If you are like me, you have the itch to get away ALL THE TIME!
Problem #1: I need to WORK to pay for all these getaways.
Problem #2: I am only able to take a certain amount of time off per year. Annoying, right?
This is quite the issue when I look at my never-ending bucket list, THEN to my bank account, and THEN to my remaining vacation days. Thankfully I have found new ways through out the years to strategically book my vacations so it seems like I have more time off then I do.
Prepare to be amazed!
1. If you are traveling somewhere far, consider an overnight flight to maximize your time. If you finish work on Friday at 5pm, try to book a 10pm flight so all you need to do is grab your luggage, hitch a ride to the airport, get yourself a nice glass of vino and wait for your departure. You will arrive at your destination Saturday morning/ afternoon and avoid wasting a day of your hard earned vacation time in the air.
2. Book your vacation time around stat/civic holidays. If you are from Canada like I am, try to book a week off the week BEFORE Canada Day, and just like that your vacation becomes one day longer! You can use that extra day off as travel time.
3. Book a long weekend getaway for places you can drive to or somewhere with a short flight. If you only have 2 more days of vacation time left, book off Thursday and Friday, combo that with your weekend and voila! There is a 4-day vacation. If you want to get crazy, bank THAT off a civic/stat holiday and there is your 5-day vacation!
4. You want to go to Europe, but you only have a week- no problem! Book yourself an overnight flight Friday evening; this will get you over the Atlantic and on European soil the next morning. Book your flight home Sunday afternoon (Remember on the way home, the time change is in our favour and you gain back a lot of the time you lost on the flight!) This gives you 7 full days of sightseeing, and less then 2 days travel time.
In order to maximize this time, research where you want to visit and the most time efficient way to see it. You can easily see 2-3 countries because flights within Europe are inexpensive and a lot faster then taking the train. This will mean you need to be prepared on what the main points of interest are in each location, so you don’t waste time figuring out your itinerary while your there. This may seem stressful, however it is a great way to knock more places off your bucket list!
5. Discover your own country. There are so many beautiful places in the world, and a lot of great places are right under your nose. You can easily take day trips/weekend trips to places accessible by car or train if you have no vacation time left. Google and Pinterest are great tools you can use to research local points of interest. Even though you aren't flying somewhere exotic, you will still be making memories! Here are a few ideas for your weekend getaway:
Winery tours if you’re a wino like me. There are also other options if you are into beer, scotch, rum etc..
Rent a cottage or beach house in a place you have never been to and discover the town that surrounds it. There are often fun places to eat and shop in smaller communities.
Hikes at conservation areas/parks. Nothing like getting in touch with the great outdoors!
Plan a shopping trip to another city with new boutiques and restaurants. It is always nice to get some great deals and find hidden gems that no one else knows about!
Bed and Breakfasts or spa weekend. I mean, who doesn't like to get pampered sometimes?
Ski/snowboard trips or any other winter activity at a hill you have never been to. If you aren't into snow sports- hit the chalet in your cutest fur vest, grab a cup of hot chocolate and be a ski bunny for the weekend. The chalet life if great!
See your hometown sports team play in another city and make a weekend trip out of it. Even if you don't necessarily want to WATCH the game- the experience is still fun! (And a great way to meet guys, if your single!)
Now what are you waiting for? Start planning your next excursion- the options are endless!