Here’s How to Make the Most of a Weekend Getaway
by Carolyn Lee May 2, 2022
A weekend getaway is a great idea when you need to rest, recharge, or spend quality time with a loved one or friends. When it comes to a getaway, the idea is to have a great time and make the most of a somewhat short vacation.
Some important areas to focus on before planning your trip should include expenses, the purpose of your getaway, and choosing the right hotel, guesthouse, or Airbnb.
We’ve got a few tips that you can use to make the most of a weekend getaway.
Start planning early.
Some of the details you include should be specific to the type of trip you have in mind. Is it a romantic getaway or a fun weekend with family or friends? Planning is crucial, so begin with your budget, the people expected to stay with you, transportation, food, and related expenses. Compare the prices for hotels, Airbnb, and guesthouses.
Look for deals.
A weekend getaway can be expensive or affordable based on your budget. If you plan to relax, it may be worthwhile to look at the “deals and promotions” on the websites for hotels. Some hotels have fun activities you can do without leaving the property. If it’s a fun weekend, plan activities that allow you to share costs. To save, select activities at places near to where you’re staying.
Read the reviews.
Your weekend is short, and you want it to be pleasant. Although a hotel, Airbnb, or guesthouse may be well-known, check their reviews and social media. Their online activities will give you an idea of how the staff interacts with guests, the type of service, and the amenities available. Try interacting with them in the comments section or via direct messages to check responsiveness and professionalism.
Don’t forget time management.
Consider a staycation and look at how you can reduce travel time. Create a shortlist of things to do and places to visit. Ensure that everyone is on the same page. Are they contributing financially? What are the sleeping and transportation arrangements? Even if your trip is for relaxation, it’s a good idea to create a schedule to make the most of your time. It’s good if your getaway coincides with a long weekend, but since most weekends are short, try to include an extra day for travel.
Choose a room that adds to your comfort.
It’s hard to relax to the sound of an elevator constantly opening or closing or voices speaking loudly in the hallways. Ask for a room that has the amenities you need to feel comfortable. Rule out rooms near restaurants, traffic, and floors where large groups of people are staying.
Be present when you get there.
Treat your getaway like a real vacation. Unplug, relax, enjoy the people and activities as they unfold. Don’t cheat yourself out of quality downtime by checking work emails or taking unnecessary phone calls. Instead, look for cool spots to take Instagrammable photos, try a new dish or make friends with other guests if you can. Create new memories that bring you joy.
Ready to plan your weekend getaway?
Find Yello has a host of hotels, resorts, and guesthouses. Type “hotels & resorts” or “guest houses” into our search bar and let your fingers do the walking. We also have listings for “taxis,” “supermarkets,” and related businesses if you need to purchase items for your trip.
Sources: The Travel Manuel, Oyster, Travel Made Simple, and Afar.