As the Christmas holiday and New Year celebrations fade to a distant memory and the bitter Winter cold takes hold, it’s only natural that your thoughts turn towards things to look forward to in 2020.
For many of us, that means booking a holiday or a short trip away, but to where? Perhaps you’re seeking a mid-term break to escape the pressures of your studies, or perhaps you want to get something in the diary for the summer, when assignments and exams are all done and dusted and you can really let your hair down.
However, as much as we’d all love to embark on a luxury around-the-world excursion, staying in the finest hotels and sipping the most extravagant cocktails, a student’s budget does not allow for such indulgence.
But fear not, for help is at hand, because hoppa have released a report identifying the cheapest holiday destinations for 2020. So, if you’re seeking an exciting adventure abroad that doesn’t cost the earth, read on…
If you’re looking to book a break on a budget then you’ll struggle to find better value for money than Antalya. Hoppa’s research found the Turkish city to be the cheapest destination, costing an average of £63.79 per day – a price we can all get on board with.
Located on the Mediterranean coast and bordered by the Taurus Mountains, Antalya has a vast array of history and culture to suit the intrepid explorer, while its average hotel prices of £20 per night mean its accommodation is the second cheapest surveyed by hoppa, behind the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
As one might expect from a capital city, Kiev is a bustling metropolis with plenty to offer any visitor. An abundance of trees are littered throughout, adding a glorious splash of greenery that makes for spectacular photo opportunities as well as providing welcome shade, especially in the warmer months.
If you do visit during the height of summer, you may wish to quench your thirst with a beer, and you’ll be glad to know that doing so will cost you in the region of £1.47 a pint, putting it in the top 10 cheapest prices as discovered by hoppa.
Looking for something a little different, perhaps off the beaten track? Then Minsk could be exactly what you’re after. A wealth of history lies within and a number of churches, museums and libraries allow any visitors to educate themselves on its fascinating past.
With temperatures regularly below freezing during winter but reaching the balmy mid-20s when summer rolls around, Minsk is a city of extremes, and a trip to the Belarusian capital can prove enlightening and economical in equal measure, costing an average of just £97.68 per day.
Bulgaria is a nation which draws plenty of tourists seeking a ski or beach holiday, but the capital has plenty to offer as well. With popular attractions including the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Ancient Serdica Complex and Vitosha Nature Park, there’s a lot to keep the average visitor entertained.
After all that culture, history and education, you’ll have earned a sit down and a drink – and at just £1.34 for the average pint of beer, that prospect may become all the more tantalising.
One of the continent’s hidden gems, taking a trip to Tbilisi may well tickle your fancy. Out of all the destinations hoppa surveyed, the Georgian capital came out as the second cheapest to visit, costing just £73.72 per day on average.
Not only that, but the average hotel stay will set you back less than £30 per night while you can get a high quality cocktail for around £3.65 a pop. For those who prefer eating rather than drinking, a meal for two in Tbilisi will cost an average of just £26, placing it comfortably within the top 10 when it comes to getting great value for your grub.