Was it Worth it? And Other Thoughts About Short Trips

Wednesday, March 4, 2015



I've been having a difficult time writing posts about Paris because so many posts and guidebooks already exist. That doesn't mean that I didn't have a different experience during my trip, it just means that I've been stuck for a way to sum it up meaningfully. Actually, I didn't really think of something to write about until today - Wednesday morning, 7:56 am (Vilnius Time). Wow, I've been last minute lately.

This morning though, I remembered questions from some friends and colleagues about the trip. Several people wondered how you could see a place in such a short amount of time. So basically, "Was visiting Paris for only a few days worth it?" My answer: YES. Audrey Hepburn sums it up perfectly (when was she ever wrong?), "Paris is always a good idea."

Paris is a huge city with so much to see and do that in our three-day visit we probably only saw about 1/30 (or less?) of what's out there. As a first-time visitor to Paris I am perfectly fine with that. Because we had a short amount of time, we also prioritized what we wanted to see (the Eiffel Tower, Shakespeare and Company, and an art museum) and skipped things with lines that were just too long. Probably to everyone's shock and horror we didn't go in the Notre Dame Cathedral or the Louvre because waiting in the two-hour line would have just eaten up so much time. That is what the next visit will be for! This quick trip absolutely makes me want to visit again, and again, and again.

I'm also of the opinion that going anywhere for any amount of time is better than not going. So what if we only were in Paris for about three days? We still saw some incredible things (oh the Monet paintings!), wandered the winding streets, and ate amazing food. Too me, that sounds like a great trip.

Have you ever visited somewhere for a short amount of time? Do you think it is 'worth it?'

15 comments:

  1. I had two days in London on an extended layover and it was TOTALLY worth it. I didn't get to everything I wanted to, but I got to see more than if I hadn't stopped and fell in love with the city.

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    1. Exactly! London is such a huge city I feel like you would need months and an unlimited to be able to see all of the amazing things there!

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  2. I think they are usually always worth it because even if you can't see everything it gives you a better idea of what you want to prioritise/see for another trip! x

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    1. Exactly! I also think it is just nice to get away for a few days to try something new :)

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  3. Definitely worth it! Sometimes you don't have a lot of time so it's great to make use of a short break. Plus, you can get a feel for the place to see if you want to go back and what you'd like to see when you do! And I guess if you really don't like it then you didn't waste your money or time hanging out somewhere you didn't enjoy?! haha. Although I think everywhere deserves a chance.

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    1. I completely agree! I also think that even in places you don't like as much as you thought you can find things that make the trip fun.

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  4. I love Paris, it's been far too long since I have visited. Must change that soon! Don't worry about writing about a place though, however long you have spent there. Your take on a place is going to be different to that of someone else's, so your view is always unique! :)

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    1. I can absolutely see why everyone loves Paris. It was just so incredible! My Friday post will be about the highlights of what we did/saw during our Paris trip. I think we did some different things and were able to even see some things that my husband (who has visited three times) hadn't seen before.

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  5. There's nothing I love more than a long weekend away, aka quick trip. Sure I would take longer if I had more annual leave but sometimes a gal just has to make do!

    Have you redesigned your blog lately? It's looking a bit different.

    Hope all is well!
    Claire xx

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    1. Thanks for noticing, Claire! I had Amanda from Living in Another Language just do a few small updates- but nothing huge. I always think it feels nice when there are even little new changes.

      I agree! I love getting away for a weekend or a few days during the week. I've actually been really craving a weekend away to visit somewhere in Vilnius- I'm just waiting for the weather to warm up first!

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  6. Agreed! I'd rather have a short time in an amazing city than no time at all!

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    1. Yes! I think it helps you plan for future trips as well!

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  7. I've been to Paris five times now over the course of my life. And each time that I have been, I have only had 3-4 days/trip. You are certainly correct that Paris requires a bit more time than that, but it also gives you the excuse to come back again in the future if you like it! ;)

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    1. Exactly! I absolutely must re-visit Paris. There is so much to do and see, and things like restaurants and cafes (which I love to visit while traveling) are always changing.

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  8. BTW, there is no right or wrong way to write about your first experience in Paris. Be true to yourself, and write honestly about what you enjoyed and didn't enjoy. Years from now, it will help you to be able to reflect and remember the highs and lows of this trip.

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