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Top student holiday ideas

16th August 2011

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Need some ideas for a mini-break with your mates? Get some inspiration from our list of top destinations where you’ll find not just amazing things to do, but plenty of student discounts. Always check out the latest deals and special offers on flights and hostels before booking.

Barcelona, Spain

Spain is a hugely popular place for students to travel, with Barcelona topping the list. Whether you’re planning to go to one of the cities music festivals like Sonar or Primavera, or just fancy a destination that gives you a little bit of everything, you’ll love the selection array of art, culture, sports, hiking, great food, a gorgeous coastline and an exciting night life that Barcelona has to offer.

Prague, Czech Republic

If you like sightseeing, but also want to sample some of the best clubs on the continent, a long weekend in Prague is perfect for you. You’ll be mesmerised by the beauty of old Europe at every turn, and have lots of choices for things to do after the shops and sites close for the day. It’s an easy city to walk around, which will save you a bit on transportation costs, so bring a good pair of trainers and get ready to explore.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Just a short flight away lies the lovely city of Amsterdam, a small city with a lot to offer (yes, more than the red light district). You can spend your day in art and history museums, watch a football match, meet other students in one of the trendy cafes, take a canal cruise, or get a taste of life as a local by renting a bike and cycling around the streets.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Deals on flights to the Canary Islands crop up every now and then, and it’s a particularly good travel choice when the weather in GB is stuck in rain and fog mode. Tenerife is known as ‘the island of eternal spring’, which should be reason enough to go! Gorgeous weather, stunning beaches and a lively culture are great for group trips. If you’re interested in outdoor activities you’ll find plenty of things to do, from hiking to scuba diving. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, hop on a ferry to see one of the other seven islands in the Canaries.

Dublin, Ireland

When you’re looking for a city breaks, don’t forget about the Emerald Isle just to the west. Dublin is an amazing place to visit even when it’s not St. Patrick’s Day (though that’s a great reason to go if you fancy a mid-March mini-break). You’ll find loads of student discounts as well as free entry on some of the sights, plus a vibrant theatre, music and club scene. Check out lists of discounts and what events are going on before you leave.

Split, Croatia

More and more people are discovering other places to visit along the Mediterranean coast besides the tried and true favourites, and Croatia is at the top of their travel lists. The city of Split is located right on the Croatian coast, so it’s ideal for anyone looking for a beach holiday, but there are also enough sights and outdoor activities to suit a group of people travelling together. There are a number of music, art and other cultural festivals going on all year, so plan your trip around one of them.

Berlin, Germany

If it’s sightseeing that you’re interested in, you can’t go wrong with Berlin. It’s a huge city that has loads of places to explore, and famous landmarks to photograph. While you can easily walk around one district at a time, if you want to see lots of different spots in the city it’s best to use the public transportation. Or, take a city bus tour to get a feel for the areas you want to visit, and plan how you’ll fit everything into your stay. Relax from a busy day of touring by visiting one of the renowned nightclubs in the city.


Experience Mediterranean life from the very heart of it by visiting the island of Malta. You’ll find a good mix of types of excursions with beautiful historical sights as well as rock climbing, wind surfing and more. It’s a small island, so you can start a day of sightseeing with a swim, and relax on the beach before getting ready for an evening out. Plus, Maltese people are known for their friendliness and hospitality, so it’s sure to be a place you’ll want to visit again.

The Algarve, Portugal

If your idea of a good holiday is lying on the beach and perfecting your tan, then you’ll love visiting the Algarve – the southernmost part of Portugal. There are 23 gorgeous beaches, plus lots of little towns to explore. Its charms aren’t secret so it can be a crowded place to visit, but it can also give you the rest and relaxation you need to crack on with your studies when you get back to uni.

Krakow, Poland

When you’re thinking about city breaks, don’t just focus on western Europe – see what the East has to offer and spend a few days in Krakow. It’s a cultural experience not to be missed, and you’ll have no trouble filling your days with the beautiful sights and trying out some of the local fare. Rich in history, and home to more varieties of vodka than you thought possible, Krakow is a great place to both experience something new and meet other students.

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