Malaysia is pretty much the whole package. There are islands, beaches, jungle, mountains, lakes and cities.
To help you plan your ultimate weekend getaway, here’s what you will need to help you plan it all.
Know What You Want
When planning a getaway, you really need to know what you want and why you’re taking a break. A relaxing, legs up, room service, sun bathing kind of vacation? What about an adventure? An “experience something new” kind of holiday? Touristy kind of holiday? How about a “do something good” holiday? Once you know what kind of short getaway you’re looking at then planning becomes so much easier.
Financing is always a factor when planning a holiday. It’s very important to set a budget for your trip no matter what. Not everyone can afford to pay thousands on each trip they take, so setting a budget before planning your trip Short trips are far cheaper than longer holidays simply because you are paying for less nights in a hotel.
When planning your budget, you would need to consider the cost of transportation, accommodations, activities and food. The best thing about short getaways is that you’ll probably be travelling closer to home and road trips are certainly a lot more fun and cheap!
Choosing a mode of transportation you are going to use is important. First of all, you need to find out how long it takes to get to where you plan on going. If you plan on driving, you can always check on waze
or google maps
on how long your drive time will take. The thing about driving yourself is that you have the flexibility to stop at places along the way and stay wherever you want as you won’t be relying on public transportation to get around.
If you plan on travelling to somewhere a little further than 3 hours, a bus could be a great option. For instance when travelling to Perhentian Island, we’d definitely recommend you taking the night bus to arrive in the morning in time for the first boat out. Check out the bus schedule
beforehand and if you decide to want to travel during the festive season, booking a month in advance is always recommended.
for long distance travel are available but can seem rather inconvenient for most destinations. If you’re opting for a most scenic view and on a laid-back trip, the train could be an option. Bare in mind, when taking a short getaway, time is an essence.
If you’re planning to go to an island, be sure to plan your travel time around the boat schedules.
When considering accommodation options, remember that you don’t need to limit yourself to hotels. There are a variety of places to stay such as b&bs, guest houses, airbnb rentals, campsites, etc.
These options are usually more sustainable too as it supports local businesses. Where you stay really depends on where you’re going and what kind of a getaway you’re looking into.
If you plan on travelling during festive holidays or even long public holiday weekends, be sure to book your accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment (the rates are usually better too!).
Plan must do activities in advance
Many travellers don’t like to plan anything else but their flights or buses. This can be really fun and spontaneous but when you’re planning a short vacation with limited time, this may not be the best way to travel.
You don’t want to be wasting your time looking for a place to stay, or getting somewhere on a Sunday with hopes to visit a famous attraction only to find out it’s closed on a Sunday.
This is why it’s important to have some ideas about all the things you’d like to see and do. Make a list of the places you’d like to visit. Don’t worry if the list is too long because then you kinda have a bucket list for the next time you go there. Heh! But honestly, with a big list, you’ll then be able to prioritise and if something were to happen to one plan, you have a back up.
If you have something you definitely MUST DO during your getaway, why not book it in advance so you know you’ll be doing it for sure.
Check out local events
It’s always recommended to check out local events in the area you are going to. Many activities found online are usually the touristy stuff. If you’re looking for something a little different like going for an open mic session, food truck festival, comedy night or even volunteering at a local NGO, you might be glad you looked this up! Make sure you don’t miss anything!!
Roughly Plan Each Day
Just like mentioned previously, to avoid any disappointment. Once you’ve done your research on the things to do at your destination, it is then time to plan things out to make sure you’re able to do all the things you want to do and/or see.
Planning ahead makes life so much more easier and allows you to cram as much activities as possible and allows you to make the most of your time.
Eating local is a more sustainable way to eat. Food doesn’t need to travel so far to make it on your plate. By going to a local stall or restaurant, this helps with reducing gas house emissions and contributes in reducing our carbon footprint especially when we travel quite a distance. Eating local also benefits the local economy including local farmers, and other local producers. This encourages sustainable agriculture. Another awesome reason to eat local is that locally harvested foods are given more time to ripen and tastes so much better.
Now that you got everything about your quick getaway planned, it’s time to think about what to pack. Many of us fall victim to over-packing and when it comes to a weekend trip, there really is no need to pack too much.
For just a 3-day trip, you won’t actually need even half the stuff you think you need.
We tend to always think about the what-if’s when it comes to the weather and the activities we’ve planned. Yes, it’s good to be prepared but it’s better then you’re travelling with a lighter bag. As hard as it may be to leave that hair dryer at home, you don’t need it. Plus, you don’t need those 17 different outfits for 4 days, just pack one outfit for each day with a set of pyjamas of course, some comfy walking shoes, a pair of flip flops and you are set (ok, maybe a few more pairs of undies)! Do take account of weather and spare clothes, just don’t go overboard.