One of the many perks of getting older is having the flexibility to travel and see more of the world. Some of us may have children that have left home, we may be winding down our careers and we may also be a little more financially secure. With this in mind, getting older is definitely one of the times to travel and many of us look forward to taking advantage of the opportunities that this stage of life offers. And what fantastic opportunities there are; from luxurious cruises to long stay breaks during the winter months, travelling over 50 has never been better.
However, some of us may not want to take an extended holiday. Whether work commitments get in the way or we are looking for something that is a bit more budget friendly, jetting off to Spain for 6 months may be out of the question. This is where the short break comes into it’s own. Short breaks are a fantastic way of soaking up all of the advantages of travelling but are much more budget friendly whilst also catering for time constraints. There have even been studies by psychologists that have suggested that shorter holidays ensure that we appreciate our time away from home even more. Finally, mini breaks often encourage us to explore destinations that are closer to home, which we may not have considered visiting if we were planning a longer break. But where are the best short break destinations for those of us over 50 and where should we think about visiting when planning our next holiday?
York is the perfect destination for a short break and the city is often hailed as one of the most beautiful in the United Kingdom. The walled city is scattered with historic buildings and picturesque medieval streets, with York Minster cathedral one of the architectural highlights. Visitors often describe York as having a romantic ambience, which is unsurprising considering the plethora of cosy tearooms, boutique shops and intimate restaurants. There are a number of museums to visit, as well as other fantastic attractions, making York a hidden gem for a British short break holiday.
For those of us who enjoy holidays by the seaside, Brighton is the ultimate British beach destination. The vibrant city is perfect for short breaks, with hundreds of world-class restaurants, quirky boutique shops and iconic tourist attractions. Whether you want to stroll down Brighton pier, relax on the famous pebble beach or explore the fantastic Regency architecture, many find that the Sussex city is an ideal short break city. Some top tourist attractions include the Royal Pavilion and Preston Manor, which are great historic examples of our Georgian and Edwardian heritage.
Famous for it’s world-renowned performing arts festival and cultural heritage, Edinburgh is a fantastic city that is ideal for shorter holidays. It is a relatively small city that is very ‘walkable’, meaning that seeing everything that the city has to offer is very doable on a short break. The Scottish city is one that caters for people with all kinds of interests. For those who enjoy history, there are a number of historic castles and palaces, ranging from the 12th Century to the 17th century waiting to be explored. For those who prefer the great outdoors, Edinburgh has some spectacular gardens, of which the Royal Botanic Garden is a particular highlight. The city also has more restaurants per head than any other city in the United Kingdom, making it ideal for those who just want to relax and experience some of the world’s finest cuisine.
These are just three of the best short break holiday destinations in the United Kingdom; they are perfect for those of us who are over 50 and looking for new places to explore. Closer to home, they are ideal for those of us sticking to a budget and each of these cities are extremely easy to get to – whether by car or public transport. Short breaks are a perfect way to travel and explore places closer to home, so they are definitely worth considering when planning your next holiday. The best way to book short getaways is online and many companies offer short break for over 50s for those looking to book a getaway.