Why Mini-Breaks are better than Holidays

Whilst getting away for a fortnight in the sun each year may seem like a dream holiday, it isn’t always easy to schedule two weeks off from work, especially if your group of friends, husband or wife also need to get time off work on the same dates. There are times when a mini-break can seem even better than a long holiday, and there are many fantastic deals to be had for weekend breaks, particularly in Europe. Rather than spending your yearly holiday budget on one long holiday, why not spread the cost throughout the year by taking two or three short breaks a year?

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Short breaks in the UK
Holidays within the UK have recently increased in popularity, and beautiful York is one of the best weekend break locations that you can choose. The historic city has an abundance of attractions such as The Castle Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre and York Minster. In addition, ghost walks take place on a Saturday night (and daily in school holidays) that allow you to explore the centre of the city whilst being treated to some spooky stories. York is the perfect city for a weekend break as it is compact enough to explore on foot and most attractions are within easy walking distance of each other.

Short breaks abroad
For those who prefer some guaranteed sun, options for short breaks abroad are plentiful. Europe is probably the most sensible destination for a short break as the travel time is relatively short, leaving more time to enjoy the destination.

The city of Madrid is a perfect candidate. Spring or autumn is perhaps the best time to visit Madrid due to its warm temperatures, whilst the summer can become very hot. Visit the city of Madrid and you will find plenty of sights to see during your short break, such as The Royal Palace, once occupied by Spain’s Royal Family. Many hotels are conveniently located near the Plaza Mayor, a beautiful square surrounded by old buildings and full of cafés and restaurants, it is a great place to stop for a break after some sightseeing and recharge your batteries. For art-lovers, the Prado Museum is a must-see with paintings on display ranging from 19th century artists such as Goya to more modern artists such as Francis Bacon.

Day trips from London
For Londoners who are looking for a break away from big city life, it is be possible to take a day trip from London to the south coast or the idyllic Cotswolds. Take an early train from London to Brighton and spend the day on the pebble beach, explore the shops in The Lanes or sit by the sea and eat fish and chips. The journey from London Victoria or London Bridge only takes an hour to Brighton so is perfect for a relaxing day trip. If you would rather opt for countryside instead of the beach, try taking the train from Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh and explore the Cotswolds for a day. For those who have a little more time to spend, there are plenty of hotels and B&B’s nearby and the Cotswolds are a beautiful area to visit for a short break of a night or two.

Weekend Breaks UK

UK weekend breaks are popular than ever with great excitement and fun. York is the perfect city for a weekend break as a romantic getaway, travel to have fun with family and even for ghost hunting also, York is awesome. There are many other popular places like London, Manchester and Bristol etc… to spend and enjoy weekend breaks.

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