I have recently just come back from a long weekend away in the beautiful city of Reykjavik (watch this space for some posts on my Icelandic adventure!) but having been home for a week now, I have been reminiscing on my trip and just why I love a good old city break.
Don’t get me wrong, having a sunny holiday and beachy fun booked in the diary is never a bad thing. It’s something I’ll miss this year as I can’t afford it with the number of hen parties and weddings I’m going to although I’m sure these will be super fun also. I just think city breaks are always a good idea and here’s why…
You don’t have to travel far
Cheap flights with hand luggage only are totally the new way forward and my new way of seeing city breaks. If you’re like me and living in the UK then you have so many options across Europe! The Eurostar is always a good option as is a classic cheap flight or even the ferry! You don’t even have to leave the UK and could have a trip in London, York, Bath, Brighton, Cambridge etc- the list goes on! So not going far means you don’t have to use up lots of annual leave which I know most people are like me and try to spread it out as much as possible!
It doesn’t have to cost you HUGE amounts
Now, I’ve written that it ‘doesn’t have to’ because everyone is different with their budgets, their expectations and their comfort levels. I’m all about a cheap flight and spending more on the hotel but if I had the money to travel a bit more luxuriously, I’m not saying I wouldn’t do this! It’s so important to shop around and have a look at different deals across different websites- I have stayed in some lovely hotels recently with most booked through Expedia through their VIP package option or their ‘best deals’ filter. It allows me to shop for discounted hotels or potentially even a night free! You’ll also find that you can do lots of touristy things for free or for little money and can eat as budgety or as luxuriously as you’d like. Taking treats with you is also a great trick.
Time away is never a bad thing
I’m a big advocate for having time away from your day to day routine. Whack your out of office on, try and forget your stresses and use that energy to learn about something new and to make memories. It’s easy to get swallowed up in the daily bubble that we call life and to let these stresses control us- having that time away with your SO, family or friends just puts things into perspective and allows you to re-focus on what’s really important in life.
You should never stop exploring
Iceland has made me realise that there is so much out there. So many countries and cultures I hadn’t really given much thought and therefore so many experiences to be had and memories to be made. You can fly to one country and see it their way and fly an hour the opposite direction and see a whole different way of life. I actually feel extremely lucky to be in Europe and have the luxury of having a bundle of cultures right on my doorstep and a city break away.
I absolutely love to travel and this love for exploring only ever increases when I go somewhere new. I’ve now hit 25 countries out of 30 for my 30before30 challenge and this has spurred me on to think about where I’d like to go next. Keep an eye out for future posts on why everyone should visit Iceland and how to best plan your holidays.
Where do you like to go on holiday? Are you a city breaker or a beachy holidaymaker? I’d love to hear how you do it!