Learning to Love the Quickie
by, 05-09-2013 at 11:32 PM (816 Views)
I like to luxuriate. I like to take my time, and not be rushed when Iím on vacation, and so as far as Iím concerned a seven day trip is good, but a ten day trip is even better. Even if itís on an island as big as my palm where you have nothing to do but lay out in the sun, perhaps snorkel a little, and enjoy the breeze and the smell of the coconut scented sun tan oil, ten days of fun beats seven, hands down, every time. Letís face it, even the worst vacation is better than the best day of pushing papers and having to deal with customers. Mind you, Iíve had some bad vacations, especially before discovering Luxury Link, but thatís another story for another time.
With time being more of a commodity than ever before, in recent years Iíve had no choice but to learn to love the quickie vacation. Three days, in and out, no fuss, no muss, just full boar adventuring with very little time to dillydally or smell the roses.
Since we were already in Europe at the time, the wife and I ventured to the Luxury Link website to see what three day jaunt we could work into our schedule before we returned stateside. We looked at a few Italian properties, one in Budapest, another in Lisbon, but we kept returning to the only three night property Luxury Link offers for Barcelona, and finally decided upon it.
Before the comments start pouring in as to how three days isnít nearly enough to do justice to Barcelona, let me assure you, I know. The wife and I both knew three days wouldnít be much time to see what we wanted to see, but three days was all we had, and so having had our dates confirmed after winning the auction, we found some less than affordable planet tickets, and off we were.
You can get a surprising amount of stuff done in three days when youíve done some of the research beforehand. Granted, we would have loved to take more time at the Museu Nacional Díart, the Catalonian National Art Museum, (if youíre a fan of renaissance or baroque art I highly recommend it) but all in all we covered pretty much everything we wanted to cover during our three days.
The things I recommend one do when planning a quickie trip is foremost make a list of all the things that are must see in the order you want to see them. Second, if you can get an early flight in and a late flight out, it will give you a few precious, extra hours, wherein you can fit in another sight, or a few extra minutes contemplating a work of art by Borrassa or Ramon de Mur. Hotels are usually happy to accommodate either an early check in a late checkout, or keeping your luggage in a storeroom while you roam the city.
(Since our room wasnít ready when we arrived near 11 a.m. they put our luggage in storage, and we went exploring as soon as they told us we could be back any time after 2 p.m.)
Third Ė and I know this might sound trite to some Ė get a two day hop on hop off ticket, usually available in every major tourist destination in Europe. They make stops at every major tourist attraction, and it saves allot of time and awkward moments of asking for directions in a language you canít speak if you havenít been to that particular city before.
Other than these three recommendations for a successful quickie trip, there is the one we all know we should do which is stay hydrated, and for your palateís sake try some of the local cuisine.