How To Plan A City Break On A Budget
Top Tips On How To Plan A City Break On A Budget:
1. Be flexible with when you fly
To ensure you get the most for your money, book your flights on the least popular days to travel (Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the cheapest days to fly). You can save a huge amount on flights and accommodation if you’re willing to travel outside of peak times. Paired with this, look for the cheapest months of the year to plan your city break. Sites like Sky Scanner and STA are great for comparing different days to travel to ensure you get the best deal possible.
2. Preparation is key
Fizzy drinks and bottled water can be super expensive in tourist spots. If you’re sightseeing, plan ahead and bring bottled water from the supermarket. Or, better yet, fill up a water bottle before you go (if the local water is drinkable that is). Cutting down on buying drinks in major tourist spots will help you to save a few extra pounds here and there – every little helps over the course of a weekend. You can go even further with this and make up sandwiches or a picnic for your day out to avoid the temptation of buying food out.
3. Hire bikes
Hiring bikes and heading out galivanting for the day is a great way to explore the city cheaply. Not only are you saving on transportation costs, you’re getting to see the city in an authentic way. It's a great way to get outside and see the city from a different perspective. Make sure you have a map or GPS on you so you know where you’re going. I also recommend taking along some water and snacks in case you fancy stopping at a particular sight for a while. Obviously, this is seasonally and geographically dependant - if you’re in colder climates, consider bus tours or walking trails.
4. Eat out for Either breakfast OR dinner
Enjoying the local cuisine is all part of the experience of going away. However, when you're on a tight budget try to only eat out for one main meal per day; it can help save incrementally on the trip overall. For me, eating out is one of the main joys of being on holiday. So to ensure you get a balance, try grabbing breakfast from the supermarket or deli - meaning you can enjoy a nice evening meal at a restaurant of your choice without running into budget trouble. You can usually find lots of yummy, affordable food at the local food markets too.
5. Keep an eye out for accommodation deals
If you’re not too fussed about luxury accommodation, check out Hostelworld for the best hostels in the city centre. Often you can book private rooms at hostels if you prefer, or you can opt for dorms which are usually much cheaper and more sociable. Hostels are also a great way to meet other people in the city, and they usually host events at their bar with cheap drinks.
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