1 Trip Per Fortnight

It occurred to me after three individuals asked me for travel tips consecutively, that maybe I have something to offer on the topic of travel hints and tips, especially short weekend breaks.

A few years ago I could count the number of flights I’d taken on my fingers. In New Zealand I didn’t get away much. ‘Getting away’ from NZ is a big deal, people usually come to see you off, because you’re going on a ‘big’ trip.

In 2015 I went on my own ‘big’ trip, landing in London in May 2015 and starting a two-year working visa. With just two guaranteed years of living in Europe and only 20 days of annual leave each year, much of my free time became a quest for time efficient and great value weekend getaways.

So far, so good; here are the stats and the destinations:


  • I’ve visited about 50 destinations: 87% within Europe, 13% outside of Europe.
  • It averages to: just more than 1 trip per 2 week period.
  • Maximum number of days between trips: 60, right now, due to two flight cancellations in a row.

The destinations (so far):

  • London, UK
  • Paris, France
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Budapest, Hungry
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Zagreb, Croatia
  • Split, Croatia
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Chamonix, France
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Munich, Germany
  • Venice, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Nice, France
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Glasgow, UK
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Sahara Desert, Morocco
  • Essaouira, Morocco
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Morzine, France
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Athens, Greece
  • Greek Islands
  • Isle of Wight, UK
  • Porto, Portugal
  • St Petersburg, Russia
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Rome, Italy
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • Edinburgh, UK

And… Lake Como, Italy leaving next week!. I’m going for three nights, four days. Return flights were £56 and 3 nights accommodation in a central Como apartment has cost me just £89. Such a steal!

I endeavor to share hints and tips on how you can make the most of your weekends, stretch your annual leave and see more.



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