We all love an excuse to pack our bags and jump on the next flight out of here. But why wait for your annual summer holiday when there are so many incredible cities to explore in between?
Whether it’s a romantic break with your other half or a group getaway with the girls, there’s nothing better than buying a whole new wardrobe to showcase with the backdrop of a trendy city. But which city break is right for you? Take a look below at 10 of the top cities in the world, handpicked by Thomas Cook, and choose your favourite based on your passions.
#1 Best for the Foodies – Barcelona
Barcelona is the city that has it all – it’s the perfect blend of a cultural and cosmopolitan vibe. Throw in a beach for good measure and you can’t go far wrong with a trip here. But the tapas… Oh wow, the tapas. And the paella… And the sangria… Need we say any more?
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#2 Best for Party Animals – Las Vegas
You don’t have to be a gambler to have the time of your life in Las Vegas. Be prepared for round-the-clock fun and thrills as you’ll have no concept of time while you’re here. Whether you’re in the famous casinos, the lively bars or the swanky hotel nightclubs, the party never stops.
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#3 Best for the Romantics – Venice
Is there anything more enchanting than a romantic, sunset gondola ride beside the impressive architecture of this stunning Italian city? Venice is a city of love, music and art and is the ideal destination for a mini-moon with the man of your dreams.
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#4 Best for the Explorers – Reykjavik
For something a little different, head to Reykjavik and fall in love with the breathtaking country of Iceland. It’s home to mountainous backdrops, volcanoes, geysers and glaciers… perfect for exploring. Head out on a whale-watching trip and be sure to experience the spectacular Northern Lights too.
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#5 Best for Shopaholics – New York
They call New York ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ and who can blame them? I mean, would you be able to sleep knowing that you’re in such close proximity to Madison Avenue and the likes of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue? Your poor, poor credit card…
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#6 Best for the Easy Going – Amsterdam
You can decide whether to have the wildest weekend of your life or a laid-back and relaxing few days away. The choice really is yours with an Amsterdam city break. Hire a bike to explore the historical sights along the canal before sampling the eclectic nightlife once the sun goes down.
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#7 Best for Big Spenders – Dubai
It’s all about the glitz and glam in this luxurious Middle Eastern city. Dubai certainly doesn’t do things by halves. For a start, it has the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), the world’s biggest man-made island (Palm Jumeirah) and the world’s most expensive hotel too (Burj Al Arab).
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#8 Best for the Spontaneous – Dublin
The city of Dublin offers excellent sightseeing, from the Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College to Grafton Street and Dublin Zoo. The nightlife here is second to none too, and what’s more? It doesn’t take a lot of planning to book a cheap flight and get yourselves over there for the weekend.
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#9 Best for Culture Vultures – Marrakech
For a real break from the norm, get away from the mundane day-to-day and experience a whole new culture entirely. Take in the sounds and smells of the bazaars and spice markets, visit the impressive Koutoubia Mosque and indulge in the natural beauty that surrounds Marrakech.
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#10 Best for Art Lovers – Paris
Paris is an art-lover’s paradise. Aside from the obvious Mona Lisa in the Louvre, there’s the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay as well as dedicated museums to Monet and Picasso to name but a few. Plus a boat ride down the Seine or a walk around Montmartre is enough to inspire anyone.
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So there we have it. 10 of the top cities in the world. We’re sure there’s at least a few on there that you’d love to experience for yourself, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and see the world!
Written by: Sadie Geoghegan
A travel fanatic who spends most my time living out of a suitcase; I’ve been Thomas Cook’s resident blogger for two years and love beaches, dogs and green tea.