If someone would have told me that by the end of 2019 I would have hosted 13 day trips, travelled and connected with over 75 Black British travellers/bloggers I would have not believed them.
Hosting day trips was never the plan for the TravelEatSlay brand nor have I always been the outgoing type to pull off such a task. But as it turns out, these trips have served as a way for black travellers (mainly females) to step out of their travel fears and travel without breaking the bank. “They are a great option if you are not quite ready to travel solo but want to go with like-minded people” as Lerease Travels puts it.
The trips are a bite size way to get a feel of a city without the pricey commitment of accommodation or time out of the office. Nonetheless, planning these trips does come with its own challenges – as the leader my planning, communicating and negotiating skills are tested.
Putting together the itinerary (including those insta-worthy locations), contacting brands, tourist boards, restaurants to collaborate with and creating the Whatsapp group for everyone to communicate. The strangers to travel buddies transformation takes place once we all meet at the airport and hop on the flight.
It will be interesting to see how the tourism industry will bounce back post Covid-19 nonetheless, I will share some tips to make a successful day trip (for first timers.
5 Tips to a successful day trip:
- Book that flight
The aim for day trips is to maximize your time in that city. Use Skyscapper to search for flights and set notifications on price alerts. Book the earliest flight out and return with the last flight with a flight time of 2 and a half hours or less from London. Budget airlines like Ryanair have made these day trips possible- with some fares as low as £10 return (depends on destination & time of booking).
- Be prepared to clock in those steps
Day trips require a lot of energy and wearing comfortable shoes is a must as you will be on your feet all day. On one trip, Lulu made the rookie mistake of wearing new trainers which she ended regretting half way through the trip. Stick to shoes which give you support and comfort.
- Travel light
You are only going away for about 12 hours so travel light. My small backpack contains: my camera, a re-usable water bottle, some snacks, power bank, adaptor, antibacterial gel, tissue and lipgloss. Let’s not forget the most important accessory: a TravelEatSlay hoodie or tshirt- of course! 🙂
- Carry some snacks
A snack pack is usually provided on a TravelEatSlay day trip, I have been lucky to be gifted snacks by brands like Propercorn, Olu Olu Foods and Livia’s . Snacks came in handy when we travelled to Oslo which is one of the most expensive cities I have visited.
- Map out your journey
Navigating around a new city can be daunting. However apps like City Mapper and Google Maps come in handy. After all you didn’t hop on a flight for the day to get lost or just to look at buildings right. Unless you have travelled to Copenhagen where every building is aesthetically pleasing and the perfect back drop for a selfie.
Seeing as the travel borders are beginning to reopen I would recommend trying day trips for anyone who is really itching to travel but wants to stay close to home. Ensure that you take the necessary safety checks prior to travelling including being up to date with the quarantine regulations.
If you still need some convincing on why you should take a day trip to Europe read these blog posts by other travel bloggers who have been part of our day trips:
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