Five Tips for Making the Most of Short Visits
Updated: Aug 23
Let's face it, most of us have to work. We don't have unlimited funds or unlimited time off. Sometimes you just can't spend as much time as you would like in a destination, but here's some tips for making the most of out of a short visit. 1 - Stay near the attractions you want to visit Often you can save money by staying in accommodations outside city center or where major tourist attractions are. But when you have a short time in a destination, it may be worth the additional cost to stay in a more central location. This allows you to see more of your destination and spend less time in transit getting to attractions. 2 - Make a plan
When you have plenty of time in a destination, you can spend more of that time leisurely exploring. If you only have a few days, it's a great idea to make a list of what your must see items and make a plan for when to visit them. 3 - Skip the lines Many major attractions have an option that allows you to pre-book your tickets online, allowing you to skip some or all of the lines when you arrive. There may be a surcharge for this option, but not standing in line with hundreds or thousands of other tourists has some major appeal.
4 - Don't forget to eat
With limited time, it's tempting to subsist on grab-and-go eats so you can pack in more sight-seeing, but a major part of visiting a destination is trying its cuisine. Be sure to take a break to relax and enjoy a great meal. If there's a restaurant you simply must try, consider making a reservation in advance.
5 - Be realistic Day two becomes a lot less fun when you spent 16 hours walking on day one, after having flown through the night without sleeping. As a traveler, of course you want to see and do as much as you can, but a realistic schedule will leave you feeling much less stressed out and a lot more rested.