I love big vacations! Those week long (or longer) adventures that take me away from the city to explore someplace new, recharge and relax. I don’t get many of them in a year, so the hard part for me is waiting until the next one. That wait can be long, often months in between. I get anxious for another break from the daily routine and start looking at my weekends.
Weekends are the perfect time to get away!
A weekend getaway is a perfect break between longer vacations. Holiday weekends are bonus prizes because there’s usually an extra day. But, even if it’s a standard 2-day weekend, I find ways to get away. You’d be amazed at how even a short weekend away from your daily environment can recharge your batteries!
Where to look for ideas.
Some of the best resources I’ve found for finding weekend travel ideas include my local city and regional magazines and websites. Here in Chicago, I look at Chicago Magazine and Midwest Living websites for articles on road trips nearby. There are regional magazines for most parts of the U.S., so you can probably find one near you. Look at this list on zinio.com for more regional travel magazines.
Another place I look for local travel ideas, and savings, are sites like Groupon, Living Social and Travelzoo. These sites usually offer opportunities to buy discounted offers for lodging, dining, and entertainment. You could plan out your entire weekend through one of these types of sites.
If you’re comfortable on facebook and twitter, I’ve found that following regional convention and visitors bureaus can lead to travel ideas for upcoming events and deals also. Search the web with a city name and the words “convention and visitors bureau” to get a list of that city’s resources. Get creative in thinking about what businesses and organizations in your region to follow. Many post news of upcoming events and specials you won’t learn about elsewhere.
Email subscriptions offer hidden deals.
And don’t forget about email subscriptions! I subscribe to emails from tourist centers in nearby areas I like to visit, hotels I like to stay at, and a number of tourist related sites in areas throughout the Chicago region. These emails often include special deals and news you won’t find elsewhere.
Get a free email address from someplace like google if you’re worried about spam or too much email from subscriptions. Personally, I use my everyday email address and haven’t had a problem with spam. You can create email filters to move email subscriptions to their own folder to help keep your inbox tidy.
Don’t despair the next time you’re craving a getaway and only have the weekend.
I’d love to hear your ideas for planning a weekend getaway in the comments!