The World First Wander: a city breaks special
Each week our social media man Tristan Rothwell scours the internet looking to bring you the cream of the crop from the world of travel blogs and writing. Welcome to this weekâs installment! We have focussed on city breaks this week, with blogs on taking time out both here and abroad.
Got a week or a weekend to spare? What could be better than taking off to explore somewhere new on a city break? Whether a quick overnight or a long weekend, we have been offering travellers City Breaks travel insurance for over 40 years – so I thought we should see what the world of the blogger has in the way of tips, hints and ideas. What city should you head for? What do you do when you get there? Whatâs it to be?
New York? London? Paris? Munich?
Letâs look at Paris first. For us Brits itâs the ultimate city break destination, with everything a culture vulture could ever hope for: stunning architecture, great food, art galleries, music and culture. I was lucky enough to go to Paris a few years ago on a music buying trip and it was surprisingly brilliant. And itâs not the only surprise Paris has to offer. In this first recommendation Global Grasshoppers looked at 12 under the radar things to do in Paris. Itâs a great list of fabulous sounding adventures, eateries and lesser know museums. You can find Global Grasshopper on Twitter @globalgrasshopper and over at Facebook.
Paris isnât far to go, but if you prefer your city break to be within UK borders letâs look at Edinburgh. Itâs non stop from our base at Exeter â as it is from many UK cities â so itâs an easy weekend away. Check in after work on Friday and be up in time for dinner. Â If you plan to head for Scotlandâs capital city then Gary Bembridge has the perfect podcast for you, his Edinburgh Tips for Travellers Podcast. Itâs all in there.
Heading a little further south now, to historic York, a city that was founded in 71 AD and that is home to York Minster Cathedral. Itâs another great city break destination. Pack your Passport, a blog written by Beverley Reinemann, has just published a great post 48 hours in York: what to do and where to stay to help you a weekend break. It contains lots of great photos and plenty of good information.
Heading towards the sun now, and the capital City of Spain, Madrid, as visited by Karen Bryan from Europe a La Carte. She set off with a mission to mix Â wine and tourism on day tours available from Madrid. So if you need to get out of the city, take a peek.
It takes around 2 hours 15 minutes to get to Madrid from Heathrow so itâs another perfect destination for a weekend break. It also has the advantage of having average temperatures of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit in May so itâll be warm but not too hot to melt your ice cream.
Next up is a great post from our friends The Bimblers. We have featured them here in the World First Wander a few times and I always enjoy reading their blog. Their latest blog post is Accessible Stratford upon Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare. And ok, so itâs not a city, but itâs well worthy of a break. Rob and Bridget say at the end of their post, âclearly access for all is high on the townâs agendaâ, so if accessibility is a priority then Stratford upon Avon is a good bet.
Last on my List is perhaps the ultimate list of city break ideas and tips from Urban Travel Blog. It is extensive with lots of inspiring information on all kinds of great locations including Florence, Prague and Vienna.
Have you got a favourite city break destination? Let us know!
Until next week.