Thursday, December 20, 2018

5 tips for any city break on a budget

City breaks are some of the best kinds of a holiday because you can see so much of the world in such a short space of time. You generally only need a few days in each city before you can move onto the next one. However, they’re not always budget-friendly. Cities can be expensive, and it can really add up over just a few days. Here are some of my top tips for enjoying any kind of city break on a budget.

Do your research

You should do this before any kind of holiday, but even more so with a city break. Chances are, you’re only going to have a few days in the city, so you’ll want to know where to go and what to see in that time. I have an entire guide on what to research before you go – to make sure you’ve brushed up on all the basics. This will also help you budget better when you know exactly how much things are going to cost.

Top tip: Look at local menus and see what the average price is for a meal, as this will help you work out your daily budget.

Work out your daily budget

Once you’ve done your research, you should have a good idea of how much things are going to cost in your chosen city. Now you can work out exactly what you want to spend each day, including all food, drinks, tickets to attractions, and even those cheesy souvenirs at the end of your trip. If you’ve looked at local menus then you should have an idea of how much things are going to cost, then work out your budget from there. Just make sure you stick to it as much as possible.

Factor in emergency costs

While you’ll want to stick to your daily budget as much as possible, you’re also going to want to have an emergency fund. Unfortunately, disaster can strike when you’re away, and you don’t want to be left stranded or out of pocket. Did you know, for example,  that a stay in an American hospital can cost up to $10,000 a day?! Ouch. Of course, you should have travel insurance that will cover that kind of thing, but you’ll want an emergency fund just in case.

Walk everywhere you can

Most cities are enormous, sure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t walk around them. Take London, for example. Many people catch a two-minute tube ride without realizing that they could have walked the same distance in ten minutes. Plus, you get to see all of the hidden gems the city has to offer when you’re not stuck underground, with hundreds of other people. Grab your comfiest pair of shoes and get walking – it will save you money, and you’ll get to see so much more.

Find cheap and free attractions

Many cities are filled with cheap and free things you can do, meaning you won’t have to spend a fortune while you’re away. Take London as an example, again. There are so many free things to do in London, from museums and art galleries through to parks and even becoming part of a live TV audience. Do your research into whichever city you’re visiting, to find out what kinds of attractions won’t break the bank. You could challenge yourself to visit as many free attractions as possible, so you don’t have to spend any money other than on food and drink/

If you want to visit a city on a budget, it doesn’t have to be impossible. Follow these five tips and you should be able to keep those costs down – meaning you can go on more city breaks!

Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list? Let me know in the comments

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