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Global Day Trips

Global Day Trips | Ideas, Itineraries & Guides

Ever found yourself yearning for a break but only have a day or two? Or been on a city vacation, wishing you could explore the surrounding landscape? This is why I love day trips so much! They’re like mini adventures that are so easy to fit into a busy schedule. All you need to do is travel a few hours from where you’re staying and prepare for a day of sightseeing. Then, you’re back in your bed by nighttime (unless you choose to stay the night), and you can continue your usual schedule the very next day. Trust me, we do it all the time back home — making Ontario Day Trips from Toronto.

Day trips are all about flexibility, offering a quick escape from the everyday routine.

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Canada

Best Things To Do In Trois-Rivières: Enjoy a Fun Weekend in Mauricie, Québec

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United States Of America

Things to Do in Rochester, NY, on Your Next Weekend Getaway

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United States Of America | Day Trips

18 Things to Do in Buffalo, NY, on Your Next Weekend Getaway

When planning a road trip to a fun-filled U.S. destination, Buffalo, New York, may not be the first location that comes to mind. Trust me, I often planned a trip to Niagara, spending the night in Seneca Casino and shopping at Niagara Outlet Mall. I’d pop over to Buffalo for “Buffalo Wings,” think there was…

What is a Day Trip?

Day trips are exactly as they sound. These are one-day visits to anywhere you like. As long as you can reach them within daylight hours. You don’t have to find accommodation unless you want to, and you can fit in as much (or as little) exploring as you like. 

Go hiking in London or see the Cliffs of Moher while staying in Dublin. Day trips are versatile and can be tailored to the seasons. Embrace the warmth of summer with a beach day, witness the vibrant colours of autumn in a nearby forest, or experience the charm of a winter wonderland in a snowy mountain town.

What Makes Day Trips Ideal?

Why are so many people choosing to take shorter, more condensed trips? There are just so many reasons why day trips are gaining popularity with all kinds of travellers. 

Easy and Spontaneous

Unlike extended vacations, day trips offer you freedom and flexibility. You can decide where you’re going and what you’ll be doing on the fly. You can wake up on a Saturday morning, see the sun shining, and head off on an hour’s drive to the nearest beach town. Or slip in an extra day of your trip across the globe to see something special nearby. 

There’s no need to plan for weeks, book accommodation, or even set out a solid itinerary. Day trips also work extremely well as multi-day road trip stops when you need to stretch your legs for extended periods. 

Close to Home

Rather than needing to navigate airports or drive for hours on end, with a day trip, you’re only a couple of hours from home (or your hotel) – at most. Using the principle of “less travel, more discovery” gives you so much more time to enjoy the places you’re visiting. It’s the craft of squeezing the most joy out of your day without the inconvenience of a prolonged journey.

Cost-Effective Adventures

If you’re on a budget, a day trip may just be the answer to your wanderlust. You save money on accommodation, of course, but often you’ll spend less on your actual travels too. Plus, with just one day of sightseeing, you’re bound to spend much less than you would if you were, say, spending three days in Stockholm

In fact, you won’t need to spend any money at all chasing waterfalls along Watkins Glen, and I’ve found Seneca Lake wine tours to be an affordable day trip activity. As long as you can get to your destination and perhaps pay for food and a few attractions, you’ll save a pretty penny on a day trip. 

Refreshing Breaks

Day tripping brings a fresh perspective to your routine but won’t disrupt your entire schedule. If you’re feeling a bit bored and in need of a different view, you can do so and be back home the very next day.

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How to Plan a Day Trip

While I don’t think you need to plan every detail of your day trip, there are a few things you can do to make sure your day excursion goes well. 

Choose a Location Close-by

The most important thing about a day trip is that your travel time is under 2 – 3 hours. Too much travel time will just cut into your time in the town or city you’re visiting, which takes away from the enjoyment. Plus, a more local trip means you get to discover more of your home country, which often us travellers forget to do. 

Opt for Smaller Destinations

Unless you’re able to revisit your day trip destination, you’re likely to leave without seeing every little nook and cranny of the destination. So pick a smaller town or city (that’s close to where you’re starting from) and enjoy as much of the destination as you possibly can. 

Day Trip Tours

If you’re a bit nervous about zipping off to a new town and possibly missing out on all of the important sights, you can always book a day trip tour. These guided tours take you from the city out into the countryside, coastal towns, or other nearby towns. Pulse they often offer pick up and drop off, along with guided insights and the possibility of meeting other travellers. 

Tips for Maximizing Your Day

  • Start Early – It’s best to get going as early in the morning as you can, especially if you’re road-tripping for the day. Grab a coffee on the go, maybe a little snack, and chase the sunset to the town or city you’re visiting. 
  • Plan a Little – Spontaneous exploration is all good and well, but I would still suggest you know of a few must-see attractions. This will allow you to visit those first and spend any spare time discovering the rest of the destination. 
  • Ask Locals – I have a bunch of handy guides, and you’ll find plenty more on the internet, but the best travel advice you’ll ever get will come from chatting with a local. 
  • Take Pictures – This goes for any kind of travel — regardless of how long you’re visiting. Be sure to take plenty of pictures to remember your time. 

Find Your Next Day Trip Destination

The great thing about a day trip is that you can plan it last minute and you’ll still have a fantastic time. The key is to pick out a place that’s close to where you are staying so that you won’t spend too much time travelling. 

Here are all of my favourite destinations to plan a day trip and some handy one-day itineraries to help you visit them. Find your perfect destination and enjoy plenty to see, do, and eat! 

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Canada

Best Things To Do In Trois-Rivières: Enjoy a Fun Weekend in Mauricie, Québec

Are you searching for your next weekend getaway location? For travellers who are unfamiliar with the Mauricie region, Trois-Rivieres may be nothing more than a rest stop on the map between the popular French-Canadian destinations of Montréal and Québec City. But don’t let this city’s smaller size fool you! Steeped in history and European charm,…

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United States Of America

Things to Do in Rochester, NY, on Your Next Weekend Getaway

Sometimes, the best adventures are just a short hop away. This is certainly the case when I look back on my weekend getaway to the city of Rochester, NY. It’s a charming city full of history, culture, and (let’s be honest) delicious eats. Whether you’re a history buff eager to visit the former home of…

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United States Of America | Day Trips

18 Things to Do in Buffalo, NY, on Your Next Weekend Getaway

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United States Of America | Day Trips

11 Stops From Houston To Galveston: Discover the Gulf Coast’s Hidden Gem

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Canada | Day Trips

25+ Best Places to Go Apple Picking in Ontario

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Canada

48 Hours In Toronto Itinerary: How To Spend A Weekend In My City

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Ireland

2 Days In Dublin Itinerary: A Guinness-Fuelled Weekend

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Canada

Weekend in Quebec City: 3-Day Itinerary & Travel Guide

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Portugal

3 Days In Lisbon | The Ultimate Lisbon Itinerary

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Italy

36 Best Things To Do In Naples Italy | The Ultimate Naples Itinerary

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Canada | Resources

Toronto Budget: How Much Does It Cost To Go To Toronto?

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Canada

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Day Trips | Italy

Things To Do In Catania, Italy: 14 Attractions & Sicily Guide

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Day Trips | Northern Ireland

16 Awesome Game of Thrones Northern Ireland Filming Locations

Have you ever wondered where Game of Thrones was filmed? As a massive Game of Thrones fan, mesmerized by the gorgeous scenery, I made a point of spending a few days in Belfast after a fun 2 Days In Dublin, Ireland. I knew that there was a lot of Game of Thrones Northern Ireland locations…

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Northern Ireland

Best Things To Do In Belfast Northern Ireland | Complete Weekend Travel Guide

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Day Trips | Morocco

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Malta

Top Things To Do In Valletta Malta: 2 Day Malta Itinerary

I had a friend from elementary school who was from Malta but other than that I never really thought anything of it. Then the Mother of Dragons flew onto HBO and caught my attention.  Ever since the first season of Game of Thrones, I’ve been putting together a list of the top things to do in Valletta Malta and…

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Day Trips | Malta

The Ultimate Game Of Thrones Malta Locations Itinerary

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, Game Of Thrones is one of the biggest shows on TV right now. I have never watched a TV show that was so epic; crazy battles, deep, well-developed characters, exotic locations fantastic scripts, the list goes on. I understand that not everyone is…

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Day Trips | Ireland

Magical Cliffs Of Moher Day Trip From Dublin, Ireland

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Switzerland

2 Days In Zurich: The Ultimate Zurich Itinerary

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Resources

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Canada

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Canada

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Canada

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Resources

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Resources

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Denmark

The Greatest Things To Do in Copenhagen Itinerary (2 Days, Viking Approved)

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Norway

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Sweden

The Best 3 Days In Stockholm Itinerary (Viking Approved)

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Day Trips | Slovenia

Day Trip From Ljubljana To Postojna, Cave

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Resources | Slovenia

Experiencing Slovenian Cuisine Through The BiteMojo App

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Resources

Prana: Sustainable & Affordable Fair Trade Clothing For World Travellers

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Day Trips | United States Of America

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Italy

What To Do In Rome In 2 Days

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