The 10-Day Adventure Project

Here at A Akatuki5, 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

Akatuki in Scotland
How to travel more with limited vacation time

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

NORTH AMERICA

Highway 163 in the American Southwest
Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast
Road trip through South Dakota
A Perfect 10-Day Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

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 Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon.

The Perfect 10-Day Road Trip Itinerary for Oregon in Summer

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!

A Perfect 12-Day Road Trip Itinerary for Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas

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.

EUROPE

Reykjavik, Iceland
Northern Norway road trip
A 10-Day Itinerary for Iceland in Winter (Without Renting a Car)

Want to head to Iceland in winter, but don't feel comfortable driving around in the snow? Then this itinerary is for you! It's chock full of adventures and epic scenery, but doesn't require you to drive anywhere.

A Travel Itinerary for 10 Days in Norway

This itinerary focuses on southern and central Norway, with stops in Oslo, Trondheim, Alesund, Geiranger, and more.

Road Tripping Around Norway's OTHER Northern Islands

This weeklong road trip itinerary focuses on some of Norway's lesser-visited northern islands, including Senja and the Vesterålen Islands.

AFRICA

South Africa sunrise
Grand Anse Beach on La Digue in the Seychelles
How to See the Best of South Africa in 12 Days

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.

How to Spend 1 Week in the Seychelles

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.

GUIDED TOURS

EUROPE

Highland cow at Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris
Portree, Isle of Skye
Hopping Around the Hebrides with Haggis Adventures

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.

The Scottish Highlands with Highland Explorer Tours

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.

Having a “Highland Fling” with Haggis Adventures

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.

Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland
Christmas market in Speyer, Germany
Discovering Ireland with Shamrocker Adventures

Want to see the highlights of Ireland and Northern Ireland in just a few days? This tour with Shamrocker Adventures is perfect – and pretty easy on the budget.

Christmas Markets with Viking River Cruises: What's It Really Like?

Find out what it's like to go on a Rhine river cruise during the Christmas market season. (Hint: it's awesome!)

Exploring Eastern Europe with Intrepid Travel

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.

Red Square in Moscow, Russia at night
Exploring Russia with Viking River Cruises: The Highlights

Curious about visiting Russia? This 13-day cruise hits on all the highlights, including major cities, smaller villages, plenty of history and opulent churches.

ASIA

Vietnam market
Angkor Wat at sunrise
Traveling in Vietnam with Intrepid Travel

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.

Traveling in Cambodia with Intrepid Travel

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.

AFRICA

Overlanding in Southern Africa FAQ
Sphinx and Pyramid in Egypt
Overlanding in Southern Africa: Everything You Need to Know

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!

Egypt Experience Tour: Exploring Egypt Safely with Intrepid Travel

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.

NORTH AMERICA

Rocky Mountaineer train in Canada
Everything You Need to Know About Riding the Rocky Mountaineer Train in Canada

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

Ecuador on a Shoestring with Intrepid Travel
Mayan ruins in Belize
Exploring Ecuador on a Shoestring with Intrepid Travel

This budget-friendly tour is a great introduction to South America. Highlights include overnighting in the Amazon and adventuring in Baños.

Highlights of Belize and Guatemala with Intrepid Travel

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.

OCEANIA

Red Carpet Tours
Exploring Middle Earth with Red Carpet Tours

Are you a Lord of the Rings fan who dreams of exploring New Zealand? Then this LOTR-focused tour is made especially for you.

LONG WEEKEND GETAWAYS

NORTH AMERICA

A Couples' Long Weekend Getaway to Orlando
Chicago weekend getaway
WWII Memorial in Washington, DC
A Couples' Long Weekend Getaway to Orlando

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.

A Couples' Long Weekend Getaway to Chicago

Chicago is one of my favorite cities to spend a long weekend in in the U.S.

How to Spend 72 Hours in Washington, DC

Here are all the highlights you can pack into three days in America's capital city.

Niagara Falls illuminated
Finger Lakes, New York
A Romantic Weekend Getaway to Niagara Falls

Visiting both sides of Niagara Falls makes for the perfect romantic weekend getaway.

A Mini-Honeymoon in the Finger Lakes

My (now) husband and I went on a mini-moon to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Here's a look at what you can do there.

EUROPE

Edinburgh Castle
Inverness, Scotland
Exploring London's East End
72 Hours in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland's capital isn't huge, but there's still plenty to do here to fill up three days.

Discovering Inverness: 3 Days in Scotland's Highland Capital

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.

A Weekend in London's East End

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.

48 Hours in Oslo
How to Spend 3 Days in Oslo, Norway

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.

SOUTH / CENTRAL AMERICA

Yemaya Island Hideaway on Little Corn Island
Sisters Getaway: Discovering Little Corn Island in Style

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!

AFRICA

Camps Bay in Cape Town, South Africa
72 Hours in Cape Town, South Africa

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.

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!

 

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