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This guest post was authored by Marcia Windsor Waite.
As COVID-19 restrictions start to loosen and travel slowly begins to return to normal, now is a great time to plan your next trip away! Especially with almost all travel companies offering full refunds and flexibility on your booking. In this article, I will give you my top 5 places to visit in Europe on a budget.
The Amsterdam mini-break is slightly cliche, but it is always a goodie! Amsterdam is one of my all-time favourite cities, with beautiful canals, delicious cuisines and endless exploring to be done! Sure, Amsterdam has its reputation as a party city, but the city is also full of history and culture.
The Dutch are notoriously some of the friendliest people in the world, and you will constantly be in awe of the city. However, make sure you have space on your phone or camera, because you will want to take a picture every time you turn a corner.
Amsterdam is not exactly the cheapest city you’ll find in Europe, but it is certainly not the most expensive. There are also plenty of hostels to choose from in Amsterdam! Whether it’s a party weekend or a chilled weekend, Amsterdam has plenty for you to do.
With the average temperatures in summer staying between 80-86 degrees Fahrenheit (27-30 degrees Celsius) you are guaranteed to have a sunny holiday in Barcelona. Barcelona is a city full of history, including Gaudi’s houses, the Olympic park, the Arc de Triomf and so much more. However, to complement all the history, Barcelona also has beautiful beaches, endless shops and amazing nightlife. Barcelona is, therefore, a great destination for whatever sort of holiday you want as well as still being fairly affordable.
Hungary uses the Forint, not the Euro, which has a great exchange rate, meaning you can make your budget stretch. Budapest is a city rich in culture, nature and diversity. On the Pest side, you have the sprawling metropolis with busy bars, restaurants, shops, museums and so much more. The Buda side offers a more tranquil side of the city with parks and spas. In Budapest, you can spend your days exploring the incredible museums, party the night away in the characteristic ruin bars, and then relax the next day in the thermal spas.
Prague, Czech Republic is another must-see city in Europe. I have never been to Prague, but from my friend’s experiences and watching Youtube videos I cannot wait to go! Prague too has an amazing culture, and people often describe walking through Prague as walking through a Disney movie. Another reason that this city attracts a lot of students is the nightlife scene. Try the ever-potent absinthe over at The Absintherie and hit up the many clubs without breaking the bank.
This is another city I have yet to visit but it is at the top of my list! Berlin is the perfect city for any student needs. Fancy visiting a museum? Your options are endless! Looking for some good food? You have hundreds of affordable, delicious options. Prefer bars or clubs? It doesn’t matter, Berlin has them all! Whatever you are interested in doing, Berlin has options for you. This city is full of history and culture, and with some of the best nightclubs in the world, you are guaranteed to have a great time.