One of the most common questions I get asked is how I keep up writing a lifestyle and travel blog when I work full time. With only 20 something days holiday at my disposal every year it can sometimes be tough to fit in all the places on my list and the biggest thing I have learned is to really make the most of weekends. Although there are some cities that it would just be impossible to pack in to two days, here are my top five picks of places you can go without taking days out of the office.
Flights from £35 return*
If you are looking for a city break that isn’t too intense, then Sweden’s second city is an ideal choice. Be sure to take a ride on the padden boat to get a view of the city from the river and join the locals for Fika in Haga – a Swedish tradition of coffee and cake! If the weather is good, take advantage of the bikes dotted around the city that are available to hire and explore one of the many parks that make Gothenburg one of the greenest cities in Europe.
Flights from £75 return
If being boozy is more your thing then Budapest is a great and cheap weekend away. Spend the evenings checking out the world famous ruin bars (Szimpla Kert is the biggest and most famous!) and spend a day exploring both the historical Buda and the lively Pest sides of the city. For an uber trendy place to stay check out my review of Brody House here.
Flights from £45 return
With flights from many UK airports taking an hour or less, the Scottish capital is the perfect spot for a quick getaway. Spend Saturday having a stroll down the royal mile from the Castle to Scottish Parliament but get back in time to see the sunset from Calton Hill. Wake up on Sunday with a brunch from Hamilton's and if the British weather isn’t on your side, Camera Obscura is a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Flights from £25 return
If you are looking for somewhere for a quick break to get you into the Christmas spirit, you would struggle to find better than Copenhagen. From November onwards their Tivoli Gardens become a sparkling display of festive lights and the driverless metro runs all hours meaning you can get anywhere at anytime with ease. If you are a foodie fanatic, why not try one of the renowned Michelin star restaurants, but if you want to book the most famous Noma, be warned you will have to book a few months in advance!
5. The Cotswolds
Although it’s nice to travel overseas, weekends are a great chance to explore some of the best parts of Britain and you don’t get much better than the cotswolds. Check yourself into one of the many boutique hotels and spend a couple of days exploring the quaint cobbled lanes with plenty of pub pitstops built in! A great choice is The Painswick near Stroud, which offers 16 snug rooms in the pretty Cotswold village after which it was named.
Have you ever visited any of these places? Where are your favourite spots for a mini break?
*All flights were for a Friday to Sunday evening, prices found on Skyscanner in October 2016 for January 2017