Make weekend trips worth it.

Sep 04, 2020

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If you’ve got a couple days, plan an RV getaway.

Part of the hassle with planning a vacation is you have to factor in the travel time. That can tack a day or two onto your overall trip. But the great thing about having a Fleetwood is the travel is the trip! So even if you can’t spare a day off from work, you can still get some much-needed R&R in your RV. Time may be in short supply, but the fun doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips as you plan your great escape.

Set your limits.

When you’re putting together a short trip, it’s essential to budget your time—and your money. Figuring out the logistics will springboard your planning. How long will you be away? How much are you willing to spend? These questions will determine how far you go and how many activities you fit in.

Determine the destination.

The key to a good two-day excursion? Location, location, location! For most weekend getaways or day trips, try to stay within a few hours of your home base. Any farther, and you’ll spend more time behind the wheel than you will with your feet up.

Look for nearby cities, state and national parks, and landmarks you’ve never seen. Odds are good that there are plenty of hidden gems you’ve probably blown right past on longer road trips.

Plan it—on paper.

The shorter the trip, the more you have to strategize. Make a wish list and map it ALL out—your route, meal and fuel stops, and sights to see. A detailed itinerary lets you factor in drive times, visit destinations during operating hours, and account for breaks and meals. If you want to do things along the way—hike, explore or take a guided tour—set aside a bit more time than you think it will take, just in case.

Don’t forget downtime!

For scenarios like this, it’s best to keep it simple. Even if you’re inclined to “do it all” on a typical trip, there’s only so much you can realistically squeeze into a short getaway. Plus, you don’t want a break from your normal routine to leave you exhausted. Prioritize one or two activities a day and tackle others only as your schedule and energy level allow.

Book in advance.

With limited time, you can’t afford to wait in line or gamble on getting in last-minute. To make the most of your adventure, book your campsite, buy tickets in advance, and make restaurant reservations beforehand. Check social media for special events at your chosen destinations that may make them busier than usual—and have a back-up plan in case you run into a crowd that’ll slow you down.