Are you looking for a quick getaway but don't have much time? A three-day trip is the perfect way to explore a new destination without taking too much time off work. With careful planning and research, you can make the most of your three-day trip and have an unforgettable experience.
When planning a three-day trip, it's important to consider how you will get there. If you're flying, look for flights with as few stopovers as possible and keep an eye out for night (red eye) flights that can help you maximize your time out. If you're driving, you can easily take just one day off work and still fit a lot on your weekend.
Once you've decided where you want to go and how you'll get there, it's time to do some research before the trip. Look into things like where to stay (better neighborhoods, better deals, etc.), what attractions are must-sees, and what activities are available. While many travelers like to consider flexibility and spontaneity in their travel plans, the truth is that a long weekend trip isn't meant to be very flexible. You don't really have the time to make decisions on the go on a trip that only lasts three or four days.
To make the most of such a short trip, I recommend that you draw up an approximate plan for each day of your trip. This can be something you describe before you leave home, or it can be something you do on day one of your trip once you arrive at your destination (sometimes I wait until I get there so I can plan things based on the weather forecast). If there is a specific tour or activity that you 100% know you MUST DO on your long weekend trip, book it in advance. Not only will this help you plan your difficult itinerary, but you won't have to worry about it running out or filling up when you get there.
When packing for a three-day trip, keep in mind that if you're traveling by bus or train, consider putting everything you need in a backpack. You don't want to be rolling a suitcase with you. I recommend bringing a backpack or a 30-35 liter duffel bag for a weekend getaway. You don't need a size larger than that. A backpack size of 25 litres is also a good idea if you don't plan to pack a lot of things. The goal when planning a weekend trip is to keep things as hassle-free as possible.
Smart travelers will make the most of a three-day weekend trip when there is proper planning and smart research. For example, if you're planning a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, three days is enough to enjoy the best of this southern city. In London, our suggested three-day itinerary takes visitors to all of the city's most famous attractions (e.g., Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey), while also offering tips on how to get around London, how to save money on sightseeing, recommendations for day trips, tips on where to stay and other travel planning resources.
No matter where your three-day trip takes you, with careful planning and research, you can make the most of your time away and have an unforgettable experience.