1. Wasting Time Getting There
Making the most of your mini-vacation means spending less time in transit and more time relaxing. “You want to get to your destination and enjoy the place,” says Sara D’Allesandro, a consultant at Liberty Travel in Natick. If you’re traveling by car, start your planning at Freemaptools.com. The site’s driving radius tool lets you map out all the destinations within your desired travel time. Depending on traffic, a half-day’s drive can usually get you 200 miles--that’s as far as New York City if you're heading south or Maine’s Acadia National Park if you're driving north.