4. Schedule some downtime
It’s tempting to pack your itinerary with as much activity as possible, especially with limited time. If you know from experience that this kind of travel works for you, go for it. But for many of us, it’s going to be exhausting and stressful, and we may leave feeling like we didn't get a real sense of place.
Break up the schedule with some “free days”—or at least some free mornings—for blissfully unstructured R&R, decompression, and a little spontaneity. Once you're at your destination, you’re going to find things to do and see you didn’t know about, and if you’re completely booked, you may end up kicking yourself.
Working with a travel advisor can help you better distribute your time, as they'll likely be more familiar with what you can reasonably expect to fit into your schedule, and more aware of time-consuming quirks specific to your destination.