Where’s the best value for a short break?

Over the years my travel style has definitely changed and now I tend to take short trips or weekend getaways as opposed to long trips. This is mainly due to ageing and a change in my lifestyle. When I started out I was young and broke, with time on my hands, which meant I would take long backpacker trips on a shoestring budget. Now I have a media company to manage, which means I can’t really take more than a few days off at a time. I also travel differently because I prefer to travel in luxury, so I splash out on fancier hotels but only book a couple of nights so I can afford it.

Apparently I’m not alone and Brits are making more and more short trips and even when flying long-haul, we’re choosing to make a stopover along the way. Which makes sense as flights are now much more affordable than they once were, so it’s easier to travel more frequently. I also feel like with social media and technology advancements people probably finding it a bit harder to just switch off and relax – we’re always on the go, wanting to see and do new things and share to social networks.

When I was a child my Mum would take me on one two week holiday per year. That’s what everyone did, but now it’s normal to jet off to Amsterdam on the weekend, book a five-day trip to Santorini for the summer and then fly to Thailand and Singapore for some winter sun – all in the space of a year.

HSBC UK has put together an infographic highlighting the best value locations for short breaks so you can make your travel money go further.

Food-wise Barcelona comes out cheapest for a city break at £35.21 for a three-course meal, while Bangkok comes out as cheapest for a layover. A three-course dinner will cost you just £16.24 in Thailand’s capital.

Again Barcelona and Bangkok come out cheapest for beer prices, while Cape Town is cheapest for a layover, with wine costing just £3.71 for a bottle. Personally I absolutely love Cape Town – not only is the landscape beautiful but the food & drink was top-notch, yet so affordable! Definitely check out my itinerary for how to spend one week in Cape Town.

For more info check out the infographic below and check out HSBC’s guide to popular city breaks and layovers.

HSBC_City Breaks Infographic

Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

1 Comment
  • Jenny
    Posted at 21:46h, 28 June Reply

    I’m not surprised Barcelona came out on top, I remember the food being really reasonably priced! Plus I read somewhere that it is cheaper for people to live in Barcelona and commute to London than to live in London, not sure how accurate that is but still haha.

    Jenny | Local Leo

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