Most of the time when I chat with people about their vacations, it’s “I’m spending a week (or two) in X,” with “X” being a single city or country. While I’ll argue that any travel is fabulous, I’m much more of a “fast-paced” travel kinda girl. If you’re been a reader of Small Towns & City Lights for awhile, you know this because my last two “big trips” looked like this:
2014: 6 days, 2 cities, 2 countries
- 3 days in London: London Adventures (Part One) // 3 Nights at Pullman London St. Pancras // Exploring the Churchill War Rooms // A Magical Afternoon at Warner Bros. Studios London
- 1 day in Brussels: 24 Hours in Brussels // Overnight at Brussels’ Hotel Amigo
- 2 days in London: London Adventures (Part Two) // Views from the London Eye // Afternoon Tea at the Ritz London // Flemings Mayfair London
2015: 9 days, 6 cities, 5 countries,
- 2 days in Munich: A Day of Bavarian Castles // 2 Days in Munich
- 1 day in Salzburg: 24 Hours in Salzburg // Dinner at Europe’s Oldest Restaurant // Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron
- 1 day in Vienna: 24 Hours in Vienna // Hotel Altstadt Vienna
- 2 days in Budapest: Adventures in Budapest // Aria Hotel Budapest
- 1 day in Bratislava: A Quick Stop in Bratislava // Overnight at Bratislava’s Tulip House Boutique Hotel
- 2 days in Prague: Adventures in Prague // The Beer Spa Experience in Prague // Aria Hotel Prague
Looking at these itineraries, I might seem like a crazy person to most people. But there is a method to my madness! To me, there are 3 main benefits of fast-paced travel. Here they are.
Maximize Time Off
To be honest, this is probably the biggest reason for me. As someone with a full-time job (in addition to blogging), I have a limited number of vacation days each year, and am adamant about making the most of those days. Whether domestic or international, I try to plan getaways for those days!
While trips aren’t “cheap” by any means, I look at fast-paced trips as a way to ensure that I’m really getting my money’s worth. While this applies to domestic travel, this is geared more toward international travel. Flights are at best a few hundred dollars, but usually closer to the $1000+ mark if you’re not in a big airport hub city (e.g. NYC, Chicago, LA). If you’re already dropping that much money or using up all of your earned airline miles, you really want to make sure you’re maximizing your trip!
See the World
Saving the best for last here. To say the world’s a big place is an understatement. It’s huge! But there’s only so much learning about a place without physically being there. Travel educates you, opens your eyes, and really changes you. It’s an indescribable feeling you’ll only be able to experience getting out there and seeing the world for yourself. So it’s my goal to see as many places as I can in my life.
And while we’re on the topic of fast-paced trips, I’m excited to announce that later this year, my mom and I will be going on our third annual European adventure! We’ll be traveling to Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and The Netherlands (with a possible stop in Estonia)! It’s going to be another crazy one, but I can’t wait!
Tell me, do you prefer fast or slow-paced trips?