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Tips for Making the Most of Quick Trips

by Angelique Platas

Feb 8, 2020

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North Carolina’s southern charm is only amplified by the spring’s colorful wildflowers and local history events. The North Carolina Azalea Festival, April 11–15, features garden tours, big-name entertainment, a waterfront street fair and a parade; and the 135th-annual USCT Living History Weekend features Civil War history events, pop-up museums, guest speakers and period music and food.

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If traveling more was on your list of things to do this year, we have a few easy ways to see more of the country without burning through all of your vacation days.

 

Make the Most of Weekends
Depending on your work schedule, most full-time employees have at least two days off a week. No matter when those days fall, whether a weekend or during the week, these are prime days to take advantage of. Enjoy a city near you and plan a staycation, or take a quick road trip to a nearby locale you’ve been meaning to check out.

 

Holidays
Use these freebies to the fullest. With a three- or four-day weekend at your disposal, you can take a quick flight and enjoy a relaxing beach vacation in the dead of winter. For West Coasters, California offers a plethora of landscapes, along with Oregon, Washington or a quick trip to Nevada for Las Vegas — a locale you don’t need more than a few days in anyway. For those living in the center states, venture to Colorado or Utah for a quick hiking trip, or Austin for some live music. East Coasters, you’ve got Florida for a quick beach getaway, Savannah and Charleston for southern city fun, and Boone, North Carolina, for an epic ski vacation.

 

Take the Red Eye
Take that late-night flight after work on Friday and fly back late Sunday night. You won’t have to fuss with early-bird hours and, if you’re lucky enough to be able to sleep on flights, you won’t even mess up your sleep schedule.

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