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Top 12 Best Cheap Holiday Destination For Family and Couples Alike

  • 11 Nov, 2021
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Holidays! Stunning destinations, a warm pool, hotel staff waiting on your every desire… That’s the dream, but realistically your wallet is groaning at the thought of it. It doesn’t have to be that way – there may be many locations that jump to mind when you think of certain types of holiday, but whether it’s a long weekend with the lads, a romantic getaway with your significant other or a city break, there are plenty of options that won’t leave you too out of pocket.

We’ve looked at costs in locations around the world to bring you some awesome ideas for cheap holiday destinations to save you money for your next holiday – no matter what you want to be doing!

The Best Family Holiday Destinations

Whether you’ve got one child or three, booking that family holiday can be a little daunting! However, check out these three locations for a cheaper family holiday:

Nuremberg, Germany

If you book in advance you can get some pretty cheap flights to Nuremberg, Germany for the whole family and they fly from a variety of London airports. There’s a loads of activities for the whole family to get involved in including the one and only Playmobil Fun Park, which is a must if your children love to play with Playmobil sets! You can visit the Kaiserburg Castle for a bit of culture and there are plenty of museums that the kids will enjoy, as well as the Nuremberg Zoo for those animal-lovers!

  • Flights for a family of 4 is about £280-350 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Nuremberg are around: £1.70
  • Soft drinks prices are: £2.41
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £2.10
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £3.64
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £21
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £1.70/3.42

Cheap holiday destinations

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia is a real gem for those looking for a great family getaway on a budget. It’s also “out of the ordinary” without being too far away, with flights normally taking around 2.5 hours. Zagreb offers culture, architecture and mild temperatures of mid-to-high twenties in the summer! There are plenty of museums for everyone to enjoy and several children’s theatres too. Check out Bistro Karlo for a great family restaurant experience.

  • Flights for a family of 4 is about £420-550 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Zagreb are around: £1.30
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.70
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £1.10
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £4.60
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £28
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £1.50/3

Zagreb

Lisbon, Portugal

Another destination that is well within a three hour flight is Lisbon, Portugal. This is a great place for everyone to enjoy as it has lovely summer temperatures (around the mid-twenties), it’s close to the beach, but there’s also great things to do in the centre for the kids such as the Castle and the Expo Park (full of outdoors activities for the youngsters!).

  • Flights for a family of 4 is about £340-400 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Lisbon are around: £2.50
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.28
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.99
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £3.42
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £25
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £1.54/2.87

Cheap holiday destinations

The Best Holiday Destinations To Go With Friends

Your first holiday abroad? Or looking for something a little different to explore with your friends? On a budget and looking for a cheap holiday? Don’t worry, there are plenty of places you can go to without breaking the bank.

Prague, Czech Republic

A city boasting museums, castles, architectural wonders, as well as great nightlife! There are also plenty of bars and clubs to choose from – from U Buldokapub for a drink or two, to M1 Lounge to dance the night away!

  • Flights for a group of 4 is about £320-380 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Prague are around: £1.90
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.20
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.75
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £4
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £15
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £0.99/1.50

Cheap holiday destinations

Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is home to one of Germany’s best known restaurants, Auerbachs Keller, so book yourself in to enjoy some good food! If you’re heading out around Christmas time there is a fabulous Christmas Market held in Market Square, although this atmospheric older part of the area is worth a visit anytime of year. Of course you will also find a huge range of bars and clubs, from music bars to cocktail bars, so you will be able to pick something for everyone to enjoy.

  • Flights for a group of 4 is about £320-380 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Leipzig are around: £1.60
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.80
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.24
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £3.40
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £13
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £2.60/3.10

Leipzig

Sofia, Bulgaria

The capital of Bulgaria has lots to offer at reasonable prices. July temperatures tend to reach the high-twenties so you can enjoy the weather during the day and the large choice of nightlife in the evening. If you are a bit of a foodie there are plenty of restaurants serving up delicious traditional dishes featuring lots of cheese and stuffed vegetables! You can then head out for a few drinks at a bar such as Swingin’ Hall, or move on to one of the many clubs. There are few licensing laws in Sofia so you will find alcohol being served late (or early)!

  • Flights for a group of 4 is about £378-430 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Sofia are around: £1.20
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.80
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.51
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £4.40
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £10
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £.52/.80

Sofia

The Best Holiday Destinations For Couples

A trip away for you and your loved one is always going to include a couple of nice meals out, so we looked at some lovely locations that won’t cost the earth to go out for a meal at a reasonable restaurant.

Bucharest, Romania

In just over 3 hours you can arrive in Bucharest, Romania, where you can take a leisurely walking tour of the capital, enjoy some beautiful parks and wonderful buildings.

  • Flights for two people is about £150-180 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Bucharest are around: £1.70
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.10
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £1.10
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £4.30
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £13
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £.52/.80

Bucharest

Split, Croatia

Have some tasty and fresh seafood at the Konoba Matejuska – you will want to book a table as it fills up fast. Galerija Food in the old town is also highly recommended for freshly cooked, delicious food. Not just a fascinating city, Split has glorious beaches for a relaxing time away, and is also a short boat ride from many beautiful islands with clean, tidy beaches.

  • Flights for a two people is about £300-350 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Bucharest are around: £1.40
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.70
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.93
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £4.60
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £12
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £1.60/2.10

Cheap holiday destinations

Prague, Czech Republic

We are back in Prague, where seeing the Prague Castle is a must! But make sure to take some comfortable shoes and allocate a good chunk of time to wander around the beautiful architecture and take in the views. As night falls, take a stroll across the famous Baroque masterpiece that is Charles Bridge, before retiring to your restaurant of choice (of which there are plenty!).

  • Flights for a two people is about £320-380 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Prague are around: £1.90
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.20
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.24
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £4
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £15
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £.99/1.50

Prague - Czech Republic

The Best City Breaks

Who doesn’t love a city break? Lots of eating, walking, sightseeing and photo taking. We’re sure you’ll love it, no matter where you decide to go!

Athens, Greece

Athens might be towards the top of our budget for a cheap city break but we thought it was worth including for the stunning culture and scenery that you can experience. Reawaken the Greek history buff in you by taking a trip to Acropolis to see the famous Parthenon, or wander the streets to take in the local culture. If you fancy a bit of a challenge, take a hike (or a funicular!) up Mount Lycabettus, where you will be treated to far-reaching views of Athens and beyond. There’s even a café and an amphitheatre!

  • Flights for a two people is about £216-250 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Athens are around: £2.40
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.43
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.50
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £5.10
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £20
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £1.30/3.10

Cheap holiday destinations

Warsaw, Poland

The most affordable of our choices, you can get a lot done on a budget here! There’s a great variety of things to do during a city break to Warsaw – check out the Multimedia Fountain Park for a wonderful show of fountains and music, or head to the more educational Science Museum or Planetarium. 

  • Flights for a two people is about £108-130 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Warsaw are around: £2.20
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.87
  • Soft drinks prices are: £1.10
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £4
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £10
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £0.72/1.40

Cheap holiday destinations

Nitra, Slovakia

This town may sound unfamiliar, but as the 4th largest in Slovakia, it certainly has lots to offer. Head to the Mlyny shopping mall for popular Slovak stores alongside popular high street chains, a multi purpose gym and even Go-Karting on the roof!

For something a bit different, check out PanIQ Room and spend 60 adrenalin filled minutes trying to escape from the purpose built room! Round off the day with a trip to Devils Pub for cheap drinks, great music and the best kebab from the deli next door when you leave!

  • Flights for a two people is about £90-110 for a week
  • Coffee Prices in Nitra are around: £1.50
  • 0.33ml of water bottle: £0.75
  • Soft drinks prices are: £0.99
  • A bottle of wine will cost: £4
  • Three-course meal from a budget restaurant will cost: £9
  • Bus Or Cab starting price will cost: £0.72/1.70

Nitra

The Most Expensive Holiday Destinations

So now you know about all the amazing cheap holiday destinations, which places do you need to avoid?!

Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland has one of the highest costs of living, and you will be paying around £20 just for a relatively cheap meal and nearly £3 just for a bottle of water!

Monaco

Grand Prix and the super-rich, it’s no surprise the cost of living is so high here. If you want to head out to a mid-range restaurant for a meal for two, look to budget around £115. Ouch!

Copenhagen, Denmark

A beautiful city and a popular location during the run up to Christmas for its famed Christmas markets, but be careful of spending too much! It might not be quite as expensive as Zurich or Monaco but be prepared, that beer when you’re out to eat could cost you around £4.50!

Cheap holiday destinations

We hope this guide provided you with the inspiration and you can save money by going to these cheap holiday destinations!

About Franki Napolitano

Working in the travel industry has really opened my eyes to the attitudes, issues and obstacles people can face just trying to go on holiday. Whether it's due to their health, family situations or budgets, travel should be accessible for all. I cover everything from travelling with a disability to how to save money while you travel, hoping to make the holiday process easier for everyone.