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4 Tips To Plan The Perfect Day Trip


You get to a new city in your trip and you’re trying to get away from the routine of your past few days.
Money is not the issue, it’s something more than that. Maybe try something new?
You see some brochures at the train station for a bus trip to a nearby town to see something that seems amazing. You start wondering if you can design your own plan and it starts getting you excited. Awesome!
Day trips are a wonderful way to travel. Here are some tips to plan the perfect day trip.

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1) Figure out what type of trip you want.

Start with a list of things you would like to see and do in a day trip. Is there any spot nearby that meets your requirements? If you spend some time on research, chances are you will end up planning a better experience.
Looking at options in hotels or hostels might be a good idea. If you’re lucky you can even meet someone to tag along!

Now that you’ve decided where you want to go, let’s see what’s next on our list…

2) Can you see it in less than a day?

It’s fairly easy to overextend when planning your day trip. Make sure you have a list of the things you want to see. We recommend to list a top 5 things to see and do. And of course, don’t forget to check opening days and times.

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3) Can you get there by public transport?

Unless you’re on a road trip or rented a car, you’ll need to find the best and fastest way to get to your day trip destination. Don’t forget to add in the time it takes to get to the bus station. We consider two hours to be the limit of bus/train time if you want to avoid spending more on a train than seeing things.
Every rule has its exceptions and sometimes it might be worth it, but it will always be key to know the flexibility you have if you’re traveling by public transport.

4) Plan time for food.

When you plan your day trip, be sure to think about your food needs. If you get there before noon, you will probably start sightseeing and get hungry soon after that. Hungry traveling is no fun.
Your time for food should maybe be at the top of your to do list.

Bring some extra granola bars and snacks in case you can’t find food when you need it.

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You might want to check out the existing day trips designed for you.

Wherever you go, ask around for group trips. There’s likely to be an option for you. Normally you should find two types of trips:

  1.  Public day trips. Designed for solo travelers looking to spend their day with new people. You’ll worry less about planning and more about making new friends.
  2. Private day trips. Generally for groups of a certain minimum of people. If you’re traveling with friends or family and you prefer to keep it that way, then this is perfect for you. Your focus will be in enjoying your day trip, forget about scheduling and stressing about transport and a list of what to do and see.
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