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Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations!

Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations!. You need to get away, but don’t have the time or money to take a week or two off to head to your favorite destinations. Many people count out taking a weekend and heading to a semi-local vacation spot that allows them to get away, relax, enjoy time alone or together, and find romance, rest, fun, or whatever it is you are looking for in a vacation.
The beauty of weekend getaways is that you can travel on a budget and not miss work, kids’ activities, and so forth. For a few years while in school, my wife and I never had enough time or money to take a full-fledged trip, so we would take little weekend trips a few times a year experiencing more types of travel than if we had taken one big trip.

Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations!
Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations!. So, we have put together a simple list of weekend getaways that you can print out and enjoy immediately. Many of the ideas we mention are generalized to any area of the world, however, we will mention various locations that are close to where we live as examples. Use your imagination to brainstorm destinations that are within driving range and quite affordable.

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Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations!

Romantic Getaways: These are usually at the top of the list. With anniversaries, holidays, romantic events, and so on always around the corner, we need to be on our toes to come up with fresh ideas to sweep our significant others off their feet and keep the romance going. Rent out a bed and breakfast in a small town, grab a hotel in a romantic city like Paris, head to Las Vegas, and enjoy all it has to offer. Romantic spots are as creative as you make them.

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Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations!

Sporting Events: Big sporting events like March Madness coming up is always fun. An example is two of my best friends for Valentine’s Day are traveling a couple of hours to our state capital to watch the state high school basketball championships. Spring training is coming up for baseball and is always in a warm location. You have racing, football, golf, the Olympics, baseball, the major horse racing events like the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY. The list goes on and on.

Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations!

Camping: This is a cheap vacation that can be fun, romantic, and adventurous. Combine camping with white water rafting or go hiking or without being too adventurous, rent a cabin in the woods, and get away from society altogether.
4. Theme Parks: One year we traveled to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, and enjoyed a day at the theme park and the night at Put-n-Bay on Lake Erie. Also, we live near Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio and many people travel from all over to spend a couple of days enjoying the attractions there. There are theme parks everywhere and are a great way to have some fun while enjoying an array of activities. If you aren’t close to Disney World or Disneyland, then think of a closer location.

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5.Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations! Famous vacation spots: Las Vegas comes to mind. We enjoy traveling to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and spending a couple of days in a cabin, shopping, eating and hanging out. New York, San Diego, anywhere in a 6 hour driving time to your home can be perfect. Just write down a few places within that circle and pick one.
6. Beaches: Unfortunately, we don’t live within a few hours of a beach, but many people do. A great weekend getaway to enjoy the walks on the beach, dinner overlooking the ocean, beachfront hotel or villa, and all a beach vacation has to offer.
7.Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations! Festivals, Events, Concerts: Is there a musician playing in a town not too far away? What about a major event or festival? Pack the bags and head out for the weekend. Grab a hotel and head to this event. You’ll have a great time. We have done this many times and always have a good time.
Weekend Getaways and Mini- Vacations! This is just a shortlist of ideas. Pack your bags and just getaway. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to plan your next weekend getaway.
Have fun and tell us how your trip was!!

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