As much as we like to have our lives neatly organised and planned, sometimes it makes perfect sense to seize the impulse of the moment and have an exciting break from the routine. Here are my last minute weekend getaway ideas that might help you not just master the art of the quick getaway but also lists some wonderful destinations each holding an array of luxury vacation rentals you can reach quickly and easily.
The Basic Last Minute Weekend Getaway Ideas
Okay, so you’ve reached the end of a gruelling week. Ahead looms a weekend that you may be able to extend by a few days. Perhaps you are in the lucky position to be able to take a week or two off at short notice. What are the key elements you need to have in place to extract the maximum of enjoyment and adventure from your precious personal time.
The list is simple:
1. A fully valid passport. Always check your passport has at least 3 months life left. A few destinations insist that passports have up to 90 days validity before you enter their territory.
2. If you are a regular traveller to countries with known risks eg. Malaria etc. keep a record of your travel shots so you know that you are covered and ready to roll.
3. Good luggage – by this I mean a really lightweight but sturdy wheelie case that fits snugly into an overhead airplane bin. Invest in one of the new-generation cases that are easy to manoeuvre and give you ample packing for a week of mixed activities.
4. A capsule wardrobe. Numerous articles are written in glossy magazines showing how you can go from beach chic to evening glamour in a few deft garment choices. The more scientific and creative energy you bring to building your holiday wardrobe the lighter you can travel.
5. A travel kit – this is a small pack that contains all your mini shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, cleansers, mini sunscreens, personal care items. This should always be packed and ready to go. You can audit it every 6 months to ensure nothing expires.
6. A multi-functional luxury wrap. It works as a blanket on a chilly flight, it is a casual and warm cover-up on a night out, it’s a barrier against nippy insects as you enjoy a cocktail on a terrace at dusk.
These are the backbone of any successful last minute vacation ideas. So let’s take a look at some last minute deals and what to look for.
The Ultimate Weekend Away
Not every vacation has to be the 2-week ideal. Sometimes, the most memorable vacations involve that short hop abroad. Quite often, when were have a long trip planned we take a measured approach to what we plan on doing. A day trip somewhere, a fun activity on a lazy afternoon all of which are interspersed by long stretches of time lounging with a good book. The value in looking at last minute vacations ideas is that invariable the time-limitation will ensure that each day is used to its fullest extent. Here are my top choices for travellers.
Departing from the USA
In under 3 hours from Miami, you can be touching down in Aruba. This island, part of the Dutch Caribbean, enjoys a warm and dry climate. It experiences very little rainfall and temperatures rarely dip below the mid 20s all year round. It also sits outside of the hurricane belt so is a desirable destination for anyone looking for sunshine all year round.
Tierra del Sol is a gorgeous community comprising unique self-contained Aruba villas. With the use of the facilities of the nearby Club at Tierra del Sol, you can explore the 600 acres that make up the beautiful grounds of this attractive enclave. Flamboyant 15, is a fabulous 2-bedroomed villa with its own private pool. This is the perfect base for a holiday that can include golf, tennis, hiking and adventure. The stunning Arashi Beach is a mere 3 km away and easily reached by complimentary shuttle bus. A trip into Aruba’s capital of Oranjestad is a must for the Dutch inspired architecture and the amazing shopping.
In about 3 hours from NYC or under 1 hour from Miami you can be on the ground in Nassau, in the heart of the Bahamas.
About Mairead Moriarty
Born and raised in Co Kerry, lived in London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin. Owner of one very battered suitcase, a well-worn passport and a million memories.
It seems very fitting for a travel writer that my surname translates as ‘Skilled Navigator’. Apart from an occasion when, aged 3, I got lost in a Supermarket in Tralee, I have managed to live up to my name!
Curiosity is probably the driver that has sent me on magical mystery tours around the world. I want to ‘feel’ a place. I want all my senses to be engaged: from the history and geography that has influenced a country or city, the arts and achievements of its natives, anything and everything really.
Regardless of whether I am on a local train travelling through Morocco, or poking around in Marconi’s study in Bologna or on a canal boat weaving through the heart of the English countryside, the same rules apply - ask questions, talk to locals, eat what they eat, sit quietly with nature and simply be.
Assimilate as much as is possible so as to understand the soul of a place. That is my passion. That is the compass by which I navigate.