Everyone dreams of having a whole month off to just relax and not think about anything else. But sometimes we only have a short amount of time to getaway. I take a lot of short trips because it’s the only thing that fits with my schedule and I always make it work. Regardless of the time, you can still make it the best trip ever! It is possible. Here’s a guide on how to plan a short trip!Here are the best ways to maximize your short trip! Click To Tweet
I did a short trip to New York a few years back. It was such a good trip but since New York has so much to do so it meant I had to skip some things I wanted to do. This is so important to take into account! If you go to a place with more moderate things to do, you can get it done in a short trip. But for example, cities like New York and Los Angeles have a lot going on. If you still want to go to a city, find a smaller scale city that is still fun to explore.
Research More Thoroughly
Researching for a trip is a given no matter what. But when you have a short amount of time you have to have things planned down to the last second. There are a lot of other factors to look into so here are some things to research.
- Look at travel times: By this I mean look at travel times between locations. You can look at Google Maps and put wherever you’re going to stay and the place you want to go to and lets you adjust the departure/arrival time and it will let you know the average amount of traffic and the best ways to get there. As a Californian, I know things seem close but traffic is the worst! Don’t let a miscalculation waste your time.
- Ask people who have been there: Always a good tip. People will let you know the best places to go to but can also tell you about what to skip so you won’t add it to your list. No matter what, you will have to narrow things down.
- Use Pinterest: So many people do posts about how to do a city in a short amount of time, so look up if anyone has done one for the city you’re visiting.
- Look at flight times: Take overnight flights if it means getting to spend a whole full day in one place. Even if it’s a short two-hour flight, it might be better to go at night instead of taking an early morning flight. Simple ways to maximize your time.
If You Can: Wing It
Short trips don’t have to be stressful. It can be fun to pick a place and just wander around and see what you can do. For example, my short trip to Palm Springs was fun but I really didn’t plan too much of it. Short trips allow you to just go with the flow and is perfect if you’re not too much into planning every second. It gives more of a wiggle room instead of crunching so much into a small timeframe.
No matter how long a trip is, things will never go 100% as planned. It’s easy to freak out when you have limited time to do things. Always take a breath and remember you’re on vacation. The most unexpected things may end up being a great memory. You will get tired, things may be delayed, you might enjoy one thing that you want to stay longer. Just go with the flow.
I hope this helped in how to plan a short trip.
What are some of your tips?