It’s Friday. You’re tired, and all you want to do is go home, kick your feet up, order some delivery, and spend time with your one true love: Netflix. But what are your plans for the weekend? Chances are it's been a while since you've done something new.
Where Are You Going This Weekend?
There’s this old movie, Yes Man, which isn't a masterpiece, but there's this scene that's always stuck with me. The main character and his love interest decide to book the cheapest flight to visit a new city—"an eenie-meenie-miney-mo situation."
They ended up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and while I'm sure Lincoln is an excellent place to visit, it doesn't regularly rank among the most-visited destinations in the U.S.
But this scene always stuck with me. Why can't we live our lives with this kind of openness to a new adventure—regardless of the destination?
This is why you should book a last-minute weekend getaway tonight.
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I know what you’re thinking: Trips cost money—a lot of it. But this doesn’t have to be the case. You can always organize a last-minute getaway within your budget, and it’s probably about time you explored somewhere outside of your own backyard.
How To Book A Last-Minute Weekend Getaway
Staycations were trendy for a while, but I'd be hard-pressed to find someone who actually wants to stay in the same place during their "getaway." There are three simple steps for planning an excellent last-minute vacation.
Step 1. Decide On Your Travel Time
How long are you willing to spend in the car, on a train, or on a plane during your getaway? This will vary based on your personal travel preference. Some people say more than two hours is torture, while others don't mind a flight under under six hours (or more).
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Once you have your personal travel time established, then you can search for destinations that fall within your desired range. This will give you a great starting point.
Step 2. Decide On Your Destination
Consider your location, then search for flight route times from your airport or drive times from your city within your time radius. If you're in Boston, for example, a cheap flight to Bermuda is a little over two hours—which is a completely reasonable choice for a quick trip. Flying from San Francisco to Vancouver (and vice versa) is also a little over two hours.
How you decide on your destination will vary, but be open to exploring a new city—even one that may not be considered "trendy." Some destinations may surprise you.
Step 3. Find Cheap Flights, Hotels, & More
Searches for last-minute trips have increased recently, and travel companies are working to offer options for the spontaneous travelers among us.
There are a number of travel websites that offer "surprise" bookings (i.e., where you know the star level and normal price for the hotel before paying, but nothing else) and deals for last-minute travelers. What's more, some hotels will even give you a great rate over the phone.
But the true key to finding a good deal? Research. Research. Research. While it takes time to search around for the best prices, it's well worth the effort.
We're completely biased and consider ourselves one of the best resources for finding these types of travel deals, since we spend all our time on research—including putting together last-minute trips. (It's kinda our bread and butter, so can let us do the legwork for you.)
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Maybe you've been looking for a sign to let a little spontaneity into your life. Maybe you've been looking for an excuse to get out of the house. Maybe you're hoping to add the #travel hashtag to your Instagram story for once.
Whatever the reason, don't be afraid to say "eenie meenie miney mo" and go.
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