Everyone loves the thought of an adventurous day trip. Going on a day trip might flash through your mind as a spontaneous thought, but it takes proper planning to make it a reality. We all need a regular break from the stress life heaps on us. Taking a day trip alone or with family/friends is one of the best ways to burn off steam and protect your mental health.
For some others, taking a day trip is another adventurous experience because they love the thrill and excitement derived from such spontaneous and fun-filled trips. Whatever reason you have for planning a day trip, here are some factors you might have to consider before hitting the road.
1. Location of your trip
A lovely location is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of going for a day trip. You think of a city or a tourist site that catches your fancy before deciding to plan a day trip. Whatever location you decide on for your trip, you should consider doing some background research, special thanks to technology, the internet makes all things possible these days.
Why do you need a background research? If you are not familiar with the location, you might want to check out tourist sites available at the spot or some other important notes you missed out while daydreaming.
Ensure that the location of your choice is not so distant from your home city, else you might have to spend more than a day. Ideally, the tourist spot for your day trip should be within 2-3 hours away from your home city. This also gives you sufficient time to enjoy your trip and head back to your bed right on time.
2. Your budget for the trip
Let’s stop chasing dreams and face it! If you want to go on a day trip, you have to know how much is in your pocket for the trip. Before jumping on the spontaneous thought and hitting the road, you might want to sit down and calculate the cost of everything you need to get for the trip. If you are confused about what you need to budget for, here is a quick list:
- Transportation cost: What mode of transportation will you use, and how much will it cost? You should also consider the cost of moving around at your desired location.
- Feeding cost: How much are you going to eat? Do you intend to try a new meal? How much will that cost?
- Souvenir cost: Do you plan on getting any new item as a souvenir for the trip? Factor this cost into your budget.
- Tour fee: Are you going on a special tour at your location? How much will that cost?
The good thing about a day trip is you wouldn’t have to bother about the cost of accommodation or hotel bookings because it is only for a day!
3. Seasons and Timing
This is another essential factor you have to consider when planning a day trip. If you’re traveling to a different city or state, you need to find out the timing and legislations that might disrupt your plans. It could be quite disappointing to travel to a tourist site in another location, only to discover some hitches that could be avoided if you did your research.
On the other hand, if you’re visiting a colder/hotter location, it is good to get a heads up so you are appropriately dressed for the trip. You don’t want to catch a cold when heading back to your bed or suffer some severe sunburns.
Now that you know what factors to look out for when going on a day trip, here are some tips to help you make the most out of your one-day experience.
1. Choose an appropriate/comfortable outfit
You don’t want your clothes/shoes to get in the way of your adventure. If you’re going hiking, you should wear some boots, so your legs don’t feel the brunt of this experience. If you are doing some sightseeing in a sunny location, you should get yourself screened up, except you want a little tan on your pretty skin.
2. Choose a specific site and arrive early
If you arrive early, you’re sure of getting back to your bed early. You don’t want to go about the city unsure and confused about where exactly to visit in a ton of tourist sites. Choose specific locations for your trip so you can explore the beauty of these places. You can always plan another trip for other places you couldn’t visit.
3. Go along with few essentials
Grab a camera to capture some incredible moments on your trip. You might need other essential items depending on where you intend to visit. If you’re going sightseeing and love journaling, you might also want to grab a pen and your journal/diary. Whatever items you carry along, ensure they are not so heavy to weigh you down. You should also carry along a handy bag to fit in every item.
4. Check the weather forecast
You don’t want to end up in your tourist location, frustrated and drenched by the sudden rain. Even though weather forecasts are not entirely reliable, they could help you prepare for some crazy eventualities. Check them out and know if you’d have to postpone your trip or wear something that saves you the stress.
5. Avoid the temptation to get drunk, if driving
If you are driving yourself to your location, avoid the temptation to get drunk. You are going home alone; you need to be wide eyed and vigilant. So while you wine and dine on your day trip, have this at the back of your mind.
6. Feel free to have fun
So you finally at your trip destination, loosen up, have fun, and create memories. Let off steam and enjoy the beauty around you. It’s not every day you get to experience this, so make your trip worth every mile.