Tuesday, October 12, 2021

How to get the most out of a short stop-over

When traveling for business or pleasure sometimes the schedule only allows you a small pocket of time in any one place and while you are grateful you get to visit that place at all sometimes a short layover simply isn’t enough to time do that place justice. So if you find yourself in the position to be able to carve out a 24-hour flying visit in one location here is a guide for how to make the most of that short space of time.

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Do your research on the place you are visiting and note down any points of interest. Chances are your destination will have famous landmarks or well-known tourist hot spots you don’t want to miss out on so make a priority list of must-see locations. It could be climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris and a trip to the Lourve, followed by a stroll along the Seine. Select a few non-negotiable points of interest and list them in order of priority. Once you have your non-negotiables add a few extra ‘in case we have time options’ that you might be able to fit in if things go your way. While you may not need to research your must-see attractions or locations carrying out a bit of due diligence is always a good idea. It may be that a particular monument is closed or the opening times don’t fit your schedule. Turning up to Buckingham palace only to realize you cannot enter may result in wasting precious time. Your research may also reveal attractions you didn’t know were available or temporary events such as one of Quebec’s infamous street festivals or the Kardashian closet, Las Vegas’s most recent pop-up shop whereby you can buy clothes from the Kardashian’s actual closet. Whatever piques your interest if you do a little research on the town you are visiting beforehand you may be surprised at what might be available to do and see that day. 

Another key component you want to spend a little time researching is the transportation and the location of the different activities you want to squeeze in. It may be you are visiting a bustling town with a great infrastructure network and getting from one attraction to another is as simple as hopping on and off a local bus. Other destinations, however, may pose more of a logistical problem, attractions could be separated by a river, or be opposite the ends of town. If you are sure on the list of things you want to do then you have to plan how you are going to get to them in advance. Spending time figuring it out on the day will eat into the leisure time you have. You also want to be sure you have the time for all of the attractions on your list and that by traveling across town you are really getting the most out of your visit and not wasting what little time you have that could be better spent elsewhere, for example, New York’s Central Park is one end of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty is quite the other. While both are doable in a day getting from one side of the city to another at the wrong time could be quite time-consuming and may result in you missing out on some of New York’s many other world-renowned attractions. 

This post was written with the Life According to Steph audience in mind

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