The fact that 25% of the US population are understood to not receive any annual leave speaks volumes, and shows just why more people in the country are desperate to try and take full advantage from weekends.
In other words, the long weekend has been reborn. If you schedule it correctly, you can take minimal time off work, and that’s exactly what this article is all about.
We will now take a look at some of the best tips to ensure that your long weekends are utterly worthwhile, and you can return to work on Monday morning with a bang.
Base everything around travel arrangements
First and foremost, you need to formulate your long weekend around your travel arrangements. This might even mean letting the flights, or train tickets depending on where you are heading, dictate exactly where you are heading. If you find a flight at 6pm on Friday, it immediately means that you don’t necessarily have to take any time off work in the slightest. At the same time, a flight a few hours earlier might make the trip somewhat not worthwhile – you will have to take a day off work, yet not really benefit from much extra time in your destination of choice.
Don’t be afraid to do nothing
One of the biggest mistakes with these long weekends is that people are desperate to cram as many activities into them as possible. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise; after all, you are only there for a short period of time and subsequently want to make the most of it.
Before you fall into this trap, we would advise stepping back and just asking yourself to redefine the relaxing getaway. It’s not about jumping from attraction to attraction; it’s about recharging your batteries and spending time with those around you. In other words, don’t be afraid to consider a spa or something much less taxing in a bid to get the most out of your long break away.
Fail to plan, plan to fail
It might be one of the most annoying clichés out there, but we really can’t stress the importance of planning before you head out on a long weekend away.
As you may have already noticed, time really is of the essence on these breaks. You don’t have a lot of it at your disposal, and the last thing you want is to be getting there, reading through travel leaflets and frantically trying to piece together an itinerary. If you’re the type who loves hitting up the travel review sites, the whole process could take the best part of half a day.
As such, at least have some idea of what you intend to do. As we have already alluded to, you don’t want to create a full schedule, but just knowing what is around and available to do will really help you get the most out of your long weekend away and ensure that no time is wasted on the so-called admin tasks.