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Basics: The Day Trip.

Contributing Author September 5, 2020

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Are you planning on booking a day trip to a city or a different destination sooner rather than later? If so, it’s important to approach this the right way. Sure, it’s not the same as a grand flyaway vacation experience but there are some basic key points to keep in mind. 


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Day trips near home or abroad can be great if you get the planning right.

A Schedule

Even on big trips, I’m more of a “wing-it” type so I tend to set out on those types of travel adventures where you won’t need a schedule or much of a plan. However, a single day trip might require a stricter itinerary to maximise the experience. The problem with the day trip is that you only have a limited amount of time so you need to make the most of it. The only way to do that is to plan it out as much as possible. You probably have a lot of things that you want to see and do and with a schedule, you can make sure that you don’t miss out. 



For a day trip, it’s also going to be important that you do just the right amount of research. You may need obsess a little more over the little things in order to guarantee that you know exactly where everything is and how to get to different places. That way, you don’t waste precious time getting lost down streets and alleyways. You should be able to find all the information that you need online. However, if you can’t do this, then it could be worth calling up a travel company (for real!). They too could provide you with the helpful advice and key information that you need. Asking locals is another option can take more time from your day and put you off-track.

A Place For Storage 

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Luggage storage can be the key to a better day trip.

One of the things to keep in mind with a day trip is that you may not be staying in a hotel or anywhere nearby. That’s why it’s a good idea to look for places where you can keep your luggage. You definitely don’t want to be dragging it around the destination the whole time. Sometimes, You can store your luggage with a company where it will remain safe and sound for your entire trip. This means that you won’t end up in a situation where you are constantly worrying if you’re going to lose it. 


The Right Bag

Finally, as well as your luggage, you do need to make sure that you have the right bag with you. This should be small enough that you can keep it on you at all times and big enough that you can fit everything you need inside. That could include a waterproof jacket as well as your keys and your money. It’s tricky finding a bag like this that fits the bill so do make sure that you are researching the market thoroughly before you settle on the right option for you. It helps if it can fit inside your larger bag while on a day-trip during a larger vacation.


Day trips are bite-size morsels of a vacation that can be just as fulfilling as some larger trips if you plan right and bring the right stuff.  What are your favorite day-trip tips? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @modhop.


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General travel tips and advice on destinations, hotels and flights.

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