There are few things in life that make you feel more energised than travelling in some form. You don’t need to go far. But a change of scenery can provide a much-needed boost. If you’re plodding along at work or missing the exuberance of your younger days, here are some destinations to visit this autumn.
A vibrant city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is the perfect place to let your hair down and cut loose for a weekend. There are regular flights from all over the UK, and you can pick them up for peanuts. In just over an hour, you’ll be transported to a completely different world. This is a city of contrasts. Many people have heard or read about the infamous red light district. But there’s a lot more to Amsterdam. You’ll notice its beauty as soon as you touch down, and there are lots of cultural gems to discover if museums and galleries are your cup of tea. There are also some really cool and unique bars, and you won’t struggle to find a lively night spot. Dam Square is a hive of activity at any hour of the day, but you’ll find the best clubs scattered around the outskirts. Head to Westergasfabriek for urban bars with a trendy retro vibe.
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Blackpool may have a reputation for rubbish weather and kiss me quick hats. But it’s the ideal location to escape the daily grind and have a bit of fun. Get your mates together, book your tickets for Blackpool Pleasure Beach and bomb up the M6. Embrace the swirling winds or fine rain and get ready for a day of theme park and fair rides and calorific treats. Take a trip up the tower to appreciate the views, or catch a gig at Winter Gardens. As the sun sets, head inland from the iconic promenade and you’ll find a cluster of bars and restaurants. This is a popular stag and hen destination, so you’re guaranteed large crowds, especially in the summer.
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Iceland is a small nation, but it packs a punch when it comes to partying. Reykjavik is a quaint city, which is adorned with coloured houses and quirky galleries. During the day, you can while away hours touring the artisan stores. When the sun has faded, it’s a very different story. On Friday and Saturday nights, the city hosts a raucous bar crawl, which takes you to the best spots on the strip. Drinking is much more expensive in Iceland than other European cities. Most people tend to have a couple of pre-drinks at home before they join the masses. If you’re not too hungover the day after, book some adventure tours. Whizzing around on a snowmobile or climbing a glacier in bracing arctic winds are great ways to blow away the cobwebs.
If you’re after a bit of late summer sunshine, Barcelona is an excellent shout. This stunning Spanish city is not just renowned for its phenomenal architecture. It’s also a feature in most lists of the best places to party in Europe. Head down to the port for sophisticated waterfront bars and beach clubs. For an authentic Spanish night out, which lasts until dawn, make for the Gothic Quarter. If you’re planning to go out in Barcelona, it’s worth bearing in mind that things don’t get started until late. The Spaniards tend to eat no earlier than 10 pm, and it’s unusual to head to a club before midnight.
Krakow may look like an ancient gem on the surface, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Castle walls and winding streets conceal a clubbing scene to rival the likes of Amsterdam, London, and Berlin. The Old Town is an idyllic spot to learn about dungeons and dragons, but it’s also home to some excellent watering holes. Beer is incredibly cheap here, and there are plenty of local ales to choose from. Once you’ve sampled the nightlife in the squares of the Old Town, head to Kazimierz, an up and coming area known for its laid-back Bohemian clubs. If you enjoy a night out in Shoreditch, this is the place for you.
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Sometimes in life, you need a bit of time out to have fun and let loose. Are you looking to combine travelling with partying? Are you keen to rediscover your youth? If so, check out these destinations. A couple of days away with a group of friends will enable you to laugh about old memories and create new ones.