HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A SHORT TRIP
Commitments are a real problem for people wanting to travel but it doesn’t have to be one or the other. With my full time job and constant travelling, time is prime for me and it has forced me to get creative when travelling so I could be as efficient as possible.
There are plenty of city visits I have done for only a few days and after speaking to friends and family they wondered how I got so much done compared to what they saw.
The points I have listed below are not just for short trips but can be used for longer holidays. As my trips tend to be packed everyday I would use these no matter the length of my trip, making sure I don’t miss out on anything.
DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME
First and foremost unless you are heading to a city for a party break or to catch up on some sleep, don’t miss out on the first few hours of the morning. This time is usually the best, fewer crowds and a chance for some great photos. I quite often go for a walk first thing in the morning and then head back to the hotel for breakfast.
Be sure to check your hotel has a breakfast included so you don’t need to worry about finding a restaurant. Another tip would be a hotel that offers an early breakfast so you can eat and get away first thing in the morning.
- Download your maps.
- Make sure all visits are pre booked to avoid queues and running around looking for tickets.
- Do all research before you go.
- Bed early for am early morning.
- Tours are a good option as it reduces the time thinking about transport, attractions and everything else in between.
Download the relative maps you will need for your visit and tag each point of interest you intend on visiting. I also set out a route to avoid walking back on myself and wasting valuable time. Those minutes deciding where you should be going next could be spent better elsewhere.
Book your activities and attractions as soon as you can. This will avoid disappointment if they are fully booked and running around looking for a reputable agent. Getting there early will also avoid any crazy queues.
I like to do my trips independently have also done a few tours when I know it will save me time. Arranging transport, entry and food can be a little penny wise pound foolish, in which case I opt for a tour. This means everything is organised and usually more time efficient.
So I hope the list above gave you some inspiration as to how you can make your trips more efficient without have to lose out on more of those precious holidays. Let me know any tips or tricks you use for making the most out of a short trip.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
- What methods do you use to make the most of a short trip?
- Do you prefer to chill or always active?
Let me know in the comments below . . .