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An Ode to the Great British seaside


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Exam season is finally over and summer has reared its head once again. Many are certainly counting down the days until they head off for weeklong blowouts in the sun, huge festivals a summer spent travelling from one exotic destination to the next.

These various forms of adventure all share one thing in common: they all cost money. Talk of Polish EDM festivals and months spent trekking South-East Asia are all well and good for those with a steady job or those fortunate enough to have easy access to the bank of mum and dad, but what of everyone else? What of those less fortunate students who have spent the past year eating beans on toast and Sainsbury’s basics as they watch their overdraft steadily bleed dry?


These students may dream of having the finances needed for an exotic beach getaway, but the answer may lie much closer to home in the form of the Great British seaside. Better renowned for its picturesque countryside and quaint villages, Britain’s beaches are often overlooked. Once the go to destination for your average British holidaymaker, our nation’s beaches are now neglected in favour of Benidorm and the Costa del Sol.


A week’s holiday in Malaga this August currently starts from around £400 per person. Meanwhile, those deciding to stick to UK shores can bag themselves a bargain holiday home in Torquay, sleeping six people for a week for only £1100, or a little over £180 per person. While it may not be quite as exotic as the Med; Torquay is a great destination for those students looking to do some partying, catch a little sun, and perhaps even a few waves, all on a modest budget.

For those looking for something a little more short term, London to Brighton train fares start from as little as £5.30. Known for it’s quirky boutiques and even quirkier inhabitants, Brighton is a vibrant and colourful city, full of energy and new discoveries, conveniently located right on the South Coast.

Visitors can take a walk along the pier or pay a visit to the many weird and wonderful shops in the lanes. Those looking to stay the weekend and explore the city’s bustling nightlife can do so on the cheap at one of the many local bed and breakfasts. 

Don’t think your options are just limited to the South coast however. With a sudden heat wave or two seemingly guaranteed every summer, beaches all the way to Scotland can become warm enough for a quick dip in the water.

The beautiful Portobello beach on the outskirts of Edinburgh provides stunning sandy beaches, clear waters and stunning views. Not too far away in North Berwick, the stunning Seacliff Beach can be found. Less hectic than its Edinburgh neighbour, the quiet beach provides a wonderful view of Tantallon castle, built in the 14th century. 

It’s quite clear that those of you on a budget don’t have to entirely forgo a holiday this summer. With a little careful planning you and your mates can find a cheap and easy getaway up and down our beautiful coastline, without even having to go to the airport.

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