It’s everyone’s favourite thing to dream of when they’ve finally had enough of the daily slog, commuting, fake smiles, meetings about meetings, and bad coffee.

But what if you can’t escape? Kids? Mortgage? The fear of getting ten thousand miles away and wanting to go home instantly?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Explore Friday is here to show you just how much fun you can have in 48 hours.

Spurn the usual post-work pint, take a half-day and get yourself on a cheap flight to somewhere different! I first did this in 2013 when I flew to Estonia for the weekend, and have been addicted to the weekend getaway ever since.

As well as some great architecture, beautiful scenery and delicious food, I hope to share tips and recommendations with you on what to eat, where to stay, how to blend in and how to make the most of the experience!

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller with some gaps on your map, or a green explorer with a crisp, unblemished passport, read on for tales of adventures in Malta, Kosovo and Sweden as well as some German escapades in abandoned theme parks, plus plenty more.