Weekend Getaway Ideas for the Part-Time Traveler: #JetsetterRoundups

Relaxing during a staycation in Harlem | Photo by Elliott Ashby

On almost a weekly basis, I am asked how I have so much time and money to travel as frequently as I do.

In all honesty, I do not spend a massive amount of money traveling, and although I am currently a full-time graduate student and holding down a couple of part-time jobs, I have been able to travel frequently because I am in the education field, which means that I have quite a number of days off during the year when the kids are out of school. Additionally, the part-time jobs that I currently have allow me the flexibility to travel on my own schedule.

Although most of my trips tend to be 5 days or more, I have taken an occasional long-weekend trip from New York to cities like Austin, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Syracuse, New York. Sometimes, I even enjoy doing staycations right in New York City, where I take a day or two to play tourist in my town and rediscover my city.

My current situation is quite unique, and I realize that most people do not work in education, do not have jobs where they can be flexible with the time that they take off, or simply have obligations that do not allow them to travel for extended periods of time, which means that short weekend getaways or mini-vacations are the only options that the majority of people have.

This weekend getaways list below was created by travel bloggers around the world for people who are only able to travel part-time. It provides suggestions and inspiration for taking enjoyable trips within a short time frame.


Moraine Lake. Alberta, Canada (Source)

Asia: Philippines
  • Puerto Galera: Mark and Camille of 365 Travel Dates share their weekend getaway adventure to Coco Beach Island Resort in Puerto Galera in the Philipiines.
Australia: New South Wales
Canada: British Columbia
Europe: Germany
Europe: Greece
  • Mykonos: Nadeen of The Sophisticated Life wrote a detailed post on things to do and see during 48 Hours in Mykonos.
Europe: Hungary
UK: England

Broadford, Scotland (Source)

USA: The Midwest
USA: The Northeast
USA: The Northwest
  • Seattle, Washington: Domonique of The Simple Proof shares her guide on what to do during 2 Days in Seattle 

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (Source)

USA: The Southeast
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: Ashley from Mommy Week shares her tips for enjoying a fabulous weekend with her family at The Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee
USA: The Southwest
  • Grapevine, Texas: Mary of Calculated Traveller shares her experience painting with wine during a getaway to Grapevine, Texas

Want to read more? Make sure to check out the previous Jetsetter Roundups featuring articles from travel bloggers around the world!

Where are your favorite places to go on a weekend getaway?
By | 2017-07-30T01:09:58+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Destinations|14 Comments
  • Nadeen

    Such a great roundup of weekend getaway ideas! I will definitely use this as a resource for future travel!

  • Absolutely love this list! And thanks for including my posts.

  • Thanks for compiling such a great list for jetsetters. Snd yes, Staycations are a must 🙂

  • Michele

    I love this fantastic list of getaways! I am going to be checking out several of these options.

  • Mo at Mocadeaux

    What a terrific – and inspiring – list! You are lucky to have the flexible schedule and smart to take advantage of it! It’s amazing how much fun and food you can pack into a weekend getaway!

    • Thank you Mo! I love taking short trips that are productive (especially when I get to try a number of new foods).

  • Doing one-day trips on the weekend is a great idea 😀 I cannot wait to get to Australia one day to visit the places you recommended.

  • Nice round-up of weekend getaways. I spent most of my life in the L.A. area. There are tons of places to go for a weekend trip from there. Now in Singapore, almost every trip requires a flight, but we make short trips happen by combining public holidays with 1 and 2 days of vacation time spread out throughout the year. I am looking for hotel deals now to do a staycation in Singapore for Chinese New Year.

    • I will be back in LA in the spring (2016) and I am looking forward to making a day trip (or two!)

  • Part-time traveling is great Lauren – I have yet to attend any major outdoor music festivals, but I would love to in the near future! 😀

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