City Breaks: Less time doesn’t mean less fun
We all love a city break, don’t we? It’s often easy to find the time to get away for just a few days and city breaks are ideal for this. Of course, if you’ve got more time you can always incorporate a city break into a longer itinerary as well.
Why’s a city break so great?
Whatever you want from your trip, you can tailor-make a city break itinerary to deliver. Do you want to relax and unwind after a tough few weeks at work? Or are you a culture vulture who wants to see as much as possible? Pick your city and plan it your way.
Take in as many sights as you like. Choose a luxury spa hotel and spend your days soaking in the jacuzzi.
Indulge your passion for culture. Spend your days absorbing art and history. Or perfecting your photographer skills. Then use the evenings to relax over a delicious meal. Your holiday, your choice.
Where should you go?
How far you travel for a short trip is entirely up to you. If you only have a few days you’ll probably prefer to stay closer to home though. So if you live in Europe consider a break in another European city. We’ve put together a selection of itineraries to tempt you.
Try one of these European City Breaks
Also, take a look at this article I wrote about where to travel in Europe in September. It’s a selection of destinations that I think are particularly great at that time of year and the list includes several city breaks. Of course, you can visit them at any time of year and you’ll still find the information useful if like me, you prefer to visit the top city destinations in the shoulder season to avoid peak time crowds. Just click on the image link below.
Worldwide City Breaks
Of course, a city break doesn’t have to be in Europe. You might choose to go further afield for your trip. Remember to allow for travelling time as you need to leave plenty of time to explore your destination. Of course, if you live in North America you’ll find travelling to cities in the United States or Canada allows you to make the most of your trip. A city break doesn’t have to be a separate weekend away. We like to include various city breaks in our longer trips and mix them up with more rural or coastal resorts.
Here are a few ideas for your next trip
A different kind of short break
I always maintain that getting there is half the fun so why this shouldn’t apply to a short break too. You’ll want to allow enough time to really experience the place you’re visiting though. However, if you’d rather travel overland for your short break that’s great. After all, sometimes the journey really is the point of it all.
For instance, what about a trip on the Scenic Bernina Express across Switzerland into Italy? Take a scenic break in Luzern in Switzerland. Or a journey on the Orient Express. In fact, there are many scenic train journeys that would make an excellent short break. For example Scotland’s Royal Scotsman, Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer or South Africa’s Blue Train from Cape Town to Johannesburg.
Travel just because you can
I hope I’ve inspired you to try a city break or perhaps some other kind of shorter trip. It’s a great way to travel when time is short. You’ll also find that visiting a city will give you a taste of a country. Consequently, you’ll want to return and explore further. Choose a historic old town or a modern metropolis. It doesn’t matter. Your travel, your choice. Start planning now and get the trip you want, your way.