How To Plan For A Weekend Getaway
I love my job and I love where I live, but I am feeling a nice little trip in my future. And no, not in the near future, because I don't have the money. You feel me?
Even though I am not going anywhere anytime soon, I have been doing a lot of research in planning for a nice little weekend getaway. I really wanted to take short vacay during Memorial Day weekend (which is also right before my birthday), but as I started to realize how much even a short beach vacation would cost me, I decided that wasn't going to happen.
I'll be spending my birthday weekend hanging out by the pool in the apartment complex my besties live at and then going out for Sunday brunch. Fun and affordable!
Like I said, I've still been looking around and somewhat planning, because as soon as David and I have the extra cash, hello weekend getaway! Our schedules just don't work to where we can take off a whole week or even a couple days during the week to add to a vacation, so at this point in our lives, short, weekend trips just have to suffice.
I'm no travel expert, but I've found a couple great travel-planning hacks and I thought that I would share those with you! I mean, who doesn't love traveling?
1. Figure out your budget
No, this isn't the fun part, but you need to choose how much you want to spend. This makes the rest of the process so much easier!
2. Pick your destination!
Maybe you already know that one place you're dying to go or maybe you have a few in mind. This is the time to do your research and decide which place will be best. I love using TripAdvisor for this! Whether you want to explore a big city, lounge on the beach, or cozy up in the mountains, do you research and pick the best place for you!
3. Choose the perfect lodging
You've gotta pick the perfect home away from home! If I’m not feeling like staying in a hotel, I love Airbnb! There are so many cute houses, apartments, and condos! If you haven’t used Airbnb before, you can use this link - http://abnb.me/e/MAIM6j6qkM - to get $40 off! When I do want to stay at a hotel or resort, I like using hotels.com and trivago.com to compare everything from accommodations to prices!
4. Make a plan
Weekend trips also mean a shorter amount of time to do whatever it is you want to do. For a Friday through Sunday trip, you really only have Saturday as your full day. For me, a short trip is about relaxation. Even if lounging on a beach is my only goal, I want to make sure I have some kind of plan before so that I can spend my short vacation doing exactly what I want. If you’re cooking, get the groceries on the way to your location. If you’re eating out, research the restaurants you want to hit. Make a plan of places you want to visit during your getaway. If you’re staying in the whole time, make sure you’ve got everything you need before locking yourself in for the weekend.
I am so ready to take a little weekend vacay soon! I’m definitely headed to the beach on my next trip. My go-to for a short trip is usually Tybee Island and Savannah because it is so close to Atlanta, but what are some other beaches I should check out?