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Planning a City Shopping Break
by Victoria Cochrane on 06/12/08

If you enjoy shopping you’ll love spending a long weekend browsing round all the shops that a big city has to offer.

You might think there isn’t much difference between your local shopping centre and the kind of shops you’ll find in a major city, but you would be wrong. Apart from having far more to choose from, you also tend to find many more individual and quirky shops in a large city. They are able to survive and thrive in such a location because they have all kinds of people walking past their doors, including a regular throng of tourists who enjoy seeing something a bit different.

If you are planning a trip like this, make sure you get a local map of the area to see what is on offer before you book anything. The local tourist information centre might also be worth a try if you are looking for a specific type of shop; they tend to have a wide local knowledge that will come in handy when you arrive too.

During a city break you will probably want to go out for a nice meal during the evening, but don’t forget to pack your most comfortable shoes for the daytime – there is nothing worse than walking around with blisters! You can get changed when you get back to your chosen accommodation.

When it comes to booking your short break, work out where the best location will be in relation to where the most popular shopping areas are. Even if public transport is really good you won’t want to be struggling on the Tube or on a bus with lots of carrier bags. It’s better to stay local and hop in a taxi if you need to in order to get back to where you are staying.

You might also want to consider booking into somewhere that has a gym or swimming pool. Shopping until you drop can be very tiring and it’s nice to have the option to recharge your batteries somewhat.

So which city should you stay in and what accommodation should you book? Places like Dublin, Edinburgh and Bath are ideal, while hotels in London make a wonderful retreat to relax in after the shops have closed and you are thinking about how to spend your evening.

When you know where you want to stay and for how long, start searching online for some great deals. Some places do promote shopping weekends to encourage more people to visit a particular city, and you’ll always find the hotels to be conveniently located near the best shops in town.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the best of both worlds by combining a great location with great shopping.

Victoria Cochrane writes on a number of topics on behalf of a digital marketing agency and a variety of clients. As such, this article is to be considered a professional piece with business interests in mind.

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