When it comes to traveling, one of the hardest parts can be conflicting schedules and timing. Chances are the people you want to travel with have a different availability than you do and trips end up scheduled as a weekend getaway. It might not seem like enough time, but I truly believe that one weekend is a perfect amount of time to get to know a new city! Here are 3 tips to follow to guarantee you make the most of your time:
Book the Early Flight.
It might be dreadful, but the earliest departure flight is ALWAYS worth it! Get some good rest the night before and sleep during the flight. Yes, waking up will be awful, but once you’ve arrived at your destination you’ll be so thankful you did it. Every hour matters when you’ve only got the weekend! Another suggestion is to look into flying out on the latest flight Thursday night. While you’ll have to pay for another hotel night, the cheap cost of the flight may balance it out. This way, when you wake up, you’ll be ready to take on the day.
Location, Location, Location!
Bite the bullet if it means dropping a little more cash on a hotel. Being in a central location is key to making the most of your time. Many of the cities I’ve visited are better experienced by foot. If your hotel is located near all the big sights, you won’t have to deal with long car rides and waiting on Ubers. Being able to get from place to place on your own time is a definite game changer when it comes to exploring a new place.
Make a Plan.
Do some research beforehand and come up with a rough plan. I usually like to make a list of my “must-do’s”. This helps me prioritize the things I want to do and places I want to see. Make sure you involve your travel partner(s) as well. Nobody likes a travel hog! Plan to visit all your “must-do” spots first, then work on to the rest of your list. You don’t wanna risk saving the big spots for last because you just never know what can happen, and you definitely don’t want to head back home with any regrets!
Don’t let the length of a trip discourage you from going on it. After all, a weekend trip is always better than no trip!