If you love to travel, you’ll know how great a city break can be. For me city breaks as my mantra, as working full time doesn’t always allow me to travel long-haul or take two weeks off at a time. Therefore city breaks have become my best friend. City breaks give you the chance to take in the sights and the culture and enjoy getting away from it all, even if only for a little while. However making the most of a weekend away can be a challenge. A two-day trip can fly by faster than you expect, leaving you with the feeling that you’ve barely scratched the surface.
But if you plan right, 48 hours is the perfect length of time to explore a new place – you just need a few tricks to help you along the way. Dig out your cabin baggage, put on your most comfortable shoes and get ready to go. Here are some tips for enjoying more than the average city break.
Avoid the typical tourist spots
While it’s great to enjoy some of the more popular city break destinations, it’s good to mix it up and head to somewhere lesser-known. Europe has some great cities that exist outside of the capitals which can make excellent places to visit. Add some unusual and alternative European city breaks to your bucket list and enjoy seeing some hidden gems just a couple of hours’ flight away.
Make the most of free activities
Nearly every city has worthwhile things you can do for free. Start with the local tourist board, which will often list free walking tours and more and you can also find a lot of tours for free just by googling. A quick search revealed this Berlin walk, free admission to The Museum of Modern Art in New York between 4pm and 8pm every Friday. And of course there are many parks, museums and riverside walks that are totally free too!
Choose your destination wisely
Smaller cities lend themselves better to weekend breaks such as Paris, Budapest, Amsterdam and Rome. And cities such as Copenhagen, Lisbon and Ljubljana are the ideal size to explore in 48 hours. If you want to go somewhere a little more ‘rogue’ then check out Skyscanner’s ‘EVERYWHERE’ tool where you can find the cheapest destination to fly to on the dates you want to travel.
Get a city pass
City passes – usually covering public transport for a given period as well as, sometimes, entrance to museums and other attractions – can be such a good deal for tourists that more and more places are offering them. But, before buying one, check what’s included and match it with the list of things you want to do – just to be sure you’ll actually be saving money.
When you’re short on time, it’s all too tempting to hop on the metro, tram or bus. But I’d always recommend walking, not only will you get more of a feel for different neighbourhoods, but you never know what you’ll stumble on if you get a little bit lost. Its also much cheaper and its great exercise so you can then go and eat all the tasty food you want.
Do a movie tour
There’s something thrilling about seeing the locations of some of your favourite films up close in real life. It almost makes things feel more real somehow. Adding a movie tour to your city break can be a fun way to celebrate your favourite movies, and Travelbag.co.uk has some excellent recommendations for blockbuster tours in Europe and beyond. It’s a great way to explore different cities, and can feel like you’re stepping straight into the movies! Many cities will offer movie-themed guided tours, or you can have fun putting your own tour together by doing some research and rewatching some of your favourites.
Take a cruise
Want to hit multiple cities in one go? Then a cruise could be just the ticket. Cruises are becoming more popular among young people, and it’s easy to see why. Enjoy several destinations at once, while also getting to make the most of the luxury facilities on board. You can enjoy some fantastic cruises around Europe and beyond to help you fit as much into your trip as possible. Pack your bags for a Mediterranean cruise and enjoy some of the best that Europe has to offer by boat.
Book accommodation in advance
It’s better to either book really far in advance, or right before you go – even on the day you arrive. With two to three months notice, you can snag the coolest apartments, the most romantic bed and breakfasts and the chicest boutique hotels, taking the time to research the best areas of the city.
Make it a foodie trip
While a city break will inevitably involve some food, it can be fun to base the whole trip around eating and drinking. From wine tours to culinary courses, you can experience some of the best parts of a city through its food culture. Whether you want to learn to make pasta in Italy or bake beautiful artisan bread in France, you’ll find plenty of great trips you can make that will add another dimension to your getaway.
City breaks are an easy way to see many destinations and enjoy short-haul getaways. It’s easier than ever to find cheap flights, and with Airbnb, you can enjoy central, luxury accommodation too. Where will your next escape take you? Start searching now and add a little something extra to your trip to really make the most of your city break adventure.
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