{Travel} City Breaks: Three of the best

City Breaks: Three of the best

City breaks either appeal to you or they don’t. Many find the ruckus and pace of cities to be the antithesis of the holiday experience and would much rather lie on the beach, coconut in hand. If you’ve been avoiding city breaks your entire life because you think it’s all open-top bus tours and hyped up tourist prices, it’s fair to say you’ve been led astray. Here are our top three cities to break the habit of a lifetime.

Tokyo

Are you looking for something that raises the hair on your arms as you gaze around in sheer amazement. To the point where neck cramp is a very real possibility, then visit Tokyo, Japan. A thousand miles away from the lull of the beach, this is the world’s most populous metropolitan area. But don’t let that put you off as it only serves to adds to the thrill. Think neon lights, traditional temples, beautiful parks, Michelin starred food, cat cafes, jaw-dropping technology and ancient history.

The distant future all living happily ever after, side by side. This is a city for those of you who aren’t afraid to step outside your comfort zone. To sample the best hotels in Tokyo, head to Marunouchi and book a room with a view overlooking the Imperial Palace Gardens. Or make your way to historic Nihonbashi.

Budapest

Asides from its obvious elegance and breath-taking beauty, never has a city had so much to give. With the river Danube weaving through the heart of the city’s districts, Buda and Pest. It’s picture perfect from whichever angle you take your shot. Architecturally stunning and historically fascinating, the array of royal palaces, churches and cobbled streets.

Budapest offers the spectacular Chain Bridge and Buda Castle (the city’s crowning glory) its more than enough to keep you occupied for days. Take a dip in the thermal baths, sample the city’s  gastronomic brilliance and take an evening or two to experience the ever-popular nightlife. A nightlife that draws people from around the world, and you have the recipe for a getaway that perfectly balances beauty and bustle effortlessly.

Edinburgh

For the history buffs among you, there’s no place quite like Edinburgh. The streets can be easily navigated on two feet and the city’s highlights can be soaked up in just a matter of days. Stroll around the likes of Edinburgh Castle and the botanical gardens, summit the mighty Arthur’s Seat (a dormant volcano). Visit the Chinese pandas at the zoo and top it all off with a ghost tour and a whiskey tasting session before hitting the hay.

Beyond the historic streets, Edinburgh is also home to the world-famous Fringe Festival where for three weeks in August each year thousands of performers break a leg on stage to be part of the largest arts festival in the world.

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  1. December 17, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    I pray that that day is soon and you can finally tick it off and had another new adventure

  2. December 13, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    I am planning on going to Budapest next year, it’s been a destination I’ve wanted to go to for ages xx

    • December 17, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Oh it’s on my list as well too and I can not wait.

  3. December 11, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    I have Budapest on my list too for next year

  4. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    December 11, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    All of these are on my bucket list – there are so many wonderful places!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Oh absolutely my bucketlist keeps growing every year lol

  5. December 10, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Tokyo has been on my list now for a few years. One day I’ll make it there!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      I am sure you will one day

  6. December 10, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    I love Edinburgh – been once as a teen and would love to go again. Just the driving time really puts me off!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Oh I know, it takes is about 7-8 hours driving from my parents

  7. December 10, 2016 / 12:16 am

    I have been to Edinburgh once. Would love to visit it again.

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      It’s such a beautiful place I too cannot wait to visit again

  8. Shannon Ritchie
    December 9, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Tokyo has always been on my bucket list of places to visit! One day haha!

    • December 11, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      One day my dear one day

  9. Charlotte
    December 9, 2016 / 10:24 am

    I have been to Edinburgh and I love it. Would love to visit Tokyo one day!

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:45 pm

      You and me both, it would be so epic

  10. Baby Isabella
    December 8, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    My folks would love to visit Tokyo. It’s the number one on their bucket list….takes a lot to save up for though…

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:45 pm

      It sure does take a lot to save up so I hope they manage to visit though

  11. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    December 8, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Edinburgh is next on my list. I have never been to Scotland, but I would love to tour around.

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      I am sure you will have fun when you visit as it’s such a lovely city

  12. December 8, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    I am lucky to be in Glasgow so Edinburgh is so accessable for us. I love going through for the fringe and also the christmas markets too!

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Oh I am truly jealous right now as not been to Fringe nor the Christmas markets yet

  13. December 8, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    I’ve been to Budapest and Edinburgh as well and loved both of them x

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      Oh wow how awesome any recommendations for when I do?

  14. Natasha Mairs
    December 8, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    I have never been to any of these places but they all look absolutely amazing!!

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      They sure and can not to visit

  15. December 8, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I do love a good city break. I’ve been to Edinburgh before and had a great time. Budapest is on my list of places to visit.

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      You and me both, city breaks are just the best I think

  16. Jo Wiggins
    December 8, 2016 / 11:17 am

    I’d love to go to Tokyo, it’s on my bucket list. My favourite city has to be Dublin, I just have so many amazing memories of visiting there x

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:42 pm

      I enjoyed Dublin too when I visited during the summer it was epic

  17. December 8, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Budapest and Edinburgh are two of my favourite cities in the whole world, and I’d love to go to Tokyo x

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:42 pm

      I am jealous you’ve visited both I can not wait to revisit Edinburgh and then the other two

  18. December 8, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Tokyo has been on my list of places to visit for many, many years. I really hope to get there on day.

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:41 pm

      I too hope you manage to visit one day

  19. Melanie Edjourian
    December 7, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    I haven’t been to any of these places although Tokyo looks like it would be a lovely place to visit someday with the hubby when the kids are older.

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:41 pm

      Yea I can not wait to visit Tokyo my self either alone or with someone

  20. December 7, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    I would actually really like to go to Edinburgh and see all the beautiful castles. Plus I hear they have good food as well!

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:41 pm

      I remember the foods and one Castle but it was a long time ago so long overdue for a visit

  21. fashion-mommy
    December 7, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Three places I have not visited, but would love to, especially Budapest.

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Hope you manage to one day luv

  22. Beautyqueenuk
    December 7, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    My mister is in Edinburgh right now as I type this, though for work reasons. One day I would love to visit x

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      I hope he gets a chance to go out and about after work

  23. Jodie Whitham
    December 7, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    I absolutely love Edinburgh and really want to visit Tokyo! 🙂 Keep hearing good things about budapest too x

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Though I can’t remember much about Edinburgh I remember the gorgeous cathedral we visited

  24. Hannah Latoya Bond
    December 7, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    I’ve never been to any of these places, although I would like to go to Edinburgh x

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      I hope you get to visit one day

  25. December 7, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Ohh, both Budapest and Edinburgh would be lovely city breaks! I would love to see the Chain Bridge and relax in the thermal baths in Budapest, and see all of the history and beautiful castles in Edinburgh.

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      Oh I feel the same Sarah, it would be epic and I have them planned for next year

  26. From Evija with Love
    December 7, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    What a lovely post, thank you for sharing. I have always wanted to go to Edinburgh heard so many lovely things about it! Can’t wait to visit it one day!

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      You’re most welcome and thanks for stopping by.

  27. Emma
    December 7, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    I sooo want to go to Edinburgh! Even more so now. I’ve not really considered the other two but I think we may need to add them to our consideration list!

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      I love that “consideration list” lol

  28. LaaLaa
    December 7, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Oooo, Tokyo. I know someone who studied and lived there for 3 years and became fluent in Japanese. I’d love to go there, could only imagine the advance in technology x

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      I am jealous that that person became fluent in Japanese. I can not wait to visit

  29. Francesca Nelson
    December 7, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    These are all on my list!!! I can’t wait to one day visit them!

    • December 9, 2016 / 12:36 pm

      On mine too though I have visited Edinburgh I don’t remember much so I need to revisit

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