The World First Wander – 24 hours in travel blogging
Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.
Don’t tell the gap year students - but you don’t have to go backpacking in Bali for three months to have an amazing travel experience. Sometimes eye-opening, mind-boggling, jaw-dropping moments are easier to find. You barely even need a toothbrush.
The 24-hour getaway is always going to be a winner. It has so much going for it. Simplicity. Spontaneity. Speed. Taking even a week off from your regular routine can take military levels of planning. But 24 hours? Pah, you can manage that! Drop the kids at the grandparents. Leave the dog at the kennels. And slip away for a whistle-stop sojourn to recharge the batteries and replenish the spirits. What’s not to love?
Here are seven destinations whose 24-hour cred has been tried and tested by our favourite travel bloggers.
Medieval architecture, a Roman amphitheatre and - of course, the cathedral. There’s an awful lot to see in Chester - and thanks to reliable connections with Manchester and Liverpool, it’s accessible from almost anywhere in the UK. See how World First Wander regular Globetrotter Guru fared in 24 hours in Chester.
For those further south, Edinburgh may seem like a schlep. Yet Edinburgh Airport has daily arrivals from airports across the UK. And with a flight time of just 90 minutes from Exeter, you will have plenty of time to see the best of Scotland’s charismatic capital. Just as well too, according to Marketing Edinburgh’s What to do in Edinburgh in 24 hours. With nightclubs, famous relics and a rather special sunrise spot on the agenda, take bags of energy and don’t forget your sense of fun.
The Hague, Netherlands
For our first stop abroad we hitch a ride with Travel Dave and visit The Hague in the Netherlands. This cosy, welcoming city is only a 50-minute train ride from Amsterdam and oozes Dutch culture. Get lost pottering around the beautiful side-streets, lined with tall buildings and bustling little shops. Or do as the locals do and saddle up to traverse the city on two wheels. However you choose to get around, don’t go without digesting 24 hours exploring the Hague.
It gave the country (and a certain fortified red wine) its name, it’s Portugal’s second largest city and it’s endowed with a history that stretches back to 300 BC. Most people who visit Porto can’t wait to go back. At the front of the queue is Urban Adventures. Find out why in 24 hours in Porto.
Think of Spanish cities and you think of Barcelona and Madrid. Yet Valencia is deceptive with its cultural riches. From Baroque architecture of filmic beauty to the graffiti-laden walls of eclectic El Carmen - via some of the finest tapas and paella you’ve ever encountered - you won’t want to waste a minute in this magical Spanish city. And Urban Adventures is here to make sure you don’t have to: 24 hours in: Valencia.
San Francisco, USA
Of course you may not just be taking 24 hours out. Maybe you are planning a holiday and fancy a 24-hour excursion somewhere different. And why not? It’s a great way to break up a holiday! So how about San Francisco? The video below from Skyscanner says it all. We challenge you to watch it and not be pining for the next plane ride out to the U S of A.
Looks like a blast, doesn’t it? Exactly. Get the maximum possible bang for your buck during your San Fran sojourn with A Lady In London’s Local guide to 24 hours in San Francisco. With modern art, chic cafés and jaw-dropping sushi on the menu, you won’t want to miss out.
As our next travel blogger puts it: every day here is a surprise. There’s nowhere quite like Tokyo: fast-paced, mind-expanding and always exhilarating. It can be quite disorientating for first timers - and that’s half the fun. Good enough reason to spend 24 hours getting to grips with the fascinating Tokyo culture? You bet! Grab your credit card and dive in to 24 luxury hours in Tokyo from A Luxury Travel Blog.
So there you have it. You really can cram some amazing travel experiences into 24 hours, whether it’s part of your holiday or simply a spontaneous break from the responsibilities of trying to be a proper adult. Where would your perfect 24-hour adventure take you? Let us know about your experiences in the comments.
Until next week.