Traveling the world is something that we all aspire to do. But blame it on work or your finances, it is not possible for everyone to get away on a holiday for weeks, if not months. That does not mean you cannot travel. Be it traveling on business or flying with your family over a long weekend, it is always possible to plan a quick holiday that does not have all the frills of a month-long holiday, but still helps you see the world one place at a time. Here are a few tips to make better use of your time and money while planning such short holidays.
Do Not Stuff Your Itinerary
It doesn’t matter whether you are planning a short 4-day holiday or one that lasts a few weeks. A lot of tourists make the mistake of stuffing their itinerary with as many destinations and things to do as you possibly can. The idea is to get maximum bang for your buck. This is however a bad idea. A holiday is supposed to be relaxing. Doing too many things during a holiday deprives you of the enjoyment that holidays are supposed to bring. So while you may manage to go to three places instead of one, you may neither bring back memories nor the pleasures that a holiday is supposed to offer. So the first rule of any holiday is to keep lot of free time for yourself and family during your holidays.
Do Not Drive Unless You Enjoy Driving
Driving on the highways can be tiring. While some people love driving, others consider it a chore. Unless you belong to the former category, do not drive to your destination. Not only can you get tired, you may also lose a lot of time driving down and back from your holiday. Flight tickets can be extremely cheap these days and so if your destination is connected by flights, always pick this option over driving down.
Use Car Rentals For Greater Freedom
Now this point can come across as contradicting our earlier point. While it may not be a good idea to drive down to your destination and tiring yourself, it is ideal that you have your own car to drive between the various places within your holiday destination. This provides you with the freedom to pace your holiday as you want. Relying on public transport at a holiday destination is not always great.
Do Not Skimp On Experiences
A holiday comes with two kinds of expenses – transactional and experiential. Transactional include commuting costs, parking charges, entry fee, etc. while experiential include expenses on adventure tours, resorts and food. If you are on a tight budget, look at reducing transactional expenses without cutting costs on experiences. For instance, you may save quite a lot of money by taking a bus to the airport instead of a taxi. Again, you may save money by using third party airport parking spots like PNF instead of parking within the airport. These cost-cutting strategies do not impact your experience in any way. But picking a cheaper hotel over a resort can go a long way in shaping your experience and should be something you should avoid.
Avoid Weekend Getaways During Long Weekends
Do you have popular holiday spots close to the city you live in? Chances are they are crowded during long weekends. If possible, avoid these destinations during long weekends. The best time to visit such spots is during the weekdays or during regular weekends. While you do get to spend extra time during long weekends, there are two reasons why this is not a good idea. First, there is a bigger crowd everywhere you go and this can lead to long wait times and a sub-par experience. Secondly, everything from tickets to hotel rooms are priced higher during such peak times. You essentially end up paying more for a less than ideal experience.