We all love the excitement and anticipation of jetting off on holiday to spend a week or so doing nothing more than lounging around on the beach, topping up our tans. But well-earned breaks don’t have to be just about your usual sun, sea and sand. Plus, beach holidays might not always be for everyone.
With this in mind, have you ever considered treating yourself to a city break? I don’t know about you, but I find city breaks the perfect way to break up the year, so I’m not waiting too long for my main holiday! If you need some convincing, I’ve come up with a few reasons why you should make time for a city break.
1) It’s right there on your doorstep
Just think of all the destinations across Europe that you can fly to in less than three hours. Why wouldn’t you want to take full advantage of our geographical position in this big wide world? You could be in Paris in an hour or places such as Barcelona and Prague in just two. We should count ourselves very lucky that we have the chance to visit so many countries and make the very most of it.
2) It opens your eyes to the world
Travelling broadens the mind. It gives you the opportunity to get a taste of different cultures and experience different ways of life. On a normal holiday you might find it hard to drag yourself away from your sun lounger, but on a city break there’s nothing better than getting out and exploring your surroundings, whether that be visiting monuments and museums or wining and dining like the locals.
3) It can be cheaper than staying at home
Some of you might be reading this and thinking “I wish I could afford more than one holiday a year!” But when it comes down to it, sometimes going abroad on a city break can be cheaper than going on a weekend away in the UK. The cost of a return flight can often rival petrol or train prices in the UK. And if you choose to visit somewhere such as Krakow in Poland, you’ll find things such as food and drink costing just a fraction of what you’d expect to pay at home.
4) It can be done at any time of year
With your summer holiday, the clue’s in the name; you plan it for when it’s going to be hot and sunny in the destination you’re heading to. The great thing about a city break is that it doesn’t matter what time of year you choose to go on one,which is why I like to space them out between beach holidays. You could check what events are going on in a particular city throughout the year or plan your trip around winter’s Christmas markets.
Do you have any city breaks planned this year? Which city would you most like to visit? Let me know in the comments below.