5 winter getaways that won't break the bank
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Has your first term at university already taken its toll? Are you looking to escape the UK before January exams? Or have you been bitten by the travel bug and want to explore a brand new city?
Whatever your reason, if you need a bit of an adventure to get you through check out these winter breaks on a budget. Note: all prices are for per person, and are correct for the dates Dec 14th-17th.
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Denmark’s capital is the country’s epicentre - its financial, political, and cultural hub. Start your Scandinavian adventure with this cheap getaway, perfect for couples who want a mini-break and some time together away from flatmates and parents.
Average Temperature in December: 2 degrees
Flights: From £25.48 return
Accommodation: Generator Copenhagen, Adelgade 5-7, Copenhagen, 1304
Copenhagen is filled with museums that will give you a full picture of the small country’s colourful history, from its Viking past to life under Nazi occupation. Also check out the iconic Nyhaven and markets scattering the streets, and if you make your way to the harbour to check out the city’s statue of The Little Mermaid.
The Swedish capital is the most populated Nordic city. It’s a bustling economic hub, so if you and your best friends want to feel a bit classier, head here. Prices may be slightly higher than in Denmark, but it feels a lot more metropolitan.
Average temperature in December: -1 degrees
Flights: From £54 return
Accommodation: Generator Stockholm, Torsgatan 10, 111 23 Stockholm
Sweden is perfect for those who fancy themselves as Princess Elsa. The wintery weather will make ice skating much more picturesque - and it's cheap too. Check out Kungsträdgarden, a rink right in the middle of the city. Otherwise, you can go skiing, or even head north to seek the Northern Lights. If you want to stay closer to town, look out for the palaces that make the city special.
Nestled in the heart of Catalonia, Barcelona is one of Spain’s largest cities and is filled to the brink with tourists in the summer months. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, and if 40 degree temperatures are not your thing, December is the perfect time to visit the city.
Average temperature in December: 14 degrees
Flights: From £35
Accomodation: Generator Barcelona, Carrer de Corsega 373, Barcelona, Spain, 08037
Now you can walk freely in the streets, and don’t need to siesta, the city offers visitors much more time and space to explore. Barcelona is filled with beautiful, old buildings that you don’t need a degree in architecture to appreciate. The Basilicas are impressive, and full of history. There are quaint streets to explore, and photos of the iconic Plaza de Cataluna are sure to give your Instagram followers something to drool over whilst they’re stuck in the rainy UK. If you want to head indoors, the city boasts permanent exhibitions from national treasures Picasso and Dali. Mucho beuno!
Ah, our capital city. We’re so used to hearing about it, or seeing it on TV, that we forget not everyone in the UK actually gets to live there, and many have not spent much time in London at all. Even those who’ve grown up in the capital sometimes forget to take a step back and appreciate their surroundings.
Average temperature in December: 7 degrees
There’s no real need to fly to London, unless you want to reach the capital in record time. It can be pricey, but if you have a 16-15 railcard and book your trains in advance, train is probably the best way to go. Most places in the south can get to London super quick, and even from Newcastle it’s less than 3 hours. If you’re on a super-budget, key your eye peeled for deals on Trainline, or catch a Megabus if you have days to spare.
Accomodation: Generator London, 37 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SE
There’s so much to do in London. Check out the big attractions - the London Eye, the Southbank, Buckingham Palace. If you want more history with your royalty, head to Tower Bridge, or the Tower of London. The Natural History Museum is beautiful in the winter, and you can iceskate here under fairy lights from now until February.
If the weather isn’t that great (and lets be honest, it probably won’t be) head into the many museums the city has to offer. Go to the top of the Shard, visit Sky Bar, hit the West End! Sometimes the best memories can be made at home.
The German capital is on the up. Noted across Europe for its edgy reputation, the city is definitely one of the coolest places to visit this winter.
Average temperature in December: 1 degree
Flights: From £49 return
Generator Berlin - Mitte, Oranienburger Straße 65, Berlin
Generator Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg, Storkower Strasse 160, 10407, Berlin
Berlin is a city steeped in modern history - perhaps even the most historic capital in Europe. The last 100 years have seen both the Nazis and the Soviets take control of the capital. The iconic Berlin Wall, which split the capital until 1989, is still standing in some parts, and the murals that decorated the West side are on display in the city’s south.
Walking tours are perhaps the best way to see the city and give you a real idea of the change that the streets have seen. Make sure you take the time to visit the Holocaust Memorial. It’s a pretty profound experience. It’s right near the city’s famous Brandenberg Gate, and is still standing after a pretty dramatic century for Germany.
The country is perhaps best known in winter months for its Christmas Markets. Berlin in the snow, with the sounds of Christmas and smells of gingerbread… I’ll see you there!