A city break is a fantastic way to explore a new place in just a few days. You can soak up the culture, visit attractions and, of course, try new food! City breaks are perfect if you don’t have a huge budget or amount of time for travelling, but you want to do something more active than sitting on a beach all day. Here are four tips for planning your next city break.
Decide where to go
Each city offers something entirely different and it can be hard to decide exactly where you want to go. Should you check out the history in Rome, or would you rather go shopping in Paris? Can you see yourself riding a bike around Amsterdam or a gondola in Venice? Consider things such as the weather for the time of year, and what areas of local interest there will be.
Another tip when choosing a destination is to not only opt for capital cities, other cities can be such hidden gems and could be quieter but more interesting to you.
Book before you go
For some tours or attractions, it might pay to book before you go. Sometimes this will save money, but in other cases, such as the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, tickets are booked up a few months in advance. Therefore, if you don’t pre-book, you may find yourself having to wait outside in a line for a few hours.
Booking things you really want to see and do will also help you plan an itinerary which is a great way of making sure you get to experience everything you have in mind. Don’t overfill your itinerary of course, as you’ll end up exhausted and won’t have time for any spontaneous adventures.
Check out the local cuisine
One of the best ways to explore a new country is through food. For example, I recently explored Lisbon for the first time – mostly through my taste buds! In a city, you will likely find a lot of chains you recognise which is fine. However, for a more authentic experience, forgo these for street food, or small independent places that are popular with the locals. 1Cover’s Secret Traveler suggests heading to Thailand for Pad Thai and Mexico for tacos, to name but a few.
Research the local travel options
A city might look small on a map but sometimes this can be deceiving. Before you book a trip with lots of excursions, consider how you will be getting around. In some cities, you may wish to hire a car, whereas in others a car might be more of a hindrance.
Check to see if you can get discounted public transport through a travel card scheme for the time you are there. These usually last a few days and allow you to hop on and off of buses, trains, and trams for the cost of one ticket. Others include free or discounted entrance to other attractions too.
The problem with city breaks is that they are addictive! The more places you travel, the more you will want to add to your bucket list! However, if you follow these top tips for planning them you will have an amazing time and you’ll be a planning pro in no time. If you have any tips that I’ve missed, be sure to leave them in the comments.
The problem with city breaks is that they are addictive! The more places you travel, the more you will want to add to your bucket list! However, if you follow these top tips for planning them you will have an amazing time and you’ll be a planning pro in no time.
If you have any tips that I’ve missed, be sure to leave them in the comments.