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When it comes to booking holidays, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by what type of holiday you should go for; a city break or a beach holiday. Both come with many advantages and disadvantages. 

To save you the stress and time, we at UTC have weighed up the pros and cons of each type, helping you form a decision on where to go next!

First Up: City Breaks


If you like hustle and bustle, you will fit right in on a city break. With plenty to see and do, you will never get bored or stuck in your hotel room.

Some great city break locations include:

  • New York, US
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • London, UK
  • Paris, France
  • Singapore

From museums, historical landmarks and exquisite restaurants, to groundbreaking theatre events and rooftop bars; you will be spoiled for choice, in comparison to a beach holiday which can be quite limiting.

Being in a city, public transport is at the palm of your hand, which is where you can save your money during your holiday. You can also stay active by walking where you can, as attractions are often grouped together, sometimes even on the same road! This makes it easier to cover a lot in one day, making the most of your trip.

In a city, there are also so many people who are willing to help you if you get lost, and there’s always something new popping up. The endless choice and variety of a city break is definitely a reason to choose a city break over a beach holiday.


It can be hard to actually take a break once you’re in the city, as you are constantly stimulated by so much noise, sounds and sights – a sensory overload.

Additionally, you won’t be able to enjoy warm weather in the same way – no sand, sea or snorkelling!

Next: Beach Holidays


If you want to sit back, relax and have the excuse of doing nothing, then a beach holiday is ideal for you. Here are some top beach holiday destinations!

Recharge under the palm trees, surrounded by the natural elements, and listen to the calming waves coming in and out of shore. Being in the calm allows you to get away from your busy working life, and it may inspire you to take up something new. Whether it’s reading a book, learning a new language or visiting the local market; you can do it at your own pace, unlike a busy city where most things are time-dependent.

Beach holidays also tend to be cheaper than city breaks, in terms of food, accommodation and transport. As cities are tourist hotspots, tourists tend to be overcharged, in contrast to places further remote.


On the other hand, bad weather can ultimately ruin a beach holiday, therefore it is important to do your research before you go! In contrast, you can visit cities any time of year, and still see and do a lot of things.

Compared to a city break, a beach holiday also has a shy amount of shops, restaurants and landmarks, so you may find yourself with less to do. However, this is the nature of a beach holiday where you should simply relax and surrender yourself to it.

But… why not both?

If both a city break and beach holiday appeals to you, why not experience the best of both worlds in one? Some prime locations are: Dubai, Barcelona, Sorrento, Miami… and more!
Wanting to book your city break or beach holiday or a mix of both? Contact us by emailing [email protected] or phoning 020 7183 6750 to design your ideal holiday now!