Choosing between a city break or a beach holiday

Choosing between a city break or a beach holiday

Planning what type of holiday to go on can often be quite stressful and difficult. There are so many different types of holidays that you can embark on, and normally it is difficult to try and fit everything you want to in all in one go. This normally means choosing an element to sacrifice, with the promise that “you’ll do that next year” only to find a year later, something else has come along, and you are once again foregoing that element. What if you didn’t have to choose though? What if you could combine certain elements into one holiday? More and more people are choosing to visit destinations where you can combine both a city break and a beach holiday, getting the advantages of both, and very few disadvantages of visiting each one separately. But, does doing this bring new advantages and disadvantages? Read on to find out…

New YorkFirstly, let’s look at why people are drawn to going on a city break. There is no denying that city breaks are incredibly popular, whether it is just for the weekend or for your annual summer holiday. In fact, this is one of the reasons as to why they are just so popular. They are so versatile. If you said to your friend that you were going on a beach break weekend, you might get a funny response; however, if you say you are going on a weekend city break, they are likely to become animated and ask you questions. They are a lot more easily accessible for weekends, but also make excellent annual breaks as well.

Because city breaks are incredibly versatile, and you can plan them to suit you exactly, making them more affordable than other types of holidays that you can embark on. Although some may disagree with this (and we’ll come onto this later) you can build them around your own budget. Some cities are more expensive than others, and may not be well suited to a smaller budget, which is why some people are under the impression that city breaks can often cost a lot of money, but this is all dependent on where you go. But, that is the joy of city breaks. There are so many different cities in the world; some of which are achievable in a weekend. There will be a city for everyone, even if you think that you are not a city break person.

People pick city breaks because they are so energetic, and there is so much to see and do. The majority of cities have a fast pace of life. You will never find yourself short of things to do in a city, whether that is shopping, sight-seeing, or getting involved with the local’s way of life. It is for this reason that many enjoy city breaks. If you are an active person, who simply does not enjoy lying down and not doing anything, a city break could be the perfect holiday for you.

But, just like all types of holidays, one person’s advantage, is another person’s disadvantage. Because city breaks are often weekend breaks, or long weekend breaks, you tend to fill your days. This is excellent for those of you who enjoy a fast paced life, but for those of you who do not, you might come back feeling more tired, and not energised at all. Like we have previously said, the price of city breaks can often put people off as well, and depending on where you go means that you could easily spend the same amount as you would on a week abroad. It is all relative to the individual or family. City breaks are perhaps viewed as less family friendly as well, and maybe something you are more likely to do with a partner or friend; and those looking for a family holiday may be put off of a city break.


So, what about beach holidays? It is no surprise that beach holidays are incredibly popular. People flock to warmer areas, to enjoy glorious weather that we rarely experience in England. However, just like a city break, there are advantages and disadvantages to a beach holiday. We’ll start by looking at the things that attract holidayers to warmer seas, and golden sandy beaches. The health benefits are obvious. Not only will you be getting your share of Vitamin D, which will help you build up your immune system, it will also make you feel happier. Scientific research suggests that people are naturally happier in warmer environments. It reduces symptoms of depression, and can even improve sleep.

This leads nicely onto the next benefit of beach holidays. Unlike city breaks, which tend to be filled with exciting day trips, causing you to adapt to the naturally fast pace life of city living, beach holidays tend to be a lot more focused on relaxing. Lazy days by the pool, or lying on the warm sand in between swimming in the sea. It gives you a chance to re-charge your batteries and fully relax. Beach holidays often pose once in a lifetime opportunities, depending on where it is you go; for example, snorkelling or surfing. These are activities that you are less likely to be able to do in England, and if you did you may not see the same sights, but a beach holiday is the ideal time to embark on these adventures.

Beach holidays can also be done on a budget. Because you are not spending a lot of money on excursions, as the surroundings and weather are often enough, it is possible to do it on a budget. There are often cheap family deals for beach holidays, which are more often than not aimed at those with a young family, as opposed to city breaks which are more aimed at friends and couples.

Of course, just with everything, with the advantages, come the disadvantages. One of the biggest problems that people face with beach holidays is the high risk of mosquitos. You often have to take precautionary medication to prevent illness, which can be expensive and a bit of a hassle. Not only that, but beach holidays have the potential to become a little repetitive. You can visit different cities, and see something new each time, even if you go back to the same place, but this is not always the case with beach holidays.

If you are still undecided, why not do both? Many destinations offer you both a beach and a city break, giving you the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. Whilst these come with a slightly heftier price tag, they will definitely give you a holiday that you will not forget. Here are just a couple of suggestions; Nice in France gives you the opportunity to explore the cobbled streets, as well as a vibrant nightlife. This is combined with the gorgeous beach that is within easy walking distance from the main town, giving you the choice of what you want to experience that day. Sydney is another brilliant location to combine both a city and beach holiday. You can enjoy the fast pace of Sydney city life, or spend relaxing days at the world famous Bondi Beach. 

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