Know where to look for deals on last-minute hotels and Airbnbs
Technically, the whole concept of a ‘getaway’ has much less to do with going to any specific destination than it does just being any place that is not your home. The best destination for a spontaneous getaway, then, is not necessarily the one that’s the greatest physical distance from you, but rather the one you can reach as soon as possible. To that end, your hopes for a last-minute trip shouldn’t live and die by cheap flights -- skip the jet lag and look for destinations you can get to in a few hours by car/bus/train/riverboat/what have you. HotelTonight is the go-to for booking a hotel room, well, tonight, and as of earlier this year you can book boutique hotels through Airbnb, too. Flights are cool for international trips and all, but don’t forget about the unexplored wonders of your own backyard. There are likely delightful mountain towns within driving distance. National parks you’ve never heard of just a bus ride away.
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Make sure you’re getting all the vacation days you could possibly get
About to get a job offer? Don’t just ask for more money -- also ask for more PTO. Meeting with your employer about a promotion? Ask for more PTO. Unionizing your workplace? Nice. Guarantee yourself some increased PTO.
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Don’t go it alone
Self-evident, but bears repeating: If you bring someone else, you spend half as much. Download Splitwise, find the person you hate the least, and politely request that they cancel any plans they might’ve had this weekend. Or midweek, if you’re traveling by plane -- that’s when the least-expensive flights depart. Use a little of your shiny new PTO.
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