Have you already started planning next year’s dream vacation? What about this year? It’s important that you give you and your family some time off from the monotonous routine of work and school as often as possible. This helps keep your energy up and your mind focused. 

Keep reading to learn why midweek breaks are just the thing to escape the crowds and recharge your batteries.

1. Save Money

If you plan a midweek break it will be a lot cheaper than going away for the weekend. 

Booking a reservation for the middle of the week will save you money on flights, rooms or car rentals. This is a great time to take advantage of these deals and travel to the locations you’ve been wanting to experience without having to pay a premium. Rates are generally higher on the weekends from Friday to Sunday since this is peak travel time for those getting a weekend getaway. 

This is also a great time to take advantage of lower rates for activities you might be interested in. For instance, if you have always wanted to charter a boat and do some deep-sea fishing, the rates will be cheaper since the captains of the boats usually don’t have much booked for the day.

2. Enjoy Smaller Crowds

Since your midweek break will be held during the off-peak hours you will be able to enjoy your time and activities with smaller crowds. If you plan on going to a theme park, smaller crowds also will mean fewer wait times for rides and shows. This is a great way to get the most out of your day and actually enjoy yourself instead of fighting through crowds and wasting your time standing in lines. 

It’s not just theme parks that are less crowded during the week, it can also be true for museums, movie theaters, and public beaches. You can have some fun in the sun without struggling to find a good spot for your umbrella or even better, depending on the beach, you might even have it all to yourself. 

3. Get the Most out of the Experience

When you travel to places during off-peak hours you are able to get the most out of the experience since there will be less demanding crowds. This means you might be able to get your favorite fishing spot at the lake, book the campsite you’ve had your eyes on or even get on the ride that usually has crazy long wait time. 

You might also get the opportunity for some one-on-one time with a park ranger and ask the questions you were dying to ask last time but weren’t able too. Or perhaps get front of the line access on the hot new roller coaster that just opened. The possibilities are endless when you travel midweek without the crowds. 

4. Take Better Photos

If you love nature photography it might be hard to get those amazing shots of popular locations because you aren’t the only one trying to capture the location too. Less foot traffic on the hiking trails during the week means there are more opportunities to get that awe-inspiring picture you’ve been attempting for ages. 

This can also be true if you love capturing wildlife in their natural habitat. You are less likely to get that perfect shot of an eagle flying or bears catching salmon if there is too much human activity in the area. The animals will be hiding and waiting until they feel it is safe to come out. 

Maybe you love taking photos of great architectural landmarks or popular theme park locations. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get that amazing shot while waiting for a break in the crowd. Planning these types of photography sessions are better midweek and away from the crowds. 

5. Break up the Work Week

Everybody dreams about playing hooky from work now and then, so why not schedule it in? If you plan on taking some time to yourself during the week, you can actually feel like you have given yourself an extra weekend. 

To make the most out of this you should work on Monday, take Tuesday through Thursday off, and return to work on Friday. Then you still have your normal weekend and can feel refreshed when you return on Monday for a full week. This is especially perfect if you go somewhere nearby, but not to close, so you can make the most of your time but not to much traveling in a car or plane. 

6. Use Your Vacation Time

Taking a vacation is great for not only your health and relationships, but it’s also good for your career. Taking some time to get away will eliminate your stress and rejuvenate your overall well-being, especially if you spend some time in nature. 

However, did you know that Americans are notoriously bad at using their yearly allotment of vacation or paid time off? Roughly 55% of Americans are not using the vacation hours they are provided. In fact, there has been an overall decrease in people using their allotted time since the year 2000. 

It’s time to turn this trend around and use those hours you have earned. Reset your work to life balance and make time for you and your family. 

Learn More About Why Taking Midweek Breaks Is Just the Thing You Need

These are some great reasons why you should plan on taking midweek breaks more often. Not only is it great for your health and mental well-being, but you will also save money and not have to fight the crowds. So why not start planning your next trip today?

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