7 Tips for Making the Most of a Quick Trip

Still hung over from the four-day weekend? Here are 7 tips on how to make the most of a quick trip.

By Bianca Ma. Guerrero
August 29, 2011

Let's face it: long vacations are far and few these days. But that doesn't mean you have to give up taking your well-earned down time altogether. Sometimes, all you really need is an overnight trip to relax and enjoy--you just have to know how to make the most of that quick trip. Read on and see what you can do to maximize your vacation experience even with only a short amount of time.

Before heading off on your vacation, get work out of the way. Finish all that you need to do for work or school before you leave for your trip, so that you won't be worrying about work while on vacation. You can try to get some of your Monday responsibilities done as well, so you can still relax when you arrive home on Sunday night.


Get an early start. Plan your trip so that you can leave for your destination as early as possible, giving you ample time to travel, settle into the hotel or resort, do all the activities you had planned for yourself, and still get enough rest for the next day. This will also help you avoid any traffic there might be on the way to the airport, seaport, or the destination itself.

Try to use part of your travel time to rest. If you're traveling by car, it helps to have another driver with you, so that one of you can drive going towards your destination and the other one can drive on the way back, giving both of you a chance to relax. If you'll be riding on a plane, you can take a nap to give you a little extra energy by the time that you land.


Make comfortable accommodations one of your top priorities during the trip. Look for a place where you know you won't need to worry about security, about getting the service that you need, and getting the best value for your money. Check out reviews, ask friends for recommendations, and be prepared to spend for the service and comfort you're looking to get. You might need to spend a little more than you initially thought, but sometimes the experience is worth the expense. Make sure that the facilities and services offered at your chosen hotel or resort will be of use to you, especially if you're shelling out money for top-of-the-line accommodations. You might also find good hotels and resorts with promos and packages, getting you a better deal for the amount that you pay.

Make a list of must-see's and must-do's. Jot down the places you want to see and the things you want to do in your destination, according to how much you want to do these things, and narrow the list down so you can do want you want at your own pace. Estimate how long you'll be at each place or trying each activity, and using a map, try to figure out the routes and how much time to allot for going from one spot to the next.


Sample the specialty dishes of the destination. Instead of eating at another fastfood restaurant, get a sense of the place by trying the local cuisine. You can divide your eating time into several small snacks, instead of the usual three meals a day, so that you get to try a wider variety of food. Tasting local dishes and specialties can give you a better understanding of the place and make you feel more like you're really "getting away from it all." And who knows? You might just find your new favorite food.

Get a good night's sleep. Traveling can be exhausting, so make sure that before, during, and after your trip, you get at least eight hours of sleep a night. This is so that when you go back to your regular programming, you'll be well-rested and refreshed.