5 city breaks to take with the girls

08 March 2019

International Women’s Day (8 March) is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women, from the famous females throughout history to those closest to you.

Travel Counsellors has been empowering both women and men for almost 25 years, who are committed to booking their customers amazing holidays so they can create lifelong memories and enjoy the moments that matter.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re sharing some of our favourite city break destinations to take with the girls.

New York (Shopping)

Visit classic sights including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge, and stroll along the High Line and through Central Park. Take in a Broadway show and head to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field to get caught up in the all-American tradition of a baseball game.

New York is also a popular wintertime destination for Christmas shoppers, and there’s plenty of places to make your purchases. Whether you’re going to a Manhattan-based department store such as Macy’s or Century 21, or heading out of town to a discount outlet village like Woodbury Common, you’ll be able to find plenty of bargains and gifts for your loved ones. To top off one of your evenings, get your Travel Counsellor to book you a place at one of the city’s hottest rooftop bars where you can sip a Manhattan cocktail with incredible views.

“Never travel anywhere without doing your research. New York is easy to navigate, but get your Travel Counsellor to help plan your itinerary to make sure that you don’t waste a minute. Book the main attractions in advance, walk everywhere that you can, enjoy local food and embrace the culture. It’s a place not to be missed.”

Adalaine, Travel Counsellor

Milan, Italy

Although a major European metropolis, Milan can sometimes have a big-town feel, with its major sights and attractions all within walking distance, making it the perfect place for a weekend away with the girls. You can find food all over the city, but there are few places better to eat in Milan than the picturesque Navigli district, with its cobbled streets and beautiful canals. Milan is also home to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper painting, and it is advisable to book a viewing slot in advance, while Milan Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece where visitors can climb up to its roof and enjoy the beautiful architecture up close.

If you’re a fashionista, then Milan is the place to be. Discover the Milan Fashion District with an exclusive one-hour walking tour, with a chance to visit a selection of the city’s finest ateliers and fashion stores in the famous Quadrilatero della Moda area. For shopping, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the country’s oldest active mall, is ideal, with its designer boutiques and extravagant window displays.

“Milan is a city I love, but not for the reason you might think. Whilst it is a Mecca of fashion and will quite literally redefine your understanding of what good pizza is, I’m yet to find a city in Europe that is better than Milan to be the base for your holiday. Milan is only a flight away from so many of the go-to places in both Eastern and Western Europe, meaning it’s a great addition to any sizeable Eurotrip.”

Karen, Travel Counsellor


Explore the amazing city-state of Singapore and experience multicultural sights and sounds including the Singapore Flyer observation wheel and Gardens by the Bay. For the culturally-minded, Singapore is home to an impressive range of museums, while the areas of Chinatown, Little India, and the Arab Quarter pay homage to the city's roots and play host to some of its top cultural sights, events and cuisine.

Head to Marina Bay Sands and sip a cocktail in the world’s highest infinity pool while taking in an incredible panorama of the Singapore skyline. Access is complimentary for guests at the hotel, although visitors can buy a day pass.

“I recommend a visit to Sentosa Island to see the various attractions, among them, Universal Studios and the Fort Siloso Skywalk. A trip to the famous Raffles Hotel to sample a Singapore Sling is also a must.”

Richard, Travel Counsellor


Head to Spain’s Costa del Sol and enjoy a city break in the sun in Marbella. The resort, known for being a glamorous destination, has plenty to see and do including its Old Town, with narrow cobbled streets, flower-filled plazas and delightful shops and galleries selling clothes, accessories and handmade crafts. Marbella also has a fantastic gastronomic scene with everything from vegetarian and vegan cafés to beachfront chiringuitos and Michelin-starred restaurant including Dani Garcia and Messina.

If you’re looking for something a little more fast-paced, just down the road is the glitzy Puerto Banús, where people flock for beautiful golden beaches and vibrant nightlife, with excellent bars and restaurants open until the early hours. Known as a playground for the rich and famous, you’ll see plenty of yachts and exotic cars on a visit here.

“With regular, well-priced flights from the majority of regional airports throughout the UK, Marbella represents the ideal destination to spend a long weekend or more relaxing in the sun. The weather is great year-round and there are a number of fantastic luxury resorts in which to stay.”

Melissa, Travel Counsellor

Budapest, Hungary (Spa)

Divided into two parts – green and hilly Buda and the urban Pest – Hungary’s capital has so much to offer visitors. Make a stop at the stunning Parliament Building, learn about Budapest’s Ottoman past on Castle Hill, and head up to Fisherman’s Bastion for sumptuous views.

You can also step into one of the city’s many natural hot spring baths and experience a relaxing and rejuvenating few hours soaking in the medicinal baths or having a Turkish massage. Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the most famous of these, with 15 indoor baths and three grand outdoor pools and stunning modern renaissance architecture. Get involved in the vivacious nightlife that Budapest has to offer by visiting one of its ruin bars – created in the early 2000s when a collective of Budapest’s art scene converted some of the city’s disused buildings into bars.

“Budapest is famous for lashings of Goulash and dumplings, but the food scene in this wonderful city has a lot more to offer than just the traditional dishes. Have a wander around the indoor food market at the Great Market Hall and you will see a huge array of fresh produce on offer. There are also a number of excellent Hungarian wines that are worth a try.”

Charlie, Travel Counsellor


If you would like to book your city break with the girls, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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