5 ways to max your mini-getaways

The weekend is coming and you’re planning a much-needed getaway. How do you make the most of your 48 hours?  Start by following these 5 tips for short trips!

Getting there is part of the fun.

Who says your vacation has to start at your destination? There’s plenty of fun to be had on the way. Flying? Sit back, relax and catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read or TV show you never have the time to watch. Driving? Put on your favourite playlist and enjoy the scenery. Stop at interesting attractions along the way – food stands, shops, parks, they are all great places to stretch your legs and take a few pics, too. Travelling with kids? Play some of your favourite car games or make up your own!

Pack light, but have options.

You don’t need a huge amount of luggage for a short getaway. So when it comes to clothes, try and choose versatile clothing that matches the varied weather you might get, like shoes that work both day and night, or tops with sleeves that can be rolled up if it’s warm and left down when it’s cool. Think layers so you can add or subtract as the temperature or activity dictates.

Remember who you’re travelling with.

Who you’re going with and how many people are in your party may vary your plans. If you’re travelling with another family, you will want to make sure that wherever you go can accommodate you. It’s also important to ensure that everyone has similar expectations for the trip. Make sure everyone is clear about what they want out of the weekend so everyone has a great time. Because your time together is short, if you are all on the same page you’ll waste less time making decisions.

Plan on being spontaneous.

Since a weekend getaway by definition is a short trip, you want to get the most from every moment. The best way to achieve this is to plan ahead. Create an itinerary for your trip. Make sure all of the most important points are given enough time, but also leave time to be spontaneous. You never know what types of hidden gems might reveal themselves once you arrive at your destination.

Try a mid-week getaway.

Skip the conventional Friday to Sunday schedule, and take your trip mid week! You can often find deals on transportation and rooms. Plus, chances are there will be more availability, less traffic and fewer crowds, so you can spend more time enjoying your vacation.

Do you have any tips or tricks for making your mini-getaways extra special? Share them with us.