Longer trips are wonderful, but short getaways can be fun, too. If there’s a free weekend without any obligations, or if you’re a full-time motor coach resident and you have a bit of time between long-term destinations or visits to friends and family, then take advantage of it! Even if time is in short supply, the enjoyment doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips as you plan your great escape.
Set your limits.
Where do you begin when you’re putting together a short trip? One way to start is by figuring out the logistics. How long will you be away? How much are you willing to spend? Answering these questions will determine how far you go and how many activities you fit in. And that will springboard your planning.
Determine the destination.
The key to a good two-day excursion? Location, location, location! For most weekend getaways or day trips, try to stay within a few hours of your home base. Any farther, and you’ll spend more time behind the wheel than you will with your feet up. As a seasoned motor coach owner you’ve probably already visited many nearby attractions, but there are always new ones popping up. Plus, there may be hidden gems you’ve driven by in the past. Ask around—including through the ACA—for what’s worth exploring.
Plan it—on paper.
As an American Coach pro, you know how important planning is for any getaway. But the shorter the trip, the more you have to strategize. Make a wish list and map it ALL out—your route, meal and fuel stops, and sights to see. A detailed itinerary lets you factor in drive times, visit destinations during operating hours, and account for breaks and meals. If you want to do things along the way—like some shopping, a wine tasting or a guided tour—set aside a bit more time than you think it will take, just in case.
Don’t forget downtime!
For scenarios like this, it’s best to keep it simple. Even if you’re inclined to “do it all” on a typical trip, there’s only so much you can realistically squeeze into a short getaway. Plus, you don’t want a break from your normal routine to leave you exhausted. Prioritize one or two activities a day and tackle others only as your schedule and energy level allow. If you see something that looks interesting, but you can’t fit it in—make a note of it in a motor coaching journal. After all, there’s always next time!
Book in advance.
With limited time, you can’t afford to wait in line or rely on getting in last-minute. Instead, book your campsite, buy tickets in advance, and make restaurant reservations beforehand. Ask around to see if there are any special events going on when you’ll be visiting that may make your destination busier than usual. Then, have a back-up plan in case you run into a crowd that will slow you down.