Holidays are over and 2019 is officially the new normal. This is the time of year we like to call ‘limbo season,’ or that awkward time after the holidays and before the spring. Limbo season tends to be a season of routine, as school is back in session and workloads are in full force.
Many times, we enter the new year with resolutions that focus on work-life balance and increased travel, but falling victim to the routine of limbo season can sometimes push our resolutions to the backburner. Although routine can be comfortable, it’s important to find ways to shake things up, recharge after a stressful week, and maintain a healthy balance between monotony and adventure.
One of the best ways to do this is through weekend getaways. From affordable destinations to budgeting strategies, we have all the tips to get you ready for a quick recharge or adventure.
Best Quick-Turn Destinations
You may be thinking a three-day vacation isn’t worth the time and expense of travelling, but we beg to differ! U.S. News and World Report has ranked 15 travel destinations that are ideal for a quick getaway, based on affordability, accessibility, and entertainment so that you can get the most out of your time.
The top destinations range from some of the nation’s biggest cities to beach towns, giving you a range of options for whatever trip you are craving. Some of these destinations include New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Montreal, and Charleston.
Keep in mind off-season will be your best friend when choosing the best location. It equates to less traffic and lower hotel rates.
Flights Don’t Have to Break Your Bank
If you don’t want the majority of your budget going towards transportation, let low airfare lead the way.
Unorthodox? Potentially. But one of the best benefits of traveling is expanding your horizons and picking a spontaneous trip based on affordability could be the best way to explore somewhere you never thought of going.
Just like we provide an easy way to find affordable rates on hotels, there are sites and apps, such as Skyscanner or Hopper, that do the same for flights. Through these services you can find the best deals on flights around the world and predict airfare rates so you know when the best time to book your flight is. If you want to be spontaneous, search ‘everywhere’ and pick your next destination based on the cheapest upcoming flight – then come to Guest Reservations to score a deal on the perfect room.
Budgeting as a State of Mind
Once you cut down on airfare, you can reallocate your money towards activities, meals, and entertainment. When balling on a limited budget, you can still experience all of these things on your vacation, if you change your approach a little bit.
To reduce the cost of eating, pick a hotel that includes complimentary breakfast, stock up on snacks at the grocery store, and choose restaurants away from the main tourists’ attractions to cut the price of your meal. If you want to take home souvenirs or go shopping, hit up the local markets to not only save money, but to also get the authentic local experience.
Most importantly, prioritize your time beforehand so you know where you want to splurge ahead of time.
Let Guest Reservations help you rethink the way you approach travelling so that weekend escapes during times like limbo season can become feasible and rewarding rather than a burden.