A city break might seem like a strange idea, especially when you might still be packing for your summer holiday. However, you need to be aware of the back-to-school / back-to-work depression. As a rule of the thumb, the mood in the office improves gradually as the sun comes back in spring, which is often linked to the disappearance of the SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – syndrome. Most people suffer from SAD at various levels during the cold months of the year, as the disorder is connected to the lack of natural sunlight. But, there is also another reading to the good mood during the spring season. Most people have planned their summer breaks and are starting to count down the weeks until their holidays. Naturally, going back to work at the end of the summer affects your spirit. For most employees, the next vacation will be at Christmas, which leaves over a trimester without a break. You need to plan for yourself a weekend getaway during this period to have a holiday to look forward too as you get back to work.
Why you need a short break?
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an autumnal break? Rain? Grey sky? The fact that you can’t wear your favourite summer dress anymore? There’s an essential element you need to consider when you’re planning your vacation: the price tag. Indeed, summer breaks tend to be overpriced as a result of a crowd of tourists. Holidays are more likely to be expensive between the end of May and end of August. Consequently, looking for vacations after August and before the start of the Christmas break can be extremely beneficial for your budget! Additionally, there is a sense of romance in the autumn months. Indeed, you can enjoy spontaneous holidays more easily – tourists and children are back to their everyday routines! But aside from the advantages of a break in autumn, there’s also an important realisation you need to make. Coming back to work at the end of your summer holiday affects your mood. The weather turns rainy; the temperatures drop; and you’re stuck in an office. Giving yourself the possibility of a short weekend getaway can help you to stay motivated.
What to pack?
Picture a 2 to 4-day getaway. Contrary to your summer vacation, you can’t pack flip-flops, swimsuits and colourful maxi dresses. You need to plan for the weather with warm sweatshirts for women, which you can combine with a pair of jeans and comfortable walking boots. Ultimately, you don’t need to pack a lot of things, but you need to think in terms of layers. A weekend getaway in town generally involves a lot of walking in- and outdoors, and consequently, a lot of variations in temperatures. Layering can help you to go through the day comfortably. Additionally, you need to think about your skincare. When you spend all your day at the office, you may not need to move to your winter care until very late in the year. But, you’ll be spending a lot of time outside during your short break. Therefore you need to help your skin to be protected against the sudden differences in temperatures – warm inside and cold outside – , the wind and the rain. It’s time to swap your summer products for winter creams!
Where to go in the UK?
For a short weekend getaway, it’s fair to say that you can’t easily plan a distant destination. However, there is often no need to go far away to find the perfect spot for your mini holiday. If you work in a large city, why not head to a rural area such as the Cotswold to relax? Quiet countryside landscapes and charming villages can provide you with the right setting to clear your head from all work stress. For a mixture of cultural urbanism and charm of the past, Bath offers the ideal break that takes you back to a more peaceful environment.
Why not try a European break?
If you have more than a weekend to spend – 3 to 4 days is a good start –, you could plan a cosy break in Europe. Cinque Terre in Italy is a picturesque little place that is filled with colours and amazing landscapes. For a culturally enriching vacation, head over to Paris where you can trace back the steps of Amelie Poulain in Montmartre. You’ll be surprised as well to discover Gothenburg in Sweden, which is a laid-back place that promotes the environment.
In conclusion, don’t despair on your way back to work. There’s still plenty of time to plan a short getaway before Christmas!