Planning a weekend getaway is the perfect way to fit a mini vacation in with your busy life schedule. There are many essential steps that go into planning a seamless getaway to ensure you make the most out of the small time you have for your vacation.
Making sure you have your travel and accommodation planned and all your activities figured out are key steps to having a great weekend getaway. Here are our best tips and tricks to make the most out of your mini vacation!
Get Your Travel Buddies Together
The first step to planning your weekend getaway is to decide who you are going with. Figure out if you are flying solo, going as a dynamic duo or travelling in a large group. Knowing how many people you are travelling with will help you make the rest of the decisions – for example, if there are 6 or more in the group then that is more than will fit in one car and will affect your travel.
Picking The Perfect Location
Picking the perfect location for your weekend getaway is one of the most essential steps. The location you pick should represent you and what you love. If you are drawn to the sea, make it a coastal getaway. If you feel more at home immersed in nature, then you should go camping.
Plan How You Will Get There
Once you have picked the location for your weekend getaway, you then need to plan transportation. The factors you should consider when planning include distance, public transport options, car accessibility and gear you need to take with you. For example, if it is far away then you should fly but if you are going camping then you should take your car, so you have all of your gear with you.
Consider Accommodation Options
The next step to planning your weekend getaway is to consider your accommodation options. Compare the different types of accommodation for cost, quality, and space. Your options may include hotel, Airbnb, caravan park, or hostel.
You should pack lots of food for your weekend getaway, and not only car snacks! Pack easy dinners and lunches and lots of breakfast foods so you don’t solely have to rely on takeout or dining out. This will help keep your costs down.
Create A Playlist
Create a playlist for your weekend getaway so you are able to turn on music at any point throughout the weekend without having to select songs. This will also give you some awesome memories to reminisce on whenever you hear those songs.
Keep Your Luggage Light
There is nothing worse over a vacation than having to lug around heavy bags. Your weekend getaway is only short, so make sure you are packing the essentials and not bringing any unnecessary things.
Make It A Long Weekend
Extend your weekend getaway by planning it for a long weekend (or taking a couple days of annual leave), to take it from a two-day trip to a four-day trip. Another tip is to leave on a Thursday night and return on a Sunday evening to really make the most out of the few days.
Since a weekend getaway is only a few days, it is best to check out what activities are available and plan them in advance. Figure out what there is to see and to do, like hiking trails, kayaking, art exhibitions, or local markets, and plan what days you would like to do things to make the most of the weekend.