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  1. Lucas
    March 7, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

    I have always made it a point to spend a week at a certain big city in my vacations. Less stressful and makes me familiarize with the city surroundings. I already spent a week in Munich and Lucerne (which is more of just a base point to be able to go around Central Switzerland), and I plan to do the same next time in Vienna and Prague

    • Ali Garland
      March 8, 2018 @ 4:01 pm

      Sounds like a good plan, Lucas! I love traveling a little slower and getting to know a city better than I would in just a couple of days.

  2. Sarah Carter
    February 3, 2018 @ 5:45 pm

    We just got back from Valletta, Malta, – a great place to head to in 2018, as its the European City of Culture – its a great spot to visit and a weekend break there is enough, you can always head out of the city to the rest of the island for a chill out time, but its nice to get to understand the culture and history of a place, which generally means heading to a city!

    • Ali Garland
      February 13, 2018 @ 5:12 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Sarah!

  3. Anne
    September 5, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    In 12 days I’m off to Italy! 🙂 During my time there, I’ll be spending 9 days in Rome, after arriving there from Australia,and another three until the day I return to Australia. I will also spend 9 days in Reggio Calabria, 9 days in Venice, 12 days in Bologna, 3 days in Florence and 2 in Milan. I would have loved to stay longer in Florence but it ended up that way because of the scheduling, and I feel that even the amount of time that I’ll be staying in those places isn’t enough. Besides Italy I’ll be in Finland for two weeks. I’m a believer in slow travel for the reasons you mentioned.

    • Ali Garland
      September 5, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

      That sounds like an amazing trip, Anne! I never feel like I have enough time in just about any destination when I travel. There’s always more to see, more food to try, more about the culture and history to learn. Which is why I love slow travel so much, I at least get a little time to dig a bit deeper. I think you’ll have a *fantastic* time in Italy! I’m curious about your 9 days in Reggio di Calabria though. My mom’s grandparents were originally from there, before they moved to the US 100 years ago. My husband and I will be traveling through Italy from the end of September to mid October with my parents, and we’ll be spending a few days down there so my mom can see the area. I’ve heard the city itself isn’t too exciting, but we’ll see. Enjoy your time in Italy and Finland!

      • Anne
        September 6, 2014 @ 12:53 am

        Thanks Ali. In Venice, besides sightseeing, eating and drinking, I’ll be celebrating my birthday as it falls during my stay there. As for staying in Reggio Calabria, I chose it as I decided I would like to see places in addition to the major tourist areas of Italy and it’s on the coast. Enjoy your travels in Italy too!

        • Ali Garland
          September 7, 2014 @ 10:55 am

          Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your birthday!

          • Anne
            September 26, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

            I’m having a great time in Italy so far. One of my most favourite things to do is go to the bar for pastry and cappuccino for breakfast and return for subsequent espressos. Simple things can be the most enjoyable part of travel.

          • Ali Garland
            September 26, 2014 @ 11:23 pm

            Anne, I’m so glad you’re having a good time in Italy! I love becoming a regular at places, especially when traveling. Somehow even for a week, it’s really nice to have the guy behind the counter recognize me.

  4. Matthew Cheyne
    August 2, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    I really like this concept of a “city breaks month”. Cultures vary so widely between countries and within individual countries that if you have a fast itinerary, not only do you exhaust yourself, you also don’t get a proper feel for the places that you have been to because you quite literally haven’t stopped long enough to smell the proverbial roses.

    My last vacation was way way back in 2006 and it was a week long trip to Sydney where I did a whole host of things, the most memorable of which was doing the Sydney Harbor Bridge climb tour. That alone from walking through the door of the tourist center to doing the two hour tour to leaving with your souvenirs chews up the bulk of half a day – not ideal if you’re on a fast itinerary but if you spend a whole week in a destination like I did, it’s an event and you can make a day of it and it’s not that bad. I had lived in Sydney for five whole months between August 2001 and January of 2002 and not got a proper feel of what the essence of Sydney was like comapred to that memorable week in between jobs in 2006.

    Mind you, and here is the caveat, whether you are fast or slow traveling, the most of the city you are visiting that you are going to experience is a snapshot in time. Come back to that place again say ten or twenty years later and the city may be completely different. Cities like Berlin, Shanghai, Beijing, Melbourne, Sydney, even Singapore and Hong Kong fit this description. So it means that you haven’t seen everything there is to see of a destination within a week, month or even a year. Cities like people, change over time and you can love that or hate that about them but if your heart is open enough, the cities you visit, just like the people you may encounter will change you.

    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

      Thanks Matthew, glad you like it! You’re completely right, even a few months isn’t long enough to really get to know a city. I just wrote a bunch of freelance articles about Berlin, and in doing so, I realized just how many other things there are to do there that I didn’t know about while we lived there for 3 months. Spending a week instead of 2 or 3 days will get you so many more rich experiences since you can relax more and you don’t have to focus all your energy on just seeing the monuments and museums.

      Cities do change. Sometimes that makes it difficult to return to a place you loved so much years ago, but sometimes it’s fascinating to see those changes and it becomes almost like exploring a new city.

      I can’t believe you did the harbor bridge climb! You’ve probably mentioned it before, but I forgot. Amazing! I don’t think I could ever do that. I don’t have a big fear of heights, but that just sounds scary to me, despite all the safety measure. Very impressive!

      • Matthew Cheyne
        August 2, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

        It was before my Fibromyalgia became as serious as it is now and yes I do suffer from fear of heights too but I didn’t realize it until I almost reached the top. It’s an expensive experience but one I will always remember. Most visitors to Sydney nowadays would probably go for the Skydeck experience which is where they again kit you up but you go up to the top of a skyscraper in Sydney’s CBD and for about a half hour or hour or so get views all around from 250 metres up whilst being outdoors. It’s far easier and cheaper than the bridge climb but you don’t get all the history about what made Sydney Sydney.