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The daily grind can chip away at your state of mind, leaving you longing for a change of pace. When the planets align and you create the opportunity for a short trip, use these top tips to help you plan fantastic last-minute weekend getaways.

Set a Budget

Because you’re only going away for a weekend, your travel budget may stretch further than it otherwise would. Determine how much you can spend for transportation, lodging, meals, shopping and activities. If you can afford a short flight, you will definitely ramp your getaway up a notch or two as you get outside of your hometown area to explore somewhere new and exciting.

Celebrate Spontaneity

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Last-minute travel arrangements can be challenging, but when you are able to pick up and go with little notice, you often enjoy attractive rates for travel and lodging. Try waiting until midday Friday to see if any upscale hotels within a couple hours of home have weekend vacancies to fill. You might be pleasantly rewarded for your willingness to book at the last minute with significant savings that make your weekend that much more enjoyable.

Try Something New

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Why not take the weekend to discover something completely outside of your comfort zone? If you’ve never tried skiing, you could book a couple of nights at a ski resort. Even if you don’t end up liking the downhill sport, there are plenty of other things you can do to entertain yourself at a ski resort, including snowshoeing, hiking, shopping or just hanging out in the ski lodge with a warm beverage.

Embrace the Road Trip

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When you find yourself with a free weekend and a modest travel budget, pack up the car and see where you can drive to in four or five hours. You don’t even have to get bogged down in planning when you take off on this kind of adventure. Just choose a direction, possibly one you’ve never taken before, and drive until you find a place you’d like to stop. You can fill a cooler with snacks to really make this a budget-friendly adventure. You might even find some lodging deals by dropping in at a hotel or bed and breakfast on a Friday evening.

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A last-minute weekend getaway can be full of excitement and adventure, which can help power you through the upcoming work weeks. Try to step outside of your comfort zone as you explore your world.