This blog post was updated on August 6, 2019.
If you haven’t already, make a new resolution this year to cross more than one destination off your travel bucket list. Think this is impossible? We’re here to help you make it happen. With these hacks we’re about to tell you, you’re not going to have to worry about your remaining day off or traveling on a tight budget.
Read on to learn how to make the most of your vacations this year!
Take advantage of ‘bleisure’
In case you were wondering, bleisure is the mix of business and leisure. Many travelers will agree there’s nothing better than stepping out of the office and on to an airplane while still getting paid. We know, this is what paid time off is for; however, if your company is paying for your flights, hotels, and expenses, that’s when you take a bleisure trip. If you’re traveling abroad for a work trip, make sure to squeeze in some time for yourself to explore while sticking to your work schedule. Imagine traveling to Tokyo for business with a loaded agenda leaving you with no time to venture out and see a new place for a bit — that’d be a wasted opportunity. To prevent this from happening, ask your boss for a few extra days to tour around before you leave the office. Once you return home you’ll feel relaxed and refreshed!
Plan MORE weekend trips!
WAIT! Before you go ahead and set a date for your trip, look through the calendar. Take advantage of observed holidays that land on a Monday and Friday such as Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Presidents Day. Taking a trip on a long weekend will give you an extra day of travel, plus you get to save a paid vacation day for another time. Arranging a lengthy trip tends to be difficult especially when trying to coordinate with other people’s schedules. Cutting that week vacation down to a long weekend will allow for you to get away on more mini vacays during the year. Use your days off wisely to maximize your limited vacation days. If you plan far enough in advance you’ll be able to find affordable round trip flights on holiday weekends. Depending on the holiday and travel times, airfare will vary.
Book a long stopover
So you managed to book round trip flights, but with a long layover. So why not use this long layover to spend a few hours in a new place? Although there are a lot of cons and assumptions made about stopovers, there are some pros that can come out of waiting for your next flight. Search for routes with an extended stopover at a destination you’d be interested in visiting. Crossing another trip off your bucket list when intending to travel to just one destination is a win-win. Check out free or low-cost stopover programs, some airlines that are specific to one country want tourists to spend money in their country and will offer free hotel stays and/or sponsored airport transfers. The bright side is you’ll have another place to explore once your second plane arrives to take you to your final destination!
Have any other travel hack you’ll be following this year? Tell us in the comments below!