A long weekend trip in the winter has many distinct advantages over a longer vacation. For one, the margin of arguing-with-your-travel-companion error is much greater on a lengthier trip. Secondly, you won't feel guilty missing a significant amount of time from work (or worried that skipping out for a prolonged length will cost you one way or another). An impromptu three-day trip gives you the much needed pocket of relaxation and reflection without forking over the cash and logistical brain power a longer stay requires. The key is keeping the transportation time under 3.5 hours to maximize the time at your destination, and sticking to a budget (say $800 to $1,500). So why not take a personal day one Friday soon and book a quick trip? It's easier to get away than you might think. With that in mind, here are a few simple suggestions to get you pointed in the right direction.
Aim for a backpack and one carry-on suitcase—mobility is the name of the game. Throw a few things in a bag on Thursday after work and head out that night or first thing Friday morning.
Once you decide where you want to go, start Googling around for ideas on things you don't want to miss while you're there. We're not saying book back-to-back-to-back garden excursions. But have an idea of what you want to do each day to ensure you're getting your time and money's worth.
Quit hoarding those credit card points you've worked hard to earn. You'll be surprised at the reduction in travel costs, especially on last minute trips or upgrades.
Remember that this is off-duty time. So enjoy some drinks, go out and explore, read that book you'd never otherwise get to, and if she asks you to dance with her, dance.