Everyone loves a week-long vacation, but sometimes you want to get away without all of the planning, packing, and expense of an extended trip. Enter: The Micro Trip! This travel trend sees people planning bite-sized two and three-day excursions that are the perfect way to escape for a long weekend, and you can get out and see the world without cashing in all of your saved up vacation days. So how do you get in on this Micro Trip trend?
Have A Plan
Unlike an extended trip, where you can arrive at your destination and then spend a few days getting the lay of the land, a Micro Trip works best when you plan ahead. If there are any ‘must do’ items on your to-do list, you’ll want to make reservations so you can be sure a spot will be available. (And if a spot is not available, that you’ll have time to put a backup plan in place.) That’s true for restaurants, museums, tours, and tickets to anything where other travelers or even locals are competing for limited spaces.
Have A Neighborhood
If you’re visiting a new city, you also won’t likely have enough time to explore every part of it, so make sure to do some research ahead of time and pick a few neighborhoods or areas where you want to spend your time, and then find activities in those areas that sound appealing. It’s better to embed yourself in one area and really explore everything there is to see, than spend your entire time in a car or taxi driving from one place to another as you criss-cross around town.
Have A Backpack
When it comes to packing, remember that you’re just going for a couple days, so you don’t need to bring your entire closet to prepare for any weather. Keep an eye on the forecast for your destination a day or two before you leave, and pack accordingly. You can get by with a small backpack that contains a pair of pants, a couple shirts, a jacket, toiletries, and a phone charger, and you won’t waste time unpacking and picking out each outfit, so you can get out and start exploring instead.
Have A Budget
Another advantage of Micro Trips is that you can usually save on accommodations. The whole idea is to spend time out of your hotel exploring, so you don’t need to spend more for a premium room that you’re just sleeping in once or twice. If you plan your travel right, you can also cut out one full hotel night, which also helps keep costs in check. If you’re planning a weekend getaway to a place that’s within driving distance, you can get up early on the first day, arrive before noon in your new destination, spend the day exploring, crash for the night in your hotel of choice, and then check out the following morning, with a full day of exploration ahead, before returning home that evening. It’s two full days of exploration, bookended around a single night’s stay.
Have A Good Time
You’re not trying to do everything in one trip, so feel free to get creative with your time, and focus on things that you’re going to really enjoy! A Micro Trip is the perfect time to book an experience with a local, get closer with friends as you explore a new place together, set an outlandish goal like eating appetizers at ten different restaurants in one night, or just giving yourself permission to sit by the pool for a whole day with your cell phone off and a good book in hand. The whole idea is to make your trips more manageable so you can take more of them, so don’t feel pressured to do everything at once.
Bite-Sized Travel was one of our favorite travel trends of 2019, and we love the idea of maximizing your time off with a Micro Trip. Vacation days were made to be used, so stop saving them up for a ‘someday, maybe’ trip, and start using them to explore the world around you, today!