Even though you’re probably just getting back into the swing of a normal post-holiday schedule, we’re already planning for our next three day weekends With MLK weekend ahead of us followed by President’s Day and Memorial Day in May, we’re already counting down the days until that blessed four-day workweek. Here are some tips for your next day off.
Head Off of the Beaten Path
Just because you weren’t able to snag your dream trip to the tropics doesn’t mean you have to stay home over a long weekend. There are plenty of places that can afford you a great time for less money than a resort stay. Check out “hidden gem” cities, like St. Augustine or Fort Myers, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Savannah, Georgia, and Newport Beach, California. They might be a little chillier than an exotic island, though, so pack sensibly!
Find Fun Close to Home
On the other hand, staying local can be a total blast as well. Hit up some museums in town that you have yet to visit, go out to a nice dinner at your favorite fancy restaurant, or see the latest blockbuster movie everyone’s been raving about. And for a little adventure without all of the hassle of packing and flying and planning, hit the road for a day trip. Even if it’s just an afternoon, spending some time in a new-to-you environment can recharge your batteries and boost your mood just as much as an extended getaway.
If your schedule allows for it, consider the possibility of a last-minute trip, whether it’s near or far! Scour travel sites for deep discounts on flights, as many airlines clear out seats and rooms that are left for same-week (or even same-day!) bookings. Use HotelCoupons.com to find the best rate on your walk-in deal. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s nothing stopping you from snagging an enviable deal on super short notice.
Take More Time Off
You don’t need to be a travel expert to know that flights can be pricey when you’re coming back on the last day of a three-day weekend. Why not extend your vacation by another day (or two, or three) and make the most of your time off while saving some money while you’re at it? As a bonus, crowds at popular destinations will thin out by Monday, allowing you easier access to typically packed tourist spots.
Don’t forget that you can spend time with the great outdoors – MLK Day is the first National Parks Fee-Free Day every year. Or, if you want to use your day off to do some good, check out where you can pitch in on the National Day of Service at MLKday.gov. Let us know in the comments how you’ll be spending your weekend!