Travelling is so much fun. It’s an escape, it’s enlivening, exciting and shakes up the everyday. Long trips, short trips, every type of trip is

But it can be all too tempting to try to fit as much as possible into our travels. Whether for you that means visiting as many museums and galleries as you can, doing as much sightseeing as possible or trying to fit in a mixture of everything.

It’s so easy to get carried away when planning what you’re going to do on your trip and trying to do and see every single thing that interests you. I like to think of it as a travel version of FOMO. You don’t want to spend a few days somewhere and feel like you haven’t been able to see everything you wanted to. After all, what if you don’t revisit that place at some point and you’ve missed your chance to see and do those things you wanted to?

But, what if I told you there was a way you could improve your short travels in one easy way? Yup, that’s right. And when I tell you what it is you’ll realise how simple it is. It’s like one of those AHA! moments.

So, how can you improve your short trips and have the best time ever? Manage your time properly and be realistic about how much you’ll be able to fit into a short trip. 
how to improve short trips in one easy step

If you’re heading on a short break, don’t plan out a completely jam-packed schedule that’ll leave you shattered by the end of it. Don’t cram visiting 6 museums, botanical gardens, an art gallery and taking a walking tour into a 2-day trip. You’ll end up exhausted and you won’t enjoy your trip as much as you could do.

Instead, be sure to leave time just for you. Whether you decide to use that time having a lie-in one morning after a particularly long week at work, or you fancy sitting in a cute bar with a drink watching people go by. If you’ve logged more than 20 thousand steps exploring a new city all day, don’t be afraid to head back to your hotel room, run a bath and get an early night. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

Whatever you do, just ensure you leave time to stop and enjoy the actual act of travelling. To enjoy being away from your everyday life and routine and to appreciate being somewhere new and exciting.
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If you know you’re going to have a big night out on your travels and roll home from a bar or club after quite a few drinks, don’t then plan a tour that starts at 9 am the next morning. You’ll be tired, cranky, potentially hungover and you won’t enjoy it at all. Instead, plan your tour for the afternoon and catch up on your sleep before it. Sleep is one of the most important factors in human well-being and not getting enough of it affects us way more than we generally realise.

I’ve definitely been guilty in the past of trying to fit too much into my travels, especially on shorter trips.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that travelling a bit more slowly and intentionally is the way forward. It means your travels will be more authentic and definitely more enjoyable. Spend lazy mornings sampling local delights in cute cafes and stick your feet in the sand, put down your phone and watch the sunset over the ocean. Once you do, you’ll find that your travels become richer and better for it.

Do you prefer to take things a little slower when you travel? Or do you like to fit as much in as possible?