You Too Can Be A Weekend Warrior

by Jess Darrington on April 12, 2019

Have you ever wondered how people you see online travel and adventure so much? Chances are they still maintain a full-time job, they just know one little secret. That secret? How to rock the weekend warrior lifestyle. Weekend warriors are those that plan epic trips, adventure, and explore during their free time, vacation days, and primarily weekends! This guide will teach you everything you need to know about the Weekend Warrior Lifestyle… and how you too can achieve it.

Planning is key

Since you don’t have too many days during the weekend, you have to maximize the time that you do have! Even if you don’t stick completely to your plan, it’s nice to have a general idea of what you are doing. It usually takes me a couple of days to plan out an epic weekend trip that covers our ideal hotel/campsite, best places to eat, top attractions we’d like to see, and activities we would like to participate in. A big part of planning is making sure your budget is set before you go. If you make and stick to a budget, you’ll most likely be able to travel more because your funds are available.

Start your weekend ASAP

Most of our weekend warrior trips start at 5:01 on Friday. As soon as we both clock out we are in adventure mode! Pack the night before so everything is already in the car if you plan on road tripping somewhere. If your boss is cool with you leaving an hour or two early, I would take advantage of that head start and get to driving to avoid rush hour traffic from your own city.


Let’s face it. There is no way that you can see, do, and eat it all in just one weekend! This is true for every weekend warrior adventure. Instead of trying to do it all (and ultimately drain yourself), make a list of what is most important to you. For our Jackson Hole Trip, we knew created a top three list and made sure to do those things before we even thought about cramming more into the weekend.

Getting up early vs. sleeping in

This is always the question we ask ourselves! My husband and I usually travel together and one of us loves to sleep in (it’s a mini-vacation after all) while the other has no problem getting up at the crack of dawn. Sleeping in allows you to relax and sleep away the stresses of the week that you just got through. While getting up early enables you to maximize your time and get the most out of your limited days. We have decided that it’s so important to make all parties happy when traveling…so we do both! Usually Saturday morning we get up early and spend a crazy day packing in as much as we can. We get up early and stay out late. Then when Sunday rolls around we sleep in. We go out and get a late breakfast, try and find a church nearby to attend a service, see any last minute sights, get a late lunch, and then we start our drive (or flight) back home.

Try to avoid spending time looking at your screen

This point is pretty self-explanatory. There is plenty of time during the week to indulge in those activities, make your weekend count! I’m totally not saying that you shouldn’t watch a short episode or two once you’re back in for the night. When we get to our destination we usually wind down to the current Netflix show that we are watching. However, what I am saying is to realize how precious your free time is. Be present and happy with your travel buddy(ies).

Realize that it’s not possible to see and do it all

This took me a long time to figure out. I have major FOMO and the thought of not getting to all the items on my bucket list used to drive me crazy! A weekend is hardly enough time to scratch the surface of the place that you are visiting. It’s okay. Don’t try and cram a lot into a couple of days. Be content with what you get to, and let the rest go. Plus. there is no one telling you that you can’t come back a second time

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