People are always shocked when I tell them about some of the short trips I take-anywhere from 2-4 or 5 days. International travel has always been seen as a huge undertaking that costs thousands of dollars and eats up your two weeks of vacation time in the blink of an eye, and that couldn’t be further from the truth, especially nowadays. Airlines such as Norwegian and WOW have made most of the European continent extremely accessible, in terms of cost and frequency. Both airlines have pretty steady routes to and from a number of popular destinations, such as London, Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Reykjavik. You wouldn’t believe the flight deals that exist for those two budget airlines alone! The only real caveat is the fact that they are a budget airline, meaning that it costs extra for everything, from a checked bag to hot meals during the flight-bags being around $20-$45 per leg and meals being $30-$45 per leg. While this may be unappealing for some, it can still be loads cheaper than traveling other popular airlines where all of those amenities are included (you can always just bring your own food on the plane and travel carry-on only). I personally love flying Norwegian-I’ve yet to have a truly negative experience that was the fault of the airline, and it’s so easy to enroll in their points program in order to begin racking up rewards!
To get down to the nitty gritty, the art of the weekend trip lies within the logistical planning. If you have limited days off per year, you can maximize those days by departing on a Thursday of Friday and returning on a Sunday or Monday. While it may not be ideal to spend only a few days in your destination, it still allows you to get a little taste for if you decide to return again when you are able to spend a greater amount of time or money on a trip. You can still have 2-4 full days to sightsee and check a number of things off of your bucket list, all while using only 2 or so days of vacation/PTO!
Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to become a world traveler!
*Note: If you’re interested in booking a short (or long!) trip abroad and don’t have the time or skills to do so within your budget, please email me at email@example.com for inquiries!