How to plan a weekend trip

I love to travel. But, as an adult with responsibilities, it is impossible to do it all the time. So I settle for holidays during school breaks and short weekend trips. Since the start of 2019, I’ve been going on quite a few weekend trips. And this upcoming weekend I’m going to Finland for a few days. So I thought this would be a good time to share my tips on how to plan a weekend trip.

Weekend trips are great when you don’t have a lot of time to travel because of your work and if you need to quickly recharge somewhere new. Getting yourself out of your daily surroundings is a great way to gain new inspiration for life. They are also great if you find out you have a little money left at the end of the month and you want to do something nice.

A weekend trip can be anything from a road trip to the next town over or getting on a plane for a new city in a different country. It all depends on your budget and what you’re in the mood for.

1. Establish a timeline

The most important thing to do when you’re planning a weekend trip, is to determine when you’re going and for how many nights. Get specific and check that you don’t have anything else going on for those dates.

2. Set a budget

Next, you have to set a budget. Write down how much you are willing to spend on the following four points and go from there.

  • Accommodations 
  • Transportation
  • Food 
  • Activities 

If your working with a small budget, you can try to cut down the cost of the trip by buying food in a supermarket and cooking your own meals. Or you could look up some things that you can do for free. Check out my post on travelling on a small budget for more tips on how to cut down the cost of your weekend trip.

On my Resources page, you can also find some great ways to find cheap flights and accommodation.

3. Make an itinerary

Since you’re only going somewhere for a few days, you’re going to want to make the most of your time away. That doesn’t mean you have to schedule everything by the hour, but at least write down the things you really want to do or see and write down which day you’re going to actually do it. If you don’t write these things down, you might go back home disappointed because you didn’t get to do everything you wanted to do.

I made a Weekend Trip Planner that you can print out and use to write down all the information for your next weekend trip!

When will your next weekend trip be? And where are you going?


  1. 9 May 2019 / 1:04 am

    Great info and I love the tips. I always like to plan my budget before any trip cause it’s m budget that determines how my trip would go.

  2. 8 May 2019 / 10:44 pm

    This is great info for planning a weekend trip! Little effort in planning goes along way to a good fast little trip!

  3. 8 May 2019 / 10:14 pm

    I love doing short weekend trips and there are a few trips we want to take this year so these are great reminders!

  4. Lyosha Varezhkina
    8 May 2019 / 6:48 pm

    very useful tips. I love weekend trips, it is so much fun! Always exciting for me. Budgeting is the hardest part for me

  5. 8 May 2019 / 5:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing about this nice and useful tips to plan a weekend trip. It will be useful for many travelers.

  6. 7 May 2019 / 12:20 pm

    These are such helpful tips, thanks for sharing with us, Martha! I agree very much that short weekend trips are great to energize ourselves and also to make great memories to look back at.

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