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Published On: Tue, Jul 28th, 2015

These are 2015’s Top 5 European Destinations for a Budget Holiday

Are you looking to break away from the daily grind without breaking the bank this year? The compact size and intense diversity of Europe offers a wealth of affordable options, right on your doorstop. What could be more pleasant than a short flight to a country and culture that is worlds away from your own, all for an inexpensive price-tag?

More adventurous travellers can even stitch together a country-hopping trip around the continent, taking advantage of the extensive and reasonably-priced rail system. If such an excursion sounds like it would be up your street, check out these suggestions of possible destinations to get your taste buds salivating.

Romania

Eastern Europe has long been a shoddily-kept secret for those wishing to enjoy a budget holiday within easy reach of the UK, and Romania’s growing network of cheap flight connections makes it an ideal choice to experience something new.

Bucharest, Romania photo/ David Mark via pixabay

Bucharest, Romania photo/ David Mark via pixabay

Furthermore, most traffic coming through Bucharest are currently business travellers, which paradoxically means that holiday season is actually off-peak in the Romanian capital. Take advantage of the cheap airfare and affordable accommodation to swing by the homeland of Count Dracula, ramble in the rolling hills and sample some hearty Eastern cuisine.

Turkey

The emergence of Turkish Airlines has allowed for greater competition and falling prices in this Eurasian gem. Although rates are obviously subject to fluctuation, at the time of writing, a package holiday to Turkey could be obtained at an absolute steal—we found prices as low as £125 per person for a trip to Marmaris via Holiday Hypermarket.

As for reasons to visit, there’s the Blue Mosque, frenetic chai tea sellers and infectious hustle and bustle of Istanbul, the only city in the world to straddle two continents. Further afield, the cultural melting pot port town of Izmir is a liberal and laid-back mecca for those seeking something a little different, while Turkey’s Aegean coast offers any number of pristine beaches for sand, sea and sun lovers.

Portugal

According to US News, the cost of living in Portugal is almost a third lower than anywhere else in Western Europe. As such, it’s an excellent option for those who want more of a Mediterranean getaway choc-full of culture and charisma.

The capital, Lisbon, is a vibrant city buzzing with nightlife and activity, but which still retains a picturesque charm. The very affordable tram 28 offers a whistle-stop tour of many of the city’s highlights, including the incredible sweeping views at Miradoura de Santa Luzia and the urban hipness of the Alfama district. Outside of the capital, the nearby Algarve is a haven for beach bums seeking inexpensive relaxation, while Alentejo is an untapped gastronomical paradise.

Kosovo

Forget your preconceived notions of this recently war-torn nation, Kosovo is an increasingly popular pit-stop for the budget traveller. Its stunning mountains and breath-taking waterfalls are natural attractions which come free of charge, while beers rarely cost more than one euro.

While there are still some regions of Kosovo which are inadvisable to get lost in, the majority of this bountiful nation has adapted to the growing tourism sector impressively. Check the advice on the governmental website beforehand to get the recent lowdown on where to go – and where not to.

Norway

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking – Norway is notorious for being an incredibly expensive city. And while it’s certainly pricier than any others on this list, 2015 may well be the year for those with tight purse-strings to sample some Nordic delights.

A recent study by TripAdvisor revealed that hotel prices in Oslo are down 17% from last year, while the struggling performance of the krone in comparison to other currencies means that striking while the iron is hot could net you great savings on this traditionally extravagant destination.

If you’re still looking to find your perfect 2015 getaway, then there are plenty of wallet-friendly options available. Where will you be heading?

Guest Author: Dhmhtrhs Papadopoulos

 

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