Budget Travel: 5 Easter Breaks for Students


If you want a holiday this Easter to get a break from your university life then here is a breakdown of some of the best places to go.

University and exams can stress you out and going on holiday is a great way to relieve stress. But sometimes it is difficult to find a place on your student budget. The best places to go are usually city breaks in Europe, but you can get some sun at a budget too.

Some starter tips: do not go for the first flight you see, look around at different sites such as Ryanair, EasyJet, and Skyskanner to find the cheapest flights. Although it’s not glamorous the cheapest place to find accommodation is in a hostel; places like Hostelworld are good places to look. Also look at AirBNB, and sometimes hotels.com or bookings.com have good deals on hotels. But again do not go for the first place you see, look around to find the best value. (Cheeky tip: if you look online you can sometimes find voucher codes for some booking websites. Click here for £25 off your first AirBnb!) If you are lucky enough to know anyone who works for an airline they may be able to get you discounts on flights and sometimes hotels too.

*All prices are accurate on 15th February from London Airports. Airports outside of London may be cheaper.


image of the basilica de la sagrada family

Basilica de la Sagrada Family By Lim Kim Keong (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you fancy a sunny holiday then places like Barcelona are probably at the top of your list.

Flights start from just £17* with RyanAir!

Accommodation starts as little as £9 per night* on AirBNB, and £13 per night* on Hostelworld.

You can view the sites of Barcelona for free! There is beautiful architecture, such as the Basilica of the Sagrada Family, or the Gothic Quarter. But there are also guided tours you can take.

For something a bit more exciting, you can check out the nightlife, such as going to see a Flamenco show, or why not try this Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience.

image of the Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

Arc de Triomf By Mattia Felice Palermo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 es (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/es/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons


image of Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Place de la Bourse By Xellery (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

When thinking of France you normally think Paris. But flights to Bordeaux can be found from only around £13.

Accommodation isn’t bad either. Some AirBNBs in Bordeaux go from as little as £10 per night, and you can stay in a hostel for a slightly higher £25 per night.

Again you can do a sight-seeing holiday for free (barring food) with plenty of things to see such as Place de la Bourse, La Cite du Vin, and Cathedrale Saint-Andre.

But Bordeaux is known for it’s wine, and there are trips to suit all budgets where you can tour the vineyard and taste the wine.

image of a Vineyard near Bordeaux

Vineyard near Bordeaux By michael clarke stuff (Cars, Blaye 02 HDR) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0) or CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


image of a boat on a canal in amsterdam

Canal in Amsterdam By Peter K Burian (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Amsterdam is the quintessential student holiday due to it’s differing laws in some recreational activities and it’s many differing sights. It’s also usually done easily on a budget.

Flights to Amsterdam can be found from £20 with EasyJet.

Accommodation is really easy to find in Amsterdam, there are so many hostels and hotels all catering to different budgets. Hostels start from as little as £13 a night if you don’t mind being a little out of the centre.

There is a lot to do in Amsterdam, and a lot to see. You could take a boat cruise along the many canals, and there are many different types of cruise to choose from including trips at night. There are walking tours including the Red Light District and Coffee Shops. And a lot of iconic museums such as the Anne Frank Museum (but it is advised to buy tickets for this in advance as they sell out.)

The nightlife is pretty lively in Amsterdam as well. There are companies that sort out a pub crawl for you, and there is also the popular ice bar.

image of the Rijksmuseum and I Amsterdam sign in Amsterdam

Outside the Rijksmuseum


image of Reichstag building in Berlin

Reichstag Building, Berlin

Berlin is a city rich in history and culture and flights there with RyanAir start from just £15.

You can grab a bed in a hostel from only around £11 per night, and AirBNB from about £10 a night.

There are many inexpensive tours to see the city, with sights such as the Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag Building. It is also highly recommended to see the remnants of the Berlin Wall which can be seen in several locations, most notoriously the East Side Gallery which sees the wall turned into a gallery of street art.

In comparison, the nightlife in Berlin is very lively. Again, there are several companies who set up pub crawls, and there are food tours available for the foodies.

image of part of the berlin wall at east side gallery, berlin

East Side Gallery, Berlin By Kapitel (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


image of dublin at night, featured is a canal and a bridge

Dublin at night By Hans-Peter Bock hpbock@avaapgh.de (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

For something a bit nearer to home you can travel to a few cities in Ireland for around £32 with RyanAir.

Dublin is usually top of people’s list for an Irish visit, and hostels and AirBNB start from around £12.

There are a lot of historical sites, museums and religious places in Dublin to see for free (or a small price for some museums). But Ireland is known for Guiness and Pubs and again, there are pub crawls and distillery tours to go on.

image of st anne's church in the background of a street of shops in Dublin

St Anne’s Church By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

There are many other places to visit on a budget if none of these places tickle your fancy, such as Edinburgh, Malaga and Denmark. Europe offers so much so close by! So get some mates together and book that budget holiday now, because you deserve a break!