With the weather hitting nearly 30 degrees in the UK, jetting off abroad might not be at the top of your list of priorities. If, like me, you’ve decided you do want to venture abroad but have left everything until the last minute then, fear not. Here are all the best and cheapest last-minute holidays you can book on a student budget. Enjoy!
One of the most popular up and coming holiday destinations, Tallinn is going up in the world due to its beautiful historic architecture and dirt-cheap pints. With the perfect combination of medieval history, the Soviet legacy and mouth-watering Estonian cuisine, you’ll hop on your flight home with a belly full of treats and a brain full of knowledge – result! Flights are pricey – coming in at about £170-200, although hostels are only 10 euros per night and the food even less.
Again, flights will be your main expenditure here. But with bars that sell drinks for as little as (the equivalent of) £1, you’ll be too drunk to care about blowing your loan on Lufthansa. Of course, there’s more to Budapest than just cheap drinks. One of the cultural capitals of Europe, Budapest is also oozing with history, art and breath-taking 19th century architecture.
Perhaps a less obvious choice in Austria’s myriad of holiday destinations, flights to Salzburg can cost as little as £80 return – bargain! Highlights include the 11th century Fortress Hohensalzburg, 17th century Mirabell Palace and Getreidegasse, a busy shopping centre within a UNESCO world heritage building. Food can be expensive, but if you’re staying in a hostel then stocking up on supermarket goods and making your own meals will see you fit.
If you’re into innovative Scandinavian modern architecture then Billund is the place for you. The home of Lego bricks, the city even includes a real Lego-inspired house. Take a breezy stroll through Billund’s Skulpturpark and you’ll be sure to catch some of Denmark’s finest contemporary art pieces without dishing out the hefty price of a museum ticket. Flight again can cost as little as £81 so expect a European city break with a futuristic twist, all without breaking the bank.
Although Berlin is definitely worth the hype, Germany has so many other amazing cities to offer. Frankfurt, the home of the world renowned (and delicious!) sausage is another gem in Germany’s crown that is not to be missed. Situated alongside the river Main, the city includes the stunning 1405 town hall with a cutesy balcony giving you Instagrammable views over the city. Flights start from £84 so you’ll have plenty of pocket-money left for a stein of their delicious beer.
Last, but by no means least, if you’re looking for a shorter flight for an equally as beautiful destination, then consider hopping on a plane to dreamy Beziers. With canals running through this quaint town in Southern France, you can have all the sunshine of St Tropez without the a-list price tag. Home to a striking 13th century Roman cathedral, this spell binding town is perfect for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing break with all the bonuses of large-city culture. Flights start at £92 so book soon to make sure you don’t miss out!