Taking several short breaks in a year might make you happier than taking a single longer holiday, which is great news for fans of the weekend getaway. Psychologists believe they could be better for you than a two-week holiday.
Psychologists argue that holidays are an opportunity for making memories, and if you use up your allowance in one go on a ‘proper’ holiday, you give yourselves a narrower set of opportunities. Take your holiday allowance in smaller chunks, over long weekends, you get more memories and more relaxation.
Your holiday allowance is precious. There is a legal minimum, but knowing how important it is to people, employers often add additional days by way of reward and perk. It’s a chance to get away from work and recharge, to live a little and to come back refreshed and maintain their effectiveness at work.
Being away for more than a couple of days becomes less exciting as the days go on, and once a long holiday is over, the next break can seem a long way off, which can be disheartening. Breaking the year up with more short breaks means there is always something to look forward to that isn’t more than a few weeks away.
Others say travelling can be stressful, and therefore going away once, or only a few times, is easier. Sometimes, going away gives way to things going wrong – lost luggage, delays etc – and going away more regularly means more opportunity for unwanted hassle.
If you’re tempted to try a weekend or mini break in the UK, there is no shortage of places to try. Pick somewhere far enough away that it feels different, but not too far that you spend all your time travelling. Birmingham, in the heart of the Midlands, is a great place for a weekend break, and if you want the freedom and flexibility of serviced apartments Birmingham has some good options. Try somewhere like No.8 Waterloo Street apartments and the city is your oyster!
For some inspiration on what to do and where to go on a short break in the UK, try the list compiled by The Telegraph.
A change is as good as a rest after all, and short breaks give you change more frequently than a longer holiday.