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Planning a Last-Minute Weekend Getaway on a Budget

What’s life without a little spontaneity? And what’s more spontaneous than planning a last-minute getaway? To some this thought is preposterous, especially when trying to stick to a budget. However, if you follow a few of these tips, you can be on your way to a memorable trip in no time.

1.) Be flexible. Remember you are being spontaneous. This means that you need to be more flexible in your destination and travel time choices to make the most of your greenbacks. There are tons of last-minute travel sites that are looking to fill seats and rooms, but you may be limited on the where and when. Checking out these sites may give you some great destination ideas.  This can also help in the airfare department. Most travel sites now have the option to view +/- a day or two to find better deals. Take advantage of this. Google Flights is a great site to help you out with this.

2.) Booking close to home can be a serious advantage. If it’s simply a change of scenery you are looking for, consider a staycation destination.  This eliminates the need for airline travel, but still enables you to getaway. Call your local resort or hotel to find out if they are running any specials, or last minute deals. When planning last minute, you are better off to call the hotel or resort directly as they have instant access to availability and the inside deals.  At the Woodlands Resort, we always welcome last minute reservations when space is available.

3.) Just do it.  Often its no one but ourselves keeping us from a last-minute vacation. We feel we will be remiss for not taking care of certain responsibilities. We promise you that those responsibilities will still be there when you return. And don’t let pre-planning worries get in the way. Packing is always one of those tasks that seem to stress travelers out.  That’s the fun of a weekend getaway – you won’t be gone that long, so there’s not much to pack. Remember, you deserve to take off and enjoy life every now and then. After all, you only live once, so make the most of it!

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