Weekend trips are a great way to break up your routine and make waiting for that long vacation easier. In the last few years I’ve done few weekend trips and lots of day trips as well and quickly learned that there are just some things I need to take in account when it comes to making the most of your weekend getaways. Here are my top travel tips for best weekend getaways.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT DESTINATION
If I go for a weekend trip I don’t want for the destination to be too far away as this will take me too much time to get there and back. If you have a car then your options are almost unlimited and it is a lot easier to go a bit further, but if you rely on public transport check the departure times so you won’t lose too much time on the road. Try to take night bus, train, or flight. For me flights are mostly not an option because Ljubljana doesn’t have many budget flights available and if I go to Venice this is extra cost and extra time. Even our latest weekend trip wasn’t the best possible in terms of the time it took to get there and back, but we still got 2 full days out of it and our bus tickets were gifted so…all good.
MAKE YOUR WEEKEND LONGER
Starting your weekend trip on Thursday evening or even Friday morning can make a huge difference in how much time you will actually spend at your destination. That is also why bank holidays that fall on Friday, Monday or even Thursday are so loved by everyone. It can add from half a day to almost two full days to your itinerary and when you only have limited annual leave this can be a lot for only a day off. It is worth checking on which days holidays will fall next year so you can plan way ahead and get great deals.
Location of your accommodation is so very important when you are tight on time. You want to be able to go places easily and reach them quickly. Stay central or at least check that you have some great connections to places you want to visit.
THE ART OF PLANNING
Planning is super important, but don’t fill your time to the maximum. I love planning trips and usually plan way too much things, but I also very easily skip on things at the spot. Plan few things you really want to visit and find all the info on it (opening times, how to get there, entrance fees…) which will save you time so you don’t have to Google all of these things once you are there.
BE PREPARED TO JUST GO WITH THE FLOW
Museum you wanted to visit is closed? Restaurant not open on Sunday? Too crowded at the place you wanted to see? This is why I like to plan more activities so I have options in case some other fall out. Its the easiest way to save on time and make the most of it. On our trip to Bratislava we wanted to visit this one restaurant but it was always so crowded. We didn’t want to wait for an hour for free table and they didn’t take reservations so we had to go some place else. Or when we were in Venice last time we didn’t want to wait in line to see the Basilica because it was just too long. Luckily we saw it few years before when we visited in November and manage to get in in 5 minutes.
FIND PLACES TO EAT
Also check for places where would you like to eat. The worst thing is when you are hungry and have to search for restaurants and then you easily fall into touristic traps. Check Tripadvisor, Google maps, Instagram, blogs and vlogs for places with great food beforehand and avoid spending too much time, money and nerves. Find at least few options, check foods you would like to try and enjoy.
My final tip? Save some time for doing almost nothing, like having a coffee and people watching, enjoying what you bought at the market in the park, taking a longer but more scenic road, sleeping in. I hope these tips will help you plan and make the most of your weekend getaways and other short trips.
Do you like weekend trips? What kind are your favourite? Do you have some other tips for making the most out of short getaways?
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