So how far is too far for a weekend?

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  1. daninstl

    daninstl Gold Member

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    Like most Americans I don't have unlimited vacation time. So my question is this. I'm not rich and can't charter a Learjet. I live in Kansas City and can fly out of KC, Wichita or St. Louis in my normal life. I'm at a disadvantage as we are Hubless. How far can you fly for a weekend without just spending all your time in airports? Is a 3 day weekend too short to go international? Hawaii? Seems like it. Maybe Mexico or Canada are it? Please let me know your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Thanks.
     
  2. edekba

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    For me ... (LAX Based) I would say domestic and NAFTA countries :). East coast I tend to avoid ... since flying out there takes 1 whole day already (Flight time + Time Change) ...
     
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  3. NYCUA1K

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    There are 24 hours in a day. If it takes more than 6 hours (1/4 day) to get there, then it is probably too far. I have done JFK-SFO for a long weekend and because I started out at JFK, the time difference also worked for me...
     
  4. anileze

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    For a long weekend R&R, my thumb rule, ex-NYC is about 4 hours. If I fly early morning, I should be at the beach by my lunch time :)

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    So it pretty much covers upto San Juan, PR or Cancun MX. The other circle is your's ex-MCI :) I've done London and Amsterdam on long weekends couple of times, flying Friday night, and coming back Tuesday night, when Mondays are off.
     
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    Keeping in mind that the OP will most likely have a connection to get to those places within their respective circle (unless it is a WN non-stop destination ;).) So, that 4-hour radius becomes more than likely a 6-hour radius.
     
  6. daninstl

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    At least my thinking is accurate. I've been thinking Caribbean or Mexico might be my limit, besides Canada. I guess it really depends on routes and connections. Historically I've had a hard time finding quick connections from MCI or STL to places like Cozumel or Eastern Carb. locations. Mexico City is tempting but not sure what there is to see there. I guess for a weekend it doesn't matter too much.
     
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    Out of NYC I've done a Friday night departure, spend Saturday in Europe and come home Sunday. A few times. I've also done Thursday departure landing in SYD on Saturday morning and home on Sunday. Once.

    I don't do those as often anymore but every now and then a few days across an ocean isn't so bad for a weekend. If you go deep South America the time zone change impact is much lower and redeye flights both ways.

    ETA: I also have Korea booked from the East Coast for Thursday-Monday later this year. I was originally planning to come home on Sunday but decided to take the extra day. Early next year will be Thursday-Monday in Eastern Europe.
     
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  8. anileze

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    Theflightdeal guys posted a deal out of PHL

    Ouch, that is pushing the limit - But you get 26+K miles ;) if you have 14+ days of vacation owed to you ;)

    Older you get, the the body cannot handle, a brutal beating - [Off topic] No wonder, Flutie never could hack NFL ;)
     
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    Normally I'd see what I most wanted to do and then see what areas have that, that make sense to fly too. If you want an international flavor you can do Mexico and Montreal from kansas in a three day weekend. If you want beaches california, southeast, and northeast aren't too bad. Big city life try seattle, san fran, philly, or NYC.

    You have a lot of choices, but if you can find any direct flights from your airport that will save you a lot of time, so you could look at where the nearby airports fly direct too.
     
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    Probably not a weekend with that schedule, though, right??
     
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  11. YULtide

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    I did a part-time degree in CWL while living in YUL. It involved flying Thursday evening YUL-LHR, travelling cross-country by bus or train Friday morning, classes Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday. Then home Monday. Eight times.

    Bottom line: you can go as far as you are motivated to go in the time available.
     
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  12. Dublin_rfk

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    I have to connect for almost anywhere (fly out of a hub - WILL NOT USE THAT AIRLINE!) With a little research and luck I have made several nice Weekender trips. EWR POS, EWR SJO, and one half mileage run half long weekend PHL LON.
     
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    Aruba is great, and you clear customs in Aruba., we do JA for a day trip,and have done CanCun.

    I have done 4 day trip to PEK.
     
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    Taking overnight flights gives more time at the destination to do stuff. Central America and South America both have plenty of overnight flights in both directions.
     
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    The beauty of being self employed...3 day weekends and easily become 4 or 5 day weekends with a quick phone call. Plus living only a 45-60 min drive (depending on traffic) from IAH my options are pretty much unlimited. :)

    Sent using a small piece of fruit.
     
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    Or being retired.
     
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    Even better. :)

    Sent using a small piece of fruit.
     
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  18. NYCVSFlyer

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    I've done NYC to LHR, CDG, AMS, ZRH, MXP & MAD out on a Friday night, back on Monday (or out on a Thursday night, back on Sunday). Not bad as you get 2- 2 1/2 days at your destination. I actually have found this easier as I get older (less need for sleep, I suppose).
     
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    Add another idiocy point to the list...I'm flying to AMS tomorrow night and turning around to come right back 100 minutes after I land. But the outbound is the final MD11 commercial flight so I'm OK with that.
     
  20. Rob van Cutsem

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    I am living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and basically for a weekend we travel throughout Europe, so about 4 hours max. The advantage is that the airport is 10 mins by train.... We fly to Barcelona, Madrid, Roma, Budapest, Istanbul, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris etc. all European cities are within 4 hours or so
     
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    That is a long flight for a 100 minute stay:)
     
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    Yup. But it is all about the flight, not the stay. ;)

    At least that's what I keep telling myself. :oops:
     
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    Chicago to London on Thursday evening and back on Sunday evening. I consider it a very easy red eye. As long as everything is on time it's great.
     
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    Reading this in Tokyo right now. Left US Thursday night. Leave Tokyo Sunday night. 48 hours and then out.

    Worth it, but not too often. Only worth it with a nonstop.
     
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    I tend to like having a 4 day weekend if possible for europe, but 3 can work, especially if you can get a thurs night departure for friday morning arrival. You then have most of friday, all of saturday, and potentially most of sunday, depending on destination. Fly back as late as possible on sunday. Or take off monday and leave friday. As long as you can get an overnight flight eastbound, not burn vacation day of departure, and get enough sleep on the plane that you aren't burnt out you will have plenty of time to make the trip worthwhile.

    Other continents/routes with similar considerations also apply. If you can fit a bunch of travel in during sleeping and after-work hours your long weekend range expands quite a bit.
     
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