Getting the Most Out of Your Short City Break
Sometimes one holiday a year just isn’t enough and, if you can’t wait for your one of two weeks away in the sun each year, you may be considering squeezing one or two city breaks into your year as well.
There’s nothing more exciting than making the most of a long weekend and travelling to somewhere new and exciting, be it in Europe or a little further afield. If you’re really short on time, don’t worry; you can still make it work. There are plenty of ways to make good use of your time away, so here are our top tips on getting the most out of your short city break.
Plan, plan and plan
Regardless of how last minute you book your short city getaway, it’s vital that you do plenty of planning before you go. Check out all the top attractions that the city is famous for and prioritize exactly which ones you want to fit into your trip. Research the top restaurants before you go too, so you know exactly where you’re heading for each meal and you won’t feel disappointed wasting your time on a bad meal. Even if you book last minute, pick up a travel guide at the airport and read up on the destination on your flight over.
If you’ve only got a few nights to spare for your city break, then the best advice is to book flights that allow you the most possible time in your destination. You can sacrifice a few hours sleep if it means getting a nice early flight out there, then a few extra hours there on your last day before you fly home. Hopefully, you’ll be having too much of a good time to notice being tired.
Charge on the go
These days none of us can live without our phones for very long, especially when we’re busy doing Facebook check-ins at the airport and adding all aspects of our journey to our Instagram stories. So, with that in mind, don’t waste time having to charge your nearly-flat phone battery once you arrive at your destination. Make use of airport plug sockets and charging stations and be sure to carry a portable charger in your bag.
Breakfast not included
When booking your hotel, it can be quite tempting to book somewhere that has breakfast included. But, it’s a good idea to opt for no breakfast. Not only can it save you money, but it also encourages you to get up and out in the mornings, allowing you to see more and make the most of your day.
Another thing to bear in mind when booking your accommodation is the location of your hotel. As tempting as it is to book somewhere cheap, that perhaps isn’t in such a good location, try and go for a more central option. There’s no point trying to save money but then having to spend it on public transport and waste all that time in the process.
A great way to get around a city and see all of the main attractions is by getting a ticket for a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus. Most major cities have them, so make the most of them where you can. They’re a fun and convenient way to see the city, plus the maps and stops help to make sure you cross off all the most important areas and attractions.
It’s also worth checking out whether the city you’re heading to has any kind of tourist city pass. If so, these can offer discounted entry into many of the city’s top sights and attractions. But, best of all, they often include queue jump too, allowing you more time to explore.
So, don’t let a lack of time put you off. Use these top tips and make the very most of your next short city break.