2017 has been a whirlwind already, so it’s understandable if you’re already feeling like you need a vacation. Most like to painstakingly plan their vacations in advance, but what about when you get overwhelmed and just need to get away?

Here’s how to make quick travel plans if you want to drop everything and go.

The iconic Lighthouse at Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia, Canada

Book Cheap Flights

If you’re traveling on short notice, you probably don’t have a budget set up for this trip. Skyscanner is a great site to find cheap flights at short notice. The great thing about Skyscanner is that it also shows you popular destinations and deals so you can get the cheapest flights.

If you aren’t sure where to go, those features can help you decide. Take a look at their deals section and see what’s in your price range. Be spontaneous and let that be your guide. You might end up at a place you wouldn’t ordinarily have gone to and end up loving it!

Pretty boats at Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia, Canada

Don’t Be Too Picky

You probably can’t pack up and go to your absolute dream destination last-minute. You can’t be too choosy when it comes to a quick vacation. Try to go somewhere a little closer to home. Maybe you won’t have to fly and can drive instead.

Another good way to travel is by utilizing buses like Greyhound or Megabus, or trains like Amtrak. They usually are good for getting to destinations you don’t want to drive yourself to, but also aren’t quite far enough for you to need to fly. Depending on the destination, some of them have some seriously cheap tickets as well.

If you want to go a bit farther, but not outside of the United States, and are willing to get out of your comfort zone, try Pack Up and Go. They offer three-day weekend vacations and they plan everything for you. The catch? You don’t know where you’re going. You select a budget, take a survey so they can get to know you a bit better, and they set up your travel and accommodation arrangements.

Scenery on the way to Jungfraujoch, swiss alps

Think Outside Hotels

Hotels tend to be the priciest option when you want somewhere to stay. Sure, they have a lot of amenities, but do you really need all of them for a quick getaway? Look into AirBnB for a room to rent or hostels in the area that you want to go.

If you want something more unique, look into renting a log cabin. They’re gorgeous and often in scenic areas out of the way of civilization. Being in the great outdoors can do wonders for your mental clarity and help you get some much-needed relaxation. You don’t want where you’re staying (or the process of reserving that spot) to be a stressful place when that’s what you’re trying to escape.

Annette White walking through the rice fields in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Pretend You’re Moving

This may sound strange, but hear me out. If you want a spontaneous, exciting vacation that doesn’t come with a lot of stress, try this technique. You don’t want to try to cram in a ton of crowded tourist traps on this vacation. Being around a bunch of loud people isn’t going to help you to mellow out.

If you pretend like you’re moving to this destination instead of just visiting, you’ll learn more about the place and be more like the locals. You’ll want to check out the good local food and sites that people who aren’t tourists frequent. You’ll want to learn about the culture and get the real feel of the destination. Doing what normal people do can be a lot better than doing what the tourists do.

The sunset in Raja Ampat

Don’t Check A Bag

If you’re flying for your quick trip, don’t check your luggage. Instead, fit everything you need into your carry on. You don’t want to chance your bag getting lost or stuck somewhere. It can get days to get it back, and you’ll probably already be home by then. If you’re going somewhere warm, it’s easy to pack light as you won’t need as much clothing. But if you really want to go somewhere cooler, try wearing layers on the flight so you won’t have to pack as much. Put on your bulky coat and boots when flying to avoid packing them, and pack warm, thinner layers in the actual bag.

Travel planning doesn’t have to be a long process. Now you’re ready to whip a quick trip together and get away!

Kacey from The Drifter Collective

Guest Post By . . .

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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