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When planning a trip, it is always important to think of your best options for both your wallet and itinerary. Most of the time this can take a good deal of planning, but how do you do it spur of the moment if you need to plan a quick getaway? Here are my best tips for planning a quick trip.
Decide where you want to go
This is a heavily personal choice. Feel safer locking yourselves up in a cute little rustic cabin in the woods? Prefer a big nice corporate hotel with safety protocol in place to protect you? Do you live a few hours away from a place you’ve been meaning to check out? The best getaway will reflect your personal choices. My fiancé and I recently planned an impromptu trip to New Mexico. It is one of our favorite places and hopefully our future home as well. It has deserts, mountains, and inspiring views. For us our choice was simple and decided in about five minutes. Remember to make it easy on yourself and take a bit of extra time to check all travel restrictions for your location of choice.
Still don’t know where to go? Check out Earth Roulette for some inspiration.
Decide how you are getting there
Do you prefer flying or is a road trip more your style? There are pros and cons to both. Flying is undoubtedly faster and there are fewer variables to consider. Unless your flight is delayed or cancelled, you know pretty well exactly when you will arrive. Then again it can be a more expensive option depending on your preferred airline and your destination. With road trips you have a bit more freedom and control, with both hands on the wheel so to speak. You can plan your own special detours, bring your own food and drink, and take in the scenery. Road trips do have their downsides as well. You will spend much more time traveling, you will need to factor in the cost of gas and food when comparing to that airline ticket, and you will add on time for restroom breaks and possibly sleep depending on the length of your trip.
Find and book lodging
Every trip needs a home base. If you are not staying with a friend or family member try exploring Airbnb for lodging finds and needs. You are able to quickly filter results to get the most catered experience for your needs. For hotels I always recommend finding a brand you love and having a loyalty number with them to eventually earn free stays. Most times you will even have deals in your inbox just waiting to be booked. If you do not know what brand you love yet, try Priceline or Expedia. They have great express deals where you can pick your general location and number of stars that you feel comfortable with and they will choose your hotel for you! Within minutes you will have a set destination with barely any work, it’s like a mini surprise party for your inner child; I’ve had numerous really cool hotel stays that I typically wouldn’t have splurged on outright. I’ve stayed at a Westin and a gorgeous Kimpton in Miami that I would love to see again. You also are able to do a more standard search and typically still find some pretty great rates.
Research and finalize
With travel and lodging both set, all you have left is planning your days—or even not planning at all. Leave room to explore the unknown or to just relax. Treat yourself to a new book and plans for a long bath. Set aside some time to look into options for activities that can be safely done or enjoyed such as a day at the lake or a hike in a cool location. Make sure these activities are currently available and if they require reservations. You don’t want to arrive at your destination only to find out your activity is closed due to environmental or weather conditions, or is only available seasonally, or is just plain sold out. Also consider activities that are unique to the area such as star gazing or possibly a drive in movie.
Other quick tips and resources
We love to rent cars, keeping road surprises and maintenance for our personal cars to a minimum.
Pack a cooler for the car. Take snacks, chilled beverages, and even preassembled meals to have options available that aren’t fast food.
For flights, travel light. You will make your life so much easier just taking a backpack (personal item) and a carry on. For tips on how to pack light check out this article.
Written by: Mindi Flippen