A city break is a fantastic way for you to scratch that travel itch even when you don’t have a lot of time. Whether at home or away, there’s always something for you to discover lurking around every corner.
But if you’ve never taken a city break before, you might not know how to make the most of it, so here are four things to do on every city break to help you get as much as you can from the experience.
Find a Walking Tour
First up, walking tours are undeniably the best way to get to know a city, and they should be the very first thing you do once you arrive and drop your bags in your hotel or hostel. Not only will these walking tours (which are free, by the way) Give you insight into the city’s history, it will also help you to get your bearings, which will save you wasting a day wandering around lost.
If you’re rushed for time and only taking a short break, a walking tour allows you to see things that you might otherwise miss, too.
Look for the Best View
People who love the city will tell you that there’s nothing better than looking out across a sprawling city skyline with the sun setting over the horizon. This gives you a different perspective of the city, and it’s also a fantastic way to spend an evening.
Of course, these types of places, such as rooftop bars, are usually quite expensive, so see if you can climb to the highest natural point like a viewpoint, and enjoy the sights from there.
Do Something a Little Weird
Every city has that little quirk that sets it apart from other metropolitan destinations both near and far. Medellin in Colombia has its Graffiti Walking Tour. Whitby on the Yorkshire coast has its spooky night-time ghost walk. Rather than stick to the tried and tested attractions, look for things that are a little odd and niche. These out-there activities are a fantastic way of experiencing more of the city’s personality, which will make you love it even more.
Give Yourself Time to Slow Down
City breaks can be an exhausting adventure, so you won’t be able to make the most of it if you’re dead on your feet. If you have the time, don’t be afraid to take a quick pitstop in your apart hotel to recharge so you can actually enjoy the rest of the trip.
Rather than rush around all day, give yourself blocks to do things, and try to do the things farthest away early on so you don’t need to deal with the journey later in the day, where you’re likely to be even more exhausted.
A Much-Needed Break
Now and again, we feel we need a much-needed break, and a city break is a perfect solution. So, if you want to make the most of every minute you’re there, these tips should help you adapt and blend into your temporary home quickly so you can uncover everything you need to know.