PLANNING YOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY, HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF CITY BREAKS.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

One of my favourite parts about travelling, is actually planning the trip itself. When you go away for a long weekend time is definitely of the essence, so showing up in Rome and 'going with the flow' is not the best idea when you've got 48 hours to fit everything in. I feel like most places in Europe you can see in a few days, although my struggle is getting in all the food I want to try. As someone who is a big fan of getting away for the weekend, these are some of my tips for getting the most out of your short city breaks. 

christiana

Stay central.

Assuming that you're booking your trip in advance, you can get a lot of good apartments/hotels that are close to points of interest. Hostels especially are usually central and cheap, so if you're not too bothered about sharing toilets then these are always worth checking out. If you're only going for 2-3 days then it's definitely worth paying a bit more to be central than staying out of the city and having to waste time/money on public transport. 

Get your bearings with a walking tour. 

If you read my travel guides often then you know I'm a big fan of the 'free walking tours' that you tip for. Not only are they great for getting some background information on the place and landmarks but you'll also be able to figure out where everything is. In Copenhagen we weren't sure how to get to The Little Mermaid and funnily enough our tour finished a 2 minute walk from it. 

Know where to eat (like a local). 

As tempting as it might be to eat at the first restaurant you see near the Eiffel Tower or Pisa, these places are usually expensive and not really authentic or worth the price tag. Before heading off do a google or pinterest search on 'best local eats' in the city and maybe check that they're not going to be 2 hours away from where you're staying. Then again you might stumble across a place that ends up being delicious and then you can be recommending it to others!

Check walking times. 

I feel like when you're travelling, a 30 minute walk to get to a landmark is not the same as a 30 minute walk in your hometown because you're seeing things for the first time. It's always a good idea to try and group things that are close together for certain days. We left the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell for our last day in Barcelona (which are half an hour away from each other) and let me tell you, walking an hour UP HILL when you're hangover and it's 20 degrees is not the most ideal situation - lesson learned.

Leave room for spontaneity.

As much as I love google docs and making lists and travel checklists, you always need time to just 'go with the flow' and discover hidden gems - if not all travel guides/tips would be the same! Speak with locals, find out their favourite spots and get lost.


Are you a fan of weekend trips? What city would you like to visit next?

G


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15 comments

  1. So many good tips, I went to Copenhagen last year and we tried to get to the Little Mermaid and it's was a disaster, it was a 2 hour walk from our hotel and then we had no idea where it was and ended up not even seeing lolol xox
    • Emma • www.emmalanglands.co.uk •

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    1. it was a tad out of the way wasn't it! and frankly always too many people to get a good shot aha! xx

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  2. So many tips that I totally agree with, it's always important factoring in the places we want to make sure we get to visit before we've gone. I need to start checking out the free walking tours I think too xx

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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  3. Love this! I’m dead keen to go on another city break for my birthday this year and I wish I’d had these tips before we went to Paris last year - we were too far out and spent all our time travelling! X

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    1. Especially as Paris is so big! I'm going again in December so a well organised trip this time is a must aha! x

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  4. I struggle so much with trying to squeeze everything in on city breaks! Staying in the centre really is key x

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  5. This is such a good post - I went to Venice at the beginning of last year and our hotel was a train journey away! Although it was fun, we spent a lot of time travelling which ate into our limited time! I definitely agree with venturing out of the city to find places to eat, this is a tip I was told before our journey and it made such a difference!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

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    1. yeah it's fine when you're exploring more areas isn't it! We try to walk everywhere as well so we can burn off all the food we eat haha! x

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  6. Really excellent tips Giana! I totally agree about staying in a central location. I always make sure I choose somewhere central to stay, it makes so much different and you get to do and see so much more! Nikki

    www.thoselittlemoments.net

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  7. This works for staycations as travelling abroad! Everytime I go somewhere new, I always do a tonne of research before booking. I agree with staying in a central location; you sometimes pay more but it's better than being too far out unless there's decent public transport or you can hire a car! I always plan what food places I want to eat at too, mostly because of my food obsession!

    Sian x
    www.theenglisheverygirl.com

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  8. Weekend breaks are literally my favourite thing ever! Matt and I are going to Paris next weekend and I'm so unbelievably excited! I definitely think that staying central is a great idea and I always want to try as much food as humanly possible haha! xx
    www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

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  9. Weekend breaks are my favourite! xxx

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  10. City breaks are my absolute fave kind of holiday! Free walking tours are something I always make time for, usually in the first day to get my bearings with the city, and they often give great suggestions on food and drink spots too! Fab post girl!

    Izzy | http://www.ADoseOfChatter.com

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  11. So many good points here, though I'm always so guilty of not leaving enough time for spontaneous changes to plan and like to have everything planned out in advance, which we can't usually fit it all in haha!
    xo April | April Everyday

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