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6 Best Destinations for Weekend Warriors

We all dream of being outside 24/7, but reality can be a bitter pill to swallow. That being said, when Friday rolls around, you know you have to be ready to go and take full advantage of what the great outdoors has to offer. Whether you plan on hitting the slopes or riding the trails, these destinations are the ultimate spots guaranteed to pack the most fun into the shortest amount of time. Is it 5 o’clock yet?

Whistler, British Columbia
Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from Vancouver, Whistler is a year-round playground for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes. Incredible skiing and snowboarding, a world-renowned bike park, zip lining, hiking… basically anything and everything a nature-lover could want can be found in this Canadian paradise. A ton of restaurants, excellent accommodations, breathtaking views, and friendly people only add to the awesomeness that is Whistler.

Belle-Ile-en-Mer, France
Just a TGV ride away from Paris, this vacation destination is so pretty that you may be tempted to call in sick just to squeeze in an extra day. From the ferry ride in to the magnificent scenery, Belle-Ile is the kind of place that everyone can agree is just about perfect. Expansive beaches offer the perfect setting for wind surfing, snorkelling, swimming, and surfing and there are plenty of opportunities to hit the open water on a catamaran, sailboat, or speed boat. Book a room in one of the island’s quaint inns or pitch a tent on the beach for a really authentic experience. Whether you’re a hiker, a biker, an angler, or just want to have the time of your life, chances are you’ll find your happy place in Belle-Ile-en-Mer.

Squaw Valley, California
Once you’ve arrived in Squaw Valley, ditch your car and get ready to spend some serious time reconnecting with Mother Nature. Mountain biking, hiking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, dog-sledding… the list goes on (and on, and on). Situated a mere 42 miles from Reno and only 96 miles from Sacramento, it’s easy to get to Squaw Valley quickly, which is good news because you’re going to need a whole lot of time to pack in all the fun you’re going to have.

Brighton, United Kingdom
Just an hour away from London by train, Brighton is a seaside destination perfect for packing the most amount of fun into the least amount of time. Vibrant beaches are the perfect place to take part in all of your favourite aquatic activities including fishing, kayaking, and wake boarding. Prefer to stay on dry land? Explore some of Brighton’s gorgeous parks and gardens, take a walking guide, tour a winery, or hire a bike. No matter where your interests lie, you’ll find something tailored to your tastes in Brighton.

Newport Beach, California
What do golfing, sailing, surfing, and hiking all have in common? Other than being a lot of fun, they can all be experienced in Newport Beach. This dreamy destination is only 50 miles from Los Angeles and caters to warriors who appreciate the finer things in life (including absolutely gorgeous landscapes). Tired from spending the day outdoors? No problem. Unwind in one of Newport Beach’s incredible restaurants or treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience. You’ll head back to work Monday feeling relaxed and refreshed which is definitely a good thing.

Byron Bay, Australia
Accessible by plane, train, bus, and car, Byron Bay is only 2 hours from Brisbane but feels like a whole other universe. Nature walks, yoga classes, sea kayaking, scuba diving, surf schools, and so much more make this the ultimate weekend destination for city slickers looking to unwind and get back to nature in a big way. There are over 300 places to stay in Byron Bay, so no need to worry about accommodations. Instead, focus on how you’re going to fit as many activities as possible into 2 short days. If you’re looking for something truly memorable, consider taking a hot air balloon ride, skydiving, or circus lessons. Sound like a dream come true? Get yourself to Byron Bay ASAP to make it your reality.

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