I love travelling. That adrenaline as you land, the smell of a different city and the tastes of a new cuisine. If I won the lottery tomorrow I’d travel the world, slowly, taking in all that it had to offer.
Once you get the travel bug, nothing’s worse than those periods between trips. For me these periods can be lengthy, I’m talking years. The withdrawal is terrible, and it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
As the weather gets colder I find myself dreaming of a winter break to escape the confines of daily life. I’ve resorted to planning weekend breaks. They’re not quite the same as two weeks in Mexico but they allow me to see a new part of the world, even if it’s actually right on my doorstep.
Close to home the Cotswolds are a beautiful home retreat. With only a weekend to spare, less travel time equals more exploring time. The Cotswolds are a stunning part of the English countryside. Here, you’ll be able to escape city living for a peaceful weekend in the country. Walking among the Cotswold hills is sure to leave you relaxed and at one with the earth. If you’re only spending a weekend away and travel costs remain cheap, then splash out a little on a luxury hotel such as The Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham. Treat yourself.
You may have already gathered from my previous posts but I fell a little in love with Madrid. This bustling city has it all. A visit to the Museo del Prado will see you among some of Europe’s most amazing art. A stroll around the city will also take you up close to some fantastic architecture, including San Jeronimo El Real and the Royal Palace of Madrid. A weekend in Madrid really is the destination for all city lovers. If like me, you love people watching, then cosy up in one of the amazing cafes and watch the city hustle by. I can highly recommend the hotel Emperador – with a fantastic roof-top pool and central location, you’re right in the middle of everything.
Of course, there’s no way we could talk about weekend breaks without mentioning Paris. Perhaps one of the most popular weekend destinations with the Eurostar from London seeing you into Paris within 2 hours and 15 minutes. Again, you’ll find culture galore here, with the Louvre boasting some of the most iconic art pieces like Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. If you get the chance head up the Eiffel Tower and see the whole laid out before you. Who said a weekend wasn’t long enough to see everything?
Where’re your favourite weekend escapes? Let me know in the comments!