Stop the world for a moment, leave everything behind. Discover a new country or a new region with all your senses. This is possible not only with a long journey that takes you around the globe, but also with a short vacation.
Microadventures really have it all. We can’t get enough of them. In the morning you drag yourself to the office or university with little motivation. In the evening, you pitch your tent in the mountains, in the forest or on the beach and make yourself comfortable in front of the campfire. As an adventurer, you surely dream of this several times a day in your everyday life. Now you can learn about the advantages of such a short vacation. But also how you can best plan your next spontaneous weekend trip. Also, which destinations are particularly worthwhile for your next short vacation.
A short vacation is always a good idea
The best ideas for your next short vacation
A short vacation is so cool because it’s almost always possible. You don’t have to plan for months. Inform yourself in travel portals about all possible details or spend a lot of money. On the contrary, a short vacation is almost always possible and guaranteed to be a good idea at any time of the year!
Your next short vacation: The advantages
A short vacation has some decisive advantages. At the top of the list, however, is the fact that you only need a short amount of time for it. If you’re smart about it, with the help of bridge days and holidays, you’ll only have to sacrifice one or two vacation days to experience almost a full week of adventure. Even if you’ve already completely planned your annual vacation, the two-day weekend is totally enough to throw you into one awesome micro-adventure after another.
Plus, a short vacation is super easy to plan.
Depending on where you want to go for your short vacation, you can even leave on the spur of the moment. Sometimes after a stressful week, there’s nothing better than throwing your sleeping bag and tent in your backpack, getting in the car and heading to the nearest wild camping spot. A city trip or an adventure, such as an overnight stay in an igloo village or a canyoning tour, can also be booked and carried out relatively spontaneously. Especially practical: Often you even save a lot of money with these last-minute bookings!
What Line and I especially love about a short vacation is the quick recovery. Just two or three days are enough to sweeten the waiting time until your next big trip. In addition, such a short vacation gives you the opportunity to completely switch off for a short time. You will return to your everyday life full of motivation, new impressions and experiences.
Your next short vacation: Tips for planning
You don’t have to invest several weeks in planning a short vacation. However, there are still some things you should keep in mind during the preparations. Simply, so that your next short vacation will be a complete success.
In the first place is your time planning. Get an overview of all holidays at the beginning of the year. Then apply for vacation for favorably falling bridge days. This way, you’ll always have several days and extended weekends in between during the year, which you can use perfectly for a small or even somewhat larger micro-break.
You can make the most of your time.
Even a short vacation needs good planningSince
your time on a short vacation is of course limited, it is worth planning your journey well. Then you don’t have to spend unnecessary time sitting in the car, at the train station or at the airport. If your travel arrangements are made in advance, you will ensure that you have enough time to fill with adventures.
Even if a short vacation is about leaving relatively spontaneously, don’t book the first deal that comes your way. On the contrary:
Compare prices makes a lot of sense even for a short vacation!
With many hotels and tour providers, it pays to ask for last-minute prices. Often such offers are not available online, but either by phone or in person on site. It almost always pays to ask here!
The best destinations for an adventurous short vacationYour
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Havel River in BrandenburgIf
only have a few days for an adventure, it’s not always about going to a particularly exciting or exotic area. Sometimes the accommodations themselves are the biggest adventure. At Pension Havelfloß*
, that’s definitely the case.
Not only can you stay here in cozy rooms with a view of the Havel. But even directly on the Havel in one of the ingenious house rafts. In the small floating cabins you have space together with up to four friends.
You will also find everything you need for a few days of relaxation. Best of all, you can move freely on the Havel during your trip. So, drop anchor wherever you like. There you can either chill for a few hours or spend a whole night in total silence on the river. A short vacation on a raft is perfect to leave your everyday life far behind for a while. You can completely immerse yourself in the impressive nature of Brandenburg!
if you are at home
southern half of Germany, the Alps are the perfect destination for your next spontaneous short vacation at any time of the year. After all, you are in the middle of the high mountains within a few hours on the highway!
If you don’t want to miss out on adventure in the mountains at night, an overnight stay in the igloo village on the Zugspitze
is just the thing for you. The small igloo village is located at an altitude of 2,600 meters directly on the Zugspitze glacier. It provides from the first minute for adventure tingling without end!
The icy huts are built from scratch every year under a different motto.
So they never look the same in any season. You have the choice between simple group igloos or even a two-bed igloo with its own toilet. If you’re traveling with your girlfriend or boyfriend, the Love Nest is awesome. Under expert guidance, you build your own igloo here. In addition to the sleeping igloos, there is also a bar that doubles as a bistro. Of course, a lot of snow adventures are part of the igloo village.
Short vacation in the Wolfcenter in Dörverden in Lower Saxony©wolfcenter
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Lower Saxony, a brilliant short vacation adventure awaits
An adventure that will
deserves a permanent place on your short trip list. An overnight stay in a wolf enclosure. The Wolf Center in Dörverden, however, is anything but a game park or a zoo where the wolves are put on display in small enclosures.
There are even two wolf packs
The center’s expansive game enclosure is home to two wolf packs. One of them was raised entirely by hand and is accustomed to humans. The other, however, is totally wild and roams the forest. In the summer, several guided tours are offered daily through and around the enclosure. During these, you can observe the wild wolves from a distance and the hand-tamed wolves even up close. Pure fascination!
Of course, a tour of several hours does not make a short vacation. That’s why it’s best to rent one of the Tree Inn’s ingenious tree houses directly above the wolf enclosure. The super cozy accommodation offers enough space for four people. The absolute highlight, however, is the glass front, through which you have the best view of the wolves around the clock. Especially at night, this will be an unforgettable experience!
Your next short vacation: City trips
Although Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, you might not have thought of it until now. You are like many others. However, the perfect mix of nature, adventure and urban flair awaits you here for your short vacation.
On your walk through the old streets you should not miss a stop at the market hall Stora Saluhallen. Here you can taste all the specialties of the region. Afterwards you can take a boat through the many canals of the city or go to the park to chill out. The Trädgardsföreningen Park is especially cool. Here you can either hang out in a deck chair or visit the impressive 19th century Palm House.
If you’re in the mood for more wilderness in the park, head to Slottskogen Park. This is considered the green lung of the city. In the huge area you can pick blueberries, walk through the forest and play beach volleyball. In addition, with a little luck, you can even see moose.
For even more nature you have to go back to the water, this time to the sea. By boat or kayak, you will go through the impressive archipelago of the Swedish city. This is considered one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. As soon as you paddle around among the small islands, you’ll quickly realize why!
Short break in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Want to discover a new city on your next short vacation, but don’t want to miss out on thrills in untouched nature? Then Ljubljana is the perfect city break destination for you.
In Europe, Slovenia is one of the most adventurous countries around. From high alpine mountains to pristine forests, it has it all. Moreover, Slovenia even offers a Mediterranean coastline for your short vacation. In short, everything that will make your adventure heart beat faster. Via Austria you can reach the capital Ljubljana in a few hours. If you start in northern Germany and don’t feel like spending time in the car or train, momondo.com will help you find the right place for you. and simply cheap flights. The city itself will captivate you with its hip atmosphere right from the start. Where else can you do your city stroll on a SUP board instead of on foot?
Ljubljana is perfect as a starting point for your short vacation.
It’s relatively central, making it the perfect base for touring the fascinating Slovenian countryside. A trip to the adventure hub of the country, the Soca Valley, should be high on your list. A canyoning tour through the gorge is particularly ingenious. During which you climb, slide, jump and even abseil from several hundred meters along the pale blue river!
An absolute highlight, however, are the bear safaris in the dense forests of the Notranjska region. Together with a local guide you make your way to different hides. From there, you will most likely have the chance to observe wild bears and, of course, take pictures of them – goosebumps are pre-programmed for your short vacation!
You can read about the adventures we had on our road trip through Slovenia in our detailed post!
San Sebastian, Spain
Especially at the end of summer and in autumn, a short vacation in San Sebastian is highly recommended. While you’re already getting your winter sweaters out of the basement in Germany, you can throw your bathing suit into your backpack for your trip to the north coast of Spain. After all, you can still expect average temperatures of up to 22 degrees in October. Don’t forget to bring your surfboard, as the waves off the coast of the city are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. The city itself is full of trendy design hotels and small tapas bars, where you can’t get enough of Spanish specialties.
San Sebastion is ideal for your short vacation
Not in the mood for thrills, just want to relax and soak up some sun before the first snow? Then the small Spanish town is the ideal place for a short vacation like a long weekend. The coast outside San Sebastian is lined with endless small and partly deserted bays and beaches. At these you can lie down in the sand and let your soul dangle.
For your short vacation in the Spanish Basque Country, it is best to book a flight. From some German airports there are direct connections to Bilbao. From there, you can drive to San Sebastian by rental car in just over an hour. Compared to the 14-hour drive from Germany in your own car, you’ll save valuable adventure time!
Reading tip: You can read our detailed article about the road trip through the north of Spain here!
Your next short vacation: pure nature & working out
To the short vacation wild camping in trekking camps in the Black Forest
Wild camping is probably one of the last great adventures here in Europe. Surely you have also dreamed of it. Just to go out with nothing but your backpack and your tent to experience nature with all your senses. Where you like it best, you pitch your tent in the evening. Then let a T
ag full of adventures around the campfire…
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