With the beginning of the second semester, everyone seems to be planning their summers; applying to jobs, internships, and booking their travels.
Stuck for where to go? Here’s our guide to the most affordable trips this summer.
Milan, Italy – the ideal mini-break
With flights from only £36 per adult from London, and £52 from Edinburgh, Milan is a great city break – ideal if you’re working throughout summer and can’t take more than a weekend off. Hostels can be as cheap as £13 per night, and the majority of museums are free, or €3 entry.
Attractions include the Duomo Di Milano and the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum. For the art-lovers, Da Vinci’s famous painting, The Last Supper, is located in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie – although it is recommended booking in advance to make sure you can visit. The Castle Sforzano is free for the majority of exhibitions, and not far from the city centre either. Milan is ideal if you’re in need of sunshine, culture, and lots of good food.
Copenhagen is one of my all-time favourite European cities; although the cost of living is exceptionally high, the cheap flights from Edinburgh and London (£41 and £28, respectively) and the city’s relaxed feel and all-around beauty, a visit is most definitely worth it.
As food prices are quite high, I’d recommend booking an AirBnB as opposed to a hostel (or at least a hostel with a kitchen); they tend to be slightly cheaper than hostels, and this means you can cook your own meals, and save on eating out.
Attractions include Tivoli Gardens, the 18th Century Amusement park; various Museums and Castles scattered through the city centre; Christiana, the world’s last Freetown; and last but not least, Nyhavn, the world-famous and charmingly colourful harbour.
For those in search of sunshine, and with slightly more to spend on flights, Morocco is a great idea. Although flights are £168 from Edinburgh and £72 from London, Riads of surprising luxury are extremely cheap – for the best deals, visit Airbnb, or Booking.com
Attractions include markets, such as the Jemaa el-Fna; Palaces like the Bahia Palace; various museums throughout; and, if the North-African sunshine gets too much, there’s even a waterpark!
For those who want both sunshine and great music, festivals in Europe can be a great option. For tickets a fraction of the price of festivals in the UK, you can see world-class acts; the cheap price of alcohol and guaranteed sunshine make them an extremely attractive option.
Sziget, Budapest, Hungary
Situated in the very heart of Budapest, on an Island in the middle of the Danube, Sziget is a festival not only with a star-studded lineup, but one surrounded by culture (and very cheap alcohol). In previous years, this Hungarian festival has included the likes of Prince, Lily Allen, Major Lazer, and Rihanna.
Need a break from the festival? You can go and relax in one of Budapest’s famous thermal bath-spas, or see the multiple attractions around the city, such as Buda Castle. Or, if relaxing isn’t your thing, you can go and visit one of the spa’s legendary parties in the evening.
Flights to Budapest are from £80 from Edinburgh, and £58 from London; festival ticket prices are €275 for 7 days, €250 for 5 days, €175 for 3 days, and €65 per day. Camping is included in all of the multi-day tickets, with more expensive alternative camps on offer as well.
Benicassim, Barcelona, Spain
Located in a quiet town three hours outside of Barcelona, Benicassim combines world-class music and idyllic beaches. This festival is the one that never sleeps; expect to dance until 5 am, sleep until 8, and then migrate to the beach for a snooze once your tent has become too warm. Previous line-ups have included The Weeknd, Paolo Nutini, Wolf Alice, Dua Lipa and Tyler the Creator – and with tickets for €125, and flights from Edinburgh and London for £64 and £37 respectively, expect an affordable and unforgettable festival experience. Once the festival is over, you could even combine it with a short stay in Barcelona; attractions include the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and La Ramblas in the city centre.