How To Make The Most Of Your Last Few Hours Of Vacation

by | Apr 15, 2022 | Travel

The day you return home from a vacation ― also known as the “departure day,” since you’re departing from the place you came to visit ― can bring up feelings of wistfulness or stress. As a result, many travelers don’t make plans or take advantage of those final few hours before they make the trip home.“Departure days can be such a drag, and it’s easy to just spend the day waiting to travel to the airport,” Claire Summers, the travel blogger behind Claire’s Itchy Feet, told HuffPost.AdvertisementBut you don’t have to get too wrapped up in the fact that you’ll be heading to the airport or train station ― especially if it’ll make you miss out on opportunities for that final morning. Below, travel experts share their advice for making the most of your departure day.Pack the night before“When I am traveling, I like to have all my belongings packed and organized the night before my last day,” said Katie McIntosh, a travel blogger and creator of The Katie Show. “This way I can maximize however much time I have on my last day there without too much stress.”Take the time to put most of your things back in your luggage the night before your departure day. That way you won’t be scrambling to get it done before you head to the airport, and you can fit in some final morning relaxation or exploration.AdvertisementBook a later flightPerhaps the most obvious way to get more out of your departure day is to choose an evening or late afternoon flight if you have the flexibility. This frees up your morning for a final activity or stroll.“One of the things I try to do is book a later flight so I’m not waking up super early to get to the airport,” said Jessica van Dop DeJesus, founder and editor at The Dining Traveler.d3sign via Getty ImagesAsking for a late checkout or mak …

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