For the last 2 years, we've been avoiding the after Thanksgiving retail madness by leaving the country. My sister-in-law called up and asked, "Do you guys want to go to Iceland for the weekend?" She told us about a package IcelandAir was running to see the Northern Lights. Leave on Friday, return on Monday. It was great. The flight was short compared to going to the rest of Europe. On the return flight, you arrive about when you leave (4 hour flight and 4 time zones). So the following year which coincided with our 10th anniversary, we went to Edinburgh.