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Braw’s Summer Holidays: The best budget summer escapes

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The summer break is approaching faster than any of us anticipated. It’s time to start booking some budget summer breaks, and we’ve done the work so that you don’t have to. Here is Braw’s breakdown of the best budget summer breaks to escape the UK this summer.

Split, Croatia

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Split is situated on Croatia’s beautiful Adriatic coast and is the largest city on Croatia’s coastline. Full of markets, sunlit streets, and steeped in history, the Dalmatian city makes for a desirable summer location. 

Flights: Fly with Jet2 from Glasgow or Edinburgh from £70 each way. Not bad for a Mediterranean escape. 

Accommodation: Airbnb’s are plentiful in this part of the world – especially when travelling as part of a group, as you can split the price. I stayed in the town of Kaštel Lukšić, a 30-minute bus journey from Split, for cheaper prices and to escape the city bustle. It also encouraged an easy day trip to the historic town of Trogir, just across the bay from Split, which is a hidden gem that would be a shame to miss.

Top Tip: Find a property that suits you on Airbnb’s attractive search system, and then book it through Booking.com for much cheaper service fees. Alternatively, if the host has a business website for holiday letting, book through there – it is almost always cheaper. 

Braw’s Number One Activity: Go to Hvar. It is stunning. Book the high-speed, surprisingly affordable catamaran from Split-Hvar, book an apartment, and explore the massively underrated island. Turquoise water, starfish, pebble beaches, and beach bars make it the most idyllic island getaway at very little cost. It’s always a good thing to get away from the cities when you can – especially if you remember your snorkel.

If leaving Split isn’t on your itinerary, make sure to visit Forest Park Marjan for a beautiful view of the sunset in the evenings, over the Adriatic to the islands of Brac, Solta, and Hvar.

Valencia, Spain

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Spain’s stunning third city is breathtaking. From traditional restaurants, beautiful architecture (even the train station is a sight to behold), and utopian science parks, the city cannot be missed. Home of the famous paella dish, there’s nowhere better in Spain for a bit of sunshine this summer. 

Flights: Fly with Ryanair direct to Valencia from Edinburgh for as little as £25 each way. The cheap flights allow for more space in the budget for a proper Spanish paella in the evening!

Accommodation: You may be for or against hostels, but there is no denying their budget-friendly prices. Horror stories will always be circulating, but I can’t recommend the experience enough. 

Braw’s Valencia Hostel Recommendation: The River Hostel. It is nothing fancy, but it is clean, funky, friendly, and extremely affordable (from £19 per night). Check out Hostelworld for other alternatives, reviewed by travellers like you. 

Top Tip: Make sure to check reviews before you part with your hard-earned cash. You don’t want to pay a deposit to be greeted with rickety beds and mouldy showers. 

Braw’s Number One Activity: Take a walk to visit the City of Arts and Sciences. A beautiful walk will take you from historic architectural cathedrals, through the green Gulliver Park to the ultra-modern utopian buildings. Here, you can visit Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe (the interactive science museum), L’Oceanografic (an open-air oceanographic park and is the largest in Europe), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (an opera house and theatre dedicated to the performing arts), and so much more. 

Kotor, Montenegro

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Kotor is a growing tourist destination, tucked away between the mountains on the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, South of the Croatian border. It has seen a sudden growth in visitors in recent years, as cruise companies visit more frequently. Make sure to visit before it gets too busy. 

Flights: This is a slightly harder-to-reach destination, but I promise you it’s worth it. Wizzair flies from London Gatwick to Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital city, for only £18. From here, catch a 2-hour bus for only £8, or hire a car to enjoy throughout your trip. 

Accommodation: Hostels and Airbnbs cost around the same amount in Kotor. You might desire to tuck yourself away on a private retreat or meet other travellers like yourself.

Braw’s Hostel Recommendation: Old Town Hostel. For as little as £15/night, you can be situated in the centre of the Old Town, in unique rooms with access to a swimming pool. The Telegraph ranked this Hostel in the top 10 in Europe. 

Staying with an Airbnb host provides a very different experience: I met the lovely couple Gorka and Branco whilst staying at their home, who insisted on feeding me Rakija, a traditional, powerful, and in this case homemade Balkan spirit, at 10 am. An interesting day followed, to say the least. 

Braw’s Number One Activity: Devote a day to wandering around the Old Town. You can’t get lost, as much like the famous Croatian city of Dubrovnik (only a 2-hour coach trip away), Kotor’s old town is ringed by stone walls, which are free and spectacular to walk on. The town itself is packed with friendly, clean, and well-loved stray cats. There are several local charities devoted to their care, as well as a cat museum! Unique shops, ice cream parlours, and cafes spill out onto the stone streets. Top Tip: Walk to the top of the bay to BBQ Tanjga, a family-run butcher’s and BBQ spot which is well-loved by locals and tourists alike. It is affordable, local, traditional and delicious. 

To Conclude

Get out there this summer! This article proves that the sea and sunshine are not far away, and do not always come with a big price tag if you’re clever about it. You can read more of Brig’s advice on student travel here. Get out there on some budget summer breaks, be safe, and take a break.

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