30 Nov The Best Quick Trip Tip… Ever!
If you’ve been reading my blog of late, you probably have noticed a number of “2 days in ______” itineraries.
It’s not that I wouldn’t love to have longer to explore world-famous destinations like Montreal, Seattle or Sydney, but I share the plight of so many other Americans in today’s economy… I only have two weeks of vacation. This means that each and every day of leave I take has to be well-utilized in order to make the most of my time off.
Luckily, I’ve found that short trips to cities can quench even the strongest travel urges. In addition to being located in close proximity to airports and train hubs (cutting down on the transit time), cities are fantastic quick-trip destinations because the best of the best is often concentrated within a relatively small area.
I have a tried-and-tested method of approach that I always use when I travel to cities… I create a personalized travel map that acts as my map, itinerary and guidebook all rolled into one!
The idea with this is not to rigidly structure your vacation but to minimize the “What should we do now? How do we get there?” waffling. Seeing everything clearly laid out on a map like this helps you remember what you wanted to do, strategize the best way to maneuver around the city each day and minimize backtracking and getting lost. Trust me, your feet will thank me later!
Here’s how to create your own map, too:
1.) Do your research
Once you pick your destination, get started with the fun stuff. Read guidebooks, magazines, websites and blogs (hint, hint) to figure out what the city offers and what you want to do on your trip. Keep a list of anything that catches your eye that you might like to visit during your visit.
2.) Get a map
Buy a laminated folding map from your local bookstore. This map will be your lifeline, itinerary and guidebook all in one (you’ll see why in a sec) and the lamination will keep it protected by the rain. You can also print out a map from Google, but it’s not nearly as sturdy.
3) Plot your picks on your map
Take your must-do list and mark each one as a number on your map. It’s best to use a thin-point Sharpie- it writes easiest on the lamination and it’s permanent. After assigning the numbers, I create a key on an empty area on the map, listing the numbers and naming the attraction.
The finished product is your PERSONAL TRAVEL MAP that’s tailored to guide you to your top interests.
Enjoy and let me know all about your favorite quick trip tips in the comments below!