Long Weekend Get Away! Our Top 10 Tips.
Are you heading away this long weekend? With the long weekend quickly approaching and no Covid restrictions, we are seeing more and more families planning for a weekend away. As avid fans of the weekend getaway, we’ve put together the best tips we’ve learned. We want to make sure you get the most out of your break.
Here are our top 10 travel tips to consider before heading away.
1: Do Your Homework This Long Weekend:
Doing homework or research about any travel destination always helps. Find out about the accommodation, what food is available, cooking facilities and attractions are on offer. Pre-booking attractions/restaurants can also take the stress out of the equation.
2: Minimise Travel Time! Maximize Relaxation Time.
Take into consideration that a portion of the 1st and last days are travel. So try to keep this to a minimum. If you’re driving, try staying within 2 hours of your destination. We like the rule; You need at least 1 night for every hour of travel. 3 hours away, at least 3 nights!
No one likes taking the long route. Plus, you want to get to your destination with a smile on your face, not with your blood pressure sky high after listening to a broken record of “are we there yet?”
4: Pack Appropriate Clothing.
And pack less! You don’t need 8 pairs of undies for a 2-night getaway. Ensure you take good walking shoes, an outfit for each day /night, and some accessories.
5: Expect Crowds This Long Weekend:
Remember it’s not just you who has a few days away from the boss! So chances are the popular spots will be crowded. They are popular for a reason! Chances are that thousands of other people are thinking the same as you. The key here is to think, how can I beat these other people? The answer will vary per destination, of course, but luckily, we have the internet to help us get the answer. The next tips will help elaborate on this.
6: Have A Plan B.
As the scouts always say, “be prepared”. Not everything will be open. Your activity may be booked out or rained out. Having an alternative plan helps. Let Google do the work for you. Be proactive by googling “best alternatives to [insert activity here].
7: Book Something Unusual This Long Weekend.
Get out of your comfort zone. I’m not saying participate in dangerous activities. But maybe skydiving or Hot Air ballooning is on your bucket list. Opt for the special on the menu, Explore a new area. Come home with something new and exciting to report.
8: Check Your Equipment.
Nothing will ruin your short holiday than an air mattress with a hole. Ensure your gear is all working properly. This goes for the car, tents, and your pillow. I can’t stress this enough. Neck pain and long weekends DON’T mix. So ensure you take your tried and tested pillow from home.
9: Give Technology a Break.
Read a book, talk, and take in your surroundings. Social media will always be there when you get home. Experience the sunset through your eyes, not the screen on your iPhone.
10: Get Your Niggles Aches & Pains Sorted BEFORE You Head Away.
Long car trips, different beds, and a different routine can all result in back pain, neck pain, and headaches! There is nothing worse than having to google “Nearest Osteo to my campground” because your neck or lower back is in spasm. Regular tune up’s let you enjoy your mini-break to the fullest, without having to worry about your back pain.
At Equilibrium Sports and Spinal clinic, we thrive on helping our local community enjoy their long weekends. Our Osteopaths service Malvern, Glen Iris, Ashburton, Hawthorn, Toorak, South Yarra, Camberwell and Caulfield. Book online today, and let us help you turn your pain & soreness into a thing of the past!
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