Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What A Difference Two Days Makes - Get Away From It All With A Short Break

Everybody loves Fridays. Even if your one of the less common breed who really enjoy their job, the building excitement of the clockwatchers and the general optimism that spreads through the workplace as 5pm draws closer is just infectious. It’s nearly the weekend, two whole days full of potential; anything could happen.
However, that timeless staple of office conversation, “Have a good weekend”, and its Monday morning counterpart “Did you get up to anything fun?” can become a bit depressing as you slowly realise that week after week, you always go to the same places with the same people. Or, worse still, decide to have a ‘quiet, relaxing weekend’ and end up catching up on some of those neglected chores around the house, alphabetising your DVD collection, thinking about new wallpaper and going back to work on Monday feeling more tired than you did last week.
Wouldn’t you rather have a really good reason for that Friday feeling: what if you knew that you’d be spending the weekend exploring a new city, hurtling along a rollercoaster, lying on a golden beach, seeing your favourite band in concert, being pampered in a steamy spa, or simply relaxing and enjoying the fresh air in some idyllic green countryside, without a wallpaper sample or hedge trimmer in sight?
A weekend break could be the perfect solution if you need to take a bit of time out, recharge your batteries or just try something new – as the old saying goes, ‘a change is as good as a rest’, and the possibilities are practically endless; so with a bit of planning you could end up somewhere very different every week!
Of course, you don’t want to spend half your weekend travelling, but luckily plenty of fantastic destinations are easily reachable by train or bus, either within the UK or via Eurostar.
Train travel is a great option as its fast, convenient, safe and green (it’s about ten times less polluting to the environment than flying). As you’ll only be staying for a night or two and don’t even need to take time off work, there’s nothing like the levels of financial worry that can be an unpleasant side-effect of planning longer holidays. Book early if possible to take advantage of any offers on train fares or accommodation to make weekend breaks even more affordable, so you can put some cash aside for your next trip!
No matter what you’re into – theatre, music, art, history, nature, sports, shopping, sun-worshipping, thrill-seeking, or if you just want to spend quality time with someone special – a weekend away is ideal for indulging your interests, and your tales of adventure may well make you the envy of the office on Monday morning! Or Tuesday morning, of course, in the fairly likely event that you decide your destination is just too good to leave...
Adam Singleton is an online freelance journalist from Scotland. His hobbies include travelling and hiking.
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