The temperatures are rising – at least for some lucky people in Europe – so it’s time to put your winter clothes in a box, dust off your sunglasses and discover new places. If you are on a budget but you don’t want to miss out on travelling, check out this handy guide on when to book flights and the following list of budget destinations. Before you take off, don’t forget to download your maps in CoPilot so you don’t need any data roaming to drive, bike or walk in another country. Here are our top picks:
Croatia has been coming to recent (Internet-)fame with several Game of Thrones filming locations set in the country. However, for many sun-worshippers the country has been a travel favourite for years. Old cobble-stoned cities, beautiful beaches and delicious food can rival many destinations in countries like Spain, Italy and Portugal. And all of this for a wallet-friendly price. What’s not to like? Tip: Hire a rental car and discover the breathtaking nature in Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Once you have the flight costs to Thailand covered, food and accommodation won’t cost you much. Whether you want to go island-hopping in southern Thailand, experience the hustle and bustle of Bangkok or visit the quieter sights of northern Thailand, the country offers something for everyone. Tip: Learn how to cook a real Thai curry in Bangkok.
Iceland is for those of us who want to escape the heat (a minority position, but still…). The country usually has a reputation for being on the pricier side of things, but budget flights to Reykjavík from the biggest UK airports put this destination back on the map. Tip: Drive into the highlands for the most spectacular nature sights.
Are you looking for a beach holiday to take the kids? The “Bulgarian Riviera” boasts golden beaches and a mild climate making it a perfect spring or summer escape for any budget-conscious family. Tip: Take a day trip to Balchik, a small sea-side town with an old castle.
It is possible to visit Greece on a budget and still enjoy world-famous sights. Head to the island of Crete in September or October after the high summer travel season is over to take advantage of cheaper flight/hotel prizes and quieter beaches. Since Crete is one of the southern-most islands of Greece, the air and sea temperatures stay high even in autumn. Tip: If you’re a history buff, head to Knossos near Heraklion, supposedly Europe’s oldest city.
Visit Hungary’s capital Budapest for beautiful monuments, crazy nightlife and trendy cafes. Cheap prizes for airfare, hotels and food allow for a city trip on a shoestring. Tip: Drive to Gödöllő and visit the impressive baroque castle.
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