MICRO HOLIDAYS: 2019'S SPEEDIEST HOLIDAY TREND
Sometimes all you need is a night away, or two, or three… enter the micro holiday, 2019’s speediest holiday trend and one that’s certain to inspire you to travel more this year.
WHAT ARE MICRO HOLIDAYS?
A micro holiday really is as the name suggests, a small-scale break designed to give you just that – a break. From charming city breaks to weekend holidays in a sunny setting, the micro holiday is a growing trend with heaps of benefits.
Whilst many of us are unlikely to turn down a two-week break, holidays don’t have to be far-flung, or for a long period time to have a positive impact on our wellbeing and mindset. Whether you need a digital detox, or want to switch off and spend some quality time with a loved one, a micro holiday is just the ticket.
WHY BOOK A MICRO HOLIDAY?
Well, where do we start? If you’re in need of mood-boosting Vitamin D to escape the dull start to the year, then packing your bags for a few days away is certain to leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. Micro holidays are also an excellent way to explore the UK so if you just need a change of scenery and an escape from the everyday, why not fly to Ireland?
Not forgetting that a more curated travel itinerary for the year will see you experience more places in a shorter time frame, as smaller breaks are often more affordable and easier to save for. You may even choose to forego your typical two-week break and opt for a few micro holidays instead, meaning you’ll always have something to look forward to.
If the sound of a micro holiday takes your fancy, here’s some inspiration…
One of the most popular city breaks in Europe, Barcelona has it all as unlike most cities, it’s also located near a beach. From a girl’s weekend to a romantic trip for two, the Spanish city is brimming with history, culture and character so there’s plenty to explore.
Make sure to wander Barcelona’s cobbled streets to uncover hidden gems nestled around every corner from seriously good sangria to tasty tapas (tick off a few of our hot spots for fantastic food in Barcelona). Only a short flight away from the UK, this vibrant part of Spain is one of our favourites.
In the northeast of Italy sits Venice, one of the most iconic cities in the world and home to a maze of canals. Favoured by couples in particular, Venice has a certain romance that sees travellers flock from all over to experience the mesmerising city.
Experience the pretty canals by gondola before strolling through St Marks Square to soak up the impressive Venetian surroundings. Once the sun sets, catch a cocktail in the famous II Caffe Rosso before treating your taste buds to an authentic Italian dish.
Ready for a dose of sun, sea and sand? Say hello to Paphos - the perfect place for a cheap summertime break for families and couples. With serene Blue Flag beaches like Coral Bay and plenty of activities like snorkelling and horse riding on offer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
Start your day sipping on a traditional Cypriot coffee in the beautiful harbour before relaxing in the sunshine. When the evening arrives, indulge in the true tastes of the island trying everything from seafood to souvlaki, before dancing the night away at one of Paphos’ beach bars and clubs.
MAJORCA, BALEARIC ISLANDS
For sun-seekers in need of a short-haul trip to top up their tan, Majorca is an idyllic island waiting to welcome tourists. Visit between June and August to catch the climate at its best and whisk yourself away to this Mediterranean paradise.
The island’s capital Palma not only has some of the best beaches to relax upon, it’s also bursting with historic charm too and has some of the most striking buildings in all of Majorca including the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma and the impressive gothic Bellver Castle too.
Looking for a fun-filled weekend away? Dublin is a treasure trove for travellers searching for somewhere a little closer to home but still full of atmosphere. Boasting world-famous nightlife and also the home of Guinness, the Irish city is lively, inviting and the perfect place to let your hair down for a couple of nights.
With a thriving shopping scene and an array of restaurant and bars too, Dublin is popular with young couples and groups of friends looking for a quick escape. It’s also only a short drive away from the beach so you really do get the best of both worlds if you’re also looking for a blast of sea air.