Long weekend trips can be a great way to get away from the humdrum and pressures of work and home without having to sacrifice too much money or time. The great thing is that you can fit in a fair few long weekend breaks because they only need you to use a couple of your vacation days every time.
Here are our top tips for planning the best long weekend getaway possible to help you plan even better short vacations this year.
- Plan your budget
The first step before deciding on a location for your long weekend trip is to determine your budget. Because not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars on every trip, making a vague budget before you start planning can help define your getaway into something you are financially ok with. When making your budget, keep in mind the costs of transportation, accommodations, activities and sightseeing, and food.
- Will you drive or fly?
Once you have determined how much you want to spend on your long weekend getaway, you can consider where you want to go. Where you want to go will ultimately depend on whether you are willing to fly or prefer to save money by driving. Of course, each has advantages and disadvantages. Assuming you own a car, driving will usually be the least expensive, as well as the most flexible, because you will be able to stop wherever you want and stay wherever you want because you won’t have to rely on public transportation to get around. The disadvantage is that you might not be able to travel as far, and you might have to take parking fees and fuel costs into consideration, as well as potential breakdowns and car troubles,
- Book accomodation before you go
While many travellers like to leave room for spontaneity and flexibility in their travel plans, the reality is that a long weekend trip isn’t really meant to be that way. On a trip that may only last 3 or 4 days, you don’t have time to make snap decisions. When considering your lodging options, keep in mind that you are not limited to hotels. You can also look into B&Bs/guesthouses, Airbnb rentals, campgrounds, and other similar options. Where you stay is largely determined by where you are going and the type of traveller you are, but we recommend staying as close to the main action as possible, to avoid wasting time traveling. For example, if you are going on a city sight seeing and foodie weekend, you might want to say as close to somewhere that does an amazing vegan pizza as possible!
- Have a rough plan for each day
As we previously stated, a long weekend trip isn’t supposed to be super flexible. So, to make the most of such a short trip,we recommend making a rough plan for each day of your trip. Put together a loose itinerary that maximises your time, based on your research and lists of things you want to do and see. Consider things like opening and closing times, as well as the proximity of sites to one another, when doing so.