My problem when I go on trips is that I want to do EVERYTHING. Unless you are a person of leisure, you can’t do EVERYTHING. But you can decide what is the most important to you and go from there. There are a few things that I have found help:
1) Morning, Afternoon, Evening
Realistically, you can probably do one big thing in the morning, one big thing in the afternoon, and one big thing in the evening. If you are somewhere like London or Berlin and you just want to sightsee but not actually go into anything, you can see quite a bit through the tube system. Actually attending something will take time, though. I have learned through all of my travel that it is better to see a few less places/things and really enjoy the ones that you can see. When we were in Berlin, Tiffany let us spend a couple of hours in Schloss Charlottenburg. It was fantastic- Angela and I got to take our time, take a little bit longer where we wanted to, got some great pictures and made some wonderful memories. Did we see a few less things? Probably, but now we were able to truly enjoy the palace.
2) Three castles is a bit much
Okay, I might be the only person in the world that doesn’t think that three castles in one day is too much. However, general rule of thumb: try to see three different things throughout the day. If you see a palace in the morning, you could see a market in the afternoon, and a cathedral in the evening, or what have you. If you are going to see a city, see a city. You can’t see everything in a city, but you can certainly experience a wide variety of spots in it.
St Pancras Station, London
3) You do need to get there
It seems obvious, but sometimes travel can take quite a bit of time, even in the same city. Sure, you can take a taxi- I am not against this at all. Sometimes, you just want to GET SOMEWHERE. However, taking public transportation is all a part of travel, and you can really get to know a city that way. When you are planning out what you are doing throughout the day, do some research beforehand on how you will get where. Most major cities will have posted information (in person and online) about how far from a bus stop/luas stop/tube stop/train stop a destination is. They are usually pretty accurate!
4) Just experience it
Some of my favourite memories of Dublin are just wandering around the streets, even around UCD and Dundrum. If you have the luxury, give yourself a little time to wander. You never know what hidden gems you will find! Or even better, you will just have a lovely afternoon enjoying yourself. I can’t recommend this enough!
Happy travelling, all!