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5 Tips for a Hassle-Free Weekend Away

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | June 03, 2015

5 Tips for a Hassle-Free Weekend Away

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So you just finished up a huge project at work that has sucked the life out of you and has prevented you from seeing your significant other. It is time for a weekend trip to get away, recharge the batteries and get you both back in the game. Here are a few tips to help make that weekend trip come off more smoothly.

Plan Ahead (even if it is last minute)

Look, there is a certain segment of the public that is really good with doing things on the fly. If you have enough vacation time, it may even be you. But this is a quick weekend away that requires a little more efficiency. When choosing a destination, go with somewhere you know or that comes with high recommendations and research the heck out of it before you go. 

Have ideas for activities, meals and entertainment before you go. You can always throw them out the window if something better comes along, but in the long run, you won’t waste time trying to decide what is good or where to go.

Look for the Last Minute Deals

Even though some of the cruise lines are stopping their “last minute deals” doesn’t mean that there aren’t good deals out there. Using tools like Kayak’s Explore Map or Google Flights can get you onto a great airfare to someplace you might not have thought about going. Now that you can fly to New Orleans for $78, you have a little bit more money to spend on your hotel or your incidentals. 

Keep in mind that for the most part, the best time to book a hotel is about a month out. Booking before that is probably just going to get you the same price as if you booked it the day of.

Make It Three Days

There are plenty of road trips that can easily be conquered in two, but having the extra day is really worth it. Instead of traveling late Friday or early Saturday and then having to turn right around on Sunday, give yourself the Monday so you can fully not have to worry about home for a whole day. If you really want to get the most bang for your buck, stay Thursday through Sunday as the traffic getting out of town will be much easier on Thursday instead of Friday.

Don’t Check Your Bag

If you do grab one of those last minute flights, try to cram everything in to a carry on. This way there is no worry about lost luggage that might take a whole day to get back to you and you can get to your final destination and your pina colada that much sooner. Don’t forget that you will be saving at least $25 each way by not checking any baggage. Plus, you are only staying for two nights, how much clothing do you really need? (I know, for some of us with certain spouses, this is a sore subject).

Know the Difference Between Wants And Needs

You need to pack underwear. You want to pack three pairs of pumps. You need to eat something for dinner. You want to eat filet mignon. These choices may seem silly but they are clearly the difference between spending and over spending while you are away. Remember, you still have to come home and pay a mortgage. You need to get away. You want to spend $400 a night and $1,000 in airfare for a weekend in Key West. Yes, Destin, Florida is not as picture perfect, but the beach is beautiful, there are great restaurant options and it is one third the price of the Keys.

These are just a couple of things to consider before you bang out that next weekend away. What else do we need to know? Let me know in the comments below!


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