How to Travel on a Student Budget this Summer
Your last student loan drop is looming (YASS), and the best part about this instalment is that there’s a far bigger money to uni ratio than usual. You probably have hardly any actual lectures left, and you only need to stick around if you have exams. So, you need to work out how to spend your dolla wisely. Our advice? Jump on a plane outta here. Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer after all. So, what are the best budget city breaks and holidays for student travel? Let us give you a hand:
Barcelona is the top of many people’s travel bucket lists. If you’ve never been, believe us you should! While it isn’t bargain-bucket prices, you can definitely get around on a student travel budget if you have to!
You can get a return to Barca for less than £30 if you time it well. However, even in peak season, you shouldn’t be looking at more than £150 for your flights – And even that would be unlikely.
There are hostels aplenty in Barcelona, so you shouldn’t struggle to find value-for-money with your accommodation. Hostel One Paralelo is great if you’re travelling solo and looking to meet friends – You get a free home cooked meal every night you stay! If you can’t face a hostel, Hotel Praktik Bakery is a great option. A stylish, compact hotel above the most popular bakery in the city. What’s not to love?
What to do?
Obviously, you haven’t been to Barcelona unless you’ve seen La Sagrada Familia – Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece which is still under construction. Wander down Las Ramblas and watch the street performers while you have a glass of sangria in one of the many bars. And of course, Barcelona has a beach – So if the temperatures are soaring head there to cool off in the sea. Just be prepared for the crowds.
What to pack?
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As low-cost city breaks go, Budapest is right up there with the best of them. Every year this city gets more and more popular, so go soon before all your mates do so you can say you’ve been there first!
If you’re going over a weekend, flights can be a little pricey (a return from Manchester in July works out between £150-£200). However, if you can spare time to go midweek (you are a student, after all, make the most of it), then you can get some great bargains at below £100.
Hostels are mega cheap in Budapest, perfect for student travel budgets, and there are some brilliant options too. Pal’s Mini Hostel is located in a brilliant spot right next to the Grand Boulevard, and within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions and, most importantly, the nightlife. If you want a bit more privacy, then check out Airbnb – Which can be really cost-effective if you’re travelling in a group. There are some beautiful options if you book early enough.
What to do?
Between the castle, the basilica, and the endless churches, you could wander around Budapest all day and not get bored. For a truly authentic experience, visit the thermal baths – Where you can bathe in the natural spring water, and get massages and treatments. Budapest is also known for its amazing nightlife, and it’s relatively inexpensive too. Check out the Ruin Bars – Szimpla Kert is the biggest and the best.
What to pack?
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Ok, so we aren’t saying that Paris is cheap exactly (it’s the complete opposite tbh), but you can do it on a student travel budget if you’re clever. Plus, it’s such a beautiful city it is an absolute must-visit – For the Instagram pictures alone.
This is one part of your Paris trip that will be a bargain. Even at the height of summer, flights should still only set you back about £100. Another option is to go through the tunnel, and catch the train from Calais down to Paris – Although this is often the pricier option.
There are some lovely hostel options in Paris. St Christopher’s Inn is particularly good, sitting right on the canal with a waterside terrace and its own bar. Even hostels are pretty expensive in Paris though, so if you’re on a real budget you might need to get creative with your accommodation. Check out CouchSurfing and homestays – Both popular in Paris. You could even consider staying outside of Paris in a surrounding town and travel in.
What to do?
Where do you even start describing everything there is to do in Paris. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe are probably the best-known sights not to be missed. Don’t forget your student card – You get free/discounted entry to loads of attraction with it. Wandering down the Champs Elysee, window shopping in all the designer shops is another excellent way to spend an afternoon. If you’re a princess at heart (who isn’t babe), then hop over to Disneyland Paris to get a photo in front of the famous castle and go on some rides.
What to pack?
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Dubrovnik is often called the jewel of the Adriatic, and it’s easy to see why. A beautiful walled city, sitting right on the sea, with absolutely loads to see and do – This is a student travel must due to its reasonable prices.
Flights can be expensive to Croatia, as it’s a little further afield than traditional Europe holidays. Budget £200-£250 in high season, although you find deals for around £150 in the quieter months if you’re lucky.
Staying in the old town might set you back a few pennies, but if you’re willing to travel in then the accommodation is cheaper on the Lapad Peninsula. It’s a quick bus ride from the city and has some gorgeous hotels. Hotel Kompas is a contemporary hotel with reasonable nightly rates and sea views in many of their rooms! Or check out Hostelworld for a purse-friendly option if you want to stay in a dorm and meet other student travel buddies.
What to do?
Check out the Old Town, and take in the amazing city walls (if you’re a Game of Thrones fan you might see some spots that seem familiar). Hop on a boat and take a day trip out to Lokrum island, where you can sunbathe on the banks of a lake and photograph the beautiful French fort. If you’re looking to relax, sip cocktails in a bar on the marina, or sunbathe on Banje beach and take a dip in the sea.
What to pack?
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