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.