Whoa! Happy August everyone! Fall is just around the corner now right??? Well, I hope so, I am dying for this crazy hot summer to be over!
As you know from my last post, I've caught the travel bug. Problem is, with a full time job I can't exactly take a week off every month to fly across the country. So I've settled with first exploring my home state. I mean, in-state traveling is still traveling in my book. And it's crazy to me how much there is to explore in Florida! I've begun to perfect the art of the "One-Day Vacay" as I'm calling it. But it can be stressful when there's so much you want to see and experience in just one day. Not too worry, I'm here to help. Here are a few tips that have helped me make the most of my "One-Day Vacays."
1. Plan Ahead
Before any one day trip, planning ahead is crucial. If you have no idea what you're in for, one of two things can happen. 1) You arrive and there is NOTHING to do or 2) There is TOO MUCH to do and you get overwhelmed. Planning ahead allows you to prioritize. This is an especially important step when you're traveling in a group. Not everyone wants to do the same thing or some people have already done something etc.
This weekend a few of my amazing friends from my Bible study decided to take a day trip to St. Augustine. I hadn't been to St. Aug since middle school, a couple girls hadn't been there in a few years and one had never been at all! We wanted to do some adventuring as a group and St. Aug was the perfect fit.
For us, taking a ghost tour was a MUST! We put that on the agenda first thing and when we got there we reserved our spot in advance so we didn't have to stress. PS ghosts are real, just look at all the orbs in this picture I took walking past a cemetery. Unedited photo people...I'm freaking out.
2. Start Early
This may seem obvious but when your alarm is going off at 7am on a Saturday it is very tempting to hit the snooze button a few times. DON'T! You only have one day to do all the things you want to do and getting a late start will automatically put you behind. Remember: COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE!
3. Talk to the locals
This is the best advice I can give! Lucky for us, in St. Augustine one of the girls went to Flagler College so she knew all the best spots for us. I highly recommend this if you know anyone who is/was a local. If not, ask around! People LOVE to share their favorite spots! Finding a hole-in-the-wall local eatery is 100 times better than going to a well known chain or big name spot.
4. Look for deals
Don't be afraid to get a little touristy. Information centers are your friend! Groupon is your friend! We toured the St. Augustine Distillery and it was SO COOL! Something I never would have discovered on my own. And did I mention it was free? Oh yeah...look for those deals.
5. Leave some "empty" time
Next to asking locals, this is the best advice I can give. Leaving yourself 1-2 hours of "whatever" time is wonderful for a few reasons. If you're running behind, you have a little extra time built into the agenda to waste. If you're tired from all the adventures and need an afternoon pick-me-up at the local coffee shop, you have time to relax and reenergize. In our "empty" time, our Flagler gal took us around campus and after meeting the nicest security guard on the planet, we basically had a private tour and got to see sights not many people get to see. Hashtag blessed.
Using these "One-Day Vacays" as an excuse to spend time with friends and explore unknown parts of my home state has been so much fun these past few months! Let me know what other tips and tricks you have that make traveling even better!
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