The best budget travel places you need to go right now

by | October 6, 2017

It’s that time of year when summer has officially been and gone. Your summer getaway is now endless snaps in your photo album and you’re posting those classic ‘throwback’ photos every Thursday on your insta. Got a few days of annual leave left before the Christmas break? Check out these budget travel places you need to go RN. Get booking.

Berlin, Germany

berlin skyline

You may want to reserve this place for the Christmas markets, but head to this city in October – November for the cheapest deal. They’ll still be in early prep for Christmas and they also have the annual Festival of Lights held during October for the past 13 years. Get your ticket from £26 one way from London on Skyscanner.

Key attractions:

History is the first word that comes to mind in Berlin. Visit the Reichstag building, Brandonburg Gate and the Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

Cool places to go:

Berlin has it all. From laid-back pubs to concept cocktails bars, Berlin suits every type of night out you can possibly think of. Cocktail bar Tausend has an unmarked door that can only be entered via an iron gate and Madame Claude is your very own upside down bar.

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Berlin by day:

  

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

amsterdam

Weekend trips to Amsterdam can be quite expensive, inevitably because of hen and stag dos. Try visiting Amsterdam mid-week for the cheapest deal. The atmosphere will still the same, if not less rowdy, and you can get flights for as little as £25 one way from Manchester during October.

Key attractions:

Every itinerary you’ll see online will tell you to head to the world-class art museums such as the Van Gough and Rijksmuseum. You also have the Red Light District, the Anne Frank house and a cute canal backdrop. Renting a bike is a must.

Cool places to go:

Check out Hiding in Plain Sight for premium cocktails in an upscale, boutique bar and Vesper hidden away in the bohemian Jordaan neighbourhood.

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Carcassonne, France

carcassonne

If we told you that you could get a return flight for £20 to France, you wouldn’t believe us. But this isn’t a drill. Pack your bags and head to Southern France for the ultimate relaxation weekend. There’s even a 12th century medieval castle on the hilltop – Ed Sheeran eat your heart out.

Key attractions:

Stroll around the Carcassonne Medieval City and the Basilica of Saint Nazaire.

Cool places to go:

Carcassonne doesn’t need hidden cocktail bars and boutique places to impress. Find quaint, little places that need to be all over your insta. Head to Creperie Le Ble Noir and Le Chaudron.

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Budapest, Hungary

Buda, buda, budapest! This city has a little bit of everything. Seek out flights for as little as £23 in November from London on Skyscanner.

Key attractions:

Rewind in the Széchenyi thermal bath, stroll around the Parliament House and the Fisherman’s Bastion, or try out a SPArty in an historic thermal bath.

Cool places to go:

Ruin bars are all the rage in Budapest. They’re quirky pubs and clubs that have been set up in abandoned buildings. Check out the original, and most popular, ruin bar, Szimpla Kert and Instant. You’re guaranteed a good night.

What to wear:

Budapest by day:

Budapest in October through to December is, on average, 9°C but falls right down to 1°C towards Christmas. Take cover in padded and aviator jackets

  

Budapest by night:

Going to a SPArty? Pack these in your suitcase – you can thank us later!

  

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