Nano-Breaks: Maximising Your Weekend!
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maximising your weekend
What isa nano-break? CONTENTS
So what’s a nano-break when it’s
(not) at home? Put simply, it’s like
a mini-break... but even mini-er!
“Mini-breaks are already short,
you charlatan!” we hear you cry.
And you’re right. But the
brilliance of a nano-break is you
only stay one night away - your
entire holiday fits into one of your
We’re working on the maximum
pleasure for minimum time and
expense principle. How? Well, it’s
all in the timing. The nano-break
starts early and finishes late,
giving you two full days for the
price of one overnight stay.
Nano-breaks: kind on your
wallet, kind on your time.
A one-night break that gives you two full
Magic? No, but it does involve an early
journey there and a late one back.
...but that means that you get to spend two
full days on your jollies Result: plenty of
bang for your buck. Can’t argue with that!
1. Streamline: We see you there with those five pairs of
heels. That’s a nano no-no. Pack light, worry less, see
more. You didn’t ask for a nano-lecture, but we’re giving
you one anyway.
2. Pack clever: You’re only going for two days - check what
the weather is likely to do for both of them and pack
3. Keep it cheap: Repeat after us: less stuff= less expense.
Hand luggage is always free, hold luggage on budget
airlines is most certainly not.
4. Pack for fun: You don’t want to be lugging a big bag
around; nano-breaks are about spontaneity - make the
most of your time away!
1. Central: as close to the main attractions as you can
afford – every minute spent travelling is wasting
precious gelato-eating time.
2. Economise: nano-breaks aren’t about splurging on
fancy accommodation. You’ve got one night in this city,
are you really going to sit in a glam boutique bedroom
admiring the stand-alone bathtub?
3. Include breakfast: with the first meal of the day sorted,
you’ll be ready to get out there and go go go!
4. Just ask: Some hotels haven’t cottoned on to the na-
no-breaks trend and insist on two (or even three!) night
bookings for weekends. It’s worth contacting them
directly to see if they’ll make an exception.
1. Early bird: Book the earliest outbound flight you can
find. Flights pre-dawn are generally cheaper, plus you’ll
land before the croissants have even cooled at your
2. Leave it late: Similarly, your return flight should be the
last one of the day. The goal is to spend your precious
second day enjoying yourself, not standing in check-in
3. Research: Unfortunately it’s not possible to take a
nano-break to all destinations. Sometimes the flight
times simply don’t add up. Check the timetable on your
local airport’s website and see where’s on the cards for
4. Timing: Get to the airport in time. It seems obvious,
but with trips this short you can’t really jump on a later
flight if something goes wrong. That’s less nano, more
1. Location location location: grab a guidebook and make
a note of what you’re sure you want to see and do... and
then work out which attractions are near to each other.
Congrats. You’ve just saved 30 minutes of travelling, you
clever clogs, you.
2. Open for business: Check opening times before you
go – nothing kills the holiday vibe like rocking up to a
museum that’s been closed all summer.
3. Technology: check out our must-have smartphone apps
which will help any traveller make the most of their
time away - from local restaurant recommendations to
finding your nearest ATM.
TENTOP NANO-BREAK SUGGESTIONS
Other Suggested NANOS
Here are some of our top suggestions
for a nano-break. If you follow our top
tips and get your timings right, you
can go further than you think!
Culture, Art, Night-life
Shopping, Food, Art
Shopping, Food, Art
Beach, Food, Walking
Shopping, Food, Music
Beach, Culture, Sunshine
Culture, Shopping, Spa
Shopping, Food, Culture
NANO-BREAKS HOW FAR CAN YOU GO?
With its unique position straddling
the cusp of Asia and Europe, Istanbul
is a city of epic contrasts. The old and
the very new jostle for space on its
wide streets, weaving a distinctive and
utterly alluring tapestry of
cultural diversity that makes this
Turkish jewel one of the most thrill-
ing places in the world to visit right
now. It’s a place where east meets west
– both literally and symbolically –
where the cutting-edge meets
conservative. And despite being at
least two millennia old, it’s not
unreasonable to claim that when it
comes to the hip-n-happening, it’s
starting to give metropolitan
behemoths like New York and Lon-
don a serious run for their riches.
It’s this fusion of knowing, contem-
porary joie de vivre with traditional,
old-world charm - plus a relatively
short three and a half hour flight
- that makes Istanbul the perfect
nano-break destination. Where else
can you get such an authentic taste of
the exotic for so few plane hours and
pennies? Hop off the plane and grab
a traditional Turkish breakfast at one
of the city’s gleaming rooftop restau-
rants, taking in views over the winding
cobbles of the old city, the Blue Mosque
to the Bosphorus and beyond.
Then clamber down and explore those
wide streets where stylish cocktail bars
clamour for space by opulent Ottoman
mosques and crumbling, ancient
historic buildings. After a day of
wandering – this city is one of the
finest to get lost in – pull up a pew at a
raki-soaked meyhane (tavern) to watch
the locals swagger and giggle in the
sultry late afternoon heat.
- Rubbing shoulders with
Istanbul’s glitterati on a
stylish rooftop cocktail bar
- The fusion of east and west -
Ottoman mosques and high-
- A sense of the exotic in
exchange for a relatively
short flight time!
Sinatra knew it. So did Woody
Allen. New York is hot – even when
it’s packed with 10 inches of
Christmas snow. And it is possible
to get there and back in a weekend -
although you may be commuting
from JFK direct to your desk on
Monday morning. Worth it for the
city that never sleeps, surely.
But how to spend a ‘nano’ amount
of time in a city with more options
than bagels? The Big Apple is a
place, where a left turn reveals the
starry lights of Broadway and right
turn plops you right down in the
middle of movie-set
brownstones. Our tip? Time isn’t on
your side here, so choose activities that
are distinctly ‘New Yoik’.
Once you’ve landed, grab a bite in the
energetic Meatpacking District for that
most New York-y of mealtimes - brunch!
After eggs and mimosas head to MOMA
(Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art)
in Midtown. After you can grab some
goodies from a deli for a picnic in
Central Park. Linger at late-night caba-
rets. Wander along the Chelsea high-line
and grumble about the fact that your city
can’t manage something like this. Hop
on the free Staten Island Ferry to take in
Lady Liberty in all her emerald glory.
Lastly –do try to venture past
Manhattan. Crossing the bridge to
Brooklyn and other neighbourhoods
will really give you a sense of the city
beyond the usual tourist trail. Plan
your time well and this majestic
metropolis will reward you with a
nano-break that you’ll remember long
after the cronuts have cooled.
- Grabbing a picnic at the deli
for lunch in Central Park
- Taking the free Staten Island
Ferry to see Lady Liberty
If you measure the worth of a hol-
iday destination by the degree of
visual gratification it can deliver,
beguiling Majorca might just be the
nano-break for you. Because one
thing that isn’t in short supply here
is epic natural beauty. On the coast,
enormous, jagged limestone cliffs are
married with translucent azure
Mediterranean waters, whilst inland
are vast plains of verdant green car-
peted with olive trees and vineyards.
Forget what you think you know
about this Balearic beauty – we’ve all
heard the horror stories of
overdevelopment and mass tourism
–Majorca was made for short
sunshine sojourns, and not just
because of the incredibly short flight
time from the UK!
So how to spend your two days off
from the world? Touch down and
head straight to the southern flank of
marvellous La Seu cathedral to take
a moment in the presence of spectac-
ular views across the Bay of Palma.
Admire the dramatic buttresses of
the cathedral’s exterior before wan-
dering through Palma’s pretty streets
for a spot of tapas in the Old Town.
Spend the next couple of hours
working off the manchego cheese on a
hike through pine forests and
panoramic cliff tops, stopping off in
pretty coves and beaches to splash
about in the crystalline blue waters of
The freshest seafood, stunning natural
splendour and a captivating
combination of the modern and the
traditional means that when it comes
to nano-breaks, Majorca is a holiday
force to be reckoned with.
- Taking in magnificent views
whilst hiking through lush
forests on pine-covered
- Devouring tapas and sangria
in Palma’s beautiful Old Town
- Going from pavement-to-beach
in under three hours!
The myriad of UK cities are an
obvious choice for the humble
nano-break. Leaving the passport
at home has the potential to save you
hours of travel time - which would be
better spent as getting-lost-in-a-new-
city time! Like the idea of keeping it
close to home? Well, they don’t come
lovelier than the ancient town of York.
It was always going to be a tourist
draw: a disarmingly charming
cobbled city nestled on the banks
of a winding river, bordered by a
magnificent tapestry of 13th century
walls. Unparalleled history and
aesthetic supremacy are two things that
York does very well; with a fascinating
provenance that stretches back some
2,000 years, its elegantly cobbled streets
have seen Roman emperors crowned
and battle scars from the English
Civil War. Nevertheless, it has matured
gracefully; the immaculately preserved
Gothic cathedral still enjoys an
imperious reign over those historic
A virtually traffic-free city centre is
carved up by charmingly medieval
alleyways that dart between tumble-
down pubs and old-fashioned
tearooms, all flanked by pretty views
and noted archaeological sites. The
benefits of York should be obvious for
history buffs, and those who prefer to
dance with a more contemporary devil
will love a city centre that’s ripe with
chic boutiques, galleries and delis. It’s
a city that’s made for wandering; for
admiring, for getting lost in; like
Italy’s Venice, its labyrinthine passages
will both confuse and delight in equal
measure. Go on, get lost. We dare you.
- Marvelling at the incredible
Gothic York Minster,
Yorkshire’s most important
- Getting lost in the labyrinth of
shadowy cobbled passages
- Tucking into scones and tea in
a quaint back-alley tearoom
One part delicious hedonism, one
part history, and 10 parts pub and
personality, Dublin is less a city and
more a large, albeit very cosmopolitan,
village. With character by the bucket
load and a cast of affable, charismatic
locals propping up the bar on a nightly
basis, it’s a metropolis that’s as noisy
as it is beautiful. Epic Georgian
splendour aside, it might not pout and
wink like its sexier European
counterparts, but it chatters with life
and soul all hours of the day – and
even more so in the twilight hours!
Nano-breaks were made for cities that
deliver the goods like this Irish
If you prefer a castle to a Guinness,
you’ll find plenty to keep those
history muscles in good working
order. Remnants of Dublin’s Viking
past are there for the taking plus there
are a plethora of 18th century castles
and cathedrals dotted on winding
A simple wander will unfurl all
manner of ancient visual treats so
leave that hotel room, lazybones – this
is one nano-break you’ll want to spend
on your feet!
The beating heart of Dublin, though,
is to be found in its pubs. Living up
to their convivial and sociable
reputation, Dubliners are born naturals
when it comes to the hosting game and
are usually more than happy to usher
you into their favourite watering hole
to put the world to rights over an ale
or three. The nightlife here is second
to none so bring your dancing shoes –
and some pain killers for the morning
- Soaking up the local banter
with a Guinness in one of the
- Taking in Trinity College’s
beautifully preserved Georgian
- The nightlife. You won’t find
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