Are you getting too old to go on holiday with your parents but secretly praying that they ask you to away with them? Do you desperately need to wind down after the final stress of university exams and dissertations?
You need to get away…
Whether you are looking for a relaxing, chill out on the beach or a complete blowout to let off some steam and to dance off those university blues; Kloodle has researched the best places to go this summer on a budget that you can afford.
For those looking for a bit of culture and something to see why not try:
Riga, Latvia –
As Latvia’s capital, this beautiful city has recently been named the European capital of culture. With majestic art nouveau architecture, fascinating museums and elements of the Soviet era still fascinating the youth of the West, Riga really does have a lot to offer and at a very reasonable price.
Warsaw, Poland –
Rich in history and jam packed with beautiful architecture, Warsaw is a real place to behold. Take a stroll down the Royal Route, visit the the Łazienki Królewskie Park-Palace Complex, relax in Old and New Town Squares and watch the city transform to become stages for musical and theatrical performances and open-air galleries.
Budapest, Hungary –
Most people would not think twice about taking a break in Hungary but believe us when we say, it oozes sophistication. Discover historic castles, take a cruise down the Danube river, relax in one of its famous spa’s and baths or even take a stroll on Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square and you’ll understand why Budapest is often called the Paris of the East.
For those looking to find their own paradise:
Dubrovnik, Croatia –
One of the most up and coming places in the whole of Europe Dubrovnik is simply beautiful. It’s waters have been described as the clearest in the world, watch the sun set over the Old town or simply sip cocktails at the Old Port, notorious for its beautiful sailing boats and let your troubles fade away like the waves on the beach.
Formentera, the Balearic Islands (Spain) –
You may have to fly into Ibiza’s airport to get to Formentera, but a holiday could not be further away from a wild week in Ibiza. Take the ferry over to your very own paradise Island and lap up the beauty and genuine tranquility of Formentera. Snorkel in the beautiful waters, cycle around the island and if you feel the urge to, take the short trip over to the main island for a night out in the world famous clubs.
Fethiye, Turkey –
Enjoy a traditional Turkish bath, take a water taxi to Calis Beach to watch the sunset, visit the old town to grab yourself a bargain on the markets or leisurely stroll around the secret Roman ruins. However, if you can stretch to it, paraglide from Babadag Mountain to see what could be the most beautiful coast line in all of Europe. Also, if you transfer money from GBP to Turkish Lira, you will be surprised at how cheap things are.
For those looking for a festival in the sun:
Pukkelpop Festival 14-16 August –
Pukkelpop started life as a small, local music event before becoming an outdoor alternative festival. Based in Belgium, 30 years on the festival is now a complete music experience. With over 200 current musical sensations, living legends and visionary alternative artists all performing on one of the 8 stages, there is bound to be an act you like. After pitching tents and getting settled, boiler parties and electric warm up session. Live acts such as Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Ed Sheeran and Outkast, this hidden gem of a festival is not to be missed.
Highfield Festival, 15-17 August, –
A very chilled out atmosphere, a beautiful location, the waterfront of the Störmthaler lake with a sensational line up that includes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blink 182 and Queens of the Stone Age, the Highfield Festival is the biggest Independent-Rock-Festival of East of Germany.The perfect place to hold a concert, with the beach, the lake and of course the spectacular artists not to mention the Foo Fighters, Thirthy Seconds To Mars and The Kooks. The festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year.
Those looking for adventure:
If you are looking for an adventure and to literally get lost in your trip then we 100% advise that you read the article below, do however beware of the photos, it can have a rather depressing effect.
We did warn you. If the adventure is what you are looking for but that may be a little out of your budget, why not look to see what is on your doorstep? Britain hosts some of thee most beautiful countryside in the world and if an outdoor adventure is what you seek why not try:
Dublin to Ennis, Western Ireland –
Dublin, great fun, great people, great city but that isn’t why we are suggesting this trip, why not head out to the lush green Irish countryside. Pass the River Liffey on the way to Cork, ‘The Rebel County’. Then onto Blarney Castle and give the stone a cheeky little kiss to get the legendary ‘gift of the gab’. Before finally settling for the night in Ennis, famous for its wonderful music and dancing. Fresh after several pints of Guinness, the first stop of the day is at the awesome Cliffs of Moher, where on a clear day, you can see Galway Bay. Finally, continue your trek to Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital and festival city to be entertained by the many buskers and live music.
7 Day Skye and Western Isle, Island Hopper –
There is so much of Scotland that just hasn’t been seen. Why not take the time to see it and all of the islands while you’re at it. Begin your trip in Edinburgh and spend day one making your way to Inverness, making sure to stop by Dunkeld, the heart of Macbeth country and its mighty cathedral. Then after a dram of whiskey, you’re off on your travels again to find the mystical beast that is the Loch Ness Monster…don’t spend too long looking though, there is much backpacking to do yet. Next stop is the north west highlands of Lewis to journey through the wilderness and some of the most remote and most isolated mountain terrain in Europe. After you have had your fill, jump on the ferry over to Harris, in the Western Isles, where you must visit the stunning Callanish Standing Stones, Neolithic in age and dating back more than 4,000 years. Their meaning remain a mystery, perhaps an ancient calendar but these are considered to be some of the most impressive and inspiring of any of the ancient stones in Britain. Lastly, if you can drag yourself away from the glorious countryside, mountains and perfect blue waters of Harris, you must continue on your travels “over the sea to Skyeeee” explore the magical isle with its awesome scenery and Cuillin Mountains while hearing about its many legends and faerie stories. Once, back on the mainland (short ferry trip), why not climb Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis before going home to enjoy a well earned rest via a computer to upload all of your adventure onto your Kloodle profile.
For those not on placements or internships, enjoy a wonderful break and be sure to be safe on your travels but make the most of your opportunity to travel. For those who are lucky enough to have a great working opportunity, listen, learn and try to figure out if it something you would like to do full time. Ask questions and make the most of your chance.