Having just returned last night from a spontaneous weekend trip about an hour train ride away from Berlin to Leipzig yesterday afternoon, I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about the benefits of a mini-weekend getaway. While we can’t always hop on a plane and jet set off to someplace exotic for two weeks, we can definitely still reap the benefits of travel by leaving our own hometown or city and exploring a new city or town nearby.

More than a stay-cation (which are also a great, but sometimes you just want a literal change of scenery) but not a full blown vacation, mini weekend trips are definitely the way to go if you are looking recharge your batteries over the weekend while staying within your budget and not having to dip into your work holidays.

So without further adieu, let us count the ways in which mini-weekend getaways kick some major ass.

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Leipzig, Germany

It’s cost effective

You don’t always need to invest in an expensive plane ticket to the Bahamas to have a vacation. (Who ever said go big or go home has gotten it all wrong. Go moderate and have an awesome weekend, I say. Clearly my phrase isn’t half as plucky as it’s original, but you get where I’m going with this…)

For just the price of a tank of gas or a cheap bus or train ticket, you too can enjoy the pleasures of someplace new. Granted you have to invest a bit of money for a place to stay, but by booking a cheap hostel or motel for just Friday and Saturday night rather than a full 7-14 days, you will definitely be saving some moolah. Not looking to spend any money at all? Try couch-surfing or staying with a friend.

It’s environmentally friendly

There is no denying that traveling has a detrimental impact on the environment, which is very difficult to avoid when your destination needs getting to. Luckily, when escaping for a small weekend getaway to someplace nearby, flying can be avoided completely. So go ahead and book that bus ticket or hop on the train – you can even cut your CO2 emissions by taking the train, by up to 90%! And if you do opt for driving, you are still leaving a smaller carbon footprint than you would were you to fly. Just invite a bunch of friends along, and then it counts as carpooling!

It’s not too long

Do you know that feeling you get when you return from a 7-10 day long holiday? You arrive home and all you want to do is follow up with another holiday; one where you will actually allow yourself to kick back and relax. We all love cramming in all that there is to see to make our vacation days count, especially when we have invested in an expensive plane ticket, but the great thing about weekend trips is that they are short enough and low-pressure enough that you don’t have to put the sight-seeing on turbo mode. Hell, you can choose to just do one or two touristy things during the day and use the rest of the time to relax and sip cocktails at a local bar. Sounds like my kind of weekend, if you ask me.

… but not too short either

If you are in serious need of a bit of a re-boot, I think it really does help to actually allot the time for it and actually go somewhere that forces you to unplug and relax. Setting aside a full weekend is a perfect way to do it. Staycations can kind of be a bit of a pain in the arse since you have to set everything up and will still be tempted by your phone, laptop, and that endless to-do list rattling around your head. But when you have actually committed to leaving your area code you can really give in to the vacation gods that be.

It re-awakens your excitement for life

Sometimes we all just need a change of scenery. While I am the first one to say that life is all about finding the little joys each day and firmly believe you do not have to travel to far off places to live a fulfilling life full of wonder and all that jazz, we do need to change up our surroundings every now and then. But instead of skipping off to Timbuktu, just head out to a neighboring city or town – it’s amazing how just putting 60 miles between you and your current location can expose you to an entirely different local culture.

Have you recently taken a weekend getaway to areas nearby? Would love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Rae Tilly

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  • I am big on mini travelling and are always looking forward to another weekend in which I have no appointment scheduled so that I can get hold of a mini getaway. I agree with most of the things you wrote here! there’s a bummer to it though, at least in my case… traffic is inevitable! public transportation is just not as safe nor reliable. It’s been a while since I last had a mini getaway though, thanks for reminding me to pick up that habit again!

    • rae

      Ah it is definitely tricky when the transportation near you is not the best and when traffic is also an issue, but unfortunately that is just the luck of the draw for some locations. I am originally from the DC Metropolitan area in Virginia, and it’s the same – horrible traffic on 66 at all hours actually and outside of DC not really the best network of trains or buses.

  • I can’t agree more! I always feel so refreshed after being away in new surroundings for a couple of days. Last weekend I visited my best friend in London, which is only an hour away, but being away, walking down Portobello Market, having brunch with my friend, it just felt like being on holiday and I came back rested and so happy to spend some quality time with her. Plus I actually quite enjoy the actual travel time to read, listening to music and disconnect from the world.

    Inma x

    • rae

      Oh wow that sounds absolutely lovely! And yes, a mini holiday an hour away is the absolute best! It sounds like you guys had a lovely time! Where are you living in the UK?

      • I’m in Oxford – it’s great because it is close enough to London but it is also smaller and much more accessible.

  • I love weekend trips, especially ones that involve road trips. Definitely agree that it awakens the soul without it being too much of an expensive process. I haven’t been on one in a while, though, and I’m definitely thinking of taking one soon.

    The fun little thing about living on Borneo island is that the entire island is travel-able by road and there are three countries to trek through. A two hour drive would take me to the neighbouring country and a completely different scenery!


    • rae

      YES! Road trips are the best – although to be honest, I don’t make the best road trip buddy as I have to pee every 10 minutes. Seriously, it’s ridiculous! Hope you get to take a road trip soon! And it must be amazing to live on an Island that is so easy to travel. I have visited Fuerteventura twice, and I felt that if you rented a car you can basically go anywhere and see and do anything on the island. And that is so crazy that you can be in another country in two hours, although it is also quite similar here in Europe!

  • I love the idea! There aren’t any big cities that are close enough without flying around here, but there’s nice scenery for a roadtrip.

    I would love to see your photos from Leipzig!!

    Jane / deluminators<

    • rae

      Oh definitely! Even taking a bit of a roadtrip and pitching a tent in a local park would be an awesome little weekend getaway! But I would never underestimate an overlooked town nearby. You never know what kind of gems they may hold – like old country stores, gardens, or historical buildings.

  • My boyfriend and I love to do a weekend breaks. It helps to re-charge, rest and enjoy new places x And really not expensive at all
    Yuliya at Yukova Blog

    • rae

      Could not agree more!

  • Hope you enjoyed!! I am going on a mini getaway this weekend for the US holiday. Looking forward to it so much :)

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

    • rae

      I had an incredible time, and I have a feeling it is not the last time that I will be visiting Leipzig! And wow, that sounds incredible! Hope you love the US a lot! Where are you from?

  • I totally agree! Living in the D.C. area there is so much to explore within a 1 to 2 hour drive in either Maryland or Virginia. Shorter weekend getaways also aren’t as exhausting so I always come back home feeling rested and ready to take on the work week. :)

    • rae

      Oh so true! I am from the D.C. area originally (Chantilly!) and always found this area to be really rich with things to see. If you get a chance, you should definitely visit Aldie and Middleburg, they are very cute little towns. And yes, I love the feeling of being refreshed but not worn out!

      • Ahhh so cool! I grew up in Columbia Heights in D.C. but now live in Vienna, VA so I’m familiar with Chantilly. And thanks for the rec! I’ll definitely add Aldie and Middleburg on my list of local places to check out :)

  • I love weekend getaways, I agree they’re a good length and they’re not ridiculously expensive. Love that building btw, the art on it is amazing.
    Blue Jazzmin

    • rae

      Can not agree more with you, Farrah, and yes, isn’t the artwork on that building just incredible?!

  • This seems so much fun!! I don’t do a weekend getaway for months now, and I really miss it. You just gave me the excuse I needed haha. Love the post btw :)


    • rae

      Always glad to be anyone’s excuse to travel! :D

  • I’m too lazy to find places to stay so I haven’t gone on a weekend getaway, but there are times when I want to explore, so I’ll get a day pass into the city and hop around :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • rae

      That is also a wonderful way to change up your surroundings!

  • Yes, this is all so true! I definitely want to do more weekend getaways this year, as I’ve seen so little of my own country! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • I just took a weekend getaway last weekend to Miami. It was from Friday evening to Sunday evening and I have to say it was the perfect way for me to relax and unwind and get the energy I need for the next few weeks. I definitely think weekend getaways are a must and are especially time friendly for those who don’t have as much vacation time =o)


  • I totally agree with you! Weekends getway are one of the best things! x


  • Sophie Lee

    Totally agree with you <3

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  • After going on holiday to Dubai earlier this year, I definitely had post-holiday blues, but I’ve found that mini stay-cations have helped me kerb this and motivate me to save up for future holidays :)

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