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Have you decided to leave everything behind for a while and go on a last minute citytrip but you don’t know how to organize it without missing a thing? Worry not, because this article has all the tips you’ll need to plan your getaway.

Last minute citytrip tip #1
Choose your destination

Last minute citytrip - The perfect destination

Before choosing the right destination you have to think about how you’d like to spend your time on your city trip. Attending cultural events and visiting museums? Tasting all the local delicacies in high-end restaurants and street-food markets or just taking lazy walks by day and hitting the dancefloor by night? Most cities have a little bit of everything but each one has its strong point. So the question is what it is you’re looking for.

Last minute citytrip - Solo female travel

 

You are planning a solo girls trip? But honestly, you’re not sure where to start with planning? I can recommend you to start by thinking about a destination which has a special meaning for you. Follow your heart and listen to yourself – what was your dream for a long time?

Last minute citytrip tip #2
Book your flight

Last minute citytrip - book a flight

Once you’ve picked your destination, booking a flight is your next step. As last-minute tickets are usually quite expensive, you’ll have to look harder in order to find the cheapest way to get to your destination. As the name implies, Lastminutetravel is a site that helps travelers find the cheapest flights and accommodation -yes you guessed it right- for last-minute trips. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Lastminutetravel.com, Skyscanner and Momondo will -as always- do the trick.

Last minute citytrip tip #3
Book accommodation

Last minute citytrip - The perfect accommodation

Spending your vacation in an accommodation you like is one of the most important aspects for an enjoyable trip. However, finding a room in a centrally located hotel may be a challenge. Chances are you either won’t find any or the ones you’ll find will be super expensive. So it’s time to start looking for some alternatives such as booking an Airbnb property or arranging a house swap. Homestay and Love Home Swap are some of the most popular sites for house exchange but keep in mind that you’ll have to do some in-depth research before finding a proper match.

Last minute citytrip tip #4
Book a tour guide

Last minute citytrip - Tour guide

If you’re arranging a last-minute city trip you’ll probably won’t have the time to do some proper online research in order to discover the most authentic experiences and less touristy places. So it might be a good idea to book a tour. Whether it will be a cultural tour, a gastronomy tour or a pub crawl it’s up to you, but in any case you’ll probably discover more than if traveling on your own. Each city has many professional tour guides and locals who are willing to take you to the most hidden corners. Tours by Locals and showaround are very helpful platforms for arranging such walks around the city.

Last minute citytrip - What to tip worldwide

 

 

It doesn’t matter what’s your next vacation – it’s always helpful to know when and what to tip in every country. Let’s have a look in our useful list about what to tip across the world

Last minute citytrip tip #5
Download helpful apps

Last minute citytrip - Download helpful apps

If joining a tour just feels too touristy for you and you prefer to plan your own route, make sure to download several useful apps before leaving home. Nowadays, there is an app for every need so that you will never find yourself unprepared. Citymapper or MAPS.ME are certainly among the most useful as they offer access to cities’ maps, Lonely Planet is one of the top travel sites for recommendations, Time Out offers top-notch recommendations for restaurants, bars, and cultural experiences, and the list could go on and on. So, find the app that suits your needs and the city you’re visiting best.

Last minute citytrip - Best apps for your vacation

 

Do you want to know which are the best vacation apps? Check them out, here is our list about the 10 most helpful holiday apps. And, of course, MyPostcard is one of them 😉 Send real postcards with your own vacation photos and your own text. Easy and super fast! 

Last minute citytrip tip #6
Check out events and concerts

Last minute citytrip - Search Events and concerts

No wonder small city excursions is a favorite kind of trip for culture buffs, history lovers and music enthusiasts. From temporary exhibitions in museums and art galleries to film festivals and music concerts, special events are always on the agenda of metropolises and smaller cities. Make sure to check out what’s going on during the days you’re planning to take your city trip and dive into the city’s cultural scene.

Last minute citytrip tip #7
Make a plan

Last minute citytrip - Make a list

If you don’t want to miss out on something while visiting a city make sure to make a plan beforehand. No matter how nice it may feel to just land in a new place you know little about, it can cost missing some really unique experiences and attractions. Visit A City is a website and app that lists some of the most significant landmarks in cities all over the world and suggests trip itineraries based on the time you’re planning to spend there. If none of them suit your taste make your own itinerary from scratch.

Last minute citytrip tip #8
Think who are you traveling with

Last minute citytrip - Choose the right Travel mate

Before planning your itinerary think who your travel companion will be. Especially if you’re traveling with kids you need to take into consideration that little ones wouldn’t really appreciate spending a lot of time in a modern-art museum or an experimental theatrical play. The same logic, of course, goes for the older ones, so make sure to talk with your travel buddies before making any detailed plans.

Last minute citytrip - Travel companion

 

 

You need a PERFECT MATCH! What to consider when choosing the perfect travel companion you can read here!

Last minute citytrip tip #9
Must-haves

Last minute citytrip - pack a suitcase

Packing the perfect suitcase for your last-minute city trip needs just as much planning as the rest of the trip. Make sure to pack both comfortable and stylish clothes because a city in the day feels totally different than in the night. You don’t want to forget your comfy sneakers if you want to enjoy endless walks around the attractions and neighborhoods, nor your high-heels if you want to experience the city’s nightlife. Travel size beauty products and cosmetics are certainly a must-have if you want to keep and look fresh the whole day.

Last minute citytrip tip #10
Shopping

Last minute citytrip - Shopping

You might not have shopping in mind while planning your trip, yet not many people return from a city trip without an extra piece of clothing in their suitcase. Cities brim with high- end boutiques, second-hand stores, and flea markets, so even if you want to resist the temptation of adding another t-shirt or fluffy sweater to your collection no one can guarantee you will actually manage. Therefore, make sure to leave a bit of space in your luggage and add a few extra bucks to your budget.

 

The struggle is real: every summer the coolest kids on Instagram post their picture perfect getaways on Social Media. Yeah good for them! But there is one spot that will make you the envy of everyone this year: It’s Positano, this little village on the Amalfi coast.

Never heard of it? No problem, let’s check it out together!

Arrival in Positano

Positano at the Amalfi coast - The arrival

Positioned between the mountains and the seaside there is a little city climbing up the summit with its bright pastel coloured houses. It’s hard to believe that this hot spot use to
be a fishing village.

The best way to reach Positano is flying to Neapel and renting a car. If you don’t drive or you want a more relaxed journey, you can always take the bus. From Neapel lay back and enjoy the beautiful 1-2 hour journey to Positano.

We always suggest taking the bus because… psssst… the Italian’s have a keen style of driving. Moreover the streets can be small and dangerous for people who are not familiar with the area. And don’t forget: the parking fees are very high in Positano (25-30 € per night). Money that would be better saved to spend on delicious food.

And in case you were wondering how to get from A to B, no worries: there is a cheap bus in Positano (1,70 € per person) . And because the village is pretty small you can reach anything by walking. So grab your walking shoes and let’s go!

You know what? If you’re feeling really extra (and you can afford the money of course) then you can come by boat from a few different directions, for example Amalfi, Capri, Sorrento or Salerno. All boats arrive in the Positano – Marina Grande, so you can enjoy the view of the beautifully coloured little houses and the church Santa Assunta from the sea.

Accommodation

Positano at the Amalfi coast - the accommodation

To get accommodation is no problem at all. There are a lot of hotels and apartments you can stay at. And moreover the view to the sea is pure magic.

The city center is just a few minutes away from the beach Marina Grande and the streets around the church Santa Maria Assunta offer a lot of shops. Positano is very popular with the rich and famous; all kinds of celebs visit simply because getting there isn’t as easy as it is a fairly remote location.

Feel free to choose another base location. Because the Amalfi coast is tiny you can reach every hot spot in 25 minutes. Other cities are Amalfi, Capri, Sorrent or Salerno so you can plan a day trip to Positano.

Sightseeing

Positano at the Amalfi coast - Sightseeing

While visiting Positano you should see the church Santa Maria Assunta. The interior is from the 18th century and during the day it is flooded with light which reflects off the white archs and the dome with it’s spectacular golden detailing.

Back to the shopping you’ll definitely find many beautiful ceramic pieces and mediterranean fashion which has been made in Positano since the 50’s.

In general we can say that three nights are enough to discover this hot spot. But because of the beauty of the Amalfi coast you should plan two or three extra stops like Sorrento or Praiano.

Okay okay, but enough with an easy peasy sightseeing tour. Put on your hiking shoes, we have to discover the “way of Gods”! According to the legend the Gods who wanted to go to the Sirenes had to take this way to the water. The route is 10,3 kilometers and should be take you 5.30 hours. If you don’t feel comfortable to make this tour all by yourself grab a guide and let them lead you to this awesome view. It’s well worth the walk!

But the cheapest and best way of enjoying Positano? Take a sunbath or jump into the crystal clear waters. #beachday!

Day trips

Positano at the Amalfi coast - Day trips

Do you have a car or a bike? If not then get one! Otherwise you’ll probably miss something. For example a day trip to antiquated Pompeii. From Positano you’ll need about 1.5 hours to get there. The good thing: you’ll drive directly along the beautiful seaside. Pompeii is located at the foot of Mount. Vesuvius; this city was a busy city until the volcano exploded 79 AD. The pumice that rained down from the volcano covered the whole village, but it also preserved everything, so today it’s a famous place for both archaeologists and tourist from all over the world.

Pompeii is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world! Entry costs 13 € or just 7,50 € with a student discount. It’s then up to you to decide whether you feel like discovering it on your own or in a group. See some beautiful and excellent preserved paintings on the walls.

Moreover book a tour to the Vesuvius Volcano. The tour starts at the National Park (Parco   Nazionale del Vesuvio) which was opened in 1995. Here you can find a lot of tours and hiking tracks. By the way I have to warn you: chances are if you’ve spent the day walking around Positano, you might have aching muscles. If that’s the case then book a car and drive up to the peak of the volcano 1000 meters above sea level.

And more importantly: Don’t forget to grab a jacket! It’s going to get very cold. But if lucks on your side you will have nice weather and an awesome view on the crater and the whole of the surrounding landscape.

For all the foodies

Positano at the Amalfi coast - For all the foodies

A typical breakfast means: Cappuccino and a croissant! If this isn’t to your taste then you can choose between a smorgasbord of fruit, vegetables and bread.

And OF COURSE: Don’t forget the pizza!

Just in case you didn’t already know it Italy has a lot of sweets to offer. Take a stroll down some of the small alleys to find a nice bakery.  

As for italian drinks: What about taking a sip of some delicious homemade limoncello while looking out across the crystal clear waters?

Pssst… fingers crossed you spot a celebrity in Positano!

Already dreaming about a trip to the Amalfi coast? You are not alone! Positano is so popular at the moment because a lot of stars and VIP’s are coming here. The reason it’s so huge is because of the privacy the location offers.

With a little bit of luck you can catch Celebs like Michael Jordan, Vanessa Hudgens or Jennifer Lopez.

Positano at the Amalfi coast - send a postcard with MyPostcard

 

 

Be sure, you’ll make a lot of photos in Positano! Because it’s a perfect Instagram Location. But don’t just upload your pictures in Social Media but send them as a real postcard to your friends and family too! How cool is it to use the own pictures and create your own cards?