Getting away for a long weekend

If you’re a loyal reader to this blog, you’ll know we love to travel and enjoy long weekends away. We love to visit new cities and now that Olly is a little bit older and requires a hell of a lot less ‘baby related’ stuff, it’s easier to pack a bag each and jump in the car and off we go.

We’ve been wanting to stretch our wings a little further for a while and have toyed with the idea of catching a plane out of our local international airport and visiting a foreign city. The beauty of having a local airport within half an hours drive away is how easy it is to get to, it’s probably easier to get to than the city centre. Ideally we’d like to visit somewhere that is only two to three hours away on a plane. Anything more and you risk losing the day with all the travelling and defeating the object of a quick relaxing getaway.

So far, we’ve got five places that we’d like to visit on our list;

destinations for a long weekend away


It’s one of the cities that we’ve been to before but we’d love to explore it some more. Unfortunately, I had a gallstones attack the last time we went and I spent the whole weekend feeling sick and unable to enjoy the magic black stuff. We’d love to show Olly the sights and explore the city some more.

Flight Time: a non-stop flight from BHX to DUB is 1 hour (Operated by Aer Lingus)


Having only ever been to one of the Balearic islands in my lifetime, I would love to visit Ibiza. Not for the clubbing or the nightlife sadly (how old do I sound?) but for the quiet sandy coves and stunning scenery. We’d be able to have a complete get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a few quiet days at the beach.

Flight Time: a non-stop flight from BHX to IBZ is 2 hours and 30 minutes (Operated by ThomsonFly)


Lots of our friends have visited Venice and we would love to visit. I find it really fascinating that their ‘roads’ are canals and there’s 117 islands connected by bridges. I’d love to visit Italy and taste some authentic gelato and of course, my absolute favourite meal, pizza. Olly is obsessed by pasta so I think he’d love the cuisine too.

Flight Time: a non-stop flight from BHX to VCE is 2 hours and 10 minutes (Operated by ThomsonFly)


Amsterdam is one of the places I would really love to visit. There’s so much to see and do. My parents have been to Holland quite a bit and have raved about it and it’s somewhere I would love to say I’ve been. I would love to see the working windmills, take a cruise down the river and take in the view of the flowers strip of Holland.

Flight Time: a non-stop flight from BHX to AMS is 1 hour 15 minutes (Operated by KLM)


My first ever flight abroad as a youngster was to Portugal and I remember falling in love with it. We visited the Algarve in the south of the country and I’d love to return to see the capital. We’d take a tram ride up and down the city streets taking in the views, visit the harbour to see The Belém Tower and eat at one of the outdoor restaurants that nestle within the city’s squares.

Flight Time: a non-stop flight from BHX to LIS is 2 hours 50 minutes (Operated by ThomsonFly)

We would love to start ticking a few of these destinations off our list. With a bit of clever research and planning, I don’t think the cost would be any more expensive than visiting a UK city. How exciting would it be to visit those places as a child? Where would you go for a long weekend? Would you fly somewhere? Would love to hear your choices.

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. 08/08/2016 / 11:44 pm

    Ooh brilliant choices! I went to Amsterdam a few years back and it’s somewhere I’d love to go back to. I’d also love to go back to Dublin, but on your list I’d probably choose Venice because I’ve flown into Venice airport but we travelled from there across the Italian lakes & mountains and didn’t actually look around the city so it’s on my list of places to go. I hope you have a lovely weekend wherever you decide to go!

  2. 12/08/2016 / 11:42 pm

    I would love to do some long weekend breaks abroad next year and I would chose Palma first as my Dad lives in Majorca. Would also love to visit Venice and Rome as we have never been to Italy and the teen is desperate to visit for the pizza lol x

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