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You know the feeling. The flutter of anticipation in your tummy. The excitement of making preparations. The countdown to the big day. The thrill of new experiences. But why save all your fun for an exotic, far-flung destination? Although a two week break in the sun is an amazing experience, sometimes what we really need is just a couple of days away from the rush of our daily routines. Mini breaks within the UK can be a wonderful experience, allowing you to escape from it all, try some new things, and still be back home with your slippers on on Sunday evening, ready for the next week at work. And with so many websites dedicated to last minute cheap hotel deals, travel and bookings, arranging one from the comfort of your sofa couldn’t be easier, whether you’re needing to find a boutique hotel in Swansea or googling ‘Taxi service Chesterfield’ after a night out. Here’s why a mini UK getaway should be top of your list:
It’s on your doorstep
While jetting off to Europe may be relatively easy these days with the proliferation of budget airlines, who needs the hassle of airport security queues and delayed planes? The beauty of a UK break is that one of the most diverse countries in Europe is rifght on your doorstep. Whether you pack up the car and drive to Snowdonia, or catch the train to Leeds for shopping and cocktails, within three hours you can access over 80% of the country. There really is something to suit all tastes, from touring whisky distilleries in Scotland to building sandcastles in Cornwall. With landscapes from pristine beaches to rolling green countryside and beautiful Victorian cities, you don’t need to worry about running out of things to do. So why not discover the hidden treasures right on your own doorstep!
It can be done anytime
The best thing about a spontaneous city break in the UK is that whatever the seasons are doing, there is something to enjoy. Although Dorset’s beaches may be stunning, they aren’t the only thing that can be done – so you don’t have limit yourself. From the annual Winter Wonderland celebrations in London to the summer in the city ‘urban beach’ that pops up in Nottingham’s Market Square, you can tailor what you do to the season- and as we’re used to inclement weather in the UK, you’ll find plenty of indoor attractions that don’t rely on constant sun, from artisan food courses to escape rooms.
You can pack so much in
A long weekend in a UK city goes much further in terms of making memories than a fortnight on a featureless beach. With so much going on in major cities like Liverpool , and many smaller destinations easy to reach from a main one, you can cram a lot in and really get your money’s worth. Combine a visit to a culturally vibrant centre like Manchester with a more sedate day in a smaller town like Chester to get the best of both worlds.