It seems like everyone is currently planning a trip away for the summer. We all deserve a vacation and summer is just around the corner. But does it always have to be sun, sea, and sand? Trips to beach resorts are lovely. But maybe it’s time to mix things up a bit. Consider ditching the beach towels and sun loungers and check out some of the beautiful urban areas that the world has to offer. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you in planning the perfect city break.
Just as there are endless beach resorts to visit, there are an infinite number of inner cities that boast all sorts of cultural wonders. So the first challenge you’re going to face is whittling down your options and settling on one to visit. Whether you want to go all out with Jet Charters or stay more local is up to you. There will be somewhere to suit your tastes, both near and far. Popular European locations include London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Prague and Berlin. For the USA, consider New York and San Francisco. If you prefer a lower footfall and not having to queue for hours to get into an exhibition or tourist attraction, escape the tourist trap and try out smaller towns at off-peak times.
Once you’ve settled on a location, do your research. Find out the most popular tourist attractions. Read reviews on the big sites and renowned exhibitions. Museums, shows, and architectural feats can keep you busy for days on end. Once you arrive, ask locals for their recommendations too. Sometimes the most exciting and memorable restaurants, cafes and activities are tucked away in the most unlikely places.
Make a Timetable
Bear in mind how long you’re going to be in the city for. There’s no way that you can make your way around the whole of one city in three or four days. So use your time wisely. Figure out what you want to see and do the most and allocate your time accordingly. Find out whether you can book tickets for attractions in advance. This can help to avoid disappointment at being turned away on the day. Queue jumps are nearly always worth the extra money. Nobody wants to spend hours standing in queues.
With that being said, be flexible. Sticking rigidly to a military-like timetable can take some of the joy out of your trip. If something catches your eye and you want to change your plans, change them! Use your timetable as a guideline. If you veer off here and there, don’t worry. If you adore the city you’ve chosen, you can always come back to finish off your explorations and adventures.
If you’re going away for a few days, you don’t need a family-size suitcase. Pack light. You’re not going to be spending all day in your hotel room. Leave home comforts behind. All you need are your toiletries, clothes and a disposable camera or two. You don’t want to haul around heavy luggage once you’ve checked out of your hotel.
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