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Summer is the most popular time to take a weekend break, and although we would like to think that we are only a late night laptop search away from booking a trip and everything will fall into place, there is a bit more to it than that.

First of all, finding a viable weekend where you and your partner or friends are free is a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack. There are always commitments like family obligations, weddings, birthdays or some other reason that not everyone can do the suggested dates.

Next, not everyone will agree on the same type of break, with one person craving night life while the other prefers a cabin in the woods where wifi and mobile phone signal are dubious at best.

And what about paying? Sending money overseas isn’t straightforward, you may need a service (for example, see options for sending money overseas). There’s a lot to consider. Here are the main points…

Planning a Weekend Getaway

There are Only 48 hours in a Weekend

48 hours isn’t a lot of time. It’s not even enough time to watch Game of Thrones in its entirety – you’d need 63.5 hours for that.

48 hours is a small amount of time in which to cram in an enjoyable getaway. But it’s not impossible. The first thing you need to do is cut down on travel time as much as possible. Keep it to a maximum total of 3-4 hours each way. Otherwise it will feel like you’ll be leaving again just after arriving.

Keep an Eye out for Deals as They’re Announced

Flights are announced at certain times of the year. Prices will go up or come down with popularity, so, this is arguably the sweet spot for booking. Leave it too late and you’ll be paying inflated prices or fighting for scraps of last-minute deals with everyone else who left it too late to book.

Plan your weekend getaway in advance

Make Plans for What Your Weekend Getaway

When you only have a short amount of time, it’s a good idea to make plans in advance for what you want to do on your break. Where do you want to eat? What hikes/bike rides/museum visits etc do you want to do?

Book things in advance if possible if you think that it may book out – you don’t have a lot of wiggle room when you are only visiting somewhere for a short time.

So these are my top three tips for planning a weekend break. Book early, don’t go too far, and plan, plan, plan. If you follow these simple tips, you have a really good chance of making the most of your 48-hour weekend dash.

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