• How should you plan for a trip to the city?

    2017-05-26

    Cities are the hearts of their states, featuring many of the most enticing attractions the area has to offer. However, traveling to the city with family or friends requires a certain amount of planning, often more than beach trips and rural vacations.

    As cities serve as hotspots for business and family travel, snagging affordable accommodations and tickets for activities can be challenging unless you prepare far ahead. If you're planning an escape to the city any time soon, remember to take care of these tasks before you leave.

    Book the right hotels
    There may be a number of promising options in the city in terms of accommodation, but they tend to be difficult to book due to the high number of business travelers and tourists that flock to cities. It's always best to reserve your hotel rooms as soon as you have the number of people and your dates of travel confirmed.

    One of the biggest travel mistakes, especially when taking a trip with family, is booking a resort that's far away from all of the attractions and entertainment to save money. These hotels may be less expensive than options in the center of the city, but most travelers forget to factor in transportation. Many cities also take into account peak travel times like the summer and will charge more for train and bus tickets.

    Therefore, most of the time people don't end up accumulating much savings at all when they settle for a hotel away from the city. This is especially true when they have kids in tow on their journey. If this is the case, trains and buses are usually a hassle - no one likes to carry tired children around at the end of a long day.

    Leave more money for transport
    In addition to your usual vacation expenses, when traveling to the city, transportation should be added to your estimated costs. According to Independent Traveler, if you're traveling to an exceptionally large location like New York City, you should expect to pay for transportation to most of the places you go.

    Try to find full-day passes for trains and buses to save money. However, this makes planning out your day extra important - knowing exactly where you want to go will allow you to plan transportation accordingly. It may be best to organize each day's itinerary so that your destinations are close to one another. This won't only save money, but time and energy as well.

    Figure out weather before packing
    Weekend getaways to the city tend to involve a lot of outdoor time and walking. This is why it's best to figure out what the weather is expected to be like before you leave for your trip and plan your activities. If there's a chance of rain, packing items like your raincoat, umbrella and even a poncho may be worthwhile.

    Plan activities in advance
    For city trips, planning your activities long ahead of time is crucial. After all, one of the best aspects of spending time in the city is the opportunity to attend plays, concerts and sports games. National Geographic advised against waiting until you're there to buy these, which may leave you disappointed if you can't manage to snag a seat.

    It's also important to note that the earlier you purchase tickets to popular events, the more you'll save. Search for advice from locals or travelers who frequent the city for suggestions concerning when you should arrive to avoid lines and which days are best to buy tickets - some days may be known to be less expensive and crowded than others. If you're traveling Friday through Tuesday, for example, it may be a good idea to attend the show you wanted to see on Monday.

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