“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” It’s a travel quote I see constantly on Pinterest and Instagram. But how many people actually make it everywhere? In truth, hardly anyone. First of all, going “everywhere” is virtually impossible, but even if we just break it down to countries, the chance that the average person will reach all 190+ countries in their lifetime is slim. Many people set travel goals like “25 counties by 25,” but at that rate they won’t even make it to half the world’s countries in their lifetime. How crazy is that?!
The point is, if you want to see the world, you need to go. Now. I’ve been in many cities and countries for only 2-4 days and managed to have amazing, unforgettable experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. That means you can go practically anywhere for a weekend and make it worth the trip. To prove the point that a weekend abroad is worth the lost sleep, I bring you a list of international travel experiences that you only need one day to do. Think about that – if you can do these in a day, imagine what you could do in two?
A couple weeks ago I had the chance to sleep in a tipi, sip wine by the fire and eat dinner by candlelight with a group of friends – a far cry from the dreadful powdered food camping excursions I remember as a kid. While legitimate camping works for some people, “glamping” is much more my style. And while it might be easier to show up to a yurt or tipi vs. pitching your own tent, a glamping weekend requires just as much planning as a normal camping trip.
New England gets all the buzz for its beautiful foliage in the fall, but as a native New Englander, I think New York state is a serious contender for most stunning views during my favorite season. The Hudson Valley in particular is breathtaking, as you’re able to pull over along the side of the road and snap photos of the changing leaves on the mountains across the river.
When I started The Blonde Banana two and a half years ago, I didn’t really have a plan or a solid concept. There are so many travel blogs out there, written by bloggers who travel full time, hopping from country to country on a never-ending journey. As a full time employee in New York, coming up with enough travel content to keep up seemed impossible, even with my job’s unlimited vacation policy.
It was over the past few months that I began to realize my niche: short trips that are affordable and accessible for the average travel lover. America is famous for having the worst vacation policies ever, and when I accepted a new job this June that only offered me two weeks vacation I almost thought it might be time to throw in the towel on travel blogging. But I prefer to be an optimist, so I decided to face this new chapter as a challenge to be conquered.
When I reserved a tipi for four online, I didn’t know quite what to expect. But as part of my 2014 resolution to spend more time in the great outdoors, I finally had the “glamping” trip that had lingered on my weekend travel bucket list for years confirmed on the calendar. So on Friday evening, four of us piled into the car and set out for the 2.5 hour drive to Narvon, Pennsylvania.