How to make the most of a short trip

Unfortunately for most of us, we only have a limited number of annual leave days and bank holidays every year. And then there's the limited bank balance - curtailing your dream month in the sun to a three or four day flying visit. Here are some top tips to make the most of a short trip...

How to make the most of a short trip

Research, research, research

The best way to make the most out of your time is to thoroughly research your destination before you go. Figure out exactly what you want to do, exactly where you'll stay, how you'll get from the airport to your hotel, how you'll get between destinations you want to visit, where's best to eat... it may not sound like a lot of fun, but if you only have a short period of time to spend in your destination you'll be glad that you don't waste valuable holiday time planning and calculating.

And of course, you don't have to stick to a strict schedule or itinerary - simply being aware of your options can mean that you'll enjoy flexibility without wasting time.

What can you book in advance?

Most holidaymakers will book their hotel and main transportation in advance. But you may also be able to save time by booking attraction or box office tickets in advance. This means that you won't waste any precious holiday time in a queue!

Location, location, location

Choose the most centrally located accommodation possible for your holiday preferences. The less time you spend travelling between your hotel and the beach, or city attractions, or conference centre, the better.

Get your priorities straight

Most locations have a list of "must see" sights that may include museums, art galleries, parks or other popular attractions. However, if you're only making a short trip, it would be a waste to visit attractions that you have no interest in. Set your own priorities and follow your own interests.

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