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How to plan a weekend getaway

There are certain people that can just pack a bag and  jet off somewhere new for the weekend. I wish I could be that type, but I need to plan out or have a rough idea of what I’m getting myself into. First it starts with the flights, then location and so on. It is also important to plan out your budget so you don’t end up wasting too much money. If you are like me then you will find this useful. I go through a few steps that I take to plan out my short vacations and/or weekend gateways – both domestically and internationally.

Tips and Tricks on how to plan a Weekend Getaway. Also includes a free packing checklist to keep yourself organized. CHECK IT OUT!

Navigating Flight Prices

Everyone always has their dates set or know the weekend they want to get away. But being flexible with your dates can help you find the cheapest ticket prices. If possible, check out ticket prices before you plan out what time frame you want to travel.

The top websites to find cheap tickets are:

After you find the date you want to travel, the next step will be to figure out how low you can get your ticket and hotel for. Doing the bundle approach might save you money but it is always a good idea to research your best options.

Some options are:

  • Buying two one way tickets instead of round trip
  • Buying the hotel and flight ticket separately
  • Have a rewards program? You can probably get a great discount through there.
    • Looking for a credit card with a good rewards on travel. Check out this link I found that provided the best credit cards for travel.

Timing is everything

On an article I read the other day, they say timing is important. That means the timing and day you buy your tickets: early mornings on Wednesday turns out to be the best time to buy a ticket. But who knows if that is for certain.

While thinking about the timing to buy your ticket, you should also be thinking about what day to depart and come back. Sundays are the most expensive day to travel back home. If you’re able to come back on Monday then that will be the best option.

Location is Key

Hotel Location – Try to find a hotel close to the main attractions, but of course they might be expensive. Have you thought of looking into Airbnb? Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences and hotels, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries (source).

Everyone loves Uber, they are easy to request and you can pay them through their app. Nothing beats that, BUT it’s always best to look up public transportation around you. Doesn’t everyone want to get the full experience and feel like a local? Riding the public transportation will be a great way to meet people and see the areas most people don’t get to see.

Free Events – There is always something going on no matter where you go. So do your research and take advantage when you get there.

Time to Start Planning

Packing Time – The first thing to pack will be your ID if you’re flying domestic or passport for international. I’ve made the mistake of not looking for my passport until the last minute and almost missed my flight. So check out our free template for our packing list that will help get you organized.

Travel outfit – I know going to the airport is not a fashion show, but why not look comfortable and put together. Like they always say, you never know who you might meet.

I think we are already to go! Let us know if you have any ideas that would make this planning process even better.

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Have a Safe Flight!Tips and Tricks on how to plan a Weekend Getaway. Also includes a free packing checklist to keep yourself organized. CHECK IT OUT!

Tips and Tricks on how to plan a Weekend Getaway. Also includes a free packing checklist to keep yourself organized. CHECK IT OUT!

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  • Reply Angela

    Great tips! I haven’t used Skyscanner yet. I’ve heard of it before, but always forget to look at it. Thanks for the reminder!

    May 7, 2016 at 7:22 PM
    • Reply Natasha

      Thanks Angela. Yes I always use skyscanner and usually seem to find good prices on there.

      May 8, 2016 at 12:42 PM
  • Reply Lara Dunning

    Great tips. I didn’t realize Wednesday morning was the best day to buy airline tickets. Good to know.

    May 8, 2016 at 1:56 AM
    • Reply Natasha

      Thanks Lara! Yes that’s what I’ve heard.

      May 8, 2016 at 12:43 PM
  • Reply Castaway with Crystal

    Thanks for the tips! Very useful. I use Skyscanner all the time! Love it 😉
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    May 8, 2016 at 8:21 AM
    • Reply Natasha

      Thanks Crystal! Yes that’s one of my favorite sites to use.

      May 8, 2016 at 12:45 PM
  • Reply christine

    When I was working full time, weekends getaways saved my sanity! 😛 I always use Skyscanner, great prices.
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    May 9, 2016 at 12:25 AM
    • Reply Natasha

      Weekend getaways are a must, you always need a break away! Same here.

      May 9, 2016 at 3:37 PM
  • Reply Theresa

    Great tips for aspiring nomads. I’d also add on there Google Flights to look for cheap air fare, and yes, Wed. or just mid-week in general are typically the cheapest days to book plane tickets. Cute site, by the way!

    May 9, 2016 at 2:31 AM
    • Reply Natasha

      Thanks Theresa! And that is a great thing to note. Thank you!

      May 9, 2016 at 3:32 PM
  • Reply Elena

    Oh, I am also a planning freak, just can’t go anywhere without a plan :)))

    May 9, 2016 at 3:07 AM
    • Reply Natasha

      Haha exactly! I can’t do anything without planning.

      May 9, 2016 at 3:44 PM
  • Reply melody pittman

    Great tips! I’ve never heard of Skyscanner. I’m one of those people who can be ready to go in 5 minutes. 😉

    May 9, 2016 at 5:42 PM
    • Reply Natasha

      You should give it a try, I love that site. Haha I’m trying to be more like that.

      May 10, 2016 at 4:51 PM
  • Reply Bernard Tan

    Thanks for sharing! would be hunting down airtickets tomorrow morning!

    May 10, 2016 at 7:19 AM
    • Reply Natasha

      No problem! I hope you find some good deals.

      May 10, 2016 at 4:53 PM
  • Reply Emmanuel Apau

    Skyscanner! i’ll have to check that out
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    May 10, 2016 at 1:43 PM
  • Reply Nilabh Ranjan

    its good to see the role of Skyscanner for planning quick holiday at best price and at the top, will try to find something good. bw great informative post
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    May 13, 2016 at 2:04 AM
  • Reply Lily

    This is a really great post. I’ve recently done my first completely spontaneous trip to Europe. Nothing booked but the flight there. Not gonna lie it was stressful but worth it. I’m usually a plan it all kind of girl too though. Great tips.

    May 13, 2016 at 3:13 AM
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