52 Week-Long Vacations

For most people, vacations happen by the week.

They are marked on calendars, planned for months and executed with vigor. The hallmarks of every week-long holiday we’ve ever taken are meticulous plans, long days full of activity, and coming home feeling like another vacation is needed.

But you know what? We love traveling by the week.

Despite what we make it look like on this site, we mostly get out of town on weekends and one week at a time. We enjoy those spurts of travel planning, outlining our days, booking restaurant reservations, and scouring hotel reviews online. Plus, if we’re being completely honest, after a week of no email and no work, we start getting nervous about what we’re missing back at the office.

amsterdam tall houses

It’s no surprise that over the years, we have become a go-to resource for many friends and family members as they plan their precious weeks of holiday. We routinely get desperate emails about how best to cover corners of Europe while battling jet lag and having no language skills. We have been asked about how to dive deep in a place, what to skip and what to savor, given limited time. We have planned honeymoons, and family reunions and trips a state away and a continent away.

To save you an email to us asking about your next vacation, we thought it would be fun to brainstorm totally amazing week-long holidays from all corners of the Earth. We looked back to our favorite holidays of all time. We dug deep into the many emails and itineraries we’ve emailed with friends about over the years. We scoured blogs and tour companies to see what other people do for fun, given their week of precious free time.

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Once we got started, we couldn’t stop. 1,000 words became 15,000. A handful of itineraries became 52. What was a fun blog post idea became a full-blown e-book.

That’s right – fifty-two completely achievable, fantastic holidays. That’s enough for a lifetime.

To get your hands on this inspirational resource, scroll down to the bottom of this page. Below you’ll see a big blue rectangle with fields for your contact info. Go ahead and put in your name and email address and poof! The ebook will be in your hands in a mere moment.

The itineraries that spark your fancy will depend on a lot of factors – distance, price, desire for luxury or adrenaline or relaxation, the love for cities or beaches or something in between.

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Our attempt is to spark your imagination, get the gears turning.

We’re now dreaming of our next week-long holiday, a magical week of exploration and cultural immersion and plenty of good food and drink. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the itineraries that is top of our list.

Based on the content of our Instagram feed, the world’s beauty begins and ends with the Greek Islands. White on blue on white – from the looks of things, you might arrive and never leave. The many islands and their various personalities can be daunting to make sense of but here is an easy itinerary that won’t take more than a week.

Fly into Athens, and spend a night, before heading out to sea. In the morning, take a ferry to Naxos, an island with a reputation of being less party-filled and more lush than others. Days are spent beach-hopping, eating and when some exercise is called for, a walk around Naxos Old Town, the Temple of Demeter, or Kastro will do. Spend a couple nights in Naxos before taking a ferry on to Santorini.

Santorini, one of the most famous Greek Islands, is large, and can be explored in a few days as well. Spend an afternoon on a wine tour, take a sunset cruise in the Aegean Sea, see the sunset in Oia, walk around Thira’s Old Town. There’s plenty to do. A ferry back to Athens rounds out the voyage.

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I should note that by handing over your precious email address to us, you are signing up to receive our monthly newsletter, which comes out on the 15th of each month. But it’s cool – those newsletters are full of short-term travel deals from around the world, and might help you get an extra savings by booking your next dream vacation. We promise you won’t hear from us more frequently – we hate most email, so we will protect your inbox just as we protect our own.

52 Week-Long Vacations

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  • June 15, 2016

    You managed to get me to subscribe 🙂 I’m usually not a fan of emails (I get enough of them at work) but when there’s something so juicy on the line I just can’t miss out! Can’t wait to read the ebook!
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    • June 17, 2016
      Julie

      haha – we’re completely in the same boat. I have a daily/hourly? struggle with email. It is the bane of my existence! Hope you enjoy the book!

  • June 18, 2016

    Fab idea for an ebook – can’t wait to give it a read!

  • June 18, 2016

    What a fantastic and generous idea! What you’ve done takes a lot of time and hard work. Thank you for sharing <3
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  • June 18, 2016

    I am from Germany, so I am a bit spoiled with long vacations. A week is a nice little getaway, but I feel to really disconnect and relax, I need 2-3 weeks. That also gives you enough time to explore a small country or region and its culture.
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  • June 18, 2016

    Very excited to get this book and get inspiration. Due kids activities we only get a way for a handful of weeks a year. I love having inspiration to go to.
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  • June 19, 2016

    I’m lucky enough to have a weeklong break. I don’t even take a weekend for for granted. There’s so much to do and see, after all!

  • June 19, 2016

    An amazing idea.
    I have time for long hostess once a year, but I’m starting to appreciate shorter trips more and more.
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  • June 20, 2016

    Fantastic ebook idea! I’ve always enjoyed week long vacations, a comfortable time frame for a substantial and relaxing trip.
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  • June 20, 2016

    This looks great. I am pretty such this ebook is rock solid and packed with awesome info for all travelers. Ton of my friends ask me questions too, I could just direct them to this ebook and I am sure there will be no dearth of travel inspiration there on 🙂
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  • June 21, 2016

    What a great idea and so good of you to give it to your readers. You’re going to inspire a lot of trips!!
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  • June 23, 2016

    Nice, guys! And you’ve now succeeding in making me feel the guilt that I have now owed Hannah a pair of ebooks since August of last year (oops…).
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    • June 24, 2016
      Julie

      haha – we did the coding for this one all by ourselves, but don’t recommend it!