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Activity Breaks

Short activity weekends can be a fun way to beat the lethargy of monotonous day to day life and do something new and exciting. Not just that, short activity weekends can also be a great and enjoyable way to spend some time with your family and let your hair down. There are so many activities to choose from and things to do that you are definitely spoilt for a choice. Whether you are interested in mountain walking or paint balling, there is something for everyone.

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The following are a few options to explore –

Go Karting

If you travel near North East, Durham, or Newcastle; you can try indoor go karting at Top Gear Karting. They have facilities for childrens go karting, packages for stand and hen parties, corporate entertainment, and more. Visit their website at durhamkarting.co.uk for more information.

Paintballing

There is nothing like a good long session of paintball to get the city air out of lungs. If you happen to be in Worcestershire, you can enjoy paintballing in The Old Vicarage Adventure Centre where they not just have paintball but many other fun activities to make your activity weekend fun and entertaining. You can also opt for Newcastle’s Quad Bike Trekking, Off Road Buggy Racing, and Paintball Games at Battlezone. The best way to enjoy this activity is to have a meet up with your old and new friends and celebrate by some paintball action.

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Horse Riding

Do you like horses and have always wanted to ride them and train with them? This activity is perfect for horse lovers because they not only cater to individuals but also to families and bigger groups. The training could be held in lush activity centers in farms or equestrian schools for training but there are locations all over the UK for you to explore. If you are in Yorkshire, you can spend a good weekend with ‘Ride Yorkshire’ and they arrange your accommodation as well. You will be taken on short rides and you can even bring your own horse, or else, they will provide it.

Walking

The UK has a beautiful and unexplored countryside which should be utilised for have nice walking holidays. They are also perfect for hiking. Mountain walking could be another thing to explore. If you have had enough of your city, leave it for a weekend and visit Keswick where you can enjoy canoeing, mountain walking and a lot of other fun activities with ‘Mobile Adventure’. They will also arrange the accommodation for you. Your specific needs are taken care of in this place and whether you want an adrenaline rush from your activity weekend or a quiet time, you will get it here.

Sailing

The weather in this country is unpredictable, to say the least. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some sailing and let your hair down. Around the isles, you will find some great spots for sailing and other watersports to make your weekend perfect. The sea is gorgeous and the outdoor air will do you a world of good. You can plan a trip to Dorset and have a great time with ‘Harbour Challenge OEC’. They arrange for your accommodation and also provide activities like surfing, fishing, canoeing and other watersports.

Zorbing

If you haven’t tried Zorbing in your adventurous life, you are missing out on a lot. A massive inflatable ball is involved, to which you are harnessed and later, you tumble down the hill. For the best experience, plan your trip to Surrey and contact ‘Pod London Go Zorbing’. You can try out this fun activity alone or arrange for a group trip with your family and friends. They also have other options and day outs to make your weekend more fun.

Apart from these activities, there are always things that you enjoy. You can have a cycling trip to the mountains, take a golf weekend or even try a cookery break, if those things interest you.

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Short Holidays in Europe & USA

For an exquisite short break abroad, Europe and the United States are top travel destinations. From Seattle to Prague, these cities are hot spots for travellers who want a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Hotels and theatre breaks abound within the top destinations of Europe and the USA.

Lincolnshire

Rural retreats in Lincolnshire are popular for their luxury self catering lodges. Enjoy farmhouse B&Bs in an idyllic location in the countryside. Amenities come complete with swimming pools, wood fired hot tubs, heated saunas, BBQ huts, and more.

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Florence

Known as the city of lilies, Florence is home to a beautiful walking tour and a unique porcelain museum. Trips to Boboli Gardens and espresso at the Caffe Giubbe Rosse are sure to please even the most discerning of visitors. City breaks to Florence can include trips to Medici’s Villa del Trebbio or a day trip to the forests of the Parco Nazionale.

This place is also top choice for couples who are thinking about a wedding in Italy. Tuscany is a luxurious region with breathtaking landscapes, buildings and food. Perfect for a peaceful and relaxed ceremony with an intimate guest list.

French Alps

Although France has a large amount of beautiful cities and countryside to explore, the French Alps are truly a magnificant sight for all. Stay at the Hauteluce Ski Resort for a prime location with a stunning view of Mont Blanc. A catered ski chalet at Snowy Pockets, which sleep up to 12, are perfect for friends and family ski holidays.

Seattle

For a ski trip or wilderness exploration, check out the Puget Sound and Seattle. Known for its excellent coffee, Seattle is home to the lively Capitol Hill clubbing district and the world famous Pike Place Market. During the Olympic Games, Seattle’s Mount Baker was home to some of the women’s skiing competitions. Mount Baker and Mount Stevens are both home to some of Seattle’s top skiing and snowboarding spots. During winter months, these snow-capped mountains come alive with visitors. After a busy few days at the mountains, visitors can go hiking among waterfalls and evergreen trees. For retail therapy, check out some of the downtown malls and eclectic shops. Hotel accommodation options in this city include charming B&Bs to luxurious lodging options.

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Greece

If you’re looking for a short break closer to home, then Greece and the surrounding islands are perfect for a romantic getaway. Full of rich history, culture, food and beautiful surroundings, discover this relaxed country to the fullest. Zakynthos in particular is one of the most recommended destinations, just west of the mainland. One of the top accommodations on this island has to be Porto Zante Villas. This 5 star hotel in Greece is the only place to consider when looking for a relaxing break. The villas are modern and comfortable, the pool area and beach area is beautiful and the peaceful spa is the cherry on top.

Prague

Although Prague is no longer the cheap destination it once was, it is still favourably priced. This European city is an excellent year-round destination due to its many beaches, festivals and Christmas markets. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage status, this city is filled with Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture. Regular flights make Prague easy to reach for a short holiday. To top it off, the city is home to a thriving beer and bar culture. Favourite destinations include the Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter. The Old Town Square is home to one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world. From the Old Town Tower, visitors can catch a glance of Prague’s castle and Our Lady of Tyn Church. The Jewish District contains some of the remnants of Jewish slums, a Jewish museum and the Old-New synagogue.

Dallas

Explore a world of cowboys, rodeos and five-alarm chili. In Dallas, visitors can check out the USA largest urban arts centre at the Dallas Arts District. Home to the Dallas Cowboys American football team, the city also hosts a seasonal rodeo. Travellers can go line dancing at a Western bar or relax to the sound of blues in Deep Ellum. Other hotspots include the Fair Park, the Meadows Museum and the World Aquarium. Short breaks can be thoroughly enjoyed in this mecca of southern hospitality. From top hotels to Mexican restaurants, the city is a cultural melting pot that has to be thoroughly explored to be understood. Theatre breaks in Dallas can check out the Winspear Opera House or the Dallas Theatre Centre.

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Travel Extras

From luxury waiting lounges to insurance, travel extras make short breaks easier for everyone. Airport parking and car hire help to take away the stress. For a relaxing holiday, check out one of these travel extras.

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Airport Lounges

Within a bustling departure hall, a nice waiting lounge is a breath of fresh air. Travellers can enjoy VIP treatment during their layover at 120 different worldwide airports. These lounges often include comfortable seating, Internet access and reading materials. Visitors can keep an eye on the flight monitors while they enjoy their favourite food or drink. Flying to and from foreign destinations can be tiring for even the most experienced flier. A lounge makes transitioning to a holiday easier by allowing holidaymakers to freshen up and relax.

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Although most locations are extremely safe, it is always a good idea to buy travel insurance before embarking abroad. The insurance offers 24 hour emergency assistance and can be purchased for an individual or a group. It can be purchased for a single trip or on a yearly basis. Each plan should include credit card fraud, accident coverage, health care and evacuation insurance. Since schedule changes can occur, cancellation and curtailment insurance is also advisable.

Airport Parking

For an easier experience, parking is a must-have travel extra. Off-airport parking is normally the most affordable, while on-airport parking is the most convenient. Each parking lot allows holidaymakers to ensure the safety of their vehicle. Once the holiday is over, they can easily access their vehicle from the secure lot.

directionCar Hire

Once abroad, travellers will want to use a car hire company. Driving a car through a foreign country is easier and faster than taking public transportation. It also makes it easier to reach hotel accommodation and local destinations. Many programs offer affordable daily rates and mileage costs. If a car is hired, it’s always essental to remember to purchase car insurance for their vehicle. They should also look into the costs for the distance travelled and daily rates to ensure that they are getting a good deal.