“AYYO Weekends was founded on the belief that experiences are much better than things, and a deep desire to help people collect lasting memories.”
Why waste your valuable time and energy planning only one big trip a year when you can be spending your countless free weekends vacationing carefree here in your home state? By simply contacting AYYO Weekends, you can avoid all the stress and the hassle of brainstorming destinations and activities, researching local hotels and eateries, budgeting, and then finally booking your trip. They will do it all for you! Here at the Awesome Mitten have experienced their services on numerous occasion having worked with AYYO Weekends to plan each of our #MittenTrips you loved last year. Because of the rave reviews you can read from our writers, we wanted to give you a more in depth look at AYYO Weekends and how they can help you plan your next getaway.
AYYO Weekends was started by two well-traveled Michiganders. While working as interns for Pure Michigan, Ryan Wenk and Derek Debiak instantly bonded over their passions for adventure and entrepreneurship. As typical broke college students, they both enjoyed getting away for the weekend and exploring the Mitten on a budget. The more they traveled, the more queries they received from friends and family interested in taking a trip but too overwhelmed by their lack of planning and travel knowledge. This led them to coming together to create AYYO Weekends. After recognizing how difficult it was for others to plan small getaways in their home state, they wanted to help them by minimizing the time they spent planning their trip and maximizing the time they spent enjoying their vacation. Staying true to their Michigan roots, Wenk and Debiak also wanted to ensure they were helping local businesses by connecting customers to lesser known companies.
Last year, I got to take a #MittenTrip to Kalamazoo on Halloween with the help of AYYO Weekends. Their suggestions for my weekend away were spot on and helped me to have one of the best getaways I have had to date.
About a week before traveling, I had a short conversation with Wenk discussing what I was interested in doing in Kalamazoo and a few broad ideas of what activities I enjoyed doing while on vacation. I was really excited to visit the Air Zoo, enjoy locally crafted beer, and try some of the best food Kalamazoo could offer. A few days later, I received my AYYO Weekends itinerary by email. Not only did they include places I was excited to visit, but they also added unique places to stop for food or adventures that I never knew or thought about for a weekend getaway.
This email was also incredibly impressive because it not only included my full itinerary for each day, but it also included the weather forecast and a packing list. It’s also helpful that every suggested activity isn’t scheduled so for those of you who aren’t early birds won’t have to worry about missing out on any of the fun. During my trip, the only main activity that was scheduled for me was visiting the Air Zoo which was wisely planned for midday so that I wouldn’t have to worry about not making it on time. For the entire trip, it only cost twelve dollars per person for their services plus the components of the trip. The thoughtfulness they put into planning a getaway specifically for my interests and needs really showed through.
This young company is making big leaps this summer as they continue to grow a once small project into an exceptionally valued business. Currently, their “MVP” is the website they developed that tackles the overall business. However, they are also aiming to push the growth of their company by also developing an app to make their booking process even more accessible.
Recently, they began offering day trips which incorporate everything you’d want in a weekend trip, but without the cost of a hotel. Their drive to continue to expand stems from their roots of enjoying living and working in Michigan. “I consider myself a Pure Michigan evangelist because I’m always promoting Michigan businesses and outdoors,” said Co-Founder Ryan Wenk.
After enjoying a weekend away thanks to AYYO Weekends it made me excited for my next trip. Vacationing stress free is how it always should to be. For your next weekend getaway in Michigan try AYYO Weekends because they’ve made stress free traveling a reality.
Here’s some of the #MittenTrips AYYO Weekends planned for us:
- Hearty Foods and Grand Views: #MittenTrip Munising
- Alpena #MittenTrip: The Other Side of Northern Michigan
- Petoskey and Harbor springs: A #MittenTrip Full of Surprises
- History and Exploring: A #MittenTrip in Ludington
- City Adventures with Small Town Charm: A #MittenTrip in Kalamazoo
- Ypsilanti: A #MittenTrip Through the Past and Present
Where will your next getaway in Michigan take you? Let us know in the comments!