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Best Places For A Long Weekend


Long weekends just don’t come around often enough. When they do, many people neglect the opportunities for enjoyment they present. Whether this is due to budget constraints or a lack of foresight, there are things that can be done to remedy the situation. Even on a shoestring and with little notice, there are places to go and things to do that can turn any long weekend into a time to remember.

So, where are some of the best places to spend a long weekend? These tend to top the list of low-cost, easy-to-plan getaways:

  • Camping trips – Whether it’s to the mountains, a lake or another quiet spot, there’s nothing quite like camping for reconnecting with what’s important and disconnecting from that which is not. Camping trips can be extremely low budget and provide plenty of adventure for singles, couples and entire families. Getting back to the basics is an incredible way to relax, unwind and recharge over the course of three or four days off from work.
  • Visiting friends or family – Get away from it all by going back home again. Depending on the distance, this can prove to be a quick trip that really tugs at the heartstrings. Long weekends present the perfect opportunity to reconnect with old friends that haven’t been seen in a while or to stop in and visit relatives you’ve been missing.
  • Local destinations – Long weekends provide the perfect springboard for you to play tourist in your own neck of the woods. Since the time off isn’t extensive, touring spots in your own community or nearby cities can be an excellent way to go. If the budget is super tight, turn your own home into the “hotel” base. If it’s not, consider staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast you’ve been dying to check out.
  • Retreats/seminars – It is not at all uncommon for retreats to be scheduled for long weekends. If you’ve been curious about things like meditation, tai chi and other relaxing arts, see what offerings are on the schedule in your neck of the woods. If a full retreat isn’t on tap, perhaps it’s possible to find a one-day seminar or workshop that might be worth checking out.
  • Staying at home – It’s not always necessary to go away to get away. Plan a long weekend at home relaxing, meditating, enjoying the company of friends and family and just plain having fun. There’s nothing wrong with getting away from it all without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Long weekends present the perfect opportunity work in some “me time.” Even if the budget is tight and planning is short notice, there are some incredible places that can make the time off rewarding.