Never be stuck for ideas again. Without further ado, here are 101 cheap weekend breaks. Drumroll please…..
Start with the old favourites:
1 – Paris - stroll along the Seine, climb the Eiffel Tower, catch the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and window-shop along the Champs-Elysées
2 – Take a Bite out of the Big Apple in New York- order a pretzel and climb the Statue of Liberty. Walk though Wall Street, Broadway and Central Park and get neckache by staring up at the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.
3 – Unleash your Inner Gladiator in Rome. Visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Recharge with ice cream before heading to St Peter’s in the Vatican City.
4 – Fall in Love in Venice - drift along in a gondola, gaze at the Bridge of Sighs, eat black spaghetti and wander through St Mark’s Square.
5 – Do the Tourist Thing in London - Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, a West End Show and Trafalgar Square. The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus…no wonder more than 27 million people visit each year.
Head outdoors in the UK…
6 – Trek in the Peak District - between rugged hills and homely pubs, Yorkshire puddings and the Dambusters Museum.
7 – Hike through the Brecon Beacons - take a map, proper shoes and stomp through this SAS training ground.
8 – Wander lonely as a cloud in the Lake District – remember to take wellies and a poetry book.
9 - Catch a sea breeze while climbing the rolling hills of the South Downs.
10 – Ramble through the Cotswolds – with roaring fires and home-made fudge waiting for you when you get in.
Indulge your wanderlust with a far-flung weekend break…
11 – Enjoy the spice in Marrakesh - drink fresh orange juice, barter in souks and dine surrounded by mosaics and fountains.
12 – Win the cost of your weekend break back in Las Vegas. Or something like that…
13 – Cross from Europe to Asia within the same city in Istanbul. Enjoy the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and a cruise across the Bosphorus.
14 – Athens - weave through the smog and climb high to see the Acropolis.
15 – Budapest – bathe in thermal spas then wrap up warm for Buda castle and beef goulash.
Step Back in Time…
16 – At Stonehenge – admire the ring of stones that have kept their mystery for over 5000 years.
18 – See the Rosetta Stone and other ancient Egyptian artifacts in the British Museum in London.
19 – Visit the labyrinth of the Minotaur at Knossos, Crete
20 - See the Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, from above and below
21 - Step back 225 million years with the petrified remains in the Natural History Museum, London.
Play with the rich kids…
22 - In Harrods, Knightsbridge, London. Well, it doesn’t cost anything to browse.
23 - Mingle with the Yachts in St Tropez – it’s free to walk along the harbour in this atmospheric, small French town.
24 - Gamble in Monte Carlo’s casino – there is a public section – then follow the Grand Prix course through this twisting coastal city-state.
25 - On the beach in Ibiza
26 - Indoors in Brighton
27 - Even in fancy dress at the notorious School Disco in London.
Then recover with a spa weekend…
28 - Surrounded by snow-capped mountains in Caldea, Andorra’s space-age thermal spa
29 - In Britain’s only natural thermal spa in, er, Bath spa.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites…
30 - At the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
31 - Within the vast grounds of Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill’s birthplace in Oxfordshire.
32 - In the sumptious Alhambra complex in Andalucia
33 - And at Marie Antoinette’s former home at the Palace of Versailles
Visit Europe’s oldest classrooms
34 - In Cambridge- home to Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Hugh Laurie. Enjoy the punts, the pints and 800 years of history.
35 - In Oxford – whose dreaming spires overlooked Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Rupert Murdoch and Esther Rantzen.
36 - In Trinity College, Dublin – queue up to see the Book of Kells before heading off to the Guinness Museum
37 - The sandstone streets and sunshine of Salamanca in central Spain.
38 - The University of Paris - the Sorbonne – the former stomping ground of Marie Curie and Victor Hugo.
Get that adrenaline surge
39 - By Running with the Bulls in Pamplona
40 - Or skydiving in the Ariège
41 - Ski-ing the Vallée Blanche in Chamonix
42 - White-water rafting in Wales
43 - Going for a 4WD in Benidorm
44 - Orbing in Brighton
45 – Or braving the surf in Biarritz
Then treat your stomach to..
46 - Sushi school in London
47 - Wine-tasting in St Émilion, France
48 - Paella in Valencia, coastal home of this popular dish
49 - Cassoulet in Languedoc, next to the medieval turrets of Carcassonne
50 - Gazpacho in Andalucia, with local sherry to top it off
51 - Salty Roquefort in the undergound caves near the famous Millau Bridge in southwest France
52 - Marmalade in Seville, between trips to the magnificent Real Alcázar
53 - Champagne in (ahem) champagne
Consider stylish city breaks in:
54 - Barcelona – a city alive with Gaudí’s masterpieces
55 - Prague - showing cobbled streets and the famous Charles Bridge
56 - Cardiff - this capital offers an Opera House, a Castle and Charlotte Church
57 - Dubrovnik - with burned-orange tiles, cafés and a stunning coastline
58 - San Sebastián – brimming with tapas bars and sandy beaches
59 – Marseilles - the vibrant, sailor’s city with a rebellious past
60 - Zagreb - Croatia’s quirky capital
Embrace your artistic side…
61 - Soak up the Tate Gallery, the Tate Modern and the National Gallery in London
62 - Cross the border between France and Spain to find Matisse’s Collioure and Salvador Dalí’s outlandish museum/palace in Figueres
63 - Let Michelangelo’s Hand of God touch you in the Sistine Chapel
64 - See Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters of the Moulin Rouge in historic Albi
65 - Drink coffee in the café from Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night in Arles
Go chasing folk legends…
67 - Search for Robin Hood in Nottingham’s Sherwood Forest
68 - Tintin in Brussels…
69 - The hunchback of Notre Dame in Paris
71 - And pirates in Penzance
And sporting legends…
72 - Watch tennis at Wimbledon
73 - Cricket at Lords
74 - See the Tour de France finish on the Champs-Elysées
Grab some late summer sun with a weekend..
75 - in the Algarve
76 - or the Canary Islands
77 - the French Riviera
78 – Or Malaga
Or make the most of London…
79 - by touching a gold bar in the Bank of England
80 - reliving Tudor history at Hampton Court Palace and Richmond Park
81 - enjoying the view at a price from the London Eye
82 - or for free from Primrose Hill
Find a building that’s worth the journey…
83 - like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
84 - or the leaning tower of Pisa
Or just chill in a laid-back place with character…
85 - like pink-bricked Toulouse
86 - or the coffee shops of Amsterdam
Help someone else…
87 - Cycle London to Brighton for the British Heart Foundation
88 - Volunteer on a one-off basis with Action 21 for a greener future
Reconnect with nature…
89 - In the Pyrenees in the natural amphitheatre of the Cirque de Gavarnie
90 - By camping in the Gower, Wales
91 - Hiking in the Swiss Alps
92 - Among fields of lavender in Provence
93 - From the air in the Bristol Balloon Fiesta
94 - Underwater by diving in Cyprus
95 - Surrounded by waterfalls in Plitvice
96 – Among the salt plains of the Camargue
97 - Gazing at the stars at the Greenwich Observatory
98 - In the tropical gardens in the Eden Project
99 - By cycling along the Canal du Midi among fields of sunflowers
100 – Climb the UK’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis
101 - Stand on the rocks at Land’s End and debate whether or not it deserves its name…
So, there you go. 101 cheap weekend breaks.
Enjoy exploring the world one weekend at a time.
Anyone have any more?