Are you a Weekender?


Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you’re well and enjoyed the Christmas festivities.

It feels strange for it all to be over so suddenly. One minute we’re knee deep in mince pies, fairy lights and panic buying presents. The next minute we’re all detoxing and dieting, saving money and digging out our running shoes.

I’m stuck somewhere in the middle and I’m wearing my gym kit while I hoover up all the chocolates, pies and wine that are still lurking around the house. It’s got to be done!

If you’re anything like me, this time of year signals one thing and one thing only – it’s time to start planning holidays (or vacations if you’re reading from across the Pond!)

January is holiday planning season and it’s such an exciting time of year.

For 2016 I’m going to be having a huge focus on weekend breaks on The Travel Hack. You may have already noticed the ‘Weekenders’ tab at the top of the page?

This slight shift is after reading the results from my recent reader survey. I was absolutely amazed by the amount of people who responded to the survey so a big thank you again to everyone who did.

One of the main themes that came from the survey was that you all love weekend breaks. Most of us are working 40+ hours per week and want to make the most of the limited time off we have.

So, I’d like to invite you to join me to be a Weekender.

Are you a weekender?

Weekenders are people who don’t spend those precious Saturdays and Sundays lazing on the sofa. They wouldn’t dream of spending Saturday afternoon in Tesco – have you ever been to Tesco on a Saturday afternoon? It’s actually hell on earth. Friday nights aren’t for kebabs and shit TV and Sunday afternoons aren’t for ironing.

Weekends are for travelling!

The weekends last for two short days so it’s time to start making the most of them!

Weekenders are the kind of people who slip out of the office early on a Friday after working their arses off all week. They’ll be pulling a stylish little suitcase behind them and will have the smug Weekender Swagger as they tell their colleagues where they’re going this weekend. Their colleagues jealously wonder why their weekends are never as exciting and say things like, ‘Wow, you’re so lucky.’

But Weekenders aren’t lucky. Weekenders have got their shit together and they booked this months ago – probably during a sale and for a bargain price.

Weekenders live another life from Friday afternoon until Sunday night. They jet off to exotic destinations, often travelling to places other people have never heard of. They stay in boutique hotels, dine in quirky restaurants, explore forgotten cities, hike across mountains, swim in the sea, meet interesting people and learn new things – all before returning back to their homes and their jobs on a Sunday evening.

Weekenders aren’t rich. Weekenders are just savvy. They know how to find a good deal and they know they might need to compromise on their flight time in order to stay in that gorgeous hotel.

One weekend they might jet off to Paris, but the following weekend they’ll be staying closer to home. Maybe they’re going camping or they’ve found a cheap Airbnb pad. They might be exploring something new in their home town or taking a short road trip to somewhere they’ve never been before. Or they might have saved up their points to score cheap flights to New York!

One thing a Weekender will never do is waste their weekend. Oh no. Weekends are short, weekends are precious, so whatever you do, don’t spend them in Tesco.

If you’d like some Weekender inspiration, check out these posts:

The 12 best weekend escapes to take in 2016

How to travel more with the #Take12Trips Challenge


Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of affordable luxury travel experiences.Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

SHOWHIDE Comments (19)
  1. I’m the opposite of the weekender because 1) weekends are when I’m busiest – such is the nature of being a shopkeeper! and 2) schedule-wise, I march to the beat of my own drum. If anything I take city breaks in the WEEK when work is a little quieter for me. Does the make me…’weeker’? Either way, the few days off we get are indeed precious – I wholeheartedly agree with not wasting them in Tesco (rather spending them Tresco!)

    Happy New Year Monica! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    1. Happy New Year to you too Jasiminne! You’re so lucky that you can be a Weeker (that has to be a thing, right!?) But I definitely think it’s the same sort of thing, it’s the same attitude and want to do more with your days off. I work for myself so I don’t really have weekends as such so I’m sometimes a weeker too, it just doesn’t have the same ring to it 😉

  2. My boyfriend and I are definitely weekenders! While we love to take the longer holidays (who doesn’t?) we make the most of our weekends too, especially if we can squeeze it into a long weekend.

    Looking forward to seeing your weekend ideas this year to give us some inspiration for 2016 and beyond.

    Happy New Year!

  3. I am SOOOO a weekender – as you know! My whole blog is based on affordable weekend escapes around the UK and Europe. Can’t wait to see your ideas – hope we can collaborate! Happy New Year, btw

  4. I am definitely a weekender! Right down to the pretty little cabin bag and smug weekender swagger as I stroll out of the office on a Friday night! Although saying this… it’s now Saturday and I’m sitting in bed reading blogs (that’s still being a weekender right… it’s research for future weekends… *shifty eyes*)

    Danielle /

  5. YEP. I’m lucky to have two 3-day weekends built into my schedule every month (the other two weekends I work Saturday or Sunday so it evens out.) I have 4 trips booked for 2016 so far and two of them don’t require any vacation days – in fact I’m hopping on a bus to DC this Friday. LOVE being a weekender!

  6. Love this post, Mon. Although I’m obviously a full time traveller at the moment, I totally agree with making the most of your weekends and that you can do so much more with them than people think. After working all week, they’re definitely deserved. xx

    1. Definitely. You need the break after a week in work. Lazing on the sofa all weekend sounds relaxing but I never feel like I’ve had a break if I don’t do anything all weekend.

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