Long weekends are certainly the best kind of weekends. But while we all wait for them earnestly, most of us end up wasting time finishing chores or sleeping away to glory! Sure, completing pending tasks and catching up on sleep is important; however, you don’t want to look back and think that you could’ve done a lot more with your time.
If you’re not sure of how you want to spend your time over a long weekend, you’ve come to the right place! This post has something for everyone, so read on and make a note of what interests you.
1. Enroll for an Airbnb Experience
If you think Airbnb is revolutionizing only the travel and accommodation domain, think again! This worldwide accommodation giant offers a variety of interesting experience programs, allowing individuals to connect better with the city they are in, explore the local culture and food, and interact with the natives.
Using a bunch of the app’s filters, like the location, desired activity, cost, duration, and online reviews, you can enroll for exciting experiences that help you get to know a city closely, just like the locals. Depending on the location, people host experiences such as spending a day tasting bespoke cocktails with a local chef, vintage bike rides, camping tours, hiking with wolves, and even tango classes.
So, if you have a long weekend coming up, go ahead and look for the city’s top-rated Airbnb experiences and spend your time digging deeper into your chosen destination (even if it is your hometown!).
2. Read a Book to Unwind
Books have the ability to transform your state of mind by carrying you into a different world.As such, reading can make you forget all your worries and help reduce stress.
With technology by your side, you needn’t head out to a bookstore or a library to get a book to read. Download an e-book or an audio book and curl up in your favorite corner with your smart phone or e-reader! Follow this link for a list of good reads.
3. Indulge in Art Therapy
When was the last time you painted a landscape, attended a musical or a concert, or visited an art gallery? Nothing can stimulate your mind like art can. So, this weekend, connect with art and get your creative juices flowing.
Whether you are an art connoisseur, a promising artist, or just art curious, indulging in an artsy weekend will rejuvenate and refuel you for the frenzied week ahead.
If you like fine art, visit an art gallery or enroll yourself for an art workshop to learn new art forms and interact with the top artists.
Similarly, if you are a performing arts aficionado, spend your weekend at a music festival, learn a new musical instrument, or take dance lessons.
Getting artsy is therapeutic as it helps you untangle your thoughts, reduce everyday anxiety, and appreciate the beauty around you. If art makes you happy, art therapy should be on your bucket list this weekend.
4. Embark Upon a City Food Walk
If you love food, hop on to a fun-filled walk-and-taste tour of the city you are in. Want to make it more fun? Ask your friends to join as you go beyond the cliché restaurants and cuisines, and explore the genuine flavor of the city. The best part of a city food trail is that it allows you to eat at unknown eateries and food trucks, led by cookbook authors and budding chefs.
Whether you like to explore yourself using online guidebooks like Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Michelin Guide, and FoodieTrip, or prefer hiring a local guide, a city food walk will offer you the most unforgettable culinary experiences that will last you a lifetime.
5. Buckle up for Some Adventure
Want to feel your heartbeat racing? Make your upcoming long weekend exciting by enrolling for adrenaline-packed adventure sports like bungee jumping, river rafting, road rallying, mountain biking, and paragliding.
If you crave for adventure, strap up for these exciting extreme sports to get the thrill you desire. Don’t try these at home (literally!). Pack your bags and head out for an adventurous weekend that you can boast about on your Instagram page in the coming weeks.
6. Go Wine Tasting (Hic!)
The sheer thought of a winery makes us think of the most popular wines, such as the Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Shiraz. Does the idea of spending time in an open vineyard with a glass of wine sound relaxing to you? If yes, research on the best wine-tasting tours available in and around your city and experience the art of making wine.
Numerous wineries arrange wine-tasting tours along with expert guides who share their knowledge of wines and offer a sample tasting of your favorite wine blends.
7. Binge Watch Netflix
Netflix is by far one of the best things to have happened to mankind. From comedy shows to thriller series, this internet-based entertainment service has a range of options tailored to your mood and preferences.
On a long weekend, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with popcorn, and binging on the top Netflix shows with or without your loved ones around.
8. Indulge in Gardening
Gardening can seem laborious, but while it does require you to get dirty and sweaty, it has numerous benefits to offer. Apart from improving hand strength, dexterity, and heart health, gardening can reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s, boost brain health, help immune regulation, reduce depression, uplift mood, provide stress relief, and increase self-esteem.
You don’t need to have a huge garden to get started; plant a few pots in your balcony or on the window sills. Here are some plants that you can easily grow indoors:
- Ornamental plants like money plant, spider plant, English Ivy, and jade plant
Succulents and cacti
- Flowering plants like peace lily, peperomia, and vincarosea
- Herbs like chives, basil, oregano, mint, and parsley
- Fruits and vegetables like avocados, mandarin oranges, blueberries, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots
9. Host a Potluck Picnic
If you are a social butterfly, weekends are best spent with near and dear ones. This weekend, organize a potluck picnic with your family or friends, and spend some quality time with them.
Potluck picnics are easy to organize, require minimal time and effort, and are fun. However, remember to delegate clear responsibilities to each of your guest and inform them of the total number of invitees. If you have a large group in mind, consider using online websites, namely Perfect Potluck and SignUp Genius to organize the event.
10. Give Back by Volunteering
Everything we do shouldn’t revolve around the ‘what’s-in-it-for-me?’ thought process. If you have something to be thankful for, spend your upcoming long weekend volunteering for a good cause. Working gratis for a non-profit or charitable organization is a great way to give back to the community and support an initiative.
Volunteering will not only offer you a sense of satisfaction, but also open your eyes to the realities of the world. Several animal rescue shelters, orphanages, schools, libraries, national parks, retirement homes, and religious organizations are looking for an extra helping hand. This weekend, spend time expressing your personal responsibility to those who need care and hope.
11. Upgrade Your Skill Set
Want to learn a new language or sign up for an online course that will reinforce your career? If you haven’t been able to find time to upgrade your skill set so far, do it over this long weekend.
E-learning platforms like Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, and Skillshare have revolutionized the education segment by offering online courses certified by top universities and institutions from across the globe. Similarly, you can learn a foreign language by signing up with the top language-learning mobile apps.
Learning never ends for anyone. Use this short break to acquire new skills and get ahead in life.
Planning your long weekend need be something that gives you a headache. In fact, the ideas are aplenty and all that’s needed is the will to put them in action. Now that you’ve read this list, you can pick quite a few things to do over the long weekend. So be sure to set some time apart for yourself to do the things you love!