We remember our lives by the adventures that we live. And yet, time can fly past in an instant. One minute, we’re wondering idly where to travel to this year. The next, our summers are crammed with back-to-back commitments. The next free weekend is… well, perhaps November?
If you’re savvy, however, you’ll get in early. You’ll safeguard your diary space by booking in a few delicious holidays all to yourself.
Two days is more than enough time for a life-changing episode, whether you’re learning how to cook the Italian way (come armed with a monster appetite) or flitting around the Spanish countryside on a jazzy vintage Vespa.
So, send your summer spinning with three great ideas for a quick solo travel escape, below. With standout experiences, spectacular settings and the chance to meet like-minded strangers, the scope for adventure is unparalleled.
For bite-sized adventure: Vespa your way around Spain
In Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn cemented her credentials as a style icon by pootling around the streets of Italy on a vintage Vespa. And now you can do the same, in the heart of the Spanish countryside. Channel a little retro glamour, while also reaping the benefits of slow travel, on a fleet of retro-style Vespas.
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No experience is necessary as you zip around the sunflower fields and lush mountain valleys just outside Madrid, with pit-stops for tapas along the way. Not only is it a wonderfully liberating experience, it’s also a great way of whiling away a sunny summer day.
For wannabe foodies: Learn the art of Sicilian cooking
If your idea of a balanced meal equals Haribo plus red wine (hand in the air here), you’ll relish the vibrant culinary landscape of Sicily. This is a chance to release the inner foodie you never knew existed, as you wander sun-dappled alleys filled with tucked-away delis and osterias. Shop for plump red tomatoes and fat, juicy aubergines to feel a bit like Julia Child – even if you do, in fact, have the cooking skills of a gnat.
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To ratchet the experience up a notch, join a class in the backstreets of Palermo, and learn to make Sicilian specialities such as fragrant caponata and crispy cannoli. Buon appetito!
For unlimited head space: Kayak through a Norwegian fjord
From dramatic tree-lined cliffs to serene mountain villages, Norway has a monopoly on awe-inspiring landscapes. This is a place to come if you crave some time to just be. Take a four-hour kayak around the turquoise waters of Lustrafjorden fjord to clear your head and break free.
With mountains looming from every angle, the setting is easily majestic enough to soothe frazzled minds. At the same time, you can use the wide open space to bounce around fresh ideas. Get your biceps burning as you glide across the glacier-fed sea, for a moment of true awakening.
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