Planning a weekend getaway abroad can be the easiest thing you’ve ever done or the most annoying dependant on how you do it and how much time you invest in planning it.
I have been on a few weekend getaways abroad and I feel I have mastered what has worked for me and what hasn’t. The tips I am sharing should not be taken as holier than thou but as a guide or a starting point for what might work for you too.
Choose your destination
For those of us in Europe it is so easy to pick and choose a European city and then fly, drive or Eurostar there without much planning but saying that you still need to choose which location is affordable for your budget. I always go for low-budget weekend getaways which give me more for my money than expensive getaways, my reasoning is that I feel cheated spending a lot of money just for Saturday and Sunday. Saying that I do not just choose cheap destinations, I can choose expensive destinations but be smart and realistic about what I am going to be spending money on and what I can bring myself from home. An example is snacks, why not bring snacks from home instead of buying at your destination. Especially if you’re traveling via train or driving, you can bring a lot so you save money for the must see attractions etc.
Search for travel deals
If you’re flying I would recommend you use sites like skyscanner as they give you a load of options and give you an idea of cheaper flights available and sometimes what dates are best for traveling. I use their tools a lot to check which dates are the cheapest to travel and usually the beginning of the month for European destinations are cheaper. Don’t neglect the actual airlines that skyscanner recommends, I do this both for flights and hotels I check what Skyscanner + other travel sites are recommending then check with the airline or hotel directly and see if I can save anywhere or not. I am not one for packaged deals but if they offer flight+hotel at reasonable price like these Europe Tour packages then I am happy to use them but otherwise I book them separately and 8/10 this is the cheapest option for me.
Transportation at destination
Obviously you already know how you are going to get to the airport from home but another thing to think about is how are you going to travel from airport to hotel? I like to search for airport transfers or public transportation or private taxis. For my Ljubljana trip I used Go Opti airport transfer, a private taxis company that picks you up from airport and drops you at hotel and vice versa at such a reasonable price. Since local taxis like to charge foreigners extortionate amounts I always do a lot of research to make sure I get the best deal and if local taxis is charging same as airport transfer then I choose airport transfer for guarantee reasons. If the taxis decides not to show up, you could get stranded but with airport transfer they aim to get you to your destination and back to airport at reasonable times and you have a better chance of them booking you a replacement flight if they are late than taxis man.
Research local attractions
As a blogger I have a huge library of information at my fingertips aka fellow bloggers. I can guarantee you there is someone who has done what you want to do and has recommendations or someone recommended something to a family member etc and the story goes. Also bloggers like to read reviews and there countless posts out there about different destinations. Apart from fellow bloggers and family, I also check out sites like booking.com or trip advisor that have amazing recommendations and reviews.
These are my top tips for planning a weekend getaway abroad, what are some of yours?
Have you ever planned a weekend getaway abroad?