Post Title: Why short trips are okay

I frequently get a lot of flack from my friends about my weekend jaunts to far flung places.

I get it. At first, it may seem insane to fly 16 hours to spend a weekend in Beijing or 10 hours to spend 3 days in Rio but I would rather that than not travel at all.

...free time is limited. How else do you maximize your ability to see the world?

The simple fact is that free time is limited. How else do you maximize your ability to see the world if you need a longer amount of time for every international trip? The short answer is that with that approach, your ability to visit a higher number of new places will be much more limited.

Some of my shortest trips have been the random ones that I would probably never have gotten to, they might always have been #2 (or worse, #20) on a constantly changing list, never quite making it to the top. If a great deal unexpectedly pops up to one of those destinations, why not jump on it?

I like to think of short trips as trial runs. If I visit a city for a brief period and become enamored with it, then I'll certainly plan a future trip but at least I had the chance to try it without overly committing.

I also really enjoy the journey in addition to the destination. While some people grumble at 16 hours in a plane, I see it as a chance to (sometimes) disconnect and ponder life with limited distractions.

Not to mention the fact that overnight flights (like those to and from Brazil) pretty much just require me to sleep on a plane versus sleeping in my bed at home, with the added benefit of waking up someplace new.

At the very least, it'll lead to an interesting story to tell.

Finally, you know what's worse than having too short a trip in a city you love? Spending too long in a city you unexpectedly don't like or that has limited things to do. Don't be afraid of short trips, at the very least, it'll lead to an interesting story to tell.

For a look at all of my short, weekend trips, check out #weekendTrip.