When travel time is limited, that doesn’t mean the experience has to be too! Taking a weekend trip or 4-day weekend can be just as rejuvenating with the added bonus of less stress with less travel time and lower cost. When you can’t get away from work for a prolonged period of time but still need a getaway, it is entirely possible to plan something wonderful without going over budget.

The first and most important way to make sure your trip goes smoothly is to have a set plan in place. Knowing exactly what you’re going to do and when takes all the stress away from the actual trip when you just want to relax. Set up an itinerary on MyGuestbook and have tickets to any excursions purchased ahead of time. Check out our blog here to learn more about smoothly planning a trip. MyGuestbook has intuitive software meant to have everything in one place while you’re on vacation. Sifting through emails to find reservations is no longer necessary, leaving you with the time you want to dedicate to actually enjoying the time you have. Low stress= Better vacations.

Be careful not to overload yourself with activities either. Having lulls in time can go a long way to providing the relaxation you need. Mixing relaxing activities with visiting attractions can help your vacation feel longer than it is without exhausting yourself. Find a destination relatively close to home to minimize travel time to and from. This will leave you with a majority of your weekend to relax. Start by getting acquainted with the area and pinpointing exactly where your activities for the weekend will be in relation to where you’re staying.

If you’re staying in a vacation rental, worrying about where to eat won’t be as much of a problem. Finding where to eat doesn’t have to be a chore, and eating breakfast at home can save a lot of time and money. Dedicate a few meals to going out but getting to cook in goes a long way to stretching your budget to activities and experiences rather than food. 

Even a 3 or 4 day vacation can be memorable when spent with guests you love doing things you have fun with. Many travelers are surprised at how much they can fit in to a short span and still feel relaxed. With the right mindset, you can squeeze every ounce of fun into your vacation and leave with a refreshed mindset.