On my way to Jordan in December of 2015 I had a six hour layover in Amsterdam, and I desperately wanted to see the city. But I landed in the wee hours of the morning and was pretty discouraged by the inky blackness cocooning the airport. Figuring I wouldn’t see much at 5am I hunkered down in an uncomfortable plastic chair and vowed to return for a longer visit.
When I returned home from my Middle East trip I immediately booked a round-trip ticket to Amsterdam for the Good Friday weekend. So, in March of 2016 I wandered off on another long weekend adventure!
Taking advantage of national holidays is one of my favorite things to do to extend a short vacation without eating up my personal time at work. Over Labor Day of 2015 I decided to venture off to Iceland, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. You could easily spend several weeks here, but if you’re looking for a long weekend trip full of adventure this island nation should be top on your list.
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a travel wishlist a mile long but can count your vacation days on two hands. So, short on time but big on wanderlust? Make the most of the time you’re given with short breaks! Following are some of the things I think about when I’m planning my next compact adventure. Continue reading
I love to travel – who doesn’t? But I’m not retired, self-employed, independently wealthy, or European. I’m not offered buckets of vacation time – I get 10 days a year. The only thing I have going for me is I work in higher education, and we’re given additional recess days between Christmas and New Year’s. I like the stability and benefits that come with a 9 to 5 job, so I’m not going to be skipping out on “Corporate America” to sell pay-per-click advertising from a beach in Thailand any time soon.
Instead I make do with what I have, and that’s why I’m starting this blog. I get the feeling that most people who want to travel aren’t ready to jump into a year-long, round-the-world backpacking adventure, aren’t planning on quitting their day jobs to travel nonstop across every continent, and probably don’t have more than 1 to 2 weeks of vacation per year.
Read on for sample itineraries and travel tips to learn how you can make the most of your short time in a fabulous destination. Follow along with me as I share some of my stories and misadventures from past trips, and be by my side as I plan upcoming adventures!
Where will you wander?