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Weekend Getaway: A Mini Vacation Between Vacations

Needing a Break

Every once in awhile, you just need to get away from it all and go somewhere different. It doesn’t have to be far. Just a quick refresher from the daily grind. Does this sound familiar?

It’s Wednesday afternoon and you are already counting down the hours until the weekend. It’s not like you have big plans or anything. You may just sit at home watching TV like you do every other weekend. Or, worse yet, doing all the chores you have let slide during the week. You’re tired and bored, but what else are you going to do? It’s another six months before you get to go on vacation again. To me, that feels like forever!

A weekend getaway can be just the ticket to save your sanity. For those of us with wandering spirits, it’s hard to wait a full year for a new travel experience. Almost like torture. These little getaways in the middle of it all can save me from going completely stir crazy. 

What to do

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Take a trip to your nearest state or national park. There’s plenty of opportunities to get away from it all and find a bit of relaxation when you commune with nature. State and national parks provide some of the best opportunities for that. They are well maintained and often have amenities that make a weekend away a real treat. You can go camping or get a hotel nearby and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Explore a cave or hike a mountain trail. Sit on a riverbank and throw in a fishing line. Whatever activity you enjoy.

If you’re not an outdoorsy person, how about a quick trip to your nearest city to explore the local art museum. Enjoy a play or some other performance art. You can almost always find a concert of some sort to attend. Or, maybe just a shopping trip to stores you don’t get to regularly visit. Just something different to break up the monotony of the same old, same old. 

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A quick road trip to do some antiquing at some out of the way junk stores can prove to be quite surprising and lucrative for someone who knows what they’re looking for. There have been some surprising discoveries made by people who didn’t mind digging through some junk to find their perfect prize. 

Whatever your idea of happiness is, take some time and enjoy it. It doesn’t have to cost a lot. It can be as extravagant or simple as you want. You don’t necessarily have to spend the entire weekend away from home. You could take a day trip on Saturday, come home for the night, and take another day trip on Sunday. It can be in the same place or to different places each day. If you leave early and return late, it can be like a weekend getaway while still sleeping in your own bed. Sometimes it’s just a matter of tricking the mind into thinking you’ve had a mini-vacation. 

Finding Things to do

One way to find local events is to check out your local newspaper for festivals or activities planned in the near future. Many organizations advertise their special events in the local paper. The local library can sometimes provide information about local events also. 

You can also check Facebook events. This is a great way to find fun things to do right in your own neck of the woods. Or, you can search for somewhere not so close. The great thing about Facebook Events is you can search by location, type of event you are wanting, and time frame. You can sign up for it to send you a notification and then you’ll be all set.

Some people prefer to use Reddit to ask locals what is the best activity in their area. This is a great way to get inside information about places that may be more hype than benefit. I don’t know how many times I’ve been somewhere that was a “must-do” only to be let down. Expectations can certainly be more than actual in some places. It’s good to get an insider’s viewpoint and maybe learn in advance that the best place to visit is some hole in the wall that nobody has heard of before. 

There’s always a new course to explore if you are an avid golfer. Open up Google maps and type in golf. You can find a course you want to explore and then map the way there. What could be better? Or, if you’re not sure if the course is good, why not check it out on Yelp. You can get some reviews of the place, possibly with some user-uploaded pictures. 

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Finding Relaxation

Now that the planning part is done, all that’s left is to head out to your perfect weekend getaway and spend some quality time away from the normal world. That includes turning off the electronics and only using them when really needed. It’s not going to do you any good to go away and spend the whole time checking your social media or playing on the apps on your phone. Set it aside for the time being and revel in the beauty that our world provides. We only have one chance to enjoy it, so don’t let life slip away without ever experiencing the joy and amazement that this world can bring. 

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I hope this provides a little bit of insight or encouragement for you to make a little happiness for yourself. We all deserve to have some fun now and then. 

Do you have any tips or ideas for a fun weekend getaway? Be sure to share them in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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