A way of travelling in a minimal way is to avoid long stays. In fact, it can be even more exciting to plan a few short trips throughout the year than one long trip once a year. How can you spend less time in your destination but still enjoy it as much as you want to?
Plan in Advance
It is incredibly easy to do some advance planning these days. The internet is filled with useful information on just about anywhere in the world you might want to go to. By going online and doing some research you can find out about the best things to do, the main things to avoid, the best ways to get around and a lot more. If you do enough research then you will be able to hit the ground running once you get there and do everything which is worth doing. This can make the time you stay there a lot easier as well as saving you time. You don’t need to plan every second of your stay but you can make sure that you know more or less what you want to do once you arrive.
Make the Most of Your Stay
Cramming a lot into each day can help you make the most of your stay and doesn’t have to involve missing out on anything at all. For a start, if the trip there involves a long flight then checking out some tips for avoiding jetlag is a good way of doing this. You should also consider whether the popular local customs could be a help to you. For instance, if it is a hot, tropical place where the people who live there tend to sleep a siesta then you should do the same. If you don’t then you could end up tired early in the evening. Besides, everything might be closed when everyone is sleeping at midday anyway, so staying in your hotel room is going to be a smarter use of your time in this case.
Take a Tour
Wandering about a foreign city on your own can be pretty exciting but it also takes time. You might only have two or three things you want to see but if you try and find them on your own then it could take you a huge amount of time. By going on a tour you can see everything you want to see a lot more quickly. If you prefer to explore more independently then there is a way of doing this. On the day you arrive you could go on one of the city tours which are now popular just about everywhere in the world. These are fantastic for letting you quickly get to grips with the layout of the city and work out how to best spend your time. There are also some smart phone applications which give you guided tours of some cities and which could help you enjoy a quick but fascinating stay in your destination.
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