Going away for just a weekend may be foremost on your mind, and you may already be thinking of when you can get away for that much-needed respite. But planning the best weekend break can be quite a challenge with so many details to take care of, and it can be difficult knowing where to begin. After all, you only have a few days, and you want to make sure everything works out and is as perfect as possible, from your destination to your budget and activities and more. But how can you plan the ideal weekend holiday? Here’s your best guide to planning the perfect weekend break.
Set your budget
The first step is to know what your budget is and what you can afford. This is where group trips are often ideal because you can share some costs, such as accommodations, if you travel as a group. In addition, you can more easily find great accommodations that you can afford, such as large houses to rent with an indoor pool that you may not otherwise be able to pay for if you travel on your own or with a single companion. This type of accommodation may also give you more value for your money because it comes with 100% privacy and exclusivity, and often for a lower price than booking several rooms in a hotel.
When you determine your budget, don’t forget to factor in other expenses, such as the cost of activities or sightseeing, the cost of transport, and the cost of food.
Decide whether to drive or fly
You may already have a rough idea of where you want to go, but is it easier to drive or fly? Of course, you wouldn’t want to waste time in an airport if you only have a short holiday, and there are plenty of areas within the UK that are ideal for weekend breaks (and which have a range of holiday rental choices as well). Driving can also be more flexible because you can stop when you want, and you don’t have to rely on external factors such as flight delays.
Do your research
Once you have determined where to go on your weekend break, it’s time to do your research. If this is your first time in that area, this is especially useful. Check out the neighbourhood and find out if there are any attractions you can see and visit, and find out if there are any activities you may want to try. Don’t forget to factor in the travel times from your accommodation to specific sites or places, and if you can, make a list of the things you’d like to do. Check out dining options and see if there are any restaurants where you can sample the local specialities.
Create a rough itinerary
Even though you’re just going on a short break and may not have enough time to explore, you may still want to come up with a rough itinerary, so you have a plan for the days you are there. For instance, if you’re going to explore the town on your first day and have lunch somewhere, it’s entirely feasible. You can then list down other things you’d like to do or see so your weekend break is more worthwhile – but don’t forget to relax, either, as that’s what your vacation is all about!