Friday, 19 May 2017

Planning A City Break

 After writing a post on how to save money on city breaks, it's time to share my planning process for those breaks. As I've spoken about before, sometimes planning and preparing for an event can be just as exciting as the event itself which is why I love getting stuck in and planning my trip before I head off. Not only does it build excitement for when you go, it also means you get a lot more out of your travels too, and you can really plan to see the things you want to!

How can you get from A to B? Including, how do you get to the centre from the airport?

This is definitely something I like to consider before heading off to a new country, especially if I know I am going to be arriving late at night. There is nothing worse than landing somewhere new and not knowing how to get to where you want to go. This is also another way to save some money! You can research the best options and the cheapest too. For example, I saved probably $100 dollars in New York, all because we got the train to the city centre and not a taxi.

What do you want to see?

Before I head off somewhere new, I love to read up on the things I can see in that place. I usually get a travel guide but another place I love to look is other blogs. It's nice to read about a place from someone else's point of view, and you never know what tips you may find that a travel guide doesn't include. One of the benefits of reading a travel guide before I go, is that it helps me to understand the background of a place I am visiting. Often I wouldn't know what I know had I not read up before my visit.

Where do you want to eat?

Food is definitely high up on the list of reasons why I travel. Researching and planning a few places where I might like to eat before I go is something I always do. I've found some gems by doing this; for example Pizzarium in Rome. If you're also on a budget, having a little look at how much you are likely to be spending on food will be a huge help when it comes to working out how much money you need to take with you.

A little bit of History and culture!

At school, I always enjoyed history and part of the reason I go to new places is to learn a bit more about the history and culture of a place. This is why I love reading up on the cities before I go, so that I can know the basic history of a place and be able to put it into context when I finally arrive. I usually turn to either my Marco Polo, or Lonely planet guides for this one as I find they are detailed without being too much!

These are the things I do before every single trip to ensure that I make the most of my city breaks. Whilst it's good to have some spontaneity whilst you are exploring a new city, I always need to know the basics so I know that I will enjoy the trip and not stress about everything whilst I'm there. 

How do you plan for a city break?



  1. This is such a great post! You are literally a city break expert now haha. Food is always top of my list too, so plays a strong part in my planning!! x

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    1. Definitely, food planning is a must! I love a good city break xxx


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