If you are short on time, city breaks are a great way to travel. Cities are compact, so there is plenty to do without having to waste too much time travelling between the sights. As you will see, planning for one isn’t difficult.
Make a proper packing list
As with all trips, you need to make a proper packing list. It really is the best way to make sure you have enough lingerie, blouses and tops, so you will not have to waste precious vacationing time washing things in the hotel sink.
Plus, putting one together gets you thinking about what you are going to do during your city break. Your packing list should be based on the activities you want to enjoy while you are in the city. For example, if visiting the local water park is one of your plans you will need your swimwear. If you’re travelling on your period, make sure to prepare for this too.
Map out what you want to see and do
Before deciding where in the city you are going to stay, print out a map and stick a pin in all of the things you hope to do and see while you are there. Doing this will help you to choose the location of your accommodation and make you feel even more excited for the trip!
It should be as central to what you want to do as possible. If the rooms in that part of the city are too expensive, you can look further afield. However, if you do this, be sure to check out public transport provision. In particular, what time the first and last buses run. You don’t want to miss them!
Plan your transport in advance
While we are on the subject of transport, it really is worth working out what the cheapest and most convenient way of getting around is. Often, you can buy a pass or tickets in advance. This will save you money and open up the chance to use public transport for your trip. This is absolutely possible from the airport to your accommodation.
It is also important to understand what time rush hour is. That way you can plan your days and not have to go through the nasty experience of having your face pressed up against a bus, subway or train window.
Pre-book some of your attractions
Cities are really busy places, so you can end up queuing for attractions for an hour or more. The best way to avoid having to do so is to pre-book your entrance tickets, at least for the busier attractions. It would be a pity to leave without seeing them. Often, you will find that booking in advance will save you quite a bit of money.
Download the right apps
With a city break, it is particularly important to be flexible. Sometimes attractions have to close to accommodate local events or because they are too crowded or the weather is bad.
Therefore, it is well worth downloading some basic city travel apps before you leave home. That way, if things do not work out exactly as planned you will have the information you need to re-juggle your day. In fact, travel apps are a good idea for any trip. This article contains a list of ten of the best, including many particularly for city breaks.