How to choose a one week holiday destination in the sun

How to choose your destination for a one week holiday in the sun on Falcondale Life blog. If you've just got one week off work, how do you choose a holiday destination in the sun to get the most out of a relatively short break? Here are tops to help select your one week holiday destination flying from the UK, and don't miss out on the best vacation experiences. Image description: blog title banner with Spanish village and Majorca beach

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With recent data showing that Brits work longer hours than a dozen of their European neighbours, more of us feel pressure to make the most of our holidays. But if you can only squeeze one week off work, how do you choose your destination to make the most of your time?

How to choose your destination for a one week holiday in the sun on Falcondale Life blog. If you've just got one week off work, how do you choose a holiday destination in the sun to get the most out of a relatively short break? Here are tops to help select your one week holiday destination flying from the UK, and don't miss out on the best vacation experiences. Image description: bay in Majorca with resort buildings

Majorca coast

City or beach resort

City breaks are more popular than ever. If like many people you like the seaside, then combining beach with city can be too much of a juggle. The general wisdom is that a one week holiday is too long for a city break. Really big cities have lots to do and world class museums or attractions. However they tend not to have beautiful, clean beaches or scenic golf resorts. My tip is to choose a coastal resort and get your fix of culture and history in a charming village or historic old fortress in a more rural area.

How to choose your destination for a one week holiday in the sun on Falcondale Life blog. If you've just got one week off work, how do you choose a holiday destination in the sun to get the most out of a relatively short break? Here are tops to help select your one week holiday destination flying from the UK, and don't miss out on the best vacation experiences. Image description: pretty Costa del sol street and cafe table

Costa del Sol

Beach resort choices

Travel broadens the mind of course, but arriving at your hotel and never straying more than a few hundred yards is not so good for your soul. Grab your holiday with both hands by venturing out for sightseeing and some alternative cuisine. Choose a destination with some historic sights nearby and maybe hire a car for a few days of your one week holiday to see a whole lot more. Mediterranean destinations may have fascinating Roman remains nearby.

Travel distance

With just one week off work, short-haul flights are your best friend. In a little over 2 hours from the UK you can reach mainland Spain or Portugal’s Algarve. Half an hour further are the Balearic islands such as Mallorca. There are some lovely coastal walks to do in these parts of the world and seafood dishes to discover too.

How to choose your destination for a one week holiday in the sun on Falcondale Life blog. If you've just got one week off work, how do you choose a holiday destination in the sun to get the most out of a relatively short break? Here are tops to help select your one week holiday destination flying from the UK, and don't miss out on the best vacation experiences. Image description: beach in Majorca

Majorca beach

If you want to tick some of the most famous historic sights off your bucket list, you may want to travel further. A five hour flight will take you to ancient Crete. Or fly just one hour further to get all-inclusive holidays to Egypt. Like Egypt, the Canaries are further south but about 4 hours flying time. They more popular in Spring or Autumn thanks to the weather.

How to choose your destination for a one week holiday in the sun on Falcondale Life blog. If you've just got one week off work, how do you choose a holiday destination in the sun to get the most out of a relatively short break? Here are tops to help select your one week holiday destination flying from the UK, and don't miss out on the best vacation experiences. Image description: ancient ruined temple in Egypt

Egyptian temple

Flight timings for a one week holiday destination

With a one week holiday it is worth going to the effort to arrive early on your first day and leave late on your last. This is definitely something I would prefer to try now my children are older as it would have been a bit fraught with really little ones. Some parents do manage it with tiny tots and of course getting a teenager out of bed has its own challenges. It’s surely worth it to get your full week.

A few people take “being prepared” before a flight to extremes. Last summer at 5am in Leeds airport I found myself in a queue behind a man wearing a colourful full body swimming costume and a pair of flip flops! He got on a different plane to me, thank goodness, but he was clearly ready to leap straight into the pool.

Have you ever packed a lot into one week in the sun? Share your experience in the comments!

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How to choose your destination for a one week holiday in the sun on Falcondale Life blog. If you've just got one week off work, how do you choose a holiday destination in the sun to get the most out of a relatively short break? Here are tops to help select your one week holiday destination flying from the UK, and don't miss out on the best vacation experiences. Image description: sunrise in Costa del sol town

Costa del Sol

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10 Comments

  1. 17th April 2018 / 10:28 am

    Great tips! We are thinking about going away in the summer abroad but haven’t been able to decide on destination or accommodation. I just need some sun!

    • 17th April 2018 / 11:24 am

      Aah accommodation is a whole extra decision. Hope you find something to suit!

  2. 15th April 2018 / 10:32 pm

    If we ever go abroad (which is rare!), I always try to maximise the flight times to allow us longer wherever we are! Nothing worse than knowing you are losing part of your holiday flying!

    • 16th April 2018 / 10:55 am

      That’s right – then it feels like a five day holiday instead of a week.

  3. 14th April 2018 / 3:04 pm

    We’ve been looking at Majorca purely because of the short flight which will be ideal with 2 young kids. It definitely makes sense when you’re only away for a week to maximise the time you’re there by checking the flight times!

    • 13th April 2018 / 10:21 pm

      Wouldn’t that be nice? Hope you get there before too long!

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