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While long vacations to exotic locales can be exciting and adventurous, they can also be costly in both time and travel expenses. Sometimes, a weekend trip is all you need to have a fun, memorable, and rejuvenating experience.
When NatureBox asked us to share our weekend getaway tips and try a few of their healthy snacks, we knew it would work out perfectly for our annual trip to Baja with friends. I always try to pack snacks — even on longer trips — because I need to eat every couple of hours and that’s not always feasible when I’m traveling. So, from packing healthy snacks to picking a place that speaks to you, here are our top tips for planning an unforgettable weekend getaway.
How to Plan an Unforgettable Weekend Getaway
Pick a Place that Speaks to You
Love the water? Spend your weekend basking on the beach, kayaking down a river, or picnicking near a lake. Maybe you feel uplifted when wandering the woods, or excited by exploring city streets. The ideal getaway may not take you far from home (you don’t want to spend half the weekend just getting to and from your vacation spot, after all) but following your interests will let you enjoy yourself wherever you are.
Consider Your Accommodations
You’ll get the most out of your vacation time if you stay somewhere close to the action. That may be a condo on the beach, a cabin or campsite in the great outdoors, or a hotel close to the city’s must-see locations or events. Whatever you choose, rooming nearby will help you stay in the spirit of your getaway.
Bring a Travel Buddy (or a Few!)
Striking out on your own has its highlights, but a weekend getaway can be the perfect opportunity to spend time with your partner or your friends, especially if you often find yourself too busy during the week. Good company will bring joy to everything you do and help make the weekend more memorable.
Put Your Phone on Airplane Mode
Make sure you’re really getting away by putting away your phone or laptop. You’ll get a breather from business-related calls or emails, and you’ll keep yourself open to really spend quality time with the people around you. You’ll soak up more of your environment, as well!
Pack Some Snacks
Whether you’re flying, driving, hiking or biking, it’s good to keep snacks on hand. Eating every couple of hours will keep your energy up so you can fully enjoy your weekend activities. It can also save you money and keep you away from unhealthy gas station or airplane foods.
Snack packs like the fruit and nut mixes found in NatureBox are the perfect size to stow away while traveling and will keep you energized and satisfied. You can choose from over 100 options available on NatureBox.com — including a variety of bars, nuts, dried fruit, and popcorns—and they’ll send a customized box right to your door. We couldn’t get enough of their Sriracha Roasted Cashews and Pistachio Power Clusters during our trip to Baja.
Keep Your Luggage Light
It might sound simple, but for a two or three day trip, just bring two or three days of clothes! It’s good to minimize other belongings as much as possible, too, so only bring what you know for certain you’ll use, from travel guides to fishing supplies. Packing light means less stress and hassle for your trip, which is what getting away for a weekend is all about! For more packing tips, visit our packing tips for world travelers or how to stay stylish while traveling.
Extend Your Weekend
Three-day weekends are a great time to plan a getaway, but you don’t have to wait for one to have fun. If you’re able, take off early on Friday so you can enjoy your weekend adventure with your friend or partner to the fullest.
Do you have any weekend getaway tips to add?