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.

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.