Instant messenger, live videos, high-speed trains, pre-cooked meals, last-minute flights – contemporary lifestyle is undoubtedly characterised by speed, immediacy and efficiency.
Hundreds of years ago, going on holiday meant spending two or three months at a hotel in an exotic destination. The hotel guests would get to know each other’s deepest secrets; intrigues and affairs would develop amongst them under the summer heat.
However, the current concept of holiday is far beyond this lingering retreat- two week summer holidays already seem like a luxury, weekend getaways are becoming rarer, and a new form of holiday is making its way in: the micro-break.
24-hour vacations. Sounds almost antithetical, since, even nowadays two nights seems like the minimum acceptable for a proper break. However, micro-breaks might be the future of the tourist business, since their benefits are many. Firstly, you can find 24 hours anytime, and you do not have too long for the desired lengthy vacation that only happens once a year. Moreover, financially speaking, since nowadays that fares are cheap and the cost of travelling as a proportion of a holiday is decreasing, micro-breaks turn out to be fairly affordable. However, there are nevertheless a few provisos to take into consideration.
Moreover, financially speaking, since nowadays that fares are cheap and the cost of travelling as a proportion of a holiday is decreasing, micro-breaks turn out to be fairly affordable.
However, there are nevertheless a few provisos to take into consideration.
Travel at a civilised time. Do not be overly ambitious booking an early morning ticket or a late-night return to squeeze every minute out of the trip - be reasonable, being rested will compensate for those extra hours you could potentially gain bringing your body to the brim of exhaustion.
Travel by rail. Despite the appeal of apparently fast and cheap aeroplane tickets, you will still have to deal with airport stress and the hassle of getting from the airport. Moreover, if you travel by train, you can sit back and enjoy the journey as part of the break.
Stay somewhere central. Even though you might enjoy walking or want to save a few pounds, you'sd surely rather not waste time walking to and from your hotel?
Plan around meals. Despite our drive for spontaneity while on holiday, booking nice places to eat ensures that you keep a leisure pace, as the meals become a key memory of your holiday. Of course, you would also want to plan tourist visits or other stops around the city - but only once you have enjoyed your meal.
Have a theme. Regardless of whether it is a concert, a theatre play, an exhibition, an area or a particular time, it will help keep things focused - anything you feel like exploring will do as long as it is doable within 24 hours.
Lastly, choose your destination wisely. Britain or European destinations are the perfect choices for micro-breaks. Paris, Brussels, Marseille, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Strasbourg, Rotterdam, Antwerp - is this a good start?
Great things come in small packages, and travelling should not be an exception - micro-breaks might be the perfect solution for our hectic lifestyles for our travel-loving and adventure-seeking selves.