When you read travel guides for your destination, it’s often the case that you’ll find loads and loads of things you want to do at your destination. However, most of us have limited holiday time, and besides, not many people have the budget to go away for weeks at a time. That means you may need to learn how to make the most of short breaks, and here’s how you can make sure you fit in everything you want to do.
You can get good deals by staying in suburbs outside of a city, but if you only have a short space of time, consider booking a central hotel. Stay in a Saigon convenience hotel (known as khách sạn tiện lợi sài gòn in Vietnamese) and you’ll be just a short stroll from the main attractions, so your day can start early, or you can stay out earlier. This means you aren’t waiting around for a metro in the morning and wasting time.
Get a professional tour
Professional tours can be great for those with a short amount of time for a lot of reasons.
- You can see a number of sightseeing attractions in a short amount of time, usually a day or half-day
- Many tours include skip the line tickets, cutting down on queueing times
- You get a knowledgeable tour guide to show you the highlights, so you aren’t wandering around aimlessly
Some cities even have special hop-on-hop-off tour buses that are great for those short on time, as they go straight to the major attractions without all the stops in-between.
Have a plan
Winging it is fine when you have a lot of time, but if you’re in the kind of situation where time is of the essence, it pays to have a bit of a plan. Don’t cram too much into your day but think about the main things you want to see and what’s most important to you. You can then make a rough plan for each day, which will still give you time to make interesting discoveries and enjoy the vibe of the city.
If you’re a traveller who enjoys short breaks, then it’s important that you know how to make the most of your time. You may not have a lot of time at a destination, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see a big chunk of it. By taking tours and getting organised, you can feel you’ve done the destination, without needing to spend weeks there.