My trip to Basel: How city breaks can be relaxing

Short city breaks for us in the UK are attractive for many reasons. They don’t use up many valuable holiday days, give you a glimpse into another city/culture, and most importantly give you that mini holiday feeling without putting too much strain on your bank balance.

But with this being said, they also have their disadvantages. They can involve rushing to the airport after work on Friday (after kicking yourself all day remembering something left at home) and having to meticulously plan in order to tick off everything you found to do on timeout.com.  And that’s just the preparation! Once you’re there there is a whole plethora of other first world struggles. You have to wake up early to make proper use of the day, you get sore feet from all the walking, and my personal least favourite…being stuck with limited outfit choices due to packing light. All of this can make you come back tired and unprepared for the next week ahead, not feeling like you have had a ‘break’ at all…

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New York City: A London Gal’s initial perspective

Last month I was fortunate enough to travel to New York as part of a family trip, simultaneously serving my bank balance (shout out to my mum!) and love of family time well. This trip was of extra importance to me as I have been toying with the idea of moving to another city for a long time. Having an American Father and consequently having an American Passport myself, it seems almost foolish to ignore the little niggle in the back of my mind telling me I really need to make the most of this advantage and spend some time in the U.S. Within the states, New York keeps coming up as the most viable option. Perhaps I have been indoctrinated by television shows such as Girls, Friends and How I Met Your Mother, shows which the protagonists all revel in their love of the city. Perhaps somewhere in my subconscious is the thought, “hey if its right for modern female characters along the (cough) ‘middle class’ social spectrum like Hannah Horvath and Rachel Green, why not for me!?”. I have always been a huge fan of large cities, buzzing social atmospheres and huge art and cultural scenes, so naturally New York City has always appeared to tick a lot of boxes for me. And, as a huge bonus (recalling tedious language classes at school..) I wouldn’t have to learn any new languages.

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