Not only should you have a specific destination in mind when you hit the road, but you should think about exactly what you want to do. If you head to Vegas, decide if you want to focus on gambling, shows, or clubs. If you’re heading into the wilderness, consider what trails you’ll take and what mountains you’ll climb. If you’re planning a weekend in a mammoth city like New York, narrow down what neighborhoods you want to explore. It’s tempting to try to take on an entire city over the course of a weekend, but you’re better off taking on a true metropolis in bite-sized chunks.
Nobody likes a micro-managing itinerary, but if you can wake up Saturday morning knowing where you’re headed, you’ll have a much more fulfilling Saturday night.