Your dream of an extended vacation is finally happening. Now is the time to consider ways to optimize those extended travel plans and make them as incredible as possible. Whether you are staying in one place for a few weeks or for a month, there are various ways to make the most of your time. Here are five ways to do just that.
Immerse Yourself in a Local Apartment
Forego the usual travel planning of reserving a hotel room or hostel that provides little more than a bed. Instead, consider other options for your longer stay, such as fully furnished apartments available in several cities. These will provide a more immersive experience as they will most likely be enveloped in neighborhoods outside the typical tourist areas. You’ll experience living like a local in style and comfort.
Purchase a Transportation Pass
Transportation around any city can quickly become expensive and use up a good portion of your budget. Research your options and locate transportation pass options available for your location. For example, if you are in London, consider obtaining an Oyster Card. This is a smartcard on which you can add funds as you need them, and can be used on the London Underground as well as busses and trams. Other city options include purchasing a daily, weekly, or monthly transportation pass. If you plan to travel to locations outside your city, such as by train, there may be options available for that as well.
Buy a Combination Attractions Package
Many cities offer a combination attraction pass to tour several popular sites and attractions within its city’s boundaries, and sometimes beyond them. The passes may limit the sites you can visit, and may even have a timeframe for usage. It will all depend on what they offer and what you need. Look for the most inclusive, least expensive, and longest timeframe passes available. This way, you will get to see all you wish to see, and even some things you may not have been aware of previously. Using London as an example again, you can purchase a London Pass for anywhere between one to ten days, and it allows you to visit over 80 attractions.
Sign up for a Local Experience
Various opportunities abound across the world for learning new skills. Find an introductory workshop or month-long course to fill part of your time. These can be anything, including French or Thai cooking, crafting mosaics or stained glass, or learning how to begin conversing in a new language. There are also numerous historical, natural, and cultural experiences available as well.
Choose Helpful Travel Apps
From trip planning and organizing to budgeting and pinpointing specific restaurants, there’s a travel app for just about everything these days. Find the ones that will be the most helpful for your extended travel plans and easily keep track of all your details. Here are a few apps to consider:
With a little thoughtful and resourceful planning, you can optimize your extended travel plans and create an experience you’ll never forget.