Believe it or not, research has found that taking frequent short breaks makes people happier than one long holiday.
The idea is that experiences do not wear out over time. So while many of us may acquire material objects such as jewellery, clothing and electronic devices, people who spend their money on concerts, family trips or short breaks tend to live happier, longer lives.
Activities also play an important role, because they influence people’s perception of time and how long they are on holiday. So while time really flies for people who undertake a lot of holiday activities, they tend to remember having a long holiday afterwards, compared to those who spend their time in the hotel or on the beach. This is why the last few days of a week long holiday tend to be a bit boring.
People's enjoyment also wanes as they become accustomed to their holiday lifestyle. On a long vacation, day seven is less good than day one because it's not as exciting. That's why regular four-day-weekends provide more benefit to personal well-being than going away for a whole week.
So take a look through our smattering of short breaks for two, whether you're looking for something unusual for yourself or treating your parents, best friends or newlyweds to a weekend away. With everything from spa breaks to rural adventures, glamping and fine dining hotels, there's something for absolutely everyone.