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Sometimes you just need a break. Work is hectic, your apartment is a mess, your family is driving you crazy but with so much to do, how can you possibly take time out to chill? It is possible to get that holiday feeling, and recharge your batteries over a standard two day weekend – no holiday requests, no frantic emails from your boss, no fuss.

City break


Head to your nearest city or even just to a new area of your own city! Explore the sights, take a leisurely lunch, maybe hit the shops then have a few cocktails with the girls (or a tipple with your partner) and play the tourist. It’s a great way to get away without the travel and it also allows you to see a whole new side to a place that you otherwise might take for granted.

Head for the hills


Getting out into nature is one of the best ways of recharging your batteries. Have you ever gone for a walk in the park or for a hike and come back with a totally new and positive view on, well, pretty much everything? It’s not just you, science says that something as simple as a walk in the park can reduce the risk of depression and other mental illness, increase cognitive performance, and improve creativity. All excellent reasons to escape the concrete jungle for a couple of days, or even just for a few hours.

Beach time


Unless you live way inland, you are probably close enough to a beach resort to visit it for the weekend. With so much emphasis placed on exotic destinations, it might surprise you how many beautiful seaside areas are right on our doorstep and what’s better for recreating the feeling of being on holiday than the sand between your toes, the sun on your back and a good dose of frolicking in the waves?



If you have had a really stressful time , grab your best girlfriends (or, if you feel like it, just a good book) and book yourself into the nearest spa for a weekend of sheer bliss. Massage, facials, saunas, time in the Jacuzzi, good food and even better sleep makes for one of the very best ways to get back on your feet after a hectic period, or to help you cope in the middle of one.

Lifelong learning


If you’re like most of us, you will have seen many historical sites in the places you have been on holiday, visited plenty of galleries and museums and wondered at the magnificent architecture but have you ever taken the time to look at your local equivalent? Imagine you are a tourist, where would you go in your local area? Head there, and pretend you are a tourist too! You will be amazed at how much you can learn and will look on your surroundings with new appreciation from then on.

What do all of you working ladies do when you need to get away?

Paula Clarke

Paula Clarke

Paula is a Scottish expat living in Italy. Between her work as a marketing coordinator and consultant she runs marathons (slowly) and enjoys cooking, travelling, photography and art.

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