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10 ways to make the most of your daycation

04 June, 2018

 

You may have heard of a staycation but have you ever tried out a daycation? It’s a great way of unwinding when you’re limited on time and can perhaps take a Friday out of work or simply have a free Saturday.

You could be a tourist in your town or head somewhere a little further – enjoying everything a location has to offer before going home to sleep in your own bed at the end of it all. With this in mind, here are 10 ways to make the most of this very mini break.

1. Don’t plan your trip too far away

If you’re travelling for six hours, you’re going to be eating into your daycation time. This means you should plan a daycation where you live or in a town or city not too far away. An hour journey is a decent amount of time to reach your destination, enjoy everything there and get home at a reasonable hour.

2. Book a hotel room for the day

Most people think you can only book a hotel room if you intend on sleeping overnight in them – but this isn’t the case. You can book a hotel room for the day, through a site such as DayBreakHotels and enjoy all the luxuries it has to offer. That means you can pick a hotel with a spa, enjoy a treatment in the afternoon and perhaps a dip in the hot tub – before heading back to the room for the rest of the day to relax. It’s also a great option if you want a base to return to throughout the day, to get changed or take a breather before your next activity.

3. Think like a tourist

With a daycation in the calendar, it’s time to think like a tourist. Hit up sites such as Tripadvisor and the town or city’s official tourism website for inspiration on what to do. Plan to spend most of the morning and early afternoon checking out those tourist attractions.

4. Try something new

Fancy new restaurant just opened up? Book in for lunch. Heard about a trending doughnut place or pizzeria you need to try? Plan to swing by for a snack. A daycation is all about really making the most of your time off, so make a point of trying something new in your day.

5. Plan it out

You might not be the type who sticks to an itinerary most days but a daycation is the perfect time to try this out. You don’t need to be a whizz with excel, simply grab your diary or a notepad and plan your day by time. So, you may plan to arrive at your destination by 10am, find somewhere to brunch, explore a nearby tourist attraction until 2pm then head to that hotel for an afternoon of relaxation – before going somewhere close by for dinner.

6. Pace yourself

Plans are great but ensure there’s also a little breathing space between each activity. A 30-minute slot for each will allow you to get to the next point on your list without worrying about running behind. Daycations should be about relaxing, they’re a chance to take some time out – so you don’t want to feel restricted by your itinerary. Swap things around or miss things out if necessary.

7. Dress appropriately

What you wear can make a huge difference to your day – and so it’s a good idea to take along a change of clothes if you’ve got a little warm while exploring or waterproofs in case the rainclouds arrive. You can leave these in that day use hotel room ready for when you pop back in the afternoon.

8. Try and use local public transport

Don’t spend time stuck in traffic in that new city – try and use the public transport available to get a truly local experience on your daycation. Hop on the tube in London, jump on the tram in Manchester or ride in an open top bus in Liverpool.

9. Sample a local delicacy

Heading to Edinburgh? Try out haggis spring rolls at Whiski Rooms. Popping to Cornwall? You have to sample a real Cornish pasty. Spending the day in Melton Mowbray? You definitely need to pick up a pork pie – go to the Dickinson and Morris pie shop. Make a point of trying the local favourite food wherever you end up on your daycation.

10. Book tickets in advance

There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving at your destination only to find that you can’t get into the tourist attraction you were looking forward to. That’s why it’s a good idea to plan ahead and book your tickets online. It’s usually cheaper too!

Follow these tips and really make the most of that big day out. You’ll be daycationing every weekend soon.

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