel to St. Augustine for $120.00 for the entire weekend. We scored coupons for a chocolate tour and museum for less than $20 bucks for two people! Don’t forget to grab the hotel coupon book to score even more deals.
- Pack light. Weekend getaways are quick so don’t get bogged down by packing too many clothes. Remember a couple of casual outfits, one dressy outfit for dinner and nighttime fun, pajamas, and swimsuit if appropriate. Also remember comfortable walking shoes for the time you sightsee.
- Research restaurants. Planning your meals ahead is a big time saver. Check Groupon for deals, read reviews, and social media. Another great option is to check restaurants.com You can get certificates for a cheap price and enjoy great food. The last thing you want to do is waste time trying to figure out what you want to eat. If you’re anything like me, you pick the city based on its restaurant scene.
- Plan some leisure time. I’m an explorer so I love planning every minute of my trip but my husband likes to relax. Because we are so different I have to make sure I plan in some downtime. He reminded me one of the reasons we needed a break was to relax. Allow yourself some time to wander at your own time.
- Never try to see it all. You will wear yourself out if you. I do like to explore but I always try and take a day off after I get back to recuperate. Not many people can do that. Pick a few things you really want to see and take them in slowly.
- Sleep in. Weekend getaways are a great way to recharge. Take those two or three days and sleep in or lounge around in the morning. Indulge in a little HGTV and Food Network shows for a little while.Do not discuss work or business. You took a getaway to get a mental break. You don’t want to bring the stress of work with you. You want to be totally relaxed and disconnected from the “real world.”
- Do not discuss work or business. You took a getaway to get a mental break. You don’t want to bring the stress of work with you. You want to be totally relaxed and disconnected from the “real world.”
- Enjoy yourself. You’d be surprised at how many people worry when they go on vacation. I don’t answer my phone, check emails, or do anything that relates to real life. Enjoy every moment of your time away. Once you get back, begin planning your next escape!