Many of us take time out of our busy schedules to leave the comfortable confines of our hometowns for a much-needed weekend mini-break, but if we haven’t planned correctly, then we might not get the most out of our time away. As they say, time flies, and this is especially true on a short weekend trip, as you will be back before you know it!
So, before packing your travel essentials and hopping on a plane, take a look at the following planning tips for a successful weekend mini-break to ensure your time isn’t wasted.
#1: Choose the right destination
Larger cities don’t lend themselves well to weekend breaks as you won’t have the time to see and do everything, so choose somewhere that is easily explorable within a couple of days. If you’re looking to leave the UK, consider visiting smaller European towns and cities, such as Florence in Italy or Lisbon in Portugal, which are of an ideal size if you’re looking to explore. Alternatively, consider staying in the UK, as this way, you will spend less travelling, and have more time to enjoy a new destination. Consider a hotel or luxury apartments in Cardiff, London, York, or the Lake District, as just a few popular examples for the perfect weekend away.
#2: Plan your itinerary carefully
You only have two days away, so you don’t want to cram your itinerary with a long list of things to see and do. After deciding on the right destination for you, consider what experiences you would value the most. Prioritise these in your schedule, so even if you don’t have the time to do absolutely everything, you will have still made time for those activities that mean the most to you.
#3: Download a few useful apps
If you have a smartphone (we are betting you do), download those apps that will benefit your city break. There are a few examples here, so free up space on your phone to accommodate them. We especially recommend those apps that offer GPS navigation, so you don’t waste your weekend getting lost when trying to get from A to B, as well as city discovery apps, so you don’t miss out on any incredible sights or fun activities in your chosen destination.
#4: Check for local events
You don’t want to spend a weekend away somewhere, only to discover there is a fantastic festival or other special event happening just days after you have returned home. When planning your weekend break then, consider your dates carefully. Do your research beforehand, and if there is something interesting happening in your chosen destination, be sure to book your accommodation early to both get a place to stay and to take advantage of early booking discounts. Alternatively, if you are hoping for a quiet weekend away without masses of tourists, look for those local events online, and if they don’t interest you, book your break around them instead!
Finally, if you plan right, 48 hours is just enough time to explore and enjoy a new town or city on your time away. Follow our suggestions then, and if you have any other tips for our readers, be sure to let us know!