3 Affordable Destinations For Your Next European Getaway

There's still time to squeeze in a European break for you and the family before back-to-school time. Phillip Garlick is Head of Commercial at the travel money providers H&T. Here, he recommends three European holiday destinations that still offer value for money...

There's still time to plan a European escape.

Have you been holding off on booking a summer holiday because you’re worried your budget won’t stretch far enough? Well, there are some steps you can take to keep the cost of a holiday down. And one of the best ways to stick to a tight budget, while still getting value for money, is by choosing your destination carefully. 


If you’re looking for a fantastic family beach break, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination for you. The Algarve area is home to some incredible hotels, and there are fantastic family-friendly restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine. Plus, the best part is that it all comes with a very reasonable price tag. In fact, the cost of living in Portugal is around 25% lower than in the UK, according to Numbeo.

While the country boasts natural beauty in some of the best coastlines in Europe, it also offers plenty of culture for you to enjoy, too. There are countless museums, art galleries and local attractions peppered across the country so, whichever area you visit, there’ll always be lots for you to see, do and explore. 


If you’re looking to book a cheap and cheerful resort holiday, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria is the place to go. It offers all of the sun, sea, and scenery that you’ll find at some of the far pricier resorts across Europe, but with a price tag to suit almost any budget. In fact, it’s been crowned the cheapest holiday destination in the world, according to The Post Office’s Holiday Money Report for 2018.  

Plus, as well as being an affordable destination, Sunny Beach is still somewhat of an undiscovered gem, which means it’s far less crowded than a lot of the resorts you’ll find in the likes of Spain. 


If city breaks are more to your taste, Budapest, Hungary should be at the top of your list. It’s far more affordable than more popular destinations, such as Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin. Plus, it’s far less crowded.

Although Hungary is right in the middle of Europe, it doesn’t use the euro — it has its own currently, the forint, which means the exchange rate is far more favourable. And, according to Numbeo, the cost of living is 37% lower than in the UK, which means you’ll spend a lot less on food, drinks, and transport while you’re away. 

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a summer holiday abroad — you can save a great deal of money by choosing your destination carefully. Any of the three places I’ve outlined here would make great choices, because they offer fantastic value for money, which means you’ll be able to have a wonderful time away without worrying about it breaking the bank.  


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