I'm a fan of what's now been termed 'micro trips', even shorter than a mini beak. Is it worth it I hear you ask? My answer is absolutely, given the right destination and some pre-planning. I've done a number of these over the years, between days trips to Paris for lunch in the Eiffel Tower to an overnight break in Oslo to see 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch, or last year's birthday trip to Riga. Albeit, they have been within a three hour flight/ train range, but still not a timeframe people would think you could get any enjoyment out of.
Here are my top tips for getting the most out of a micro trip:
- Choose flight times wisely to maximise the amount of time you have to spend somewhere. - If going to a big city like Paris, Berlin or London, decide on a specific area of the city to explore, rather than spread yourself too thin.
- Plan ahead - work out what you want to do and where these places are located. Plug them into goggle maps, work out the most efficient route and make a schedule accordingly. Then download the offline version of google maps.
- Work out where you want to eat and any cafes or bars you might want visit and schedule those in too.
- Pre book tickets for any big attractions where you might have to queue.
- Consider taking a 1.5-2 hour walking tour which will likely take in the major sites or a 2-hour food tour which will give you the opportunity to try lots of local foods in a short space of time.
- Check if you can pre-book fast track at the airport to give you more time to explore.
- Save sleeping for the plane!
- But most importantly, give yourself permission to change your plans as you go, so you don’t miss out on any exciting opportunities that may presents themselves when you are there.
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