Tips to Plan an Unforgettable Weekend Getaway

27 November  |  Adventure & Travel

Nothing rejuvenates like a mini-vacation. Bangalore is a great place to be if you want to catch up on some new destinations. Maybe your boss is not going to give you a month’s leave but there are more than enough weekend getaways from Bangalore, perfectly squeezed between a frantic Friday deadline and a late Monday login. For those who want to stay close to the city, resorts in Nandi Hills provide a convenient retreat while Kerala, Coorg and Tamil Nadu have an abundance of destinations. Whatever you decide – there are some simple tips you should keep in mind.

Pick a Place that Speaks to You

Have you been binging on those NatGeo specials on the forests of India? Or are you a history buff? A destination that reflects your personality or interests will provide a very enriching experience. Rather than try to cover a dozen attractions, find that one landmark which you can build an entire weekend around. Plenty of weekend getaways near Bangalore offer myriad experiences – whether you are browsing Masinagudi resorts or looking up the temples of Hampi – choose a theme that is close to your heart.

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It may be one of the best inventions ever but the smartphone is also one of the most intrusive gadgets in our lives. Do you really want your Gokarna sunsets interrupted by some Whatsapp forward from your conspiracy theory loving uncle? Your boss can get someone else to fix that excel financial report, not you while you are enjoying a trek in the Nilgiris. Click on that airplane mode feature and use your phone as a camera – after all, isn’t that one of the main reasons we buy these things.

Bring a Travel Buddy (or a Few!)

Travelling is usually more fun in a group so it is always advised to rope in a like-minded travel buddy or a bunch of friends. Set some rules for the trip – respect each other’s spaces and choices while also venturing on some activities together. This way, you get the best of both worlds – great bonding with friends and some introspective moments too.

Take a Road Trip by Car or Bike

As clichéd as it may sound, the journey is indeed where half the fun lies. A trip to Coorg isn’t just about that pandi curry in Madikeri; it is also about the gentle climb into the verdant mountains. Likewise, the open countryside as you head off to Pondicherry or the swaying palms of Kerala as the backwaters beckon are equally scenic and joy-filled as the journey’s end. Skip the chauffeured experience and rent a car or ride a bike. Weekend trips can be filled with discoveries, detours and impromptu adventures rather than just being an A to B transit. There are many places you can explore on a road trip from Bangalore, from the Kabini resorts for a wild experience to the ramparts of Tranquebar for a more offbeat one.

Keep Luggage Light

A lot of us love to be extra prepared for all the scenarios of a vacation, but if that translates into inflated luggage you will get bogged down. It is just one weekend – you probably need one extra set of clothes and a few essentials. The last thing you want to worry about while setting off for your day hike into the mountains of Agumbe is your heavy luggage. Also, you may shop – keep some space in the bag.

Long vacations are few and far between but it is the weekend trips that give us the breathers we deserve. Plan your trip well and you will have a hassle-free and memorable experience.

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