The Difference between short trips and a long trip can be defined as a short trip that takes place within a day (12 hours) up to a week. This includes 24, 48, 72 & 96-hour trips or 1-4 day trips.
A long trip is when you spend an entire week, 2 weeks or a month in a particular city or region.
A weekend getaway is defined as spending a weekend in your backyard, province, state or region or internationally.
Weekend: Leave Friday afternoon and return Sunday evening.
A Long Weekend: Leave Thursday evening and return Sunday evening or leave Friday evening and return Monday evening.
(In Canada, we have about eight long weekends in one year give or take depending on whether you have Good Friday and Remembrance Day off as well as where Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Day falls on the calendar.)
A great strategy is to add one of your vacation days to a long weekend which gives you an extra day. Two days for travelling and two full days to explore the destination.
A stopover is a destination added to your flight itinerary before continuing to your final destination. Stopovers are shorter than your overall trip and last more than 24 hours.
Here’s an example of a stopover: Toronto → Reykjavik → London.
Instead of going to London directly, you can stopover in Reykjavik for a few days at no extra cost. Using Airwander, you can search a wide choice of stopovers to see if you can fit a possible stopover in your next travel itinerary.
Layovers are connection points between destinations that are less than 24 hours.
Here’s an example of a layover: Toronto → New York → Dublin
Your final destination is Dublin, but you may have a layover for up to 24 hours in New York.
Flights with layovers are usually the cheapest option. Still, the average person can’t handle staying in an airport that long so they end up spending more money for a direct flight – often overlooking the possibility of exploring the destination. Also in most cases, using a program like Airwander, you can turn a layover into stopovers, explore a new destination and leave for your next destination rested.
That said, for a layover to be possible, you need to consider these factors:
Keep in mind that you will need to leave the Connecting Flights area, and when you return, you will need to go through customs and security again.
Adding a day trip to a neighbouring city is a great way to extend your cultural experience in the country you are visiting. If you’re already in a big city, getting to another city, town or village can be as easy a hoping on the local train.
Be sure to check train times as the number of trains travelling between destinations for the day may vary.
For me, travel doesn’t have to mean taking weeks, months or years off work. You don’t need to move across the world to say you’ve “travelled“.
Travel can be a weekend away down the coast from your home, exploring your own backyard - for me, that's my 48 Hour Toronto Itinerary, or a short flight to the next state, province or country.
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