For many people their summer vacation is the highlight of the year. They offer the chance to relax and enjoy time out from the humdrum of day to day life and spend quality time with friends, family, or perhaps just ourselves. However choosing where to go is often a difficult decision, especially if you’re on a strict budget. Here are a few hot tips to help you decide where to head for your cheap summer holidays this year.
If you’re considering Mexico this summer, you should think about visiting Oaxaca in July, when the Guelaguetza festival takes place. This is a real celebration of indigenous dance and music that takes place on the last two Mondays of July. There are shows and exhibitions going on around the town, as well as smaller festivities in the villages surrounding Oaxaca. It’s the perfect way to get a feel for the country and there’s plenty of it on offer for free. And by avoiding the main tourist spots, you’ll find that Mexico is a relatively cheap destination for holiday shopping.
Turkey has a fast growing stronghold in the holiday market at the moment, which is unsurprising considering it holds some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Pamukkale is a stunning arrangement of naturally formed calcium bathing pools where visitors are invited to luxuriate in the waters that are thought to have healing properties. There’s also some reasonably cheap accommodation available in this area, with rooms available for as little as €12 a night.
For a while now Budapest has been emerging as a must-go destination for anyone hoping to holiday on a shoestring. In terms of city breaks, Budapest outstrips Prague, Riga and Lisbon in terms of value for money. And there’s actually plenty to do here completely free of charge. Most of the historic points of reference are free of charge, including the Hungarian Parliament and the Vajdahunyad Castle, which was originally built out of cardboard and wood. The central market, the Kosponti Vasarcsarnok is also worth exploring for the stunning architecture if nothing else.