One of the hard things most adults have to face is the limited amount of vacation time we get to earn over the course of the year. Often times, this means cramming as many things as we can into our vacation time as we can. Most of the time, people schedule their vacation around 1 event and then spend the rest of that vacation just filling in the blanks. Other times, we find amazing travel deals that include transport and lodging for several nights, get excited and book for an event we want to go to, then spend the rest of the time in the hotel, wondering what else there is to do. Seems like a waste right? With this in mind, one may wonder whether to plan trips and vacations around a single event, or to schedule it around multiple events. Here are some tips on whether to build your trip around quality or quantity
Consider The Trade “Value”
Ask yourself: how much are you getting from the trip. If the event is a multi-day event or an event that you’ve been planning on attending and are heavily invested in, then that definitely sounds like an event that’s worth focusing on for your trip. However, if the event is one that caught your interest but you aren’t that invested in, like perhaps an off-season of a team you like or a minor e-sports tournament, you may want to see what other events, conventions, or attractions are also in the area or you can travel to within your vacation time or trip duration.
Consider Your Budget
Attending multiple events doesn’t just mean entrance fees and tickets. There are also costs like food (I personally can’t enjoy a good game without a bucket of popcorn and a large soda), travel costs, and (especially for conventions) merchandise you might want to score for your collection. If you’ve got passes to the game, or don’t plan on getting any merch, quantity may be a better bet over quality. If you’re headed to a merch heavy event, however, like a major E-sports tournament, saving your hard-earned money for a single event may be the way to go.
Like we mentioned in a previous article, travel is a lot easier now, making the temptation to consider out-of-town events for your itinerary a lot stronger. Keep in mind, however, that traveling farther usually means higher costs. If you have a car or other form of personal transport, travel may be cheaper than taking a plane. This does, however, make the need for parking (and having to deal with parking fees) something to consider. Backpacking is a viable option, but depending on how much time off you have available, the longer travel time needed by backpacking might mean it’s only viable if you’re only planning to go to one event.
When you get vacation time to travel, do you prefer building it around a single event, or do you prefer to schedule it around multiple events? Why not check out our contact information from our page and share your stories with us!