Personally I love city breaks. I have two possibilities to do a city trip. When I do travel for business, I may have the opportunity to travel in the weekend and capture one or two days within a city before my meetings kick off. The other possibility is when kids do have school vacation and we plan a city break together. At the bottom of this page, you can find our city break experiences. When we book a trip, we want to get the most out of it, and often that means seeing as many places as you can squeeze in. But have you ever considered spending a full week in one city as your whole vacation? When you focus on just one city, you’ll see more of the city instead of just glimpses of a few cities. Here’s why you should consider a city break. We try to do one city break per year as a holiday.
#1 There’s more to a city than its monuments
The monuments and big attractions are great. They’re often the reasons why people want to travel somewhere. The Eiffel Tower attracts visitors to Paris, and the Atomium draws tourists to Brussels. But those sights aren’t the essence of the city. Two days in a city can get you more memories for your money than two weeks on a beach. By staying for a full week, you’ll have time to see some of the important sights, but you’ll also have time to do other things. You can spend an afternoon
Cycling to the Colosseum, Rome
wandering through different neighborhoods to get a feel for the non-touristy side of the city. You can become a regular at the corner cafe and chat with the person behind the counter.
Taking a city break and spending more time in one place lets you sink in a little more and truly enjoy a city. When I do this my kids, they learn to appreciate the local culture and food and they have another travel life time experience.
#2 You’ll have more time to relax
Vacations are a break from work, a chance to relax and recharge, right? But rushing from one city to the next doesn’t help you relax. Avoid any stress during travel with plane or train or car. Get that relaxation and free up the time to soak up some of the atmosphere and vibe of the city. You can accidentally (or intentionally!) get lost and not have to worry about a wasted morning.
Vacation can be a great time to ditch the schedule you normally keep at home, which allows time and space to loosen up and recharge your batteries.
#3 City breaks can suit any weather
Nowhere is really that fun to be when the rain is coming in sideways, but on a city break even if the weather turns nasty, there’s always something to do. Even if that just means finding the nearest bar or cafe for a spot of people watching (laughing at folks doing battle with their brollies while you’re all cozy with your mug of hot chocolate or glass of vino? High entertainment value). Obviously, bad weather days are also great times to hit up galleries and museums, so even if the sky’s not cooperating, you can still have a fabulous time in a city.
#4 Explore the local food
Food is a big part of any culture, and it can vary greatly from one part of the country to another. If you only spent a couple of days in a city, you only have a few meals to experience the food. But if you stay for a full week, you have much more time to try different dishes and learn what makes the food special in that one place. Try as many kinds of sausage as you can in Munich, or try a different pasta dish every night in Rome. Or just try a different flavor of gelato every night.
#5 Cities are great for a culture injection for kids
To get the best of what a country offers in terms of galleries, exhibitions and museums, there’s nothing better than a trip to one of its cities. You could also plan a trip around events or festivals happening in your chosen destination that suit your kids personal interests – think food, music, film; whatever floats your boat. Then there’s architecture. I often love nothing more that just wandering and discovering neighbourhoods and looking up at the various beautiful buildings and the local life. They tell the story of a city; reflecting its past, its present and they can even give a glimpse into its future.
Our City Break Experiences :
Below we will share our experiences and links to our blog posts per year. It is always great experience to be a tourist in Europe and take a short break with the kids or experience a city quickly during Business Travel.
Click on one of the above links to see our World Cities experience. Have fun !
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