Everyone needs a vacation once in awhile to unwind. Whatever the commitment; it can be hard to get away for weeks at a time. A weekend trip (though it may seem rushed or stressful) can have you feeling relaxed and recharged by Monday morning if done right! It’s amazing what a newfound Zen state can do for your sanity.
Here are my top 5 tips for a stress-free weekend getaway:
Skip The Lines With Silvercar:
If you’re jet setting over the weekend, the last thing you’ll want to do is take extra time out of your relaxation getaway to wait in line to rent a car. That’s where the Silvercar comes in as the ultimate lifesaver. Silvercar is a car rental app with a mission to eliminate the frustration and time waste of car rentals at airports. This seamless service offers you a silver Audi A4s fully loaded with Wi-Fi, in-dash GPS, and Sirius Radio. All you have to do is download the Silvercar app, reserve a car, and a concierge staff for pick up, drop off, and any questions or concerns you may have. No waiting in line…they come to you! At only $59-$89 a day (depending on demand that day) you know what you’re getting and the convenience is worth the money! Silvercar is currently available in the U.S. at the following airports: Denver (DEN), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Phoenix (PHX), and San Francisco (SFO), as well as Chicago (ORD), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Dallas (DAL and DFW) and Austin (AUS). The app also has plans to roll out in five additional markets throughout 2015. Most recently, Silvercar kicked off a summer pop up “The Easy Out” in partnership with the Chelsea Hotels. Customers can conveniently pick up their cars through September 7th at the McCarren Hotel & Pool, which is just of the L stop in Williamsburg. It’s perfect for a weekend trip to The Hamptons!
Say No To Extra Baggage:
As women, we tend to over pack. The idea of a vacation seems relaxing but realizing you have to pack for it can cause an anxiety attack even for the most organized of us all. And how do we deal with this stress of not knowing what to pack? WE PACK MORE! Does this make any sense? I don’t think so! If you know you’re just going for the weekend, plan your outfits, make a checklist and stick to it. There’s really no need for any extras! It’s also important to pack according to where you are going. If you are going to the beach, packing jeans and heels is pointless. If you are going to the city, pack an outfit for a nice dinner. No one wants to be the girl with extra baggage (literally!) It’s exhausting!
Don’t Overthink It:
The best memories happen when your days aren’t strictly planned. Since you’re on a vacation to relax, keep your schedule flexible. This will leave room for more relaxing downtime rather than having to constantly be kept on an itinerary. Since it’s just the weekend, a couple days jam-packed with activities will leave you more exhausted than when you left. Make reservations for dinner but leave the day open for relaxing by the pool or a spa day. You won’t regret it!
Yet … Still Plan Ahead Of Time:
Since it’s obvious some planning needs to be involved, do it ahead of time. If you’re headed to unwind with a group of friends, make sure everyone has a good idea of how they’d like to spend their time. When it comes to accommodations, call ahead of time to see if there’s anything you need to bring to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The more you plan ahead, the more it’s smooth sailing when you arrive!
A relaxing getaway is the perfect time to unplug and stay off the grid. As hard as it may seem, most work emails can wait until Monday. So enjoy your time off while you have it! The more you prepare before you leave, the less you’ll have to deal with while away. If you aren’t in a position to be completely off the grid, just lessen the time spent on your phone. It’s amazing what great conversations and memories can be had and shared when you just step away and live in the moment.
Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.