Have you considered going on a day trip before and unsure if it’s for you? Keep reading, this post is for you.
In this post, I share important things to consider before deciding to go on a day trip and tips to help plan your day from travellers who have recently gone on a day trip.
5 things to consider before deciding to go on a day trip
1. The flight time of the day trip.
Be realistic! You don’t really want to spend more time in the air than in the actual city you plan to travel. I would recommend a flight time of under 3 hours.
2. How much are you willing to spend for the day?
Your flight ticket may cost as little as £9 (Yes I have seen a flight ticket for this price), or as high as the ticket would cost for a week-long trip. The advantage of doing a day trip is that you don’t have to pay for accommodation as you will be back in your own bed by the end of the day. My personal limit for purchasing a flight ticket for a day trip is £50, and anything over that price I will turn my eyes away. Check out my blog post sharing cheap day-trip flight tickets for this month.
Have a budget in mind for what you plan on spending for the day.
Costs to consider:
- Transportation to the airport.
- Transportation for getting around. Tip: Research the most cost-effective way to get to the city centre.
- Food cost for a meal or two, and snacks. Tip: Bring your favourite snacks from home to save your coins.
- Souvenirs and gifts.
- Activities, tours or excursions.
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Stockholm Day Trip Highlights ✈️ I went on a girls day trip on a Saturday which meant I didn’t have to take any days off work! Our flight tickets cost £30. . . . Although it rained for most of the day, it was still a fun day with the girls. With day trips, you got to be flexible with change and be prepared to have tired feet at the end of the day. I definitely prefer slow travel but Stockholm is quite an expensive city and thought it would be best for me to do an Day Trip! I will definitely come back at some point as there’s so much more to do and see! This is the most I’ve spent on a day trip so far but don’t regret it as it was something different for a change. . . . . Here’s my cost breakdown (£105): . . Flight ticket = £30 pp We used @justparkhq for cheap parking near the airport close by = £2.50 pp 5 minute bus ride from parking space to Stansted airport = £ 2.50 pp Return bus from Stockholm Skavsta airport to the city centre = £27pp @showaroundcom tour = £2.50pp Stockholm walking tour = FREE (But tipped the tour guide some money) Souvenir = £8.25 Food and drinks in total = £28 (My Swedish meal cost £13) Uber back to the city centre = £2pp Uber from Stansted airport back to car parking space = £2.50 pp . . . Looking for your next travel destination? Need help with holiday planning or would like a detailed personal itinerary? As a travel consultant, I want to help you guys book the best affordable flights, hotels & activities to meet your needs and ease off that pressure of planning a holiday.👩🏾💻Fill in the form on diywithjoy.com/shop/services/ or drop me an email to diywithjoy@outlook@com. #diywithjoytravels #travelsmart . . . Check out my IG stories to see a bit of what we got up to! Would you consider doing a day trip? If so, comment below 😊 #Daytripping #Travelexperience #localexperience #travelapp #visitStockholm #Sweden #girlstrip #diywithjoy #country25 #blacktravelfeed #blackgirlsslay
3. Timing is everything.
Check opening times of popular sites such as museums you may like to see as this may not fit into your schedule. Be practical about what you would like to see. Figure out where you want to go because realistically you may not have time to do everything you want to do.
Ricardo from Rico travels who shares great 2-6 minute travel videos, filled with unique travel experiences, engaging content and travel tips on his youtube channel says:
“If you’re going to somewhere in Europe with a 2 hour time difference ie Greece – seriously consider how long you will actually be there for before booking the flight.”
4. Be prepared for a long day ahead.
You may be walking for long hours around the city as you will probably be on a tight schedule. Let me be honest, I love walking but after every day-trip I have done this year, my legs have felt like jelly. On the plus side, at least I know I’m getting my steps in.
5. Type of travel
Day trips are quite face-paced. You may have a tight itinerary planned for the day and might feel a bit rushed. Some people may prefer to spread out their day and spend more time at a particular site which is completely fine but slow pace travelling may be more appealing to you.
Travel Smart Tips for Planning Your Day Trips:
1. Wear comfortable shoes.
You will without a doubt be doing lots of walking. Don’t go on a day trip with heeled shoes as you might regret your decision. On this occasion, for a day trip, I would advise comfort over style!
2. Plan your journey
Have an idea of what you are going to do and see so that you can make the most of your time during your trip.
Yemi the founder of Yemsmooothiess, recently snapped up a day trip deal from my most recent flight deals post, travelling solo to Eindhoven and Oslo for the day. She creates freshly made 3-Day juice cleanses (available in London), 1-3 Day Smoothie ePlans (available globally) and shares wholesome vegan recipes.
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Day trips are a great way to travel more without breaking the bank as you don't need to spend money on accommodation. At the beginning of September I shared some cheap flight deals for day trips which you can still find on diywithjoy.com Yemi snapped up a great price for a day trip to Eindhoven and shared with me her experience plus things she got up to! I’m soo glad she enjoyed her day trip. 😭💕 Please check out her experience below and her lovely photos👇🏾 ‘’ Hi Joyce, I purchased a ticket from your deal to Eindhoven, NL for £19.98 Coach from stanstead return journey cost £12. I boarded my coach at 1:15am Saturday morning to arrive stanstead for 2:50 to board my 6:50am flight. Departure – 21.25pm . . There are two buses 400 and 401. Get off at Pizzaz from the airport that take to you the city centre which is where everything is €2.40 for a single ticket As you can imagine I arrived at Eindhoven for 8am while the whole town was still asleep !! All the museums were still closed so I had Breakfast & gathered my bearings walking up and down until the shops/ museums opened for 10am. . Major attractions 📍: Phillips Museum €9 DAF Museum €9 PSV Musee Free Van Abbey Museum – Free Others Attractions were too far so I didn’t bother. All of the above were within 20mins walk of each other and from the city centre. . . Locals are extremely friendly and went out of their way to walk me to the nearest landmarks when I asked questions. Google maps can be an embarrassment when you need it the most 😂 Eindhoven is very much a bicycle city. I’ll definitely be going back!! ‘’ . . . I’ve got a new blog post out tomorrow ft @yemsmooothiess sharing some tips of things to consider before deciding to day trip. Stay Tuned!. . . . . #daytrips #Eindhovendaytrip #feedback #travelexperience #solodaytrips #visitEindhoven #thankyou #uktravelblog #travelcontentcreator #blackcontentcreators #nigeriancontentcreator #cheapflightdeals #thingstodoineindhoven #visiteindhoven #visitnetherlands #solotravels #solotravelfun #solodaytrip
She says before you decide on the city that you’ll like to visit for a day, do a google search for “24 hours or one day in the city of your choice”. There’s a lot of information online to guide you on where to go and what to see in one day in the city of your choice.
Yemi advises getting to your chosen destination early to ensure that you have a lot of time to explore and board the late flight back home.
“For example, I arrived at my chosen destination at 8 am local time on Saturday morning and departed at 21:15 pm on Saturday evening. I had the whole day to tour and explore.
Download Maps Me which is a free, fast, detailed and entirely offline map with turn by turn navigation. Always do your research on shuttle buses, transport to and fro the airport in the city of your choice. This will give you a good indication of how to get back to the airport before your departure time. Some cities offer one day /24-hour pass which allows you free access to a lot of museums and also free travel. If this is available in the city of your choice please buy it. In some cases, you’ll find out that a lot of the museums are close to each other so the pass might not be required. Always research on the opening and closing times of tourist attractions you’ll like to visit. Find out the distance of all the main attractions and tourist spots are so you’ll be able to make your way back to the airport before your departure time.”
DIYWITHJOY TIP: A good starting point to begin your day is going for a free walking tour which you will find in almost every major city in Europe.
3. Be open-minded as the weather can change plans.
Check the weather forecast so you’ll have an idea of what to wear for the day and you are well equipped for changes to the forecast.
4. Bring only essential items with you.
Don’t overdo it with the makeup items or you might just regret this by the end of the day because of exhaustion from carrying a heavy load.
Yemi says, for a one day trip:
“All you’ll need is a small secure rucksack consisting of; a spare top, small brolly, facial essentials all under 100ml, shawl and spare underwear as you’ll be out and about all day. A fully charged power pack, charger, plug and your cable.”
5. Set your alarms!
It’s easy to get carried away and lose track of time when doing a day trip. Ricardo shares a good tip to avoid missing your flight back home.
“Set alarms before you go back. Depending on how far the airport is – that’s why on your way to the city centre you should somewhat time how long it takes whether you walk it or take transport.”
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@ricotravels_ recently went on a day trip to Pisa 🇮🇹 with his friend inspired by my day trip travel deals post! He snapped up his flight ticket for £21.48 and his friend got his for 24. 🙌🏾 That’s cheaper than my train ticket to London or what you might even spend on a good restaurant meal! Check out what he had to say about his day trip and his YouTube channel for 2-6 minute travel videos, filled with unique travel experiences, engaging content and tips! I’m definitely inspired to go Pisa now and get that iconic shot like Rico 😂 . . I was telling a fellow traveller yesterday that day trips are the way forward for us full-timers! This is how I was able to travel to 11 countries this year so far with 4 of them being day trips! My trips this year have either been day trips or long weekend trips, taking 1-4 days annual leave per trip. This has given me the opportunity to save a lot of annual leave for two upcoming long trips I have before the end of 2019. All the day trips I have done this year have all been on a Saturday meaning I don’t have to take any days off work. Although my preference is slow travel, day trips have given me a small glimpse on what the country has to offer and I can always go back to see and do more! . . . ✨ New blog post on diywithjoy.com sharing 5 things to consider before deciding to go on a day trip and tips to help you plan your day featuring tips from @ricotravels_ and @yemsmooothiess ✨ #daytrips #diywithjoy
6. Enjoy your one-day adventure!
Try the local dishes, stay hydrated. Don’t be afraid to smile and strike up a conversation with the locals. Take some pictures for the memories, be safe and enjoy the present moment!
Will you consider doing a day trip now? If so, where would you like to go?
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