Top travel destinations on a tight budget.
Ibiza too much for your bank balance? Purse can’t quite handle Prague? Not to worry, we’ve done all the work for you so that you can make the most of your gap year on that pesky student budget.
Exhibit A: Ibiza VS Riga.
Northeast of cliché Ibiza lies the upcoming Riga, Latvia’s largest city and party capital. Explore Riga’s rustic cobble streets and head to the old town to indulge your taste buds with traditional Baltic food starting from roughly £4.
Return flights to Riga start from £40 (RyanAir)- cheaper than that pair of Converse.
Exhibit B: Copenhagen VS Stockholm.
Better known than Riga, Stockholm may sound expensive, but don’t panic- we wouldn’t do that to you. Hotels in Stockholm start off from around £13 a night, and that places you right in the heart of the city; free to enjoy the nightlife, amazing restaurants and their unique T-Bana metro stations / art galleries. A great way to soak up the history of the city is by taking part a free walking tour, this will take you past the city’s main attraction, Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm. The best bit? Return flights with Norwegian Airlines are available from under £50.
Exhibit C: Prague VS Timisoara.
Okay… so Prague may have that astro-clock and big Cathedral, but you just might want to check out Timisoara. A city saturated in Romanian culture, there is so much on offer. Previously named ‘Little Wien’ due to the number of green spaces, you could get lost in the famous Central Park!
Flights start from just £30 (RyanAir), and a hotel for the night will cost you £10. £10… do we need to say any more?
Exhibit D: Rome or Milan?
Popular with many bloggers and celebs, global fashion capital Milan is a European must-see. Like many, you may not have the money to splash on the new season Prada bag (…sigh), but don’t let that stop you from visiting the various outlet stores - or simply window shop and dream (…sigh).
Like Rome, Milan is one of Italy’s major cities, and along with that comes beautiful architecture and scenery, so it’s not hard to grab a coffee, find a bench, and sit back and take in your surroundings.
Milan on a budget is possible, hostels are on offer from £15 a night, and a flight with RyanAir will cost you £26; around the price of that date at Pizza Express you had 3 months ago.