You’ve done it: you’ve decided you’re going to treat yourself to a city vacation. The question is: now what? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything that goes into planning a vacation, but with this general guide you’ll know the basics to ensure a rewarding experience wherever you may be traveling.
The first thing to do is to pick your destination. This could be the most difficult part of the entire process with all the possible places to visit and new things to try. Look into special events that are happening in cities that interest you, such as: festivals, museum exhibits, and local holidays.
Rome, for example, might be an international hotspot for shopping and eating -- but exciting festivals in Italy are held throughout the year and all around the country. Once you’ve decided on a city, next is booking your transportation to get there. Try to get this done in advance, since transportation from your home is likely to be the most expensive part of your vacation.
Once you’ve gotten all that out of the way, the fun part of planning your city vacation begins. You’ll need a place to sleep, but why not try something other than an ordinary hotel? Try out a bed and breakfast in Paris or even a houseboat in Amsterdam. Then, find out the “must sees” in the city or check out the various neighborhoods the city has to offer.
The internet is an amazing resource of information -- take advantage of it. Check out blogs and online magazines for recommendations, and use specific travel websites for tips from past travelers. But don’t get caught up with all the tourist attractions; find out what the locals do too. Get an idea of the city’s local food, favorite places, and overall culture so your time in the city is authentic.
Prioritize what you want to do and make a rough itinerary for your vacation. Having an itinerary for your vacation means you’ll make the most of your time in the city. Don’t forget to include travel time in your itinerary: you’ll need to figure out how you’re getting to and from places.
Some cities have more efficient public transportation than others, therefore, travel time can be an important factor in planning your vacation. When your vacation is finally approaching, the last step is to pack. Do not pack more clothes than what you know you will wear. You’ll need room in your suitcase for all the new souvenirs and gifts -- whether they’re for your family and friends or for yourself.
From the beginning of planning your vacation to the end, remember to always keep in mind that it’s a vacation: it’s supposed to be enjoyable. No matter how much or how little time you put into planning ahead, you can always make the most of a city vacation with just a little guidance the right attitude along the way.