Only got a few days holiday left and want to get away? No problem! Short breaks are more popular than ever with 76 percent of people taking more than one holiday a year. And did you know, according to psychologists, taking regular short breaks is better for you and makes you happier than taking one long holiday? So what are you waiting for?
If you don’t want to venture too far from home, how about a few days away in a luxury lodge with your own private hot tub in the idyllic North Yorkshire countryside? Close to the Yorkshire Dales, Sun Hill Lodges are perfect for a romantic break or a family get together. Located on a hillside with beautiful views, the lodges overlook the Sun Hill Farm estate, famous for its training of racehorses.
There is plenty to explore locally with wonderful scenic walks, country pubs and nearby spa towns for afternoon tea. Or relax and unwind in your lodge for a day of pampering with a range of in-lodge beauty treatments.
3 night long weekend in June for a family of 4 staying in a luxury lodge with private hot tub from £630.
I love cruise holidays – with fabulous food, incredible service and world class entertainment what’s not to like! But before committing to a long voyage, why not try a 2 or 3 day mini cruise. You can experience the ship, visit a European city or two and it’s a really cost effective short break as there is so much included. Mini-cruises are perfect for a family get together, a hen party or girly weekend as well as a romantic couple’s weekend.
How about a 2 night cruise aboard the stunning Celebrity Eclipse departing Southampton in May visiting Le Havre
where you can take a trip to Paris – from £398 per person in a Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony. Or try a 3 night cruise aboard P&O’s Oriana in July visiting Bruges and Guernsey –from £349 per person staying in an Outside Cabin.
Most cruises have all meals and snacks included in the price as well as kids’ clubs, shows and other entertainment.
Expect to pay extra for things like spa treatments, excursions or a flutter in the on-board casino.
Only a few hours flying time from the UK but with a landscape more like the moon, Iceland truly is an out of this world destination . Visit October to March for the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights or in summer to travel further afield to locations which are largely inaccessible in the winter months.
A three or four night trip will give you the opportunity to explore the highlights of Iceland including Haukadalur with the famous steaming geyser and hot springs, Gullfoss the Golden Waterfall and the National Park Thingvellir.
A three night stay in Iceland in March including 3* hotel in Reykjavik, flights, airport transfers and a northern lights tour costs from £475 per person.
Mama Life Top TIPS:
Having spent 4 days in Iceland, these are our top tips:
Iceland is very cold in the Winter Months – Take plenty of Layers & Thermals
Don’t forget your Hip flask – alcohol is very expensive so buy your supplies at the airport and keep your hip flask topped up. An alcoholic beverage can cost around £20.00
Hire a car – All major car hire companies are at the airport and are very reasonably priced, they drive on the opposite side to the UK, but the roads are safe. Google Maps came in very handy. A driving adventure through beautiful Iceland is the best way of taking in the hidden beauty that you do not get on the tours.
For the ultimate long weekend, how about a trip to New York? With a flight time of only 6 hours it’s an easy hop over to the Big Apple. Plenty of time to see the sights, do some shopping and maybe take in a Broadway show.
My favorite time of year to visit is Autumn (or Fall!) – perfect for walks or a carriage ride in Central Park. On a short break, make sure you stay in a centrally located hotel. I like the Times Square area which is close to all the main attractions so you don’t waste any time getting around.
Expect to pay around £750 per person for a 3 night break in New York in October including flights and hotel.