Geneva really is the city that has it all. And I know that’s perhaps a rather bold statement to make, but following three days there earlier this month – I can safely say, it’s risen right to the top of my recommended city breaks list, because whether it’s gorgeous scenery, waterside dining, cocktails on the beach, boat trips, chocolate tours, fine dining, mountainous landscapes, hiking, shopping, culture or relaxation that you’re searching for in a break, this is the destination that ticks ALL the boxes.
I visited in association with Geneva Tourism in early September, for a long weekend stay with a group of girls. We had the most fabulous weekend and experienced all of the elements while we were there – blazing sunshine, clouded mist and a little bit of drizzle, however we soon discovered that whatever the weather, it’s a gorgeous city with a lot to offer.
As glamorous as it often looks on Instagram, travel isn’t solely defined by the activity of dutifully ticking desired destinations off our bucket lists.
You have your stay-cations, where you explore cities in your own home country and see more of your immediate surroundings.
And you also have your obli-cations. Those real travel experiences, centred around obliged travel – such as weddings, christenings, family get-togethers and seeing your football team’s away game.
If you’re looking for an island adventure, without having to travel long-haul, then the Croatian Island of Hvar should be next on your list of must-see destinations.
My latest trip with Jet2 marked my second time on the island – and this time, I was very excited to show my boyfriend (who’d never been before) around. For me, it’s the embodiment of a perfect getaway – because excuse the cliche, but there really is something for everyone. Ticking the ‘city break’ box, it has plenty of culture – such as a medieval hilltop fortress and the Renaissance-era Cathedral.
It has incredible cuisine and winding streets full of hidden gems, bars and shops. It offers a stunning marina, encapsulated in a crescent by the limestone buildings of the city itself.
With 7 miles of gorgeous white sandy beaches, a vibrant nightlife and 2,000 acres of parks and gardens, Bournemouth certainly has a lot to offer on paper.
However I still feel as though it’s a hidden gem in terms of UK breaks and it’s one that holds a rather special place in my heart.
Because five years ago, I arrived in the coastal town as a nervous student, my belongings all packaged up in boxes, a new duvet set still in its wrappings and a place on Bournemouth University’s prestigious Multimedia Journalism course.