As we trudge through February we inevitably yearn for a change in the seasons and an improvement in the weather. Indeed, short days, work and the cold shutting us indoors lead to a very real case of cabin fever. However, instead of simply waiting for Spring to come round, we suggest you start planning for it. In particular, now is a great time to get a city break in the diary and with only 11 weeks until the first May bank holiday the next few days are the time when plane tickets are at the cheapest for the first of May’s long weekends.
To help you in the process we’ve put together a few ideas on where you can go and for how much. We’ve opted for three destinations from London and two from Manchester, but obviously there are great options from airports across the UK. Consider Leeds Bradford in particular. Finally, of course, prices do change so note that those quoted in the below suggestions were accurate at the time of writing – before setting your heart on a destination, we recommend you check Skyscanner for the best prices.
Flying out of London on Friday 28 April and returning on Monday 1 May, you can reach this Polish port city for £113 (cheaper options are available if you’re happy to fly at less convenient times). Despite being on the Baltic, the weather should have improved by May, allowing you to explore this historic city at your leisure. Fun fact – it was in Gdansk that resistance to Soviet oppression in Poland and wider Eastern Europe first emerged.
If heat is a higher priority for you, you might want to consider Italy. You can fly to Milan for £55 from Stansted (though this price is based on you flying back to London South End) among other cities. Milan is world famous for its fashion, but like most of Italy there is also a great café culture with lovely food and wine. Indeed, this winning combination has helped to propel the city to the second most popular destination in Europe, according to the Milan Tourism Board (read into that what you will).
Our final pick for those flying out of the capital, is to go to another capital, namely Stockholm. The home of the Nobel prize has much to offer and should be reasonable as Spring moves in. You can fly there from Luton return for £64. With over 50 bridges this is also one for the bridge enthusiasts amongst you.
For those of you flying from the North, Manchester Airport offers a great list of destinations. Top of our list is Rome. Granted you won’t have time to visit everything on offer in this ancient city, but for only £109 you can afford to go for a couple of days and come back again when you have more time. We recommend having at least one pizza – the Romans and Neapolitans claim their respective efforts are the best, vehemently disagreeing with the other’s view point. The only way for you to tell is to do your research.
If cafes and quaint streets aren’t really your thing and really your main priority is the night life, then where else in Europe would you go than Ibiza? By the beginning of May the island will be hot and the party should have begun. Fly from Manchester for just £84 return.
Irrespective of where you go make sure you pack well (i.e. take numerous shirts). Let us know how you get on and thanks for reading this post.
All the best