As this post goes live, I’m currently on a family holiday in Morzine, France. This is actually my first holiday of this week as on Friday I’m heading off to Munich for a weekend break with Matt.
This two holidays in one week malarkey is incredibly exciting but it definitely involved a lot of planning to ensure that everything ran smoothly. From booking the flights, securing accommodation, packing and then actually travelling to each destination, a weekend break can actually take more preparation than you think.
Thankfully, I’m pretty well accustomed to jetting off on many weekend city breaks by now so I feel that I’ve got the planning process nailed down. Here’s how to prepare for a weekend break.
Ensure everything is booked and paid for before you go
There’s nothing worse than arriving at your hotel to discover that you have to pay for it up front, especially when you’d already thought you’d paid for it… It’s not the end of the world if you do have to pay when you arrive but it’s a good idea to double check before you set off so you don’t have any surprises once you reach your destination.
Booking tickets to attractions and such like before you arrive on holiday is also a great idea, especially if you’re only going for a couple of days. Not only are you likely to save a bit of cash, you’re also much more likely to get tickets for the things you want to see. Don’t make the mistake like we did in Amsterdam with the Anne Frank museum and miss the opportunity to see something you really wanted to see!
Have all your travel documents together in a secure place
Nowadays it seems that most people store their boarding cards on their phone (myself included) but if you still prefer to have an actual printed copy then make sure you print it off in plenty of time before your departure. Some airlines actually charge you to print it out when you arrive at the airport if you haven’t already done it yourself so this should definitely be one of the first things you tick off your list when preparing for any journey.
Also, DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!
Indulge in a lovely pamper evening the day/night before
Just because you’re going on a weekend city break and not a two week holiday to the beach, doesn’t mean that you can’t prep and preen yourself to perfection before you go. Whip out the bright nail polishes, indulge in a luxury face masks and shave, scrub, exfoliate and moisturise every inch of your body to leave you feeling like a goddess before your trip.
Research the place you’re going to and create a rough itinerary
I’m an absolute grade A control freak so whenever I’m visiting somewhere new I always research the crap out of it on Pinterest, Instagram and Bloglovin‘ before I go. This is an especially handy tip if you’re going on a weekend break as you’re not going to have as much time to do all the things you might want to so it’s important to prioritise and have a list of the things that you absolutely want to see and do.
Make sure your travel insurance is valid
While it’s a little dreary to think of the worst happening while you’re on holiday, accidents can and do happen so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Bupa offer travel insurance at excellent rates; both for single trips and annual cover. Matt and I both have annual travel insurance as we tend to travel a fair bit throughout the year and it’s definitely worth it! Knowing that you have valid travel insurance means that you can totally relax on your weekend break, safe in the knowledge that you’re covered if anything should happen.
I’m actually quite lucky in the sense that I have zero fashion sense so when it comes to packing my suitcase, I don’t tend to struggle too much with choosing what to pack. The more I travel as well, the more I’ve got the packing lark down to a T and I can usually throw everything together pretty quickly. If you are one to procrastinate however *cough* Matt *cough* then it’s a good idea to get your suitcase sorted as soon as possible so you’re not tempted to either put if off entirely until the very last minute or spend hours putting together the perfect outfits and bringing far too many pairs of shoes.
Work out how many days you’re going for, whether you’ll need any nighttime outfits and then pack accordingly. With weekend breaks, you only tend to have hand luggage if you’re flying somewhere so you’ll be pretty limited on space. Pack sensibly and lightly and really consider everything you’re bringing; once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll soon find it incredibly easy to pack your case within a matter of minutes.
Change your travel money before you get to the airport
I’m ashamed to say that I’ve made the mistake a fair few times whereby I’ve totally forgot to exchange my currency before going on holiday and then I’ve done it at the airport only to be faced with extortionate exchange rates. Always try and exchange your money before you go on a trip abroad; most supermarkets and post offices offer currency exchange but you can also usually find a specific travel money shop that will offer much better rates.
How do you prepare for a weekend break? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.
*This post was written in collaboration with Bupa Global but all thoughts and opinions regrading preparing for a weekend break are entirely my own. Please see my disclaimer for more.