There’s a popular new vacation trend that many travelers are resorting to when planning their next getaway. The micro-vacation is a shorter, cheaper vacation that typically last only a day or two, as opposed to an extended vacation that can break the bank. What are the benefits of taking a shorter vacation? We’re glad you asked! Here are just a few of the reasons people are picking micro-vacations over your typical vacation.
Travel on Your Schedule
Since a micro-vacation is shorter in length, it allows for more flexibility in your schedule. Depending on how far you’re traveling, you may not even need to take any vacation time from work. If you leave on a Friday night and return on Sunday, you can enjoy your short weekend trip and be refreshed for the new work week. If you have to fly to your destination, it is easier to take an afternoon off if you are to fly out on a Friday. This simply eliminates any time crunches. Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, not stressful.
You Won’t Break the Bank
We mentioned that it’s cheaper than a typical vacation. Obviously, taking a shorter trip means spending less money on a hotel, but there are also savings on other vacation expenses. Travel companies are aware of the micro-vacation trend as well and their advertisements reflect that. Some even use their advertisements to help you find the best deals on a trip to one of those destinations you’ve always wanted to go.
Hit the Refresh Button
Southwest has used the slogan ‘Wanna get away? Now you can!’ in their commercials for years. That is essentially what micro-vacations can do. After a long week, or a couple of rough ones, stepping away from your day-to-day life for a few days is sometimes necessary. Replacing larger trips with smaller ones can allow you to break up your vacation time throughout the year. A weekend trip to Omaha to see the zoo with your family is just as refreshing. Or a quick trip to Branson with some friends can help you forget about your troubles. Even Heading to Wichita to explore can help take your mind off of that big work project that has consumed all of your time.
TRAVEL TIP: Do Research Before You Travel
Taking a shorter trip means you have less time to do anything on your trip. While this may sound like a negative instead of a positive, it simply means you have to do your research ahead of your travels. This can lead you to discovering hidden gems in the city you’re visiting. Maybe you found a popular local restaurant only people living nearby know about. Maybe you overlooked an exciting local attraction. Perhaps there’s a festival or concert that you can attend. You may even find out one of the things you planned on doing is less of an attraction than you thought, allowing you to scratch it from your to do list.
When you travel, the last thing you want to do is stress over the little things. With shorter trips, that’s not an issue and there is just as much to see and do. So gather the family, or call up your friends. You’ve got a vacation to plan!