Do you really want to take a short vacation with friends or family but don’t have enough paid vacation? No problem, there are some practical things you can do to make that trip happen without taking a lot of time off work – if any at all. You’ll sip your favorite drink while sitting poolside in no time.
Need another reason to go on that much-needed vacation? Studies show that you will be happier after returning from a short trip than you would after a long trip. Before you give up on vacation altogether, we’ll tell you some ways to travel this summer when you have limited time or money to spare.
Get more tools to work on your vacation
Taking your work with you while your family is enjoying the vacation can seem soul-crushing, not to mention counterproductive. But if you absolutely have to work, you can at least make the most of it by working from home from somewhere else. A view of the ocean beats your co-worker’s head any day.
Pay for a plan for your phone’s hotspot. It’s worth being in an environment that puts you in the mood, and you can turn off the subscription after you come back. If your lounge chair outlets are limited, bring an external battery pack to keep your devices running. Screen glare reducer can help you see what you’re actually doing in bright sunlight.
Make sure you know how your company operatesSo you can access your files. If you have important meetings that you can’t miss, this is what video chat apps love or in order to. When the sun goes down you will be able to really enjoy the local flavor, then stay for the weekend and really dive in.
Don’t stay in a hotel for your next business trip
You already know that you can take a backpacking vacation days before or after a business trip, but consider booking Airbnb for work instead of staying in a hotel — assuming your company will allow it.
You’ll get guaranteed Wi-Fi, a 24-hour access security box and extra space to bring the family or travel companion for a local dinner out. Airbnb will have more of a homelike character than some anonymous hotel rooms, and you can extend your stay over the weekend – you’ll, of course, have to pay for the extra days.
Stack your watches to buy more days
If you don’t have a lot of time off, talk to your manager about overtime during the week — two extra hours each day, a Saturday shift or even a holiday — like Fourth of July or Labor Day — to “buy” the day that fits your travel schedule.
Your boss may be more open if you can pile your extra hours around a deadline. Remember, you’re not asking for overtime pay, just time instead.
Take mini trips worthy of Insta activities
On a budget? Not a problem. Go the staycation route and use apps like Eventbrite to check out local events and free concerts happening nearby.
Or pick a place on the map and see what adventure awaits you, bringing lunch and blanketsAnd something to read for an impromptu walk somewhere new. You can also choose a new activity or destination every night for one week to do after work. You may not “go” anywhere, but you’ll still get the excitement – and new adventures to show off your Instagram following. Check out Roadtrippers to make your short trips feel more spontaneous.
Give yourself a budget so you can feel entitled to splurge – try the Tripcoin app for iPhone and Trabee Pocket for Android and iPhone. It will generally save you money because you won’t have to pay for plane or hotel tickets.
Apps help manage weekend travel
Traveling over the weekend is a tried-and-true way to get some downtime, and you might be surprised how much ground you can cover in a few days if you’re particularly excited (or how much relaxation you can get).
If you’re flexible on timings, an app like Hopper can predict when hotel and flight rates will be the cheapest. If it’s more exciting of the moment, Hotel Tonight will find last-minute hotel deals for you.
Want to put miles on someone else’s car instead of your own?They are usually cheaper than most rental companies and you choose the car you want to drive. Plus, you’ll get on the road faster because you won’t have to drive to the nearest airport to pick it up.