Whether it’s just you or your whole family, sometimes a weekend getaway is just what you need to relax, reset, and prepare to face the real world again. Some people need a break from the city. Others might need a break from work or family responsibilities. No matter your goal, there are some things you need to do first to ensure that you really get the most out of your weekend getaway.
Decide About Traveling Companions
Being alone has its benefits, but a getaway could be more fun if you have some friends or family with you. Before making any plans, decide if you want to ask some buddies along. A weekend getaway is a good way to get close to people you may not have time for during the week. However, if you’re trying to take a few days to focus on yourself, travel companions would likely get in the way.
Get to the Fun Right Away
Since your time is limited, decide what matters most to you and arrange to get started with it as soon as you arrive. If that’s relaxing and resting, arrange with the place you’re staying to check in early or book a spa appointment. If you want to explore the area you’re visiting, do some research on the area before you arrive. If you want to wander the woods, research the best hiking trails. If you plan to tour the streets, look up the most interesting sites around town. If you want to paddle down the river, make sure that the rental shop is open when you want to go. Make plans in advance for your arrival day to avoid wasting time.
Consider Where You’ll Stay
To get the most from a getaway alone or with traveling companions, book a hotel in an area close to things that you think are important. Having your accommodations near the attractions you plan to visit means you won’t have to commute far before starting each day’s activities, and you can go back to the hotel for rest or to change clothes whenever you need.
A weekend away is supposed to be fun, but lugging around large bags is a lot of work. Pack versatile and lightweight clothing, and only take the minimum necessary for the length of the trip. However, significantly underpacking can lead to stress. To avoid that, make sure to include any special clothes or equipment for your activities, if necessary.
Step Away From Technology
You may enjoy your trip more if you put your devices in airplane mode. That means you won’t receive calls, texts, emails, or instant messages, but you will be able to use your camera, reading app, and offline games if you want to while on the road. If you can stand to put away your devices for even a few hours each day, you’re more likely to enjoy the sights and sounds around you.
It’s also a good idea to extend your weekend to three or four days if you can get the time away from work and other responsibilities. That means you have more time for travel and for enjoyment once you reach your destination. If you take these pieces of advice and plan for a great trip, you’ll arrive home ready to face whatever life throws at you next.