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Fancy a quick weekend away? We do. And apparently, the rest of Britain does as well. Short breaks are taking over the classic, two-week holidays in the sun, with many Brits opting to escape more often, but for a shorter period of time, thanks to budget airlines and low-cost holiday packages.

 

More holidays sounds good to us, even if it is just a few days at a time! But this new era of travel means a new type of luggage. Hence the rise of the weekender. Fashionable duffles, luxurious holdalls and chic cabin cases are all essential if you want to city break in style.

 

But where to go and what to take? Don’t worry, Global Luggage has your back. We’ve taken a look at some of the hottest weekend breaks in Europe and the UK and enlisted a travel companion to assist on your voyage. Enjoy!

Valletta

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We’ve featured the breath-taking Valletta in a previous post but it’s causing that much of a buzz this year that we’ll mention it again. A UNESCO World Heritage site and this year’s capital of culture, Malta’s main city is on all the tripsters’ radars this summer. Chic eateries, cool cocktail bars and luxury boutiques have sprouted up inside the honey-hued city, which is steeped in rich history, culture and sunshine. If you and your arty mates are seeking a stylish cultural spot for a quick escape, Valletta is one of the hippest weekend breaks in Europe to visit for 2018.

What to Do

Valletta is blessed with beautiful baroque architecture, ancient forts and atmospheric churches, therefore taking in the city’s most magnificent sites is a must. From the sumptuous sanctuary that lies hidden inside the 16th century Grand Master’s Palace to the grandiose St John's Co-Cathedral (pictured below), history buffs are truly spoilt for choice, whilst those who prefer a modernist approach will love the sharp minimalism of the new City Gate. Recently redesigned by Italian architect, Renzo Piano, Valletta’s entrance is all towering limestone slabs, graphically chiselled windows and sweeping outdoor staircases. Best enjoyed at sunset when the stones glow in the softer light.

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Valletta isn’t just all about ancient sites - a burgeoning contemporary art scene has blossomed in the city over the past few years. Culture vultures will love creative hangout, Blitz Gallery, for modern art or head to the St James Cavalier Centre for jazz concerts, comedy and art exhibitions. Once you’ve got your art fix, discuss your favourite piece over a crisp white wine in one of the stylish eateries on St. John’s Square – Valletta's best people-watching spot.

Where to Stay

For an authentic Maltese experience, stay at the Lucia Nova. This luxury, two-bedroom apartment is situated on the top floor of a historic townhouse and boasts a roof terrace with breathtaking views of the sparkling Marsamxett Harbour.

When to Go

Visit Valletta in September, when the air is still warm and the atmosphere is more chilled than the touristy summer months.  

Which Bags to Take

         

The glistening metallic hue of this silver Rimowa Classic Cabin Case is sure to catch the sun beautifully as you roll through Valletta’s honey-coloured streets, whilst the electric blue Tumi Voyageur Flight Bag reflects the azure, Maltese sea and turquoise skies. Together, they make the chicest cabin crew for your weekend escape.

Lyon

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Ballet, opera, art… if you’re looking for romantic weekend breaks in Europe, luxurious Lyon is the place. France’s second city is home to the most impressive fine art collection outside of Paris and is the country’s ballet capital. Award-winning restaurants, beautiful gardens, Roman ruins and quirky boutiques make Lyon a truly captivating city to dazzle that special someone in your life.

What to Do

As Lyon boasts some of the finest art and ballet outside of Paris, it would be a crime not to sample the city’s arts when visiting. Browse historical antiquities, sculptures and paintings at the grand Musée des Beaux Arts or treat your eyes to over 900 pieces of contemporary art at the Musée d'Art Contemporain. For spine-tingling opera or heart-stopping ballet, head to the Opéra de Lyon, a beautiful 19-century music venue with a modern steel and glass vault.

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Lyon’s gastronomical delights are also a huge magnet for thousands of foodies each year, making it one of the best romantic weekend breaks in Europe for treating your loved one. Dine on Michelin-starred cuisine at Les Loges in Lyon’s pretty old town or for local specialities and a more traditional vibe head to La Meuniere one of the oldest bouchons in Lyon.

Where to Stay

The historical Cour Des Loges (attached to the Les Loges restaurant mentioned above) is carved out of four 14th to 17th-century buildings and is hidden amongst the passageways of old Lyon. Adorned with a mix of Renaissance and contemporary furnishings, the magical hotel provides a dreamy backdrop for romantic weekend breaks.

When to Go

The most pleasant time to visit Lyon is in July, when temperatures average in the high-20s and the lowest amount of rain falls. Lyon’s weather can be unpredictable, however, and has rainfall all year, so be sure to pack a light raincoat or umbrella.

Which Bags to Take

Briggs & Riley’s Sympatico Caramel and Cream Collection provides the most exquisite luggage for luxurious weekends away. The Weekender in Caramel looks good enough to eat and provides a spacious main compartment complete with iPad protection and a Speedthru pocket for quick storage of small items at security checkpoints.

Need more room? Coordinate with the matching Sympatico Cabin Case in Cream for extra packing space and an effortlessly seamless style.

Manchester

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Manchester is enjoying a renaissance of late with upmarket rooftop bars, luxurious hotels and shiny skyscrapers popping up like there’s no tomorrow. Built on a foundation of hedonism and rebellion, the city’s gleaming future and party past merge to make it one of the best weekend breaks in the UK to have a rollicking good time with your mates.

What to Do

Does shopping and cocktails sound good? Head to the sleek streets of Spinningfields, Manchester luxury dining and shopping destination. Armani, Mulberry and Flannels all live here so you can treat yourself to a swanky designer outfit to wear for your night ahead. If all that shopping is making you tired, head to one of the neighbourhood’s chic bars and restaurants (the area is teaming with them) for a bottomless brunch and plenty of cocktails.

 

If you’re craving culture, the John Ryland’s Library is nearby and provides a startling contrast to Spinningfields glossy glass buildings with its ancient Victorian Gothic Architecture. The landmark’s interior is as beautiful as the exterior, thanks to ornately carved corridors worthy of a cathedral. The building’s historical library is a real gem and is home to treasures such as the oldest known pieces of the New Testament, the St John Fragment, illuminated medieval manuscripts and a 1476 William Caxton edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

 

But let’s get back to the partying – that’s what we’re here for right? First fuel up at Australasia, a subterranean restaurant that lies ‘down-under’ the streets of Manchester and offers stylish but laidback Australian cuisine with Pacific Rim flavours. Rooftop drinking awaits atop swanky new skyscraper 20 Stories (below) or the luxurious Manchester House, both of which provide 360-degree views of the city.

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If live music in grandiose settings is more your thing, Albert Schloss is a bohemian beer palace that features anything from brass bands to burlesque performers. For the most decadent end to your night, however, hop across the road to the Theatre of the Impossible - an immersive nightclub experience which features flamboyant furnishings, a catwalk, theatre, hidden gin palace, a champagne bubble machine and cryogenically frozen cocktails. Definitely a night you will not forget.  

Where to Stay

The newly renovated Principle Hotel (formerly the Palace Hotel) - an extravagant Victorian hotel that manages to combine elegant decor with Manchester’s ‘mad fer it’ vibe. Think 260 luxurious rooms, a gigantic bronze horse in the lobby, an opulent bar, hidden basement club, lavish restaurant, tree-clad Winter Garden, and retro games den. Mancunian glamour at its best.

When to Go

Yes, Manchester is also known as the Rainy City… but the summer months can be very pleasant, so visit during June to August to make the most of the weather. There’s no place like Manchester in the sun, with street parties, festivals and alfresco drinking aplenty.

Which Bag to Take

This black, Python Print Duffle by Mi-Pac is bound to turn heads on the streets of Manchester. Part of the brand’s exclusive Gold Collection, the luxe duffle stylishly accommodates everything you need for a weekend away thanks to a voluminous interior and internal pocket. An adjustable padded shoulder strap allows you to sling across your body for comfortable handling.

Are you shunning the classic two week holiday for lots of weekend breaks in Europe and the UK this year? If yes, make sure you’ve invested in a casual weekender. Check out our Casual Bag Collection and Cabin Case Range that will help get you there in the utmost style.