5 Quick easy-planning getaways for a long weekend

5 Quick No-Planning Trips

If you have a busy schedule, having enough time to take a sizeable vacation seems difficult. But all that means is you have to make the most with the time you have. The next time a long weekend rolls around, don’t spend it at home. Chances are you’re just a drive or train ride away from some excellent destinations where you can unwind for a few days. Best of all, these trips require only a little planning – perfect for those spontaneous get-up-and-go moments.

The beach. If you have a long weekend where the weather is beautiful and you’re really in the mood for some sand and sunshine, this is the only option. Thanks to smartphones, you can find a room after you’ve already set up your spot on the beach. Rent a boat, go kitesurfing, or try your hand at fishing, or just relax with a good book.

The city. Regardless of whether you live in a big city or not, visiting a nearby city could be a blast. If hotel rooms cost more than you’d like to pay, you might be able to find a cheaper option in Airbnb. Also, there are plenty of free and cheap things to do in virtually every city. With ample guides on the Internet, you can quickly find where the best places in the city are, and do so completely on the fly.

The traditional B&B. Some destinations are simple and relaxed. Pick a spot with a nearby bed and breakfast, or search online, and plan a charming visit to a place with a hammock and porch where you do as much nothing as possible.

The Packup and Go. This non-traditional vacation booker lets you input interests and a budget; and plans a surprise vacation for you. They let you know what weather and activities to expect, but you won’t even know where you’re going until you get to the airport!

The resort. Ski lodges and casinos can make for excellent long weekend trips. They combine the feelings of luxury with plenty of action, making for a trip that’s both refreshing and exciting. Even if you’re not into snow sports or gambling, these types of resorts usually have plenty of other activities you’ll enjoy, from spa treatments to shopping to live entertainment.

The road trip. If you’re not sure of where you want to go, pick a direction, pack a bag, and just drive! Taking the time to embrace the open road and make decisions on a whim could be a great way to be adventurous without spending a fortune. Go with friends, or just by yourself. However you choose to do it, you’re exploring an area in a way that a planned trip never could match. There is one caveat for a trip like this, though: make sure you leave enough time and money to get back home!

The meetup. If you’re talking to family or friends not too far away and it turns out neither of you have plans, why not find a hotel midway and see the people you hardly ever get to see? No reason to wait until the holidays, and it’s all about seeing company, not necessarily where you go.

The campground. Perfect for that late summer, early fall time period, going camping can be a fun experience. You don’t have to rough it in the woods alone; there are plenty of places designed for you to set up your tent, grill some food, and make new friends. Some campgrounds even offer activities to do right on site, like swimming, zip-lining, and hiking. You’ll get the feeling and the fresh air that comes with being in the great outdoors, without the need to forage for food. You could also look into renting a cabin at a state or national park. While technically not really camping, this would give you rustic accommodations in a natural setting without having to give up conveniences like a bed, refrigerator and shower.


  • February 16th, 2017
  • Posted in: AVA