3. Aim for the three-day weekend
Rice says her favorite PTO-saving move is to “work remotely on a Friday, so I can fly on a Thursday — the flights are usually cheaper, and when I’m done with work, I’m already where I want to be!” Obviously, this is only an option for people who have the luxury of working from home, and even then there are rules. “You have to actually work the full day, and not treat it as another vacation day,” Rice says, presumably hoping her boss reads this. “And make sure you’ll have plenty of internet connectivity and access to a phone, too.” Whatever you do, don’t post that video of you and the mountain gorilla until after working hours.
4. Go it alone
Traveling with someone else when your schedule is tight can be … not great. “On a longer trip, it’s easy to accommodate different interests: you want to hit up the coolest restaurants in a new city, whereas your friend is more interested in getting out of town for a hike,” Rice says. But there’s no time to waste on bullshit diplomacy on a fast weekend jaunt!
Avoid the clash (and that hike) by going it alone. “A short, two-night trip is the perfect opportunity to dip your toes into solo travel if you haven’t done it before — and you’ll get to focus entirely on what you want to see,” Rice says.
5. Master the art of the carry-on
Traveling light has many benefits, not least of which is avoiding baggage fees on budget airlines. And for a weekend trip, why on Earth would you ever need more than a carryon? “You need something to sleep in, a day outfit and a night outfit — and wear your heaviest clothes and shoes on the plane,” Rice says. “Keep beauty products to a minimum. Buy a lens for your phone instead of carting around a chunky camera. If you have long hair, consider getting a blowout right before takeoff (or DIY) so you won’t need to wash your hair or bring heavy hair products.”
And go easy on the souvenirs, kiddo. You’ve got to fly home, remember, and do you really want that 16-inch Statue of Liberty on your nightstand anyway?