[:en]When you’re going away on a weekend break, your main concern will likely be packing as much fun as you can into a short space of time. Whether you’re going with a partner, friends, or family, the 8 things below will help you to make your next weekend break more fun and less hassle. Take a look and see how they can improve your next trip!
- Don’t Overstuff Your Itinerary
Feeling tempted to jampack your itinerary with as much as possible? Don’t! Overstuffing your itinerary will leave you exhausted, and you probably won’t even have the energy to enjoy most of the things you do. You’ll be too worried about missing the next thing, or getting there quickly. You really will regret spending a weekend running from place to place without giving yourself any breathing room to enjoy it all. Keep your itinerary flexible and reasonable.
- Buy Tickets for Things You Are Definitely Going To Do In Advance
If there are a few things you know you’re definitely going to be doing in advance, buy tickets. Buying tickets in advance means you’ll likely get a discount, and you won’t have to mess around finding somewhere to buy them when you get there.
- Carefully Consider The Location Of Your Hotel
The location of your hotel can make or break your weekend break. It might not matter so much when you’re travelling for a longer period of time, but when you only have a short amount of time to have a great trip, you want to be as efficient with your accommodation as possible. Looking at hotels near the metro, for instance, will reduce your travel time and make sure you can easily get back and get out whenever you want to. You don’t want to have to wait for taxis or walk for miles to get to where you’re going – unless a walking weekend is your idea of fun, that is.
- Pack Light, But Be Smart
Be vigilant with the items you plan on taking with you. You don’t want to pack more than you need, as lugging it around with you will annoy you eventually. You can probably reduce the amount of clothing and toiletries you take, if you really think about it. Be smart, though; taking a portable phone charger, paracetamol, and small items that could come in handy over the weekend will (literally) save you a headache.
- Get Recommendations
Before travelling, get recommendations from friends and family. What should you see? Where should you eat? Get a general idea of what people are saying and then narrow it down. You could write a Facebook status, ask them in person, or even just check a third party site like TripAdvisor. If you don’t have a clue on the nice places to see and eat before you travel, you might end up falling into a few tourist traps and not having a great time.
- Avoid Busy Weekends
Certain weekends are always going to be busy, and you can’t really help that. You can’t put your life or plans on hold just because everybody has the same idea as you. However, if you can, choosing a weekend where it’s unlikely to be too busy will allow you to relax a little. You won’t need to feel worried about being jostled about by huge crowds, or spending ages waiting in line.
- Make Sure You Don’t Have To Worry About Anything Back Home
The last thing you want to do is have to worry about anything back home when you only have a short amount of time to enjoy your trip! It could be a good idea to invest in some smart home protection that will allow you to check things are OK when you’re on the go. You could also install something that will allow you to remotely control things like the lights and curtains, so it looks like you’re home even when you’re not.
- Limit Your Social Media Time
Try not to spend too much time on social media. You can upload pictures when you’re home. Enjoy the scenes of this new and exciting place instead and really take it all in. You don’t want to advertise that nobody is going to be home for the weekend either, as you never know who might be paying attention!
Are you ready to make your next weekend break more fun and less hassle? Make sure you do the 8 things above and you should have a great time! [:]