A guide to Manchester, UK: things to do, see and eat

Manchester: places to visit, eat/drink at and see | PACK THE SUITCASES

If you’re planning a weekend away or if you’re local and looking for new places to visit in Manchester, this might be handy for you.

After years of research (read: eating and drinking too much), I’ve put together a bit of a city guide featuring all my local haunts that I regularly tell my friends to go to. It seemed daft to have so many travel posts about more far-flung destinations and absolutely nothing about Manchester, the city I know best. So here it is…

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18 of the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway

18 of the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here are 18 of (in my opinion) the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway when you don’t want to venture further afield. And as well as sharing my own favourite UK city breaks, I thought I’d rope in some other travel bloggers as well so that I could cover more of the country and include tips on UK cities that I’ve never visited or have visited but don’t know well enough to write about in any detail.I asked around and some fellow travel bloggers obliged me with their own UK city break ideas, which I’ve included below after my ones.

You’ll notice that London is not listed. Before anyone asks why, it’s because a) I don’t like it, b) it’s already been done to death online and c) I wanted to write about great UK cities that don’t get as much attention.

So, get comfy with a cup of tea. It might take you a while to read this one…

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How to do a Ljubljana to Zagreb train adventure: one-week itinerary

A fairytale city break in Ljubljana, Slovenia | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s my Ljubljana to Zagreb train trip itinerary, featuring the best things to see in both these amazing cities and how to travel between them. You could do this itinerary either way. I chose to start off in Ljubljana because it worked better for our flights. But you could easily do Zagreb to Ljubljana too. Just flip reverse it, much like Blazin’ Squad (that noughties cultural reference will be lost on most of my readers, but I’m going with it).

I’d recommend spending slightly more time in Ljubljana than Zagreb. Although I enjoyed both cities, Ljubljana was an absolute fairytale place and I completely fell in love with it.

Anyway. Here’s my suggested itinerary for seeing both these gorgeous cities within 7 days, including how to do the stunning Ljubljana to Zagreb train journey between them…

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How to spend a week in Madeira: a 7-day itinerary without a car

Things to do in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal | PACK THE SUITCASES

If you’re spending a week in Madeira, there are so many things you can do on the island that it can be a nightmare picking which ones to add to your plan and in what order. I’ve put together this one-week Madeira itinerary based on what I’ve done on past trips (there have been a lot of them and I secretly like to think of myself as some sort of Madeira expert) to help you decide.

Madeira is totally doable without a car, so if like me you don’t drive, you’re going to be pleased with how decent the bus system is for seeing plenty of the island. For the bits that are harder to achieve by bus, there are plenty of minibus private tours, but more on that later..

Anyway, here are my tips for how to use your days to explore Funchal and further afield, where to eat and drink and various stuff to do on each day if you’re spending a whole week in Madeira…

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What to pack for a winter city break

What to pack for a winter city break | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s a few tips for what to pack for a winter city break. Winter is a tricky one to pack for because big thick clothing takes up SO much room in your suitcase. You can’t afford to make any mistakes with your packing list or you’ll end up going over the old baggage allowance. Winter outfit choices are also a pain because you don’t want your holiday ruined by feeling cold all the time when you’re out and about in the day. I find I end up wrapping up much more than I do when I’m at home because usually I’m just going from the house to the train to the office, not wandering round loads outside so not feeling the cold as much. On holiday, especially a city break, you’re outside pretty much all day.

Anyway, like I’ve said in my other seasonal packing guides, if this helps even one other woman staring at her ‘floordrobe’ and wanting to burn it all the night before going away, I’ll feel I’ve done some kind of heroic good deed.

Anyway, settle down with a hot chocolate or other winter-themed drink of choice, because here are my winter packing tips…

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32 cheap European city breaks for an affordable getaway

Cheap European city breaks for an affordable holiday | PACK THE SUITCASES

I wanted to put together a post about cheap European city breaks because it’s January as I’m typing this and I don’t know about you, but I’m broke as a joke. Affordable, cheap trips are sounding very appealing RN.

This post is going to be a tad different from my usual waffle. As well as sharing some cheap European city breaks that I’ve enjoyed doing myself, I thought I’d get some inspiration from others. So I asked around a group of fellow travel bloggers and they obliged me with loads of affordable holiday ideas that I’ve never done myself. I added another few of my own and voila – here you have this huge list of 32 cheap European city breaks to give you some food for thought for your next trip on a budget.

Get comfy with a cup of tea. It might take you a while to read this one…

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