Most of the time, it takes months even for a frequent traveler to prepare an enjoyable last-minute getaway. But with the right course of action, you don’t have to take that long to have the best getaway. Here are some tips to guide you on what to do.
Step 1. Do not come to terms with towering “last minute” rates
Surely by definition last-minute is last-minute. However, it doesn’t mean that you’re not capable of making an effort of making sure that you’re going to completely enjoy it. Whether you’re reserving a hotel room, flying out of the country, or just hopping in your car and driving to a local sight, and coming back to your own bed, think a small bit of what you really want to do. And of course, it doesn’t have to expensive, and there are times being a backpacker in your own little town—checking in a local hotel, and having a breakfast nearby—is just as refreshing as a real getaway.
Step 2. Pick the best last-minute getaway destination
Obviously, for a getaway to be called a getaway, you need to have a target destination. This is where the money and time battle each other, but money can be made lesser. If you want to go to a place nearer to your home, that’s fairly easy. But, you should do something in the community that you’ve never done before or you’ve always wanted to do in your whole life.
Step 3. Acquire a win-win deal
Now you’ve chosen a location! How will you get there? Since you’ve already provided quite an amount of money for the destination alone, you’ll have to plan your destination on the money you have left. Does it sound difficult? Yes, but it’s not as hard as you might think. If you are traveling on an airplane, there are so many ways to get a great deal, especially with today’s technology. You could try big discount airfare finders such as Google Flights, or save a bunch of cash with Skip Lagged. Don’t underestimate busses and trains, they’re more affordable and usually more comfortable than flying or driving.
Step 4. Find a bargain for your accommodations (even on the same night)
So you already have a plan, a location, and the means to get there. The next step is finding a comfortable place where you can have a good night sleep (when you’re not partying at 3 in the morning). There are several services online that can provide you with great hotel deals anytime you want to make a reservation, especially at the last minute.
Steps 5. Learn everything you need to know before barging out
You may know what to do in your destination, but you may be ignorant about the way around or how to get from one place to another. Learning these things doesn’t need to be done while you’re traveling towards your destination in an airplane, bus, car or in a train. You should spend a little time looking them up, from streets, travel routes, places you can eat and drink and relax. The more prepared you are before you leave, the more time you’ll actually enjoy the place, instead of squandering off like a lost puppy. Isn’t it nice to go directly to a bar and have a nice drink immediately after getting out of the plane?
Step 6. Find some amazing activities while traveling
All communities, whether big or small, are over-pouring with things to do. You can find museums or parks around your destinations. Better yet, you can go to well-known destinations to squeeze yourself into popular sites. If you’re visiting a small community, you can ask around for free events, games and even festivals. Use Facebook if you have to. You might be surprised what you can find in a town with only 3,000 residents.