In preparation for our month of day trip ideas I thought it most appropriate to start out discussing a few key ways to make your day trip a success! I always say it’s important to prepare and have at least a loose plan so that you’re not left wandering around aimlessly – since you’re only going for the day it’s important to get the most out of it. That doesn’t mean cram in as much as possible though! Rather, it means take some time pre-trip to decide what you want to do and what you want to get out of it so that you can have the best possible experience!
And now for those tips….
Do your homework here! Make sure you research the ways to get to your destination will you be driving and if so are there tolls to consider? Will you be taking a commuter train?- be sure then to know the times coming and going and how early to arrive.
Also important is how you’ll be getting around while you’re there. Check out your options- is it a walkable area? Can you take a tour bus you can get on and off in all the key locations? If you have to drive what is parking like?
This is almost a no-brainer but still worth a mention! The worst thing is to get somewhere and be uncomfortable or worse downright miserable because of poor clothing choice. If you’re going to be walking it may be better to forgo fashion for comfort and throw those sneakers on! Maybe bring a pair of cute flats or small lightweight shoes if you expect to go somewhere nice to eat while there. Also, some areas, such as New England, are known for sudden weather changes so check the weather and even then dressing in layers, having a hat or umbrella, etc are all good ideas.
I think this depends on where you’re going and what you want to do. If you’re going there to see a show of some sort or visit a very popular place then it would be beneficial to book ahead of time to ensure you don’t get there and find yourself unable to get in- what a way to ruin your day quickly! Now, on the other hand there are places where flexibility is key. If you get somewhere and there happens to be a festival going on, you stumble on a hidden gem of a restaurant, or there’s an unexpected closure of something you were planning to visit then have a couple back up plans so that you’re not left hanging with nothing to do!