We are fully in to spring now. The spring bank holidays are just around the corner, and the weather had actually been quite good, for a change! The change in weather is making most people think about holidays and where to visit in spring. I must admit I really want a holiday somewhere in the May half term. I have put a list together of the best places to visit in spring when you’re on a budget, to try and help save some pennies and hopefully get you a fantastic holiday as well.
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It may not be the warmest part of the world, but Scotland is utterly beautiful! I go up to Scotland quite a lot and I have to say it is one of the most beautiful places I have been. The lakes (lochs) are stunning and the architecture is amazing. Edinburgh is one of the best places to visit in spring when you’re on a budget because it is so full of history, JK Rowling started to write Harry Potter in a little cafe and Robert Louis Stevenson also wrote Jekyll and Hyde here.
If you do visit, visit the Edinburgh Castle (£), Arthurs seat (£), Scotish houses of parliament (free) and the National Gallery (free). The Fudge Kitchen in Edinburgh does the most amazing fudge there as well. They have shops in Bath, York, Cambridge, Canterbury, Windsor, Edinburgh and Oxford. You can get a 4 slice box for £17 but it is worth it. Amazing!
Look out for blackboards outside restaurants in Majorca, they will usually offer a three-course lunch with a glass of wine, a beer or a soft drink for around €10-€15. You don’t have to pay to use the beaches, although be careful if you sit on a sun lounger, they will charge. Playa de Muro is great for families.
If you fancy going to one of the many waterparks, it is worthwhile buying ticket online rather than when you get there. They often do deals online. Public transport is very easy to use and the bus service is very reliable and can generally take you anywhere you need to go.
Birmingham is a great weekend getaway destination, i have included it in the best places to visit in spring when you’re on a budget for this very reason. I forget about Birmingham because it is so close to me, but it is great for shopping. It has stores like John Lewis, Selfridges, House of Fraiser and more. It has lots of hotels around the city centre, has a great nightlife and amazing restaurants.
Birmingham is very accessible by train from all the major train stations, and some even have fast routes. There is only 3 train station stops in Birmingham and all are in the City Centre.
If you visit here be sure to check out the Birmingham Library (free), Museum and Art gallery (free) and of course Selfridges.
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While New Zealand isn’t the cheapest destination you can visit, if you have always wanted to visit it there is no better time then in Spring. New Zealand will be in its Autumn season and prices generally drop around this time.
Exchange prices are quite good at the moment and there are loads of free outdoor activities that you can experience. Auckland has great bars and restaurants to visit. Christchurch has beautiful scenery and beautiful horticulture.
Vancouver in Canda is also one of the best places to visit in spring when you’re on a budget. They have so many things that you can do for free, The Stanley Park Seawall, Christ Church Cathedral and Gastown to name a few. The cheapest way to get to Vancouver is to fly to Seattle and rent a car. There are plenty of bus routes in and out of the City if you don’t want to drive though. The weather is very mild in the spring, so it’s a great time to go.
You can find some great bargains if you want to go to Puerto Rico. It’s best to go in the long off-season around May time, you can sometimes find four-star hotels for two-star prices. However, it is sometimes the hurricane season. But if you want somewhere hot and relaxing, this is defiantly the best place to go in the spring.
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Berlin is next on my list to visit. I would love to! This is one of the best places to visit in spring when you’re on a budget because of the culture. If you like history and love to soak up culture this is the place to go. It has so much history and most things are either free or cheap to get in to.
Street food is a big thing in Berlin and there are lots of different foods you can try. The breakfast market serves breakfast until 6 pm every 3rd Sunday of the month, which I’m dying to try. Alexanderplatz has lots of street artists and they do lots of free walking tours.
Munich again isn’t the cheapest, but its cheaper than London or Paris. There are some good alcohol deals and deals you can find while travelling around Munich. Spring is a good time to visit as the weather is mild and there aren’t as many tourists as in the summer months or around October when the Oktober Feast is happening.
Munich has some great Museums and the best Science Museum in the world. Public transport is very easy to use and the daily food markets make it easy to get cheap food/ingredients. Hotels are between €30-€48 a night if you want to stay near the centre.
Poland can be overlooked as a good holiday destination but has a great culture and they do love to party. It is one of the best places to visit in spring when you’re on a budget because Wifi is pretty much standard in every hotel but hostels are a good way to save money. Fast food like burgers and pizza’s are very cheap, The milk bars are the way to go if you want to eat cheaply. Public transport again is very good, even if they have old trains. You can expect to pay double the price at night though so be careful with this. Taxies are very affordable too, around 6-8PLN.
Auschwitz is free to enter but you could pay for a guided tour if you would like, Poland also has over 20 national parks. You do need to pay to enter, but these are relativity cheap.