Renee's Top Weekend Getaway Tips

Be a Good Tourist
01 of 05

Don't Overschedule

Don't Overschedule

Some of the best trips I've taken are the ones I didn't plan for. Go with the flow, let the city open up to you and take each turn as it comes.

02 of 05

Set a Budget

Set a Budget

If you want to avoid overspending, which is easy to do while you're in "vacation mode", set a budget and stick to it by either using cash or tracking your expenses at the end of each day using Mint.com.

03 of 05

Use a Map

Use a Map

Don't be afraid of looking like a tourist; it's a sacrifice I'd rather make then spending my time getting lost. I always use Streetwise maps because of their clean design and the way they fit nicely into my bag without getting all crumpled.

04 of 05

Take Pictures

Take Pictures

Remember to take photos! I bought a Nikon SLR digital camera about a year ago and it was hands down one of the best purchases I've made. Save up for one; it's worth all the special memories you'll capture.

05 of 05

Be a Good Tourist

Be a Good Tourist

Read about your city. Be a good tourist and pick up a book on the city you are planning to visit. Not only will you learn a thing or two about the history and culture, you might get a few ideas of things to do while you are in town.

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