#1 Pick your trip wisely.
Real talk: Paying rent in NYC can make it hard to see the rest of the world. For the last couple of years I've tried to make travel a priority in whatever small way I can. It helps to be flexible—maybe you can't take weeks off from work or afford to hop a plane to an exotic location. But chances are you can do a weekend.
I'd never even been to Cali but had wanted to road trip it up the West Coast FOREVER. So when Ford decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mustang by inviting a bunch of editors to drive from LA to Palm Springs, I was in.
Our itinerary was:
- Friday night in LA
- Saturday drive to Palm Springs
- Sunday drive out to Joshua Tree
- Monday drive back to LA
If you're trying to cover miles this is not the way to go. But for us it turned out to be the perfect ratio of driving to chill time, and it was cool to experience three distinctly different environments in such a short timeframe. If you only have a weekend this should be your approach, too.