Why Weekend Getaways Can Be Better than Extended Vacations

Sometimes the more you plan, the worse off you are. Have you ever noticed this in life? You plan and plan and something always seems to go wrong. And then there are the times where you are as spontaneous as you ever will be and everything but everything just simply falls into place.

Sometimes the same can be said for weekend getaways as opposed to extended vacations. There are several ways that an extended vacation can go sour as compared to one of those spontaneous weekend getaways.

For starters, planning an extended vacation is just that – a lot of planning. Sometimes by the time you are done, you are experiencing vacation planning burnout. In addition, there is all the preparation you need to secure before going on vacation. Perhaps, you have a pet you need to secure, a home that needs looking after…and the list continues.

In addition, if you are like most individuals, you like to come home to a clean home and you clean your home fervently before going on an extended vacation. And then there is the packing. Most of us tend to over pack, especially if there are children going on vacation with us. Medications, extra bedding, diaper bags, and extra clothing just in case are all washed, dried, folded, and packed.

If you are going on an extended vacation, there may be paperwork involved such as a passport or birth certificate or visa. Extended vacations can be wearisome and make you ache for home before it is time to return home.

On the other hand, a weekend getaway takes a lot less planning and a lot less packing. You could probably get away with throwing a couple of things in a bag and just going with the flow on a weekend vacation.

In addition, the natural tendency on a weekend vacation is to enjoy and savor every moment because you know it is a short-lived vacation weekend getaway. You are traveling lighter, have less planning and have a lighter and happier attitude along the way.

Typically, extended vacations also tend to be the ones that are most traveled. You will more likely find more traffic, more tourists, and more crowds during extended stay vacations. During weekend getaways, you have so much more opportunity to find vacations off the beaten path.

Weekend getaways offer you the opportunity to explore a little bit of everything in a shorter period of time as well. It is almost like a buffet of travel in a way.

Sometimes it is best to plan a short-lived weekend getaway as compared to a long, extended family vacation. You will find yourself returning refreshed and rejuvenated rather than harried and hassled and in real need of another vacation.