Travel destinations on a student budget

It is officially the end of the term, so grab yourself a bargain and jet off for some fun and relaxation.

There’s no better time for a well-deserved break, those sleepless nights and endless assignments can leave you feeling and looking drained.

May and June is a great time to jet away, the season has just begun and the kids are still at school so it is a perfect time to book a holiday.

There are many cheap deals that won’t break the bank or require you to trade in your favourite game or textbooks, in the hope to scrape some cash together and celebrate the end of a very long year.

Make this year, a time to explore, see new places, meet new people, and have some fun with a cheap break.

Whether you are looking for a City break, a week in the sun or a countryside retreat, here are some of the top deals this summer.


City Break – Dublin

There are many reasons to love Dublin, It’s a short flight, great value for money, the friendly locals, and fantastic culture.

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable accommodation, food, and drink, and getting around won’t break the bank either.

Dublin is a city bursting at the seams with plenty to do and see, from uniques visitor attractions, art galleries and museums to cosy pub venues playing traditional and contemporary music.

If you want to go further afield, Dublin is also within easy reach of the coast and mountains where you can experience some of the Ireland’s amazing scenery.

Ryanair offer some really good deals, there are many dates available with cheap flights however if you were to travel on Thursday 8th June for 3 nights, you can bag yourself a return flight from Newcastle for as little as £26.

In regards to accommodation, it really depends on your budget and what you want, hostels usually work out the cheapest and are usually quite central however this means you will be sharing with other people.

If you prefer your own room, Dublin City University have rooms available on  for as little as £199 for 2 people for the duration of the stay. For something more private, The Charles Stewart guest house are offering a double room for 2 for 3 nights for £443

Sun, Sea and Sand – Escape to the beach

If you prefer to venture further afield and are looking for holiday with guaranteed sunshine, fantastic beaches, great nightlife and unbelievable food, Jet2 have started a new route this year to Almeria in Spain.

From Almeria, you have a number of resorts within easy reach, Roquetas De Mar is the closest resort, however if you are brave enough to try a resort that is typically spanish and unique then Mojacar is the perfect choice.

Flights from Leeds Bradford return with travelling out on Tuesday 20th June for 7 nights are coming out at around £125 per person.

As Mojacar is 1 hr 23 mins from Almeria airport, you can either get a shuttle bus or private taxi transfer.

Travel republic are offering a return shuttle bus return transfer for £58 per person.

For accommodation you can stay at the Pensión Provenzal, which is within walking distance to the main Playa and offer the most amazing little beach bar opposite serving one the best Mojitos in Mojacar. A double room will cost around £350 for a 7 night stay.

Mojacar is known as the spanish ibiza, quiet by day and during the week but come the weekend people flock from all over Spain to visit this resort.

On the 23rd June, Mojacar hosts the famous San Juan festival. The summer solstice remains a magical night. Mythology states that strange things can occur on the shortest night of the year. San Juan is all about change, it is about night and day; fire and water. Bonfires are the theme of the night, aligned along the beachfront people gather to celebrate.

You will see people jumping over the bonfire three times as it is seem as a ritual on San Juans night to cleanse and purify their body and burn away any problems.

It is a certainly an experience and one that brings together the whole community.

It literally has something for everyone, Mojacar is a beach destination with a difference. You can spend days relaxing on the white-gold sandy beaches soaking up the mediterranean sunshine to exploring the fascinating old-town with it’s spanish charm, white washed villas and unbelievable restaurants where you can order a three course menu of the day for €12 per person.

By night there are plenty of beach bars and nightclubs to keep you entertained. Mandala Beach is the best club in Mojacar, similar to the likes of Nikki Beach and Ocean Beach Club in Marbella/Ibiza. You can eat there during the day and then at night it’s DJ’s transform the club into a lively club with themed night such as ‘I Love Mondays’ and VIP rooms offer that edge over the other bars and clubs in Mojacar.

Maui Beach Club is another Mojacar hotspot, Maui is a stylish beach bar service quality food as well as beers, cocktails and spirits. On a Saturday afternoon the place comes alive, hosting the best beach party in the town, the music gets turned up to attract the younger crowd and it is busy right until the early hours.

Mojacar is a little hidden gem that not many people know about, so if you wanted something that is classy, unique and lively. Mojacar is the place to be this summer.

Countryside retreat – Glamping Pods

Groupon offer some amazing getaway deals that won’t break the bank.

If you are just looking to get away for a few days in the countryside to escape the hustle and bustle of the city then book yourself this glamping deal.

To stay here for 2 nights between 8 May – 30 Jun Sun – Thurs will cost you as little as £55.

The cost includes a self-catering stay in a cabin for up to four people.

St Helens in the park features acres of lands dedicated to walking and relaxing with the neighbouring town of Scarborough is 18 minute away.


This relaxing little retreat is nestled on the doorstep of the North York Moors National Park, St Helens in the Park is surrounded by 36 acres of tree-lined terraces. The park offers pods and spacious pitches spread across two camping fields.

It really is the perfect place to relax in peaceful surroundings.

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