mommytravels.netAt this point in my life I should be better at planning trips. But honestly, I am more of a wing it kind of gal. I know that no matter where we go or what we do, we are going to have a great time.

Does this mean sometimes I miss seeing the “must see” tourist attraction? Yes, yes I do. But does it even matter if I didn’t know I was missing it.

I think what really matters is the quality time you have with your family. A simple weekend getaway can provide quality time and memories to last a lifetime.

1. Do not stress out about going somewhere. Just do it!

2. Pack quickly, keeping in mind you will be back home in 3 days. Also, keep in mind that most hotels have something if you forget an item. If they don’t the local store does. Here is a printable packing list you can use.

3. Pick a place no more than a 3 – 4 hour drive. You do not want to spend a bunch of your free time driving to the destination.

4. Utilize an app or website to find a hotel quickly. Here are some apps and websites I like:

  • Hotel Tonight – An app that releases hotels each day at noon. These can be incredible deals.
  • – For a quick comparison of hotels that are available and the ability to search by rate this site is excellent.

5. Book a hotel that includes breakfast if possible. Since this is just a quick trip having one meal a day taken care makes everything easier.

  • If your hotel doesn’t have breakfast just take a box of pop tarts with you.
  • If you cannot afford a hotel, then consider camping instead.


Win a weekend getaway

Staybridge Suites

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3 Winners will each receive:


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·  With more than 200 locations, all Staybridge Suites properties offer guests spacious, apartment style suites with fully equipped in-suite kitchens so they can prepare their own meals as they might at home.