There’s a lot to think about when planning a weekend away. From budget, to accommodation, to what to pack and food and drink, you need to be organised in order to get the most out of your short break. Here are some top tips for planning that perfect getaway.
Think Carefully when Choosing a Destination
Keep an open mind when deciding where you want to holiday, but have a think about what interests you. If you love the beach, head to a coastal resort. If you’re mountain obsessed, try a hiking holiday. Do your research, tap up your mates for recommendations and make it work for you. Because you’re only away for a weekend, it’s best not to travel too far—and do consider the humble staycation.
Consider Transport Options
Whether you’re staying close to home and need to catch the Wakefield to Doncaster train, or you’re jumping on a plane to Ibiza, you’ll need to carefully consider your transport logistics. From booking your tickets to arranging how you get to your accommodation once you arrive, plan ahead and your trip will get off to a much more relaxing start.
Go at the Right Time
Have a think about when you want to go on your holiday – do your research on the best times to visit. If you’re off on a hiking holiday, autumn or spring is the perfect time. A city break is always lovely – and a bit cheaper – in the winter, whereas you’ll want plenty of sun if you’re off on a beach break. Remember to check for national holidays and any special events that might be happening.
It’s a good idea to try and put money aside each month in the lead up to your trip. Set up a standing order to a separate account and you’ll barely notice it leaving, while you build up a healthy kitty that’ll help you pay for transport and accommodation. Then consider what you’ll need to spend money on when you arrive. Are there any tourist attractions you really want to go to? If so, how much do they cost? You’ll also need to budget for food and drink, plus any additional transport you’ll be taking when you arrive.
Consider your Accommodation
Where do you want to lay your head at night? Perhaps you fancy a hotel for a taste of luxury, or maybe you’d prefer the personal touch of a B&B. If you don’t want to eat out for every meal and would prefer to cook yourself, consider an Airbnb. Perhaps you’d rather camp, or even stay in a treehouse – there are so many options out there. The location of your accommodation is important, too – you might want it slightly out of the way for some peace and quiet, but if that’s the case remember to budget for additional travel.
Plan your Itinerary
Make a plan and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your trip once you arrive. We’re not talking accounting for every minute of every day, but if you have an idea of what you’d like to do across the weekend it’ll mean you’re more likely to fit everything in. Check opening times of restaurants, bars, museums and such like, and you might want to pre-book a few activities before you go.
So there you have it—a seamless weekend away!
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