Guest Blogger: Annaliza Balsote A city break is a short holiday, such as a weekend, spent in a city. Transportation and hotel accommodations are usually included, as city breaks are a package deal. Travelers choose one city they want to spend time in, and make the arrangements accordingly. In winter, city breaks are especially attractive. Here are some reasons why.
1. Lower Rates From airfare to hotels, you will find lower prices in the winter. Entire packages are much cheaper, even all-inclusive ones. Even some luxury hotels offer lower rates in the winter time. 2. Fewer Crowds Winter is not the typical vacation time for most people. You will find admission to museums and even popular tourist attractions to be easier and faster due to the lack of long lines. You can enjoy viewing works of art, taking hikes, riding public transit, shopping, or whatever your favorite activities are without crowded conditions. This opens up possibilities that might not be open otherwise - how many times have you decided not to do something because of crowds or long lines? 3. The Winter "Blahs" City breaks are just the thing for a winter getaway. Depending on where you live, winter can get very long, cold, and grey. Even visiting cities with similar weather gets you out of the house and into a fresh and new environment. If you take a city break in a tropical location or other warm area of the world, winter is the perfect time to enjoy the sun and heat. Here are some of the more popular destinations for winter city breaks. London, England Yes, it's definitely chilly and grey, but it's also a very historic and romantic place. And it is also popular for winter city breaks precisely because it is not popular as a vacation spot during the winter! Many Londoners leave their native city to take holidays elsewhere during the winter. One of the keys to enjoying winter city breaks is picking places that are not likely to be frequented by vacationers at the time. Prague, Czechoslovakia If you long for a white Christmas or just some magical snowy scenery, Prague is for you. There is sure to be snow and the views are lovely in Prague. Stockholm, Sweden This is a fantastic winter destination for ice skaters. How about a romantic city break with lots of night skating? The city has beautiful and historic architecture too. Venice, Italy Warm and unique, Venice is a dramatic and romantic place for a city break. Spend a weekend touring the city and its beautiful architecture. Other popular destinations for winter city breaks include New York City and Paris, France. There are still others - look into popular tourist sites for winter deals, or choose out-of-the-way, little-known cities for a unique vacation.