Don’t stress about small stopovers in your travel plans. Instead, think of them as mini vacations tucked into your existing one. Many airlines offer great deals if you’re willing to take on a flight stopover — so not only will you get to spend a day in a great destination you may not have gotten to visit otherwise, you’ll also save money. It’s a win-win.
Don’t waste valuable time researching a destination when you’re there. Instead, do your homework, and prepare an itinerary for what you want to do and see. You may even consider enlisting a travel agent to streamline this process. Take a look at this list of exciting destinations to get some ideas for your game plan:
Traveling light always makes things easier. If you’re not lugging around a heavy suitcase, you can hop on public transit and save money, for example. Consider packing a carry-on for your stopover and a bigger suitcase for your final destination, which you can leave in luggage storage at the airport.
Each destination has some unique treats you might want to bring home. Make a list of must-haves and where to buy them to ensure you won’t be lugging a massive suitcase home. If there are fragile or particularly bulky items, like, say, an espresso maker from Rome, consider shipping them back to the States to save energy (and possible baggage fees).
While you’re toting that light bag around, one thing that can make a trip infinitely better is using GPS in unfamiliar terrain, as well as features like Google Translate. These days, it’s possible to buy a local SIM card fairly inexpensively in many destinations, especially Europe, so make sure you pick up a local card with data to aid in your adventures.
Once you’ve got all your birds in a row — or at least in a somewhat straight line — sit back and enjoy your getaway; you’ve done everything you can to prepare. There will always be surprises around the corner, but with a little preparation, you can welcome the unexpected with more of a smile.