How much are you looking forward to getting away? Don’t answer that. It was rhetorical. We’re all pretty much dying here, counting the days until our long, long-awaited annual vacay. You know, to escape the daily grind consisting of work and everything else that’s in the routine. But seriously, do we have to wait? NO. We’re happy to report that these days, it’s easier than ever to embrace your impulsive side.
The new app Booking Now—available on both iOS via the Apple Store and Android in the Google Play Store—was designed with last minute trips in mind. It’s the ideal travel companion if you’re looking for the perfect hotel in NYC within 48 hours or you suddenly have the urge to overnight at a quaint town during a roadtrip, say.
Get matched with one of more than 715,000 accommodations across the globe, based on your location, personal travel preferences and availability. To make sure you’re happy with your choice, just check any of the more than 54 million real guest reviews on Booking.com. Craving a quickie trip? We’ve highlighted some of the best spontaneous getaway options if you have two days, four days or a week (lucky you!) to spare.
THE BEST SPONTANEOUS TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
IF YOU’VE GOT 2 DAYS… Sometimes a mini-vacation is all you need to feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. With many premier cities only a short plane ride away, there’s no reason for you to delay that weekend getaway.
New York City What better way to spend the weekend than in the Big Apple? With regular daily flights out of most major Canadian cities, you’re able to catch one right after work and get there just in time for a night out on the town. Discover some of the world’s best theatre on Broadway, enjoy amazing works of art at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), shop till you drop at the trendy Soho district or simply take in the awe of Times Square. Whatever you choose, the possibilities are endless in the city that never sleeps.
The perfect stay for the night owl: The Ludlow
Chicago In the mood for authentic deep dish pizza? Who isn’t? Head to the Windy City and satisfy your taste buds now. In under just two hours, you’ll be in the heart of Chicago admiring world-renowned architecture, strolling through Grant Park or down the Magnificent Mile and eating to your tummy’s content. Music lover? You’re in luck! No matter what type of music you’re into—blues, hip-hop or even alternative rock—you’re sure to find a performance that suits your musical tastes.
The perfect stay for the ultimate view: Loews Chicago Hotel
Montreal For that European-like adventure close to home, head on over to one of Canada’s most diverse cities. Montreal is the perfect blend of old and new. You’ll discover cobblestone streets and the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame in Old Montreal, candlelit taverns and tiny cafes sprinkled throughout the city, a flourishing art scene, a bustling downtown core and an energetic nightlife. Plus, it’s easy to get to. You can drive, take a train or fly to this charming Canadian city.
The perfect stay for a Parisian vibe: Le Square Phillips Hôtel & Suites
IF YOU’VE GOT 4 DAYS… If you’re looking at spending a longer amount of time away, you can consider destinations a bit further away from home. With the extra few days, you can use the Booking Now app to hop to more than one hotel during your stay so you can get a feel for different areas of town.
San Francisco Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Bay area draws countless tourists each year. It’s the perfect destination for stargazing, hiking, water sports, wilderness watching. It’s also a dynamic, cosmopolitan city, with world-class restaurants and shopping. With mild weather throughout the year, San Francisco is the perfect escape any time of year.
The perfect stay for the active traveller: Hotel Zetta
Miami With a reputation for warm tropical weather, sandy beaches and a lively nightlife, Miami is the obvious winter escape. Substantially closer than the Caribbean or Mexico, you can get some sun without having to travel the distance. Jump into your scuba diving or snorkeling gear and discover the colourful marine life and coral reefs. In the evening indulge in the city’s Latin American culture, enjoy the authentic cuisine or head to South Beach for a night of dancing.
The perfect stay for the socialite: Viceroy Miami
Las Vegas Famous for its 24/7 lifestyle, extravagant casinos, themed hotels, iconic shows and quirky attractions, Vegas is a one-of-a-kind destination. If rollercoasters, fast cars and world-class nightclubs get you excited, then grab your passport and head over to ‘Sin City’! Four days will allow you to fully let loose at America’s entertainment capital.
The perfect stay for the saint in Sin City: The Cromwell
IF YOU’VE GOT A WEEK… Europe is a popular destination for Canadians and with a week to spend, the options are endless. Travelling within Europe is much more affordable which allows for travellers to country hop. With inter-European flights available at great prices, you could enjoy lunch in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower and fall asleep to the sounds of the surf near Barcelona’s beaches.
London With a full week why not head to Britain’s capital and discover why it’s the world’s most visited city. Discover landmarks such as Westminster Abbey, the Big Ben and the London Eye, get a glimpse of the royals at Buckingham Palace, absorb 13th – 19th century art at the national Gallery, enjoy trendy shopping excursions, get lost in Trafalgar Square, take a break with some afternoon tea and scones or pop by a local pub for a pint! Whatever you prefer, make London your own, there’s plenty to do and see.
The perfect stay to get the Royal treatment: Corinthia Hotel London
Paris Some know it as the City of Lights, others as the City of Love – either way, Paris is one of the most stunning places on earth. There’s no better view of the city than from the epic Eiffel Tower itself. Shop along the Champs D’elysee, take a cruise along the Sein River and discover the historical and cultural riches at museums like the Louvre. Whatever you opt to do the City of Lights will always enthrall.
The perfect stay for the culture junkie: Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera
Barcelona With a mix of gothic and modern architecture, Barcelona is a truly unique European city off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Take a walk along the bustling La Rambla, spend the day at the beach and make sure to visit the majestic Sagrada Família. In the evening try one of the tapas bars serving up fresh seafood and paella, sip on regional wine or sangria and absorb the beauty of this quirky metropolis. The perfect stay for the history buff: Aparthotel Aria 4* Superior