European city break tips: Part 1
Updated: Oct 15, 2022
Yes, long-haul adventures to North America or Thailand are life changing (and strongly encouraged), but city breaks are your bread and butter - and they don’t have to be expensive. They really, really don’t.
With these simple tips and ideas, you can easily maximise your holiday enjoyment without breaking the bank unnecessarily.
1. Choose a cost-effective destination
If you are desperate for break but want to watch your purse, flexibility is key.
Avoid countries which have a high-cost of living. Scandinavia in general is pricey. As is much of Italy, France and Germany, as well as major tourist-heavy cities such as Athens, Dubrovnik and Dublin.
Some cost-effective European destinations include:
Portugal in general, but specifically Porto;
Zadar in Croatia;
Prague in Czech Republic;
Poland in general - Warsaw and Gdansk are fabulous destinations!
2. Choose the right time of the year
Be flexible about when you go.
Avoid high season (between June to early September, and Easter). Try and avoid school holidays too, when prices rise exponentially to take advantage of the rise in families looking to getaway.
If you choose Porto or Southern Spain, don’t be afraid to visit in February - March or October - November. The weather will remain comfortably around 20 degrees, perfect city walking weather.
Everything you would spend your money on is much, much cheaper. And the destination will be less busy too!
3. Do your research for the best deals - flights and accommodation
Use price comparison sites such as Skyscanner for flights, and Hotels.com for accommodation. You can tailor what you’re looking for and it will find the cheapest option.
Often, flying between Sunday and Wednesday will be considerably cheaper.
4. Consider which airport you fly from
Take all your transport options into consideration. If you immediately book the cheapest flights and forget it costs extra to travel there, it may be better to travel from a closer airport. You will save time and stress of extra travel.
Read here for Part 2 of our European City Break Tips!