Second only to annual leave and the office Christmas party, long weekends are often the most anticipated days of the working year. That extra 24 or 48 hours can transform your regular two-day break into a decadent getaway, action packed adventure, cultural tour or buffet-riddled culinary feast.
Like any other overseas trip, you’ll need to purchase travel insurance, but the next big question you’ve got to ask yourself is what kind of vacation would you like to take? There’s plenty of potential to be unlocked in just three short days and, if you pick the destination that’s right for you, your quick trip will feel like a long escape.
Here are our top four suggestions:
1. A luxury stay on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Kick off your thongs, sit back with a cocktail and revel in the pure tranquility of the Gili Islands of Indonesia. Situated only 30 minutes by boat from Lombok, these idyllic atolls are host to 5-star villas with plunge pools and hotel service. The largest of the islands, Gili Trawangan, offers both nightlife and utter seclusion and, to make things even more relaxing, no motorised transport is permitted on the islands. Can you feel the serenity?
2. A Jam packed action adventure in Rotorua, New Zealand
Your long weekend will go by in a blur of smiles thanks to the seemingly endless supply of extreme activities you can try in New Zealand’s adventure playground. Just a little over three-hours flight from Australia’s eastern coast, Rotorua is best described as a geo-thermal wonderland, world famous for geysers, mud pools and a distinct sulphur smell! It’s also a thrill-seeker’s paradise with activities such as white water rafting, canopy walks, eco-tours, kayaking, bungee jumping, jet boating, paddle boarding and more! It’s all on offer for adventure travellers, young families or the young at heart. Cram in as much as time allows, or as much as your body can handle!
3. A Commune with nature on Honiara, The Solomon Islands
If you’ve ever dreamt of leaving the rat race and escaping to your own private island, then a trip to Honiara will serve you well. Recharge on one of the few surrounding islets with private bungalows, set amongst thick vegetation and the gentle lapping of waves. Out here you can explore by canoe, catch your dinner on the reef and scuba, surf and snorkel until your heart is content. Hammocks, gas lighting and thatched roofing set the scene for your time in touch with Mother Nature.
4. A Gastronomical tour of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
From the fresh fruits of Chow Kit Market to the soaring heights of the Petronas Twin Towers, the capital of Malaysia will blow your taste buds away with its diverse array of traditional cuisine, street food and western fusion. Whether you want to take an organised tour or feel comfortable exploring the streets yourself, there is an endless depth to the smorgasbord that is KL. You can treat yourself to a rich curry, taste fruit you’ve never seen before or learn to make bamboo pressed rice noodles, all before the workweek starts.