Weekend trips are a great way to step away from the stress of daily living and refresh yourself. If you find that you’re in need of time away, consider taking a long weekend trip.
Going on a Weekend Trip? Here’s How to Plan
Taking a long weekend trip is less intense than an all-out two-week vacation, but it still requires some planning. If the trip is arranged beforehand, it is easier to be flexible with your schedule and to fully relax. So, before you head out on your long weekend trip, consider these points.
1. Keep travel time proportional to trip time.
You don’t want to spend more time getting to and from your destination than you spend at your destination. Take the time to look at maps to find out how far it is to drive or fly to different areas. Start by highlighting places near your home and move out from there.
2. Research your destination.
Once you have decided on a place you would like to visit over a long weekend, begin looking into what activities and sites that place offers. Make a list of the things you must do and then list the things you would like to do if you have time. This will help you focus as you plan out the rest of the trip.
3. Budget before you leave.
A weekend trip is usually meant to be budget-friendly, not break the bank. In order to keep it that way, set a budget before you leave. Decide what you want to spend on travel expenses, accommodations, food, site-seeing, activities, souvenirs, etc. before you leave town.
4. Don’t wing your accommodations.
Since the expense of accommodations can significantly affect your budget, be sure to plan where you will stay before you go. If you are traveling in an RV, you don’t have to worry about accommodations, but if you aren’t, save money by booking in advance.
5. Choose one main activity for the weekend.
Since you’ve already made a list of your must-do activities, try to focus on one main activity and let everything else move around it. his will give you the ability to see what you really want to see and hopefully fit in some other things as well.
6. Have a schedule, but be flexible.
Travel requires flexibility. No one can predict what will happen on the road or in a new place, so schedule flexibility at the outset. Having a schedule will actually make it easier to be flexible.
7. Keep an eye on the weather.
Weather can change the course of your trip, so it is best to watch it and prepare for it. If you know the forecasted weather at your destination, you will be able to pack appropriately.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
There are many reasons to take a long weekend trip. Some people choose to go so they can relax from a busy schedule, while others want a little adventure or time with friends. Whatever your reason for planning a weekend trip, keep these things in mind.
1. A weekend trip can be solitary or friend-filled.
Decide if the weekend trip you need now is one that is best done alone or with a group. If you do choose to go with friends, make sure everyone is on board with the destination and the activities.
2. RV traveling is better with accessories.
If you choose to take to the road in an RV, be sure to bring along some accessories. Things like awnings and sunshades will make your time on the road even better.
3. If you are traveling with children, plan out stops.
If you have kids with you on your weekend trip, remember that they will need to take more breaks than an average adult, so be prepared for this. To avoid any messes or emotional outbursts, go ahead and plan your stops in advance. By scheduling out bathroom and food breaks, you can stay on schedule and everyone in the vehicle will know what to expect, which will make the trip a lot smoother.
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