How to Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway
Are you thinking of going away for the weekend? Sometimes life in the city is going to feel like it is finally getting to you. At times like this, you need to have a plan to escape the worries of real life, if only for a weekend or long weekend. Planning the ultimate weekend vacation is easy enough, but there is a lot that could go wrong. Because of the spur of the moment nature of this type of vacation, it is common for you to feel overwhelmed, or not to feel like you are maximizing the fun you could be having.
#1 Find a Place that Truly Speaks to Your Wanderlust
Since enjoyment needs to be your highest priority, you need to think about what you want out of the getaway. Do you love the roar of the waves and a salty ocean breeze? Consider a beach resort or a stay in a coastal town! Fancy a white-water adventure? Look for upriver experiences! Are you an explorer at heart? Traverse the city streets in picturesque little towns without many tourists. The options are endless, and the goal must be to pick a place that tugs at your heartstrings. Of course, there are more practical considerations too – you don’t want it to be so far away that you spend half the weekend in transit!
#2 Find the Right Housing
You don’t always have to stay in a hotel. While there is an undeniable appeal to staying in the lap of luxury, there are some disadvantages that could arise. For one, many of the activities at your vacation location could be further away from the hotel than from, for example, a hostel or homestay in town. Hotels are a great option, of course, but they aren’t your only one. You can also check out beach villas, cabins in the woods, campsites and other accommodation that might put you closer to the heart of the action during your getaway. Always look to stay closer to the hub of activity in your chosen spot. You won’t regret it!
#3 Travel with the People You Love
Traveling alone is wonderful, of course. There’s nothing like being your own master, deciding where you want to go and what you want to do. However, a weekend getaway isn’t your traditional vacation. It is a short escape from the worries of life. What better way to celebrate this escape than with your partner, family, or friends? It is also a good way to reconnect with these people if work and the world keeps you from doing so during the week. The best experiences are had in good company. Weekend escapes are no exception to this rule.
#4 Unplug and Unwind
The word getaway means to escape. Your goal with this trip is to escape from the mundane. You don’t need those emails from your boss bugging you the entire time you’re out, do you? The best way to enjoy this experience to the maximum is to unplug. Get rid of your phone and laptop, either by not bringing them along or by turning them off. You can take your phone along and put it on airplane mode with no WiFi connection too. Forget about uploading pictures onto Instagram and snapchat as you go. You can do all this later. Right now, you need to unplug, unwind, and enjoy the bliss of just being.
#5 Minimize Luggage Weight
You don’t need much luggage for a weekend escape, unlike with a true vacation. All you need are clothes for the two or three days away from home. You don’t even need a suitcase, a laptop, or any of the other stuff that weighs you down. Of course, some equipment for the different activities may be necessary such as flashlights and matches for camping, fishing and hiking gear, and possibly a surfboard if you’re planning on catching some waves. Other than that, you really don’t need anything else.
#6 Have a Schedule
Travel itineraries might seem overrated to you, but they actually work. After deciding on your location of choice, start planning the activities. This is a short trip, so you will have to fit a lot into your time away. Plan anything and everything you want without thinking about your budget. You can trim it later and create a final schedule at the end. Always have some free time every day just in case something amazing that wasn’t in the tour books happens, and you decide to embark on a spontaneous adventure.
#7 Always Be Prepared
Now that you have your itinerary and location sorted out, you need to prepare. This is to be an exhausting trip, based on what you plan to do. If you are heading out to clubs each night and other party-related stuff, rest up as much as you can. Take time off work for the following Monday, so you won’t have to deal with a boss fuming at a hungover version of you. If you work during weekends on normal days, you should take time off and have alternatives for emergencies so that you won’t be blamed if something goes awry.
#8 Do All the Research Beforehand
If you haven’t noticed already, the internet is full of helpful travel guides to give the very best of any location. You don’t have to stay on the standard tourist path – veer off the track with reviews on sites like TripAdvisor and more. The reviewers talk about their own experiences that are a lot more unique than your run-of-the-mill generic travel guide. Read the ramblings of like-minded travelers. Learn the places to look for and those you must avoid like the plague. The longer you take to do research, the better your getaway will be.
#9 Have a Budget
This doesn’t have to be your first step, but it is a very important one nevertheless. The one time where you are more likely to splurge your savings is when you are on holiday. As an adult, being responsible about your finances is a part of your life. Don’t let a weekend escape drain you. Set yourself a responsible, affordable budget and be sure to have some rainy day cash set aside as well if you are ever in a fix and need to get somewhere safe quickly.
#10 Make it a Long Weekend
While a weekend getaway is wonderful, aiming for getaways on the long weekends is one of the best ways to enjoy your time away from life. Traveling takes so much of your time and energy that you want to have at least one full day to truly enjoy yourself. By having a long weekend, you can arrive early Saturday morning and still have all of Sunday to explore the location and hotel.
What to Avoid When Planning Your Getaway
#1 Checking Your Bags at the Airport
This is actually one of the worst mistakes you can make when traveling for the weekend. It is also the reason why you should pack light. There is nothing worse than traveling to London, England, only to find that your checked luggage was put on a flight to London, Canada. You won’t have these issues if your baggage is light enough to qualify as carry-on luggage. Always pack as light as you can, and you won’t have any problems with your bags.
#2 Trying to Do Everything at Once
This is another mistake people make. The point of an escape is to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. By rushing to and from the many things to do at your destination, you are completely negating the point of the holiday. Leave time to relax and feel the joy of being alive. Seeing it all is a commendable desire, but it isn’t doable in the short space of time you have. If you really want to, record the places you want to visit so you can come back when you take a longer vacation.
Planning a weekend getaway is an easy task as long as you have a budget, do your research, have a plan, and stick to it. Pick a place you love if you truly want a mental escape too. Remember to pack light so you won’t have baggage problems at the airport if you are flying. Above all else, have fun!