Even though I’m a big advocate for long-term and slow travel, I do know that not everyone is in a position to drop everything and travel. Do you just have a few weeks of vacation a year? If so, this post is for you. If you’re looking to tick off some of the countries on your bucket list, that might feeling a little daunting or overwhelming. When you look at a long list it’s hard to know where to start or how long it will take to tick it off. A trip to Europe can often mean ticking off a few countries all at once, as there are many places that are tiny in comparison to even some US states. But unless you are doing that on every trip you go on, how can you get through your list? Here are a few tips to help you get check out more destinations in a short amount of time.
Try Taking a Cruise
One way to see several countries at once is on a cruise. People who cruise regularly, like those on the Bolsover Cruise Club Forum, will tell you of the luxury that one can enjoy. In addition to a life of luxury, you have the opportunity several places all on one trip. It definitely is good for doing that, as you can pick a cruise with an itinerary that suits you completely. Sailing from port to port means you don’t have to do any planning or arranging. You will have expert guides to show you the areas, as well as being pointed in the direction of the tops sights to see.
However, as nice as it may be to travel this way, it doesn’t let you explore a country as you might if you were staying right in the heart of the country or city and finding time to just walk and wander around. So you need to decide what you want out of a vacation. Is it to tick a place off the list, or is it to experience a country and really explore it? I have, however, found that day cruises are great options to see multiple islands or ports within one country for the day. I was able to see multiple Greek Islands by taking a day cruise.
Arrange a Layover
If you’re planning a trip (most likely long-haul), then the chances are that you will have a layover somewhere. A good thing to check is what airlines fly to the place where you would like a layover. For example, flying to Thailand from the US often means a layover in Taipei or Tokyo. If you can, arrange to have a longer layover there, so that you can spend a day there exploring. If you arrive in the morning, can you arrange your ongoing flight late that evening or even the next day? Then you get to enjoy a small amount of time in a bonus destination before you head onto your final destination of Thailand. Doing a another layover to a different location, means the potential of three countries crossed off your list in one trip. Pretty amazing, right? It can take some organizing and arranging to make it happen, though. So do plenty of research and make sure you get your timings and dates right! Don’t forget to take into account time changes and allow time to get back through security!
Once you are in a location, like Europe, Asia, or the United States, you can rent a car and then drive to your heart’s content. When you spend time driving from place to place, it is going to be easy to see several countries, states or cities all in the same trip. Again, this can take some planning. You might want to check on certain places to stay, as well as driving time between points. Look for the best places to break the journey up. You won’t want to feel like you’ve just sat in a car for the whole of your vacation. In addition to this, though, don’t forget to leave time for those spontaneous road trip stops! If you can pack light, then a motorcycle is a good way to explore too. I’ve never attempted a motorcycle ride, but the idea seems like road trip romance to a T. This may involve a shorter trip, as you can’t carry much with you, but you can cover more distance on a bike than in a car, so you should still be able to fit a lot into it.
Double Up on Dreams
Bucket lists aren’t just about destinations like countries and cities. They’re about experiences, festivals and sights to marvel at. If you have a dream of going snorkeling or swimming with whale sharks, then tie it in with a trip that is going to tick off some more of your dreams. So, when you’re planning a trip somewhere, think about what other things you could do or see when you’re in the area. It will be completely worth it and means you will get more done at once. Your bucket list will be ticked off before you know it.
So, where is your next bucket-list dwindling trip taking you? I would be love to hear where some of your favorite destinations around the world have been. What tips do you have for fitting multiple destinations into one trip?
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