Posted by Sean Thompson

The weekend Getaway

A weekend getaway might be the quick fix you need to restore your work/life balance. While we’d all love to take that extended vacation, sometimes work, family and financial commitments override that option.

Just a few days of rest and relaxation, in a new setting, will recharge batteries. You’ll return feeling refreshed and likely more creative. Time away can also present a great opportunity to reconnect with partners, family and friends.

Your getaway is precious time and you’ll want to make the most of it. Here’s a few suggestions to help you do just that.

Decide Where You’re Going and What You’re Doing
Figure out the goals for your getaway ahead of time. Be realistic about how much you can see or do in the time you have. Choose a destination that does not involve multiple connections. Keep it simple. You don’t want to take the chance of getting stranded anywhere. Identify the attractions, museums, restaurants, performances, activities and the like you wish to include. Locate them on a map and plot distances. You can build a loose itinerary based on your research. Scale back on your plans to protect your sanity, if need be. Remember you want to come back refreshed.

Book Lodging and Transportation
Spontaneity is a great trait but when you’ve only got a couple of days make sure you’ve got the basics covered. Once you’ve nailed your destination and what you’ll be doing there, book your lodging and transport. Choose lodging that is central to the places you want to get to. There is nothing more frustrating than staying in a hotel that is too far away. You don’t want to waste your valuable time in lengthy transits. Advance booking is a good backstop to prevent you from cancelling a much needed break and also gives you lead time to prepare clients and co-workers for your absence.

Don’t Forget Dining Reservations
One of the great pleasures of a getaway is eating out. Avoid the disappointment of not being able to get into that special restaurant you’ve heard so much about by reserving in advance. On a getaway weekend everyone deserves at least one breakfast in bed. Treat yourself with room service.

Don’t Check Bags
You don’t need to check bags for a short break. You can get everything you need into a carry-on. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that your bag is on the other side of the country. You don’t need this hassle.

Be Flexible
Sure you’ve got your plans laid out because you’ve listened, right? Don’t be rigid. If you come across something fantastic that you’ve overlooked, revise your schedule to your liking. It’s your holiday.

Have a great time, enjoy yourself to the fullest and start planning your next getaway for a few months down the road.