Here at A Dangerous Business, I write about adventures and destinations all around the world in the hopes that I can inspire you to travel to some of them yourself. I love to use my own experiences to encourage people to explore the world – but I don't believe that you have to quit your job and become a full-time nomad in order to do it.
In fact, that's an unrealistic goal for the vast majority of people.
So, instead of selling you on a dream that isn't really feasible, the goal of this site has always been to show you how you can fit more travel and adventure into the lifestyle that you already have.
POSTS FOR INSPIRATION
Keeping in line with the mission of this site, I've decided to launch the 10-Day Adventure Project.
This “project” will focus on bucket-list-style adventures you can have in two weeks or less. Many people (and Americans especially) only have two weeks (10 days) of paid vacation days per year, so this project will focus on all sorts of adventures you can have within that time frame.
The goal will be to cover a variety of travel styles and destinations, from independent travel itineraries, to long-weekend getaways and city breaks, to reviews of guided tours and excursions.
Check out my favorite 2-weeks-or-less holidays below!
SELF-GUIDED TRIP ITINERARIES
Want to see all the top sights in Utah and Arizona? This 10-day road trip itinerary visits the Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah, along with amazing natural sights like Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.
The Northern USA is another great spot for a road trip. This particular one includes 8 national parks and monuments, along with unique wildlife and history.
Oregon has everything from mountains to waterfalls to wine country to a beautiful coastline. This 10-day road trip itinerary will help you see all the best spots in Oregon – including a couple that you probably haven't heard of before!
If you love the outdoors and getting off the beaten path a bit, then a road trip in West Virginia may be the perfect fit for you! Check out this 7-day West Virginia road trip itinerary, filled with adventure.
The Florida Keys are an excellent spot to go slow and enjoy a road trip. Here's a 7-day itinerary that includes activities on multiple islands and Key West.
Want to travel in the autumn to see amazing fall colors in the US? Don't overlook northern Michigan! This fall road trip itinerary covers the best of the Mitten State in the fall, including Mackinac Island, the Upper Peninsula, and Traverse City.
Explore the wineries, waterfalls, quaint small towns, and lakes of Finger Lakes Wine Country in this road trip itinerary perfect for either 5 or 7 days.
This desert road trip itinerary starts and ends in Las Vegas, and includes sites like Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Alabama Hills, Valley of Fire, and more!
Want to plan an independent road trip around the Emerald Isle? This 10-day road trip itinerary will help you hit all the best spots in Ireland.
Take a memorable road trip around Iceland on the iconic Ring Road. This 10-day itinerary covers all the major highlights, and then some.
Want to head to Iceland in winter, but don't feel comfortable driving in the snow? Then this itinerary is for you!
From Edinburgh to the isle of Islay to Speyside and the Malt Whisky Trail, this itinerary is perfect for any whisky-lover (or anyone wanting to learn more about it and see lots of Scotland along the way)!
Plan your dream trip to Europe using this detailed day-by-day itinerary for London and Paris! Spend 10 days exploring the highlights of these amazing capital cities.
If you're planning your first trip to Portugal, here's a great itinerary you can steal that includes Lisbon, Porto, Sintra, the Douro Valley, and more and doesn't require a rental car!
This weeklong road trip itinerary focuses on some of Norway's lesser-visited northern islands, including Senja and the Vesterålen Islands.
This 10-day itinerary focuses on the best of southern and central Norway, with stops in Oslo, Trondheim, Alesund, Geiranger, and more.
Yes, you can totally visit Norway in the winter! And this itinerarywill help you see the best parts of the country, whether you want to see the fjords or the Northern Lights.
This itinerary highlights the very best of South Africa, from its wildlife in Kruger National Park to its vibrant cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Looking for a luxury island escape that hasn't been done to death on Instagram? Consider heading to the Seychelles, a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean.
Yes, you CAN explore both the North and South islands of New Zealand even if you only have two weeks. This jam-packed itinerary hits all the highlights – and then some!
Aruba makes for the perfect Caribbean getaway any time of year. This itinerary is a mix of adventurous and relaxing, depending on what kind of trip you're after.
Make the most of 5 days in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with this detailed guide that included what to do, where to stay, and what to eat.
Scotland's Hebridean Islands are magical – maybe even more magical than the Highlands! And this tour with fun-loving Haggis Adventures is a great way to get a budget-friendly taste of both.
While I've loved the tours I've done with Haggis Adventures in Scotland, this one with Highland Explorer Tours is slightly more luxurious, yet still hits all the highlights.
Here's a look at Haggis' Highland Fling tour. It's geared toward backpackers/budget travelers, but is SO FUN and really does pack in the best of Scotland in 5 days. This tour made me fall in love with Scotland.
How does a themed tour of Scotland sound? This 3-day tour through the Highlands is all about following in the footsteps of the characters and real historical events from “Outlander” – definitely a must for any fan!
Want to see the highlights of Ireland and Northern Ireland in just a few days? This tour with Shamrocker Adventures is perfect – and also pretty easy on the budget.
My obsession with Eastern Europe started all the way back in college, and this 17-day tour (while slightly longer than two weeks) hit every single place I dreamed of visiting, from Budapest to Transylvania to Istanbul.
Curious about visiting Russia? This 13-day cruise hits on all the highlights, including major cities, smaller villages, plus plenty of history and opulent churches.
Find out what it's like to go on a Rhine river cruise during the Christmas market season. (Hint: it's awesome!)
A glimpse at a new kind of river cruise: an active river cruise in Europe with Avalon Waterways.
If you've ever dreamed of visiting Egypt but have been hesitant about going on your own, you'll want to read this review of a great 12-day tour that hits all the highlights of ancient Egypt.
With its diverse landscapes, unique culture, and amazing food, Morocco is unlike anywhere else you'll ever visit. And this tour allows you to see the very BEST of Morocco in 2 weeks.
To be fair, this trip was a little longer than two weeks (it was 19 days), but I really do think that overlanding is THE way to experience Africa!
For the perfect mix of wildlife viewing and cultural immersion, this East Africa tour gets two thumbs up. It covers all the highlights in Kenya and Tanzania, from the Maasai Mara to the Serengeti to the island of Zanzibar.
This is one of my favorite guided tours I've ever done! It features all the highlights of Vietnam, fro Ha Long Bay to Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City.
Want to visit Cambodia but don't want to go solo? Booking a tour like this one is a great happy medium, ensuring you'll see all the best spots with the least amount of stress.
If you want to explore Turkey beyond Istanbul, then this tour is for you! You'll visit ancient sites, little towns on the sea, and everything in between.
Looking for a luxury train journey that traverses through some of the most stunning scenery in the world? Then you'll want to check out the Rocky Mountaineer.
SOUTH / CENTRAL AMERICA
This budget-friendly tour is a great introduction to South America. Highlights include overnighting in the Amazon and adventuring in Baños.
Looking for a fun, laid-back introduction to Central America that includes the best of the jungle AND the sea? Then this 8-day trip with Intrepid Travel is one worth checking out.
Are you a Lord of the Rings fan who dreams of exploring New Zealand? Then this LOTR-focused tour is made especially for you.
WEEKEND GETAWAY GUIDES
Explore the Hostess City with this 5-day itinerary. Stroll pretty squares, visit historic cemeteries, eat amazing food, and even take a trip to the beach!
Here are all the highlights you can pack into three days in America's capital city, from monuments and museums, to cool neighborhoods to explore.
Chicago is one of my favorite cities to spend a long weekend in in the U.S. Here are all the must-dos for your first time in Chicago.
Looking to plan a solo trip to Chicago? Here's a great 3-day itinerary that will help you love your time alone in the Windy City.
Scottsdale, Arizona, makes for a great long weekend getaway destination, whether you love art, food, the outdoors, spas, or a mixture of all of the above.
Your guide to a magical winter weekend in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. It can be cold and snowy, yes, but that doesn't mean you can't have a cozy weekend!
Detroit is an often-overlooked city in the Midwest, but it's actually awesome! Here's how to spend a long weekend in Detroit, visiting museums and parks and eating lots of good food.
Spend a perfect weekend on Mackinac Island, the Michigan getaway that will make you feel like you've traveled back in time. Explore the car-free island by bike, stay in a historic hotel, eat lots of fudge, and more!
Explore the Horse Capital of the World over a long weekend, soaking in all the history, art – and maybe some Kentucky bourbon, too.
New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the US for a long weekend break – and it's even better if you go with your best girl friends!
Visiting both sides of Niagara Falls makes for the perfect romantic weekend getaway. Here are all the must-dos on both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls.
Who says adults can't have fun in Orlando? See what fun you can get up to at both Disney and Universal Orlando over a long weekend with your significant other.
Alberta isn't ALL about the mountains and national parks. Before your trip to Banff or Alberta, consider spending a weekend in Edmonton!
Things to do, see, and eat in Winnipeg, the largest city in Manitoba, Canada. Winnipeg often gets overlooked for other cities in Canada, but is a great place to visit.
The City of Love is a bucket list travel destination for a reason. Use this 5-day itinerary to help plan a memorable first trip to Paris!
You could easily spend weeks in London and still not see it all, but this 5-day itinerary will help you see all the highlights on your first visit.
Explore Ireland's capital city thoroughly with this 3-day itinerary that's perfect for a long weekend visit.
Scotland's capital isn't huge, but there's still plenty to do here to fill up three days. Check out this long weekend guide to the best of Edinburgh.
While Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, Inverness is the “unofficial” capital of the Scottish Highlands. This guide hits all the highlights you can see in 72 hours.
London is much too big of a city to cover in just a long weekend, but you can absolutely focus on one part of the city at a time. Here's how to make the most of a weekend in London's funky East End.
Norway's capital city is way cooler than most people realize. With a cool waterfront, both indoor and outdoor art, and some unique museums, there's a lot to do in Oslo over a long weekend.
Use this detailed itinerary to plan the perfect long weekend in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. The best views and a trip to Belem included!
Your guide to an epic 2 days in Porto, Portugal's oft-underrated northern city. Learn how to pack in food, history, sightseeing, and more even if you only have 2 days.
The historic city of Bologna is often referred to as the “foodie capital” of Italy. This itinerary includes all the historic AND delicious things to do there in 3 days.
Three days isn't really long enough to truly explore Cape Town, but here are all the highlights you can see in 72 hours, from Table Mountain to Boulders Beach.
Your guide to what to see and do in a long weekend in one of Morocco's most vibrant cities. You can pretty much pack everything in to just 3 days!
Looking for a tropical getaway on Zanzibar that takes in both the beautiful beaches AND the island's unique history? Then this 4-day itinerary is for you!
SOUTH / CENTRAL AMERICA
Looking for a great girlfriend getaway? Or perhaps somewhere off-the-beaten-path for a romantic retreat? Yemaya Island Hideaway on Little Corn Island in Nicaragua is perfect for both!
I don't have any long guides to Asia, but here are some shorter city guides you can check out:
- 24 Hours in Bangkok, Thailand
- The Best Things to Do in the Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam
- Highlights from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Which destination(s) would you like to see me explore and highlight next?
The 10-Day Adventure Project is really all about YOU and how I can help inspire you to fit more travel into your normal life, so let me know what you'd like to see!