When it comes to adventures I love having mini weekend getaways. I’m not one of those people who can wait a whole year to go on a vacation, especially when there is just so much to see and do in and around Cape Town.

The only catch is actually finding the time (and sometimes the energy) to have an epic adventure every weekend. I have learned how to make time for these weekend getaways the hard way.

Making time for weekend getaways

It's easy to set up an adventure list, but making time for all that excitement is another thing entirely. Here are some of my top tips for opening up some time during the weekends for your next big adventure...

When I first decided to start living for my epic weekends it took a lot out of me because I was trying to squeeze in all my usual chores into the weekend along with my adventure. By Sunday morning I just didn’t have any more energy left and I was a grumpy mess. It was definitely not working out, so I had to rethink things.

Instead of giving up on my fun weekend getaways, I decided that I needed to rethink how I planned my evenings during the week so that I could make some time. I didn’t want to have any chores or even cooking to do over the weekend.

After a few weeks I figured out a winning formula that works quite well for me. I now have enough energy and time to enjoy every moment of the weekend trips we take and still get all my chores done, with time to even bake when I want to.

Here’s how I did it. Fiddle with some creative ways to make a strategy that works for you.

cook bulk meals.

At least twice a week I cook a meal that will be enough for 2 suppers and 2 lunches. If you have a slow cooker then this is the ideal time to use it. I love using my slow cooker because it’s so easy to just dump all my ingredients in the pot and forget about it till supper without worrying about anything burning. It is easy to get bored using the same recipe for your slow cooker supper, so keep an eye out for new slow cooker recipes to keep you inspired.

Salads and quick stir fry’s are also good quick options for supper. The trick here is to keep recipes simple so you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen.

Having a meal prepped the day before gives me time to finish other necessary chores the following day. This works especially well if we are planning a camping weekend getaway. I cook something like a breyani in bulk then portion it so that there is enough in one package for a single meal. I then freeze this. When we go camping I just take these packages along and defrost them for supper.

I am terrible at camp site cooking so I have to make a plan.

In a pinch? Buy sandwiches from the supermarket

It’s always nice to have a homemade sandwich on a road trip for a weekend getaway, but when you have to leave the house at 5am it’s not always practical to make them at home. This is why we sometimes buy sandwiches for the day. It’s easy and much cheaper than eating lunch at a restaurant.

…or make sandwiches the night before

If we have time on Friday night we’ll usually make the sandwiches for the next day.

Do grocery shopping during the week

This is where the strategy gets sneaky. We have a very small kitchen so buying in bulk is not always an option. This means that we have to buy just what we need and no more. This really is a blessing in disguise since it only takes about 40 minutes for us to do our grocery shopping. This means that I don’t have to waste an entire day shopping for food, so I do it during the week. The bonus is that the supermarket is so much quieter during the week so there is even less stress involved.

If we go camping for the weekend, this gives me the ideal opportunity to plan my camping meals ahead of time. This eliminates over buying or under planning.

Do laundry during the week

Tuesday evening is laundry evening. It doesn’t take much energy or time to pop everything in the machine and hang it out once it’s done, and this means I don’t have to do it over the weekend.

Clean the house at one go during the week

For an hour once a week we team up and wash scrub and tidy up everything that needs to be cleaned. It doesn’t take long if more than one person does this and it means that we don’t have to waste our precious weekend doing chores.

Tidy up as you go along

For small daily things we simply tidy up as we go along. The bed gets made every morning, the dining room is tidied just before supper, and the kitchen is swabbed down every evening. Little habits like this take no time at all but make a huge difference in time saving strategies allowing us to make time for our upcoming weekend getaway or adventure.

Eat well on Friday night

Our weekends often involve a hike or climbing so we realised that unless we eat healthily on Friday night we wouldn’t have the energy to really enjoy these activities. Saturday and Sunday morning meals are just as important. The last thing you want is to feel hungry an hour after breakfast and have to search for food instead of having fun. Eat something substantial and healthy for breakfast to make the most of your time.

Carry snacks and water

Carrying all the snacks and liquids you will need for the day means you don’t have to search for food if you get hungry. This takes a lot of stress out of a day trip and saves a heck of a lot of time.

Plan your weekend getaway trip in advance

Try to plan your epic weekend adventure or getaway at least a week in advance and pack for it ahead of time. This will take a lot of stress out of the process as the weekend draws nearer.

Start with the most epic activity on Saturday

You will have the most energy on Saturday so plan the most tiring part of your fun weekend getaway for the Saturday. You will also need some down time before the week starts all over again so plan something very chilled, like a beach day, for the Sunday. This way you are still doing something fun but also giving your body and mind a chance to rest.

Time might seem like a limited resource but if managed right you can easily make use of quick vacation spots to have a weekend getaway every week and still keep stress to a minimum. It’s all about having the right habits.

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