How to: plan a mini break
We’ve travelled to a lot of different countries, often for long periods of time, but there’s nothing quite like a mini break. Everyone can enjoy them, no matter what your budget, and if you aren’t in the position to go travelling for weeks on end then they can satisfy your wanderlust for a while and keep you sane.
Whether you stay reasonably close to home or you head abroad for your break, they can still be just as difficult to organise though, so here are just a few pointers on how to plan the perfect mini escape.
Look out for deals
It could be that you’re working to a strict budget, or that you simply love an excuse to bag yourself a bargain, but our first piece of advice here is to keep a lookout for deals. I’d sign up to websites like Secret Escapes, Groupon and Wowcher, because they have a wide variety of holiday options. If you want a relaxing spa weekend in the countryside, a romantic European city break, or a thrilling adventure in the mountains snowboarding, you can tailor your preferences on your account and you’ll get the best chances of grabbing some incredible deals. If you already know where you want to go, research the area and look individually at hotels and apartments; you’ll find that most do packages for long weekend breaks or discounts such as four nights for the price of three, that you can take advantage of.
Look after precious items
Anything precious that could be easily damaged or scratched while travelling should always have their own separate box. For example we recently purchased some beautiful handmade jewellery from ChloBo and I would have been completely devastated had it been damaged. Luckily we packed its original box to use while in transit so it looked perfect when we got there.
Are there any events happening?
Our next pointer is to make sure you check when you want to go, against the area you’re visiting to find out what events are happening, and this is for two reasons:
On the one hand, if there are any festivals, events or other cultural draws for people, this will undoubtedly affect the price. Hotels will put their prices up at times when they know a lot of people will be flocking to their shores.
On the other hand, it could be that there are events you want to take part in, in which case you should look for accommodation well in advance before demand increases, and book your concert seats or convention tickets online beforehand.
Stick to hand luggage
Finally, if it’s just a weekend break then you shouldn’t take anything bigger than hand luggage. There’s more than enough room, and you don’t have to spend hours in baggage claim. If you struggle to cut down on weight, plan your outfits for each day and night while you’re there, don’t take toiletries that you can buy while you’re away, and look for ways to better organise your space.
Where are you headed on your next mini break? Let us know in the comments below.