Whether you’re on a 48 hour bender with the lads or whispering sweet nothings into your once-upon-a-Hinge-date's ear, city breaks are a relatively easy way to get away from Blighty for a change of scenery. But that’s not to say that they can’t be fraught with difficulty. From sounding the clarion call on the group chat for the first time, to spamming your useless mates to send you the money for the Airbnb, to trying to find a restaurant that fits everyone’s tastes (“Does it have chicken nuggets”/”where can we get smashed avo on toast”), there are a lot of variables when it comes to city breaks. We’ve made a list of some of our top tips to make the process as painless as possible.
There’s nothing worse than arriving in Berlin, Amsterdam or Barcelona without the foggiest of what to do. Which is why we’ve done the legwork so you don’t need to worry. Each of our trips has a carefully curated itinerary hand picked in collaboration with our partners. With day parties, coffee shop takeovers, boat parties and, of course, clubnights, you’re in good hands.
Beyond our itinerary, you’ll likely start planning a few restaurants, bars and tourist attractions to fill in the rest of the time. Google docs named “Eddie’s Barça guide” and “‘DAM❤🚬” will be pinging around your DMs like unwanted Instagram suitors. Our advice - don’t try and do it all. Select two or three unmissable things and head there. Beyond that, let the tide take you wherever it chooses. You might end up in a lock-in in a barge with a magician and a member of the Swedish ski team. Or you won’t. Either way, keep an open mind and you never know where you might end up.
This is crucial. Sometimes things don’t work out. We’d advise having a solid back up to go back to if you end up shit creek with Apple Maps. Luckily, we’ve chosen some of the most buzzing hostels and venues in Europe to form part of our travel experiences. As such, if everything goes wrong - you can easily head back there for a calming beer (or, if things have gone really badly, a quadruple vodka tonic).
Not sure we need to add anything here, maybe even bring two. Elixirs of life.
One of the key things we’ve mentioned is agility. This means being flexible in where you go, who you see and what you end up doing. And a critical part of making this possible is having a bag you can sling over your shoulder at a moment’s notice and get on the road. There is an art to packing light - if you can fit 4 days worth of fresh outfits, enough clean pants and socks and the rest of the accessories you need to stand out in Europe, into one item of carry-on, you should celebrate it. Top tip - don’t forget your eye mask.
This might sound obvious, but getting lost in a foreign city is about as fun as Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Make sure you know your hostel’s address, the local emergency services numbers, have downloaded Citymapper and you have a taxi number saved. And look out for your mates.