With a love of travel, more and more people are finding that they want to take more trips more often. When you have a job, it can be tricky to get the time off. Which is why more and more people are choosing to have weekend city breaks over anything else. You don’t need to take as much time off work, but you can still see a lot of sights in that time. So what are the things to consider when planning a city break? How can you maximize the time? Here are a few tips and ideas.
Not only is the location of the city you choose important, but your accommodation too. In a city like Paris, there might be a lot of accommodation available to you further out of the city. It might be cheaper, but it might not be worth choosing it. If you are spending a lot of your time traveling back and forth to the hotel, that is just time wasted. You want to stay right in the thick of the action when you only have a short time to visit the city.
Quite often, there will be no need to hire a car when you are on a city break. Most cities have great transport links, including things like underground metro trains as well as taxi cabs and buses. So it is most recommended to use those instead. It might even be worth hiring a bike, or you could hire a scooter when travelling. Then you can nip around the city and see as much of it in as quick of a time as possible. Quite a few cities, especially in Europe, have cheap and easy bike hire, right there on the streets. So look into that before you go.
Consider the Weather
City breaks can be done in most conditions. You are there to experience the city, not to relax by the beach. But it is still something to consider. Check the climate of the city that you would like to visit. If you are going to be doing a lot of walking, do you want to visit at the height of their warm weather? Equally, check for snowfall in cities that get a fair bit colder. Are they equipped to deal with it? You won’t want to have to deal with canceled or delayed flights.
Food and Drink
It is a good idea to know what you want to do about food and drink before you go. Will you plan to eat out at each meal or visit a local supermarket? If you aren’t there for long, trips to get groceries can eat into your sightseeing time. So it might be worth budgeting in being able to eat out on the go. Look for hotels that offer breakfast where you can. Then you know that you can at least fill up on breakfast first thing in the morning.
Have you got any tips or advice for others that are planning a city break?