These days we need our summer holidays to be cheap, because with the rising cost of living, we have to save as much as possible, in order to be able to afford life’s little luxuries. Despite that, I don’t believe that a holiday should be put on the back burner, and it’s simply a case of looking at ways to cut costs.
If you’re flying from Ireland, you might find the cost of flights high for certain destinations, however thanks to lost cost airlines, there are plenty of European holiday resorts that are in easy reach, for a lower price.
Saving money on your travel plan extras will also help with affordability for that summer jaunt, and a good way to do just that is to look at how you get to the airport. We all know that trains, buses, and especially taxis, can be costly and stressful, so why not look at driving yourself to the airport and booking your Dublin Airport parking spot ahead of time, with Airparks offering fantastic rates.
If you can cut costs here and there, your holiday will be in much easier reach.
So, where can you fly from Dublin that doesn’t break the bank, not only flight wise, but once you arrive in your destination?
There are plentiful Spanish destinations to choose from, and thankfully Ryanair fly to many of them, meaning low flight costs, and more to spend once you land. Benidorm, Barcelona, Malaga, Murcia, Alicante, the list is endless. The great thing about Spain for your summer break, especially family-wise, is that it’s like a home away from home, but with added sunshine and sparkle, so you will never feel like you’re too out of the loop. Waterparks and theme parks round up the family fun, with night-life to occupy even the biggest party animal.
It’s not all about golfing on the Algarve, although if that’s what you fancy then you’re certainly well catered for! A city break in Lisbon is easily achieved with low cost flights from Dublin, or a beach break in popular and glittering Madeira, with Funchal high on the agenda. This is probably as close to natural beauty as you’re going to get, all at a relatively low price tag.
There are few destinations in Europe that are as dramatically beautiful and rugged as Malta. The wild beauty of the place is in stark contrast to the bright night-life and holiday vibe of the island too. Costs are low again to get there, and once you arrive you can easily hop to neighbouring Gozo if the mood takes you, for a few days on the quieter of the islands in this group.
A relatively new up and coming tourist destination, Croatia is hugely popular at the moment and this extremely green and cultural country is a fantastic option for a holiday with a difference. Dubrovnik is very popular for anyone into architecture and culture, but there are also countless beach resorts, all offering a bit of luxury for those who choose to visit somewhere a little different this year.
A camping favourite, you can truly choose your vibe in France. If you want to do sophistication and glamour, head to Paris and check out the Eiffel Tower, or alternatively you could go to the South of France, or nearby Monaco. A family camping holiday in Brittany has long been a traditional summer activity, with Disneyland Paris another child-friendly choice.
Where will you choose?