In the busy modern world in which we live, the traditional 10 day or 2 week vacation sometimes just isn’t possible because of the time constraints placed on us by work and family. A 4 day vacation means that you can take in all the best aspects of a destination and still have time to relax. Flights to and from the destination are also not too long or exacting.
A hot new destination for the 4 day holidaymaker, Fez is North Africa’s most exotic and oldest imperial city. There is a beautiful range of accommodations run by expatriates who snap up old-style houses and turn them into hotels with intricate tile work, courtyard fountains, and lacy iron grilles. Fez is best known for its handcrafted leather goods, Berber carpets, cobalt pottery, and spices. If you’re prepared to bargain, you can pick up some truly magnificent artifacts. Les Mysteres de Fez (53 Derb bin Lemssari; 212-35/636-148) is a store literally jam packed with exhilarating wares. No 4 day vacation to Fez is complete without a trip to the Dar Batha Museum (Place de l’Istiqlal; 212-35/634-116) to take in its wide assortment of antique instruments, pottery, and Fassi embroidery. Arguably the best place to stay is Dar Seffarine (14 Derb Sbaa Louyate; 212-71/113-528), an atmospheric, 16th century palace recently restored to grandeur. To sample the local delicacy of mechoui (roast lamb), book a table in advance at the opulent Dar Saada restaurant (2 Souk el Attarine; 212-35/637-370), and you won’t regret it. For more information on Fez, check out the Dar Seffarine and Travel and Leisure websites.
In Canada For those of you with more adventurous 4 day vacation ideas, a trip to the Knights Inlet, a 95 mile long fjord 156 miles north of Vancouver, Canada might be more your thing. This is the natural habitat of the famous Grizzly Bear, who can be viewed during the spring and summer from a covered boat. To get there, you’ll have to fly by floatplane (a thrill in itself), and you’ll be able to stay at the Knight Inlet lodge, which serves delicious, hearty meals throughout the day. If you’re interested in photographing the bears and/or the scenery, there are special guides available to help you do that. You can find more information on this 4 day vacation on the Canada Your Way web resource.
Sun, Sea, And Sand
If you want the complete opposite kind of 4 day vacation, with sweltering hot weather and a full beach experience, you could do worse than Nassau, located in the Caribbean. Only 20 minutes from the airport is Cabal Beach and its relaxing resorts. Aside from the obvious beach-based activities you can get up to, this part of the world offers luxury barbecues, parties, fitness centers, jogging trails, tennis courts, a circus school, and a casino – something for everyone indeed. One of the most alluring resorts is Breezes which offers buffet breakfasts, a la carte al fresco dining, and unlimited alcoholic drinks included in the price. Check out their website for further information.
4 Day Cruising Fun
If you would prefer to spend your vacation mobile, a one 4 day vacation idea that might grab you is a cruise around Turkey and the Greek islands offered by Infohub. You’ll travel on a superior class vessel with 8 decks and 280 guest cabins, enjoying the on-board entertainment, which ranges from an indoor cinema to sports events and a duty-free shop. You can pamper yourself in the sauna, massage parlor, or beauty parlor before you go out, and have a few drinks in the bar or a delicious meal at the restaurant. The cruise director will keep you abreast of upcoming activities and excursions to the shore. Stop-offs at the islands include trips to flea markets, tours of ceramic workshops, sightseeing around some of the world’s most astonishing ancient monuments, and late-night reveling at beach bars.
To get the best out of your 4 day vacation, you should follow a few easy steps. First, plan as far ahead as you can. This way, you will have plenty of time to save on costs. Look out for deals such as those 4 day vacations that save you money in return for your waiving your right to choose the resort. If you’re not too choosy, but want to save cash, opt for this. Make sure you know what’s actually included in the price of your 4 day vacation – there may be extra hidden costs which didn’t seem evident at first. Check the small print and decide if it is really worth it. It’s also wise to establish if you have a way out; i.e., how the cancellation policy works if there is one. Ensure that you have organized comprehensive travel insurance, as you don’t want to have an accident and get ill abroad, and then find yourself with a massive medical bill you can’t afford. To know what the destination(s) will be like, buy a reputable guidebook and look at consumer reviews at well-known and reliable websites. The time of year you decide to travel will also affect the price, with things generally being cheaper during the “off-season.” You might find that you want to go somewhere warm during the winter school term, and in doing so, you will make great savings. Establish that everyone you are going with (family, friends, etc) will be happy with the activities and attractions of the destinations you are considering. There’s no point spending all that time, effort, and money when your partner decides that he or she can’t stand where you have arrived. Include all your fellow travelers in the decision-making process or suffer their wrath later on! Once you have a “shortlist” of 4 day vacation destinations, narrow this down to 3 to 5; compare and contrast them, and then make a decision based on the above criteria. For more information on travel tips, check out the Travel Insider site.