Sometimes, a weekend away to a beautiful location is all you need to relax and rejuvenate for the busy weeks ahead. It’s okay to take a break from the bustle of life and your regular routine. In fact, we highly recommend it! And while some might think that a vacation needs to be longer than a week for it to really count, we disagree! You don’t need to have a passport, endure lengthy plane rides or spend thousands of pounds on accommodation to catch a break, have fun and be inspired by the beauty of the world.
Travelling to a destination closer to home makes planning a getaway less stressful and you don’t always need to organise these short vacations ahead of time. In fact, there’s nothing better than an impromptu weekend away! You’ll probably also be surprised to find how many holiday places there are in your surrounds and that you don’t have to travel extreme distances to see amazing new and interesting places.
To add, short breaks are excellent for your health and the healthier you are the less likely you will have to fork out money for doctors’ visits and hospital bills – or pay increased health insurance premiums. So, in order to help you plan even better (and more!) short weekend getaways, here are our 7 top tips to plan unforgettable short breaks.
1. Choose A Place That Appeals to You
Take a moment of time to think of something that would really appeal to you in the here and now, and then plan your trip accordingly. For instance, if you are in the midst of winter, a short skiing trip might sound like fun, or perhaps you’d like to bask in the sun and swim in hot pools at a warmer nearby location. Are you craving the luxury of having nothing to do or are you itching to be active? Whether you have relaxation or fun in mind, plan your holiday so that your strongest desires are met – we want you to travel back home feeling fulfilled!
2. Factor in Travel Time
Because you are planning a short vacation, you really don’t want to spend most of the time travelling to your destination and back. If you intend to travel by car, then keep to destinations that are 3 hours away at the most and if you have it in your budget to catch a quick flight then keep flight time to 3 hours max too. This way you can leave in the early hours of the morning and still have a full day ahead of you to spend at your new location.
Another thing you can do, that we highly recommend, is to make the time spent on the road a part of the actual getaway. Pack snacks to enjoy and sightsee by stopping at places along the route that grab your attention. You are very likely to discover gems that you never even knew existed, although they are right next door to you!
3. Stock Up on Necessities Ahead of Time
Compile a list of necessities you will need while you are away and then go shopping for them before you embark upon your journey. The last thing you want to do on your mini vacation is to spend time in crowded grocery stores searching for your favourite snacks or required holiday accessories. To know what you will need to take along, this brings us to our next tip; doing research.
4. Do Some Research Online
We are super lucky that we can research holiday destinations from the comfort of our own homes and offices – all the information we need is right at our fingertips! Take advantage of this opportunity and find out more about the accommodation you have booked and what sort of activities and restaurants are available. This will not only help you put together a casual itinerary but it will also give you an indication of what you will need to pack and possibly shop for ahead of time. It’s just a matter of convenience.
5. Pack Light
Once you have done your holiday research and have wrapped up your shopping and other preparations, it’s time to dig out that luggage and get packing! Since you will only be away for a few days, we really do encourage you to pack as light as possible. Check weather forecasts so that you can plan your outfits accordingly and include the essentials with only a few luxury items. The lighter your luggage the lighter you will feel, and the less you will have to unpack just a few days later!
6. Extend Your Weekend
Yup, you’re allowed to do this! Instead of keeping to a two-day weekend, why not take a Monday or Friday off (or both days) too! This way you could possibly add to your travel time and still enjoy a getaway that feels like a full vacation. It’s amazing how much free time just one extra day off from work can give you!
7. Make Sure You Are Up to Date with Your Insurance Cover
The last thing we want is for you to be left stranded on the side of the road with car troubles during your travels. So, before you leave, make sure that you are definitely covered for Road Side Assistance – this will make an unpleasant situation a tad easier to absorb and won’t completely ruin your holiday. At the same time, make sure your policies also cover travel insurance, just so that you know you are completely taken care of no matter where your journey takes you. Insurance simply adds to your peace of mind.
While long vacations to exotic destinations across the world can be exciting and adventurous, they can also be pricey, exhausting and require a lot of time spent on travelling. Sometimes, a weekend trip is all you need to rewind, have fun and make memories worth reflecting on.