Summer is the perfect time for a family vacation or romantic getaway — if your schedule doesn’t allow for spending the entire season at the shore, a weekend excursion could be perfect for you. It can be a bit overwhelming planning a last-minute trip, so consider these ideas for maximizing your budget and hard-earned vacation time.
1. Decide what matters most
Before you book, think about what’s most important to you in a vacation site. Want a beautiful hotel with great amenities, or does a great deal motivate you? Want to be near local attractions or nightlife? If your budget doesn’t allow for a no-holds-barred getaway, knowing your non-negotiables before booking will help you stay positive and enjoy your stay to the fullest.
2. Don’t have your heart set on a specific destination
Look at hotel deals and make your plan based on what’s available in your price range. Lots of hotels offer last-minute deals that are perfect for a spontaneous getaway. Right now, Hyatt is offering 20% off stays of two nights or more and 25% off stays of three nights or more. Pick your weekend and then pick your dream destination! You could select a location within driving distance, or even a place with excellent deals on flights.
3. Find free activities in the area
Museums, national and state parks, and local festivals can augment weekend plans and even serve as a rainy day backup if fun in the sun isn’t in the cards. In California, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is downtown with views of the San Diego Bay. Go sailing, head to the zoo, or tour Seaport Village. With a gorgeous rooftop swimming pool, you’ll enjoy staying in just as much as exploring the city.
For East Coast dwellers, check out the Hyatt Regency Buffalo for close proximity to beautiful Niagara Falls and Upstate New York wineries. Tip: you don’t need a passport to enjoy the falls on the American side.
4. Maximize savings with hotel amenities
Stay at a hotel that offers free breakfast. Depending on how many are in your party, this could save hundreds of dollars over a three night stay. If you’re into sports, Pittsburgh is home to NHL, NFL, and MLB teams — something for everyone! The Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside has complimentary omelets each morning, with vegan and gluten-free options as well.
Be sure to ask your hotel about an in-room refrigerator. Packing your own food and snacks can be particularly helpful when you have food allergies or are traveling with young children. If you’re flying, check to see if there’s a grocery store nearby so you can stock up on necessities.
5. Choose a fun hotel!
Get the most out of your getaway by booking a stay at a fancy resort, especially if you can find a great bargain. A resort or hotel with a well-designed pool and grounds can help you avoid water park fees at area attractions. Dreaming of oceanfront relaxation? Miami Beach has something for everyone — great nightlife, food, and attractions. For a fun hotel, stay at the Hyatt Centric at Miami South Beach for their rooftop swimming pools and excellent beachfront amenities. Guests receive towel service, reserved beachfront lounge chairs, and use of the hotel’s bicycle sharing program.
Book your weekend getaway now with Hyatt and save 20% off 2 nights and 25% off 3 nights or more. Reserve by 6/29/2015 and stay by 8/13/2015