This past weekend, myself and 3 of my close friends decided to reward ourselves after a long year of university with a mini weekend getaway to Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Seeing as how we lived only 2 hours away it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get away but not be too far from home.
When we came up with this idea a month ago it was very spurred of the moment. We were talking, and I got the idea and voila it was decided that we would go! A week later the hotel was booked, and we didn’t continue planning it until the week off because we were so busy with school.
Once we got to the week of the trip, we somehow had to plan this trip, with 4 very different people with different interests. But somehow, we made it work. I truly believe we did a bit of everything that you can do on a trip, and plus there was lots of good food. So here are just a few tips on how to plan a weekend getaway!
1) Go with the flow and be open to change
This had to be the hardest thing I had to deal with on the trip because I need everything scheduled and planned before it is executed. Unfortunately, life cannot always be that way. On the first day we arrived we had planned to get there earlier than we did and planned to do a lot more. But by the time we got there we were hungry, the tour of parliament was a lot later than expected, things were just not going as planned. You could get angry and frustrated, but truly what’s the point? It is entirely out of your control and you can’t change it. This is when you need to go with the flow! When I went for the flow it became fun, light and easy. Going with the flow on vacation just makes you stress less and be more relaxed.
2) Consider what everyone wants to do
Now be careful when you do this because realistically speaking this can cause some problems. But again, you are going to need to compromise. On this trip, we were all very different people who wanted to do different things. Some of us wanted to go to a play, a bar, museums, restaurants, the parliament and the supreme court, ziplining, how on earth did we manage to do all that? Well, we compromised, instead of going to all the museums we went to the one that the most of us wanted to go to. We only went to a bar one night, and then went to a board game lounge the next night. We went to a play, but we also went to a ziplining obstacle course. We tried to include something for everyone, and that’s a way that they will make everyone happy.
3) Pack smart
We all overpacked, we tried not to, but we did. One of my friends packed 7 pairs of shoes, yet only ended up wearing 3 pairs. I get it, we need options. And the fact that the weather at this time of the year is very unpredictable means that you need to pack for any circumstance. But at the end of the day, you really only need 2 pants, a pair of tights, 2-3 pairs of shoes and like 4 tops. After all, it is a 3-day trip. Some say that when you pack for 3 days, you are essentially packing for a week. Which is 100% true but pack the essentials the proper attire depending on what you will plan to do and the weather. But be aware of how much you are packing and what you are packing.
4) Be in the moment
Sometimes when we get back from trips we feel as if it didn’t happen, but I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen. All I did was at certain moments in the day I would just remind myself to stop thinking, breathe in for a second and look around where I was. Truly feel what I am feeling, feel what is going on around me and what was happening at that moment. In a way, it is like you are cementing those moments in your soul, which we need to do more of.
This trip was exactly what I needed after the hell that was this semester. If you are lucky enough to take a weekend trip I seriously recommend it. It doesn’t need to be 6 hours away by plane, it can be something as simple as a 2-hour drive away from home.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day, and thanks for reading!