The work week can be incredibly hectic and chaotic for most people. Weekends are often spent as time to recoup from the stress of the workweek, and as time for families to spend catching up with each other. Weekend trips can do wonders for a marriage and for family life. Some of the best weekend trips and getaways can be to someplace in your own city. Weekend breaks don't have to be complicated; they just have to be relaxing. It is a chance to connect with your loved ones while away from home and the everyday stresses that go along with being at home. There are weeks that go by that some family just spent the whole weekend at home. This may be great for some people, and they are content to stay home and relax. But some people will pack up on Friday night and return home on Sunday evening, refreshed and renewed. I don't think it matters where your weekend trips take you, as long as you are all together. For example, my parents own a beach house two hours from my home. That allows for us to take some well deserved weekend trips every so often. My family and I strive to take at least one weekend a month for a family getaway and every other month we'll add a weekend trip for just the whole family. Whether it happens to be an outing to the mountains or the beach, it is quality time that you are spending together. Weekend breaks in the summer can be anything you like. Camp out at a local campground if you love the outdoors. Don't make it too complicated, or you may return more worn out than when you left. You can do things like fishing, hiking, boating, or just enjoy nature. You don't have to travel very far from home to enjoy being with your friends or family. Weekend breaks are what you make of them, and when you go may be determined on what you like to do to relax. In the summer months, you have more options for this, but there are weekend activities you can do in the winter as well. In the winter months, you can go for skiing or snowboarding. Many ski resorts offer specials for weekend breaks for the reason that they recognize this is when most families can get away. In most cases, you can rent everything you need right there at the resort, and your accommodations are onsite or nearby. There may come a time, however, when even that is not enough, and you want to get away. Two days may not seem like a lot, but even short weekend breaks can do your peace of mind a world of good. There are times when you want to be out of your house but just don't want to travel very far. One idea is to pick a fancy bed and breakfast you've always admired and spend one or two nights there. Keep it simple, and make sure you leave plenty of time to just relax once you arrive. This will give you a chance to forget about housework, or deadlines, and will allow you to completely relax. This is something my family does at least once a year to recharge our batteries. Several times a year, if the finances allow, you can look into some more remote weekend trips. You may want to jet off to Paris for a romantic weekend, or you can look at a weekend cruise or whirlwind trip to another city. Every once in a while, you just may discover something that you've never noticed before. It's even better if you discover that with your loved ones. With the gas prices nowadays, local weekend trips make the most sense. For romantic weekend breaks, you can consider a cozy bed and breakfast in a nearby location. These tend to be a bit more romantic than a hotel, and the personalized service may leave you feeling pampered and relaxed. You don't have to worry about anything because there is someone to cook and clean, and you don't have to lift a finger. Sounds like heaven to me! You can often find these in places you never considered, and chances are there are some within an hour drive from your home that will do the trick.