In the U.S. getting away for the weekend is considered a vacation, but it can be hard to maximize your weekend trip when you only have a few days.
It’s safe to say that I’ve pretty much mastered the art of weekend trips, because I always come back feeling like my trip lasted more than just a few days.
Weekend trips are great for students and young adults entering the work force since it’s important to slow down and take breaks sometimes to prevent yourself from burning out.
Here are 5 tips to help you make the most out of your next weekend trip:
1. Travel on a Thursday
Getting a head start is always a good idea, especially when it comes to traveling. The weekends are typically the busiest times of the week for airports since more people have free time to travel.
Every time I’m planning a trip, I make an effort to fly or drive in on a Thursday. That extra day allows you to get settled and not stress if your flight gets delayed/cancelled or if you have a set back on your road trip.
You never know what can happen on the road and being stressed is not how you want to start your weekend vacation, so it’s best to not be in a rush.
In addition, you can spend that extra day sightseeing or doing excursions that weren’t a part of your trip itinerary.
2. Stay in different parts of the city
Each area of a city brings a different vibe and different things to see and do so where you decide to stay can play a huge role in your overall experience.
During my trip to Chicago, I stayed in Pilsen for one night and stayed in Downtown Chicago close to Grant Park the rest of my trip. It really opened my eyes to how much different areas of a city has to offer.
By staying in different parts of the city you have the possibility of saving some money on your accommodations. If you travel to a popular city then lodging in the center of the action will be expensive, so instead you can split your time by staying for in the city for two nights and spending the rest of your time outside the city center where it would be more affordable.
3. Meet up with old friends
Due to growing up and life, it can be hard to see your friends as often as you used to, so it’s important to take every chance you can.
Most adults have friends who live in different states or travel for work, so there’s no better way to catch up by meeting up in a state and spend quality time exploring a city together.
My friend Christine had to attend a work training event in St. Charles, Illinois for the week and decided to extend her trip into the weekend to see what Chicago is all about. Since I was going to school in Iowa at the time, she let me know ahead of time and I made plans to meet up with her in Chicago so we could catch up and both see Chicago for the first time.
4. Walk instead of using car-ride services
When you’re traveling in a different city, it can be easy to rely on Lyft and Uber to get you around the city. Instead opt for walking to your destination especially if you’re staying in a popular and touristy area.
There are so many benefits such as getting to see things you’d miss if you were driving in a car, working off the calories from all the good food you’re eating, all the maximum photo opportunities.
And of course, the best advantage is saving that coin!
5. See a performance show
If you’re looking for other ways to create a memorable trip besides all the sightseeing and museums, a few great options include seeing a concert, show, play, or going to a event.
When I was visiting Chicago, we spontaneously bought Sunday passes to Pitchfork Music Festival off of Craigslist and spent our final day in Chicago sitting in the grass and enjoying great music.
In addition, during my latest trip to Los Angeles, my friend Kyle and I went to an improv and sketch comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade which was an interesting and cool to witness.
Be sure to Google upcoming events in your destination city when planning your next weekend trip.
Well there you have my 5 tips to maximize your weekend trip, are you going to try any? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!