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3 tips for planning a weekend getaway

One of the best things one can do is taking a last-minute weekend getaway!

Let's be honest, no matter where you live there are many places to explore just a few hours away. And since a three-month summer vacation is no longer in the cards for many of us, the idea of taking a few mini vacations throughout the different seasons is the perfect solution.

Sometimes, a weekend trip is all you need to have a fun, memorable, and rejuvenating experience. As winter merges into spring and we want to escape daily hassles, de-stress, relax, and unwind on a weekend - a trip is just what we need.

Since we often gather the kids and escape for a weekend of travel, I have reduced the stress of planning with 3 tips for making the most out of our weekend getaways.

How do we make our weekend getaway travel work without much planning?

Three things: a go-to packing list, booking last minute reservations on Airbnb and a go-with-the-flow attitude.


I’ve done enough weekend trips to know exactly what I’ll need for just about any situation. I like to break down my packing list by thinking about my trip chronologically. The first day I’ll be traveling, then maybe grabbing a bite to eat that night. The second day I leave open for exploring, and the third will likely involve brunch and the drive home.

So, here’s what you’ll need:

-comfy shoes/ sandals (depending on locale)

– comfy travel outfit – Friday dinner outfit – Saturday exploring, 1 casual/ relaxing look and 1 outfit for other activities – Saturday dinner outfit – Sunday brunch & drive home

Be sure to pack light and only bring what you know you’ll wear.

Remember, if you are taking your kids with you, be sure to pack ONLY what they need (bear in mind, you may need additional change of clothes).


I discovered airbnb and how simple it made my last-minute getaway dreams possible! You just head to the website or app, type in your location and timing, and they’ll search all the nearby homes. Even better you can filter your search to include different amenities that will kick your weekend up a notch! Always, say yes to the private sauna and fireplace!


To be honest, I think this attitude will get you everywhere in life, but it’s especially necessary for making a last minute getaway work! I suggest planning just enough to get you there and to have a place to stay, but not so much that you go crazy when things don’t go as planned. Have some ideas of what you want to do, but let the weekend take you where it takes you! That’s the fun of a last minute trip, right?!


We hope this weekend mini-getaway planning guide is able to help you plan your perfect trip!

Let us know where you’re going to next in the comments!

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