Exams, essays, dissertations, reports: there is no wonder why you’re procrastinating looking at get aways from all of your stresses… Factoring in the costs of city breaks is a balance between the flights, accommodation and general costs such as eating out and tourist attractions. A tip for those really looking to save money is to stay in an Airbnb or apartment so you can cook for yourself and can hang out comfortably in free time rather than café hopping around a city.
Here are a few ideas of city destinations to let your imagination run wild…
Krakow is a popular student destination for a whole range of reasons. For starters, you can fly there from Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester and London, often for under £60 for a return flight. This old medieval town is a perfect size for city breaks, with enough museums, restaurants, quaint streets and bars to keep you going all day. Wander around the impressive main market square, the Jewish district, the Wawel Cathedral and Castle. To get a sense of how cheap the city is, the average pint will cost you under £2 and hostels such as the popular Pink Panther’s Hostel can cost under £9 a night. Avoid the winter months, however, where temperatures drop to below freezing.
Budapest is well established on the classic interrail tour and everyone who’s been will praise it to the heavens. It may appear like you’re spending a lot given that £1 equates to roughly 350 Hungarian Forint. Nevertheless, meals are usually less than £5 and more importantly, it’s been named the cheapest city for alcoholic drinks! Budapest boasts a number of ‘Ruin bars’ such as the renowned Szimpla Kert which are the quirkiest drinking spots you’ll ever come across. With it’s large city squares, parks and riverbank, you can get away with roaming around the city for next to nothing! Make sure you save aside some money for the thermal spa experience! In terms of accommodation, you can’t go wrong with the stylish interiors of the Wombats hostel and the Hive which are located in the heart of the city centre.
Hamburg is known as the ‘Ibiza’ of Germany because of its legendary Reeperbahn mile of nightlife. So forget venturing off to expensive bars in Hvar and Greek islands, you only need to fly over to Germany to find an incredible nightlife scene for half the price. Manchester to Hamburg is currently one of the cheapest routes in Europe, with return flights for around £25! Hamburg seems to be overshadowed by it’s bigger sister Berlin, but it merits a lot of attention. Cure your hangovers with a relaxing walk around the Alster lakes and canals and browse the great selection of modern art at the Kunsthalle. Check out the Generator Hostel for cheap deals and a lively atmosphere!
Although Dublin is a fairly expensive city in terms of spending, if you’re only visiting for a short period of time then saving money on flights can balance out the costs. With Ryanair returns from London to Dublin for just over £20, it’d be rude not to visit this Irish beauty. Explore around the impressive Trinity College, the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar area and get lost in Phoenix park. It’s worth paying for a look around the Kilmainham Gaol prison, and no trip would be complete without a visit to the Guinness factory of course! Isaac’s Hostel is cheap and cheerful: you can’t go wrong with their free breakfast.
Barcelona is comparatively a bit more expensive to fly to, but you can still find returns for less than £50 at various times throughout the year. Once you’re there, all you’ll want to do is ramble around the quaint Spanish streets, and walking is free let’s not forget. First on the tourist list is a trip to La Rambla which is a vibrant promenade that runs right down the city. Branch off and visit the Plaça Reial square in the Gothic Quarter and indulge in every free taster at the La Boqueria Food Market. Just as your parents would wish, it’s definitely worth checking out the architectural works of Gaudí dotted around the city. However, to save your pennies, sites like the Basilica Sagrada Famillia, the Casa Batllo and La Pedrera are impressive even just from the outside! In terms of nights out, have a boogie in Razzmatazz, it has five clubs in one!