For most people there’s simply no better way to spend the end of a long and tiresome week than to travel someplace for a short break.
Spend your short weekends wisely and you’ll be fully rejuvenated to take on your week ahead. But, because the time is relatively short, it’s important that you think about how to get the most possible fun and relaxation out of your mini vacation.
So here’s a list of 6 things you should do really make it count!
- Don’t Travel Too Far
This one’s kind of obvious. You only have a few days at most, why spend a majority of your trip trapped in a car or plane? Journeying to far off destinations is always tempting and exotic but, in most cases, sticking to places closer to home will give you a whole heck of a lot more time to simply enjoy yourself. Not to mention the fact that traveling further is usually more expensive and means you’ll need more time to rest after you’ve arrived at your destination. Try to cut your travel time down to no more than a few hours to avoid this.
- Plan in Advance
This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one. Spend a fair amount of time planning your trip and you won’t end up wasting precious time during the weekend once you’ve arrived. Try to pick a few of the things you really enjoy doing and make sure you have everything planned and booked in advance. Any time saved could be spent relaxing rather than waiting in line to book tickets for your favorite attraction. Knowing everything is taken care of will guarantee eliminate any unneeded stress or worry.
- Don’t Try to Do Too Much
Again, time is a luxury and if you try to do too much in a short period, you’ll only end up more tired than before. Plan for only a few activities at a time and leave the rest for your next weekend break. This will also mean that you’ll always have something new to look forward to for next time you return.
- Balance the Familiar & The New
If you’re like us, your ideal vacation probably combines some things you know you love and some new experiences you’ve never tried – it’s a great way to have both relaxation and excitement all in one. If you like returning to the same place over and over (we fully support this idea!), make sure that you try to do new things each time you go; try different restaurants, see new parts of town, and find novel activities to explore. This will ensure that the trip is both stimulating and relaxing
- Pack Light
Finally, there’s simply no need to over-pack when you know you’re only going to be gone for a few days. Try to travel as lightly as possible. Look at the weather forecast for the days you’ll be there and pack appropriately. Bring versatile clothes that can be casual for the daytime or dressed up for a nice restaurant or live music venue. Try to stick to one pair of shoes and simple accessories that go with everything.
- Leave Work at Work!
We saved the best for last: Leave your laptop, tablet, paperwork or any other work-related items at home. We know how it is…as much as you want to relax, you get an e-mail or call and suddenly you’re glued to the screen. You don’t even want to have the possibility of spending a minute of your trip doing work, so just leave it all behind. And don’t answer that Saturday morning call from your boss…she’ll get over it.