12 Affordable Places to Visit on Student Holidays this Year

Lagoon with an yachts

Student holidays are the perfect time to visit a new country, see new beautiful cities, and make new friends abroad. Have you decided where you will go for a vacation?

If the answer is “No,” don’t be sad. You still have time to choose perfect budget holidays from my list below:

Best Countries to Visit in Europe

When we talk about places to go in Europe, the first cities that come to mind are Paris, Barcelona, Venice. Yes, there is a lot to see there, but it’s hard to say that they are cheap enough to fit the student budget. However, these few alternatives won’t make you break your bank:

1. Tallinn, Estonia

This is an excellent option for those who want to travel Europe with a limited budget. The city is located on the Baltic Sea shore with mild continental climate, so you wouldn’t struggle from the enormous heat during the summer.

Estonia fact

The history of Tallinn starts in the 13th century, and now it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. You can find a lot of intriguing sights that have a unique story. Here are some of them:

By the way, most Tallinn’s attractions are either inexpensive or even free.

Another argument for choosing holidays in Tallinn is quite cheap accommodation. The hostel’s prices run the gamut from $11.63 to 20.36 per night, and for 3-star hotels, you can expect to pay from $44.19 to $113.95 per night. Food and drinks are also wouldn’t hit your budget.

Tbilisi modern building

2. Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, its one of the biggest cities of the country. The mixture of medieval style architecture and modern buildings will leave unforgettable memories.

And here’re the top 5 things to do in Tbilisi:

  • Walk through the Old Town
  • Visit Narikala Fortress
  • Walk the Bridge of Peace at night
  • Take a Sulfur Bath
  • Try a local food and wine

Did I mention that accommodation prices start from $4 per night?

3. Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

When you’re tired from the crowds, think of visiting this tiny storybook town in the Czech Republic. It’s 3 hours from Vienna, Prague or Salzburg. If you believe that there’s nothing to do, you’re wrong:

  • Visit Ceský Krumlov Castle

Cesky Krumlov castle fact

  • Visit the Castle Baroque Theater
  • Climb the Castle Tower
  • Explore the Castle Gardens
  • Float down the Vltava River
  • Fly a balloon above the city

And don’t forget to try local cuisine. You’ll leave platters stuffed to the gill.

The important tip: many places do not accept credit cards, so make sure that you bring plenty of cash.

4. Kyiv, Ukraine

Another stunning European city with great history, medieval historical buildings, and modern architecture is Kyiv. Once you visit it, you’ll fall in love with Kyiv, I promise! Delicious cuisine, friendly people and cheap accommodation (from $3 per night) — all these would make your cheap student holidays in Europe memorable. Here’re some places you should visit:

  • The Golden Gates
  • Kyiv Pechersk Lavra

Kiev pechersk lavra

  • The Pinchuk Art Centre
  • Independence Square and Khreschatyk street
  • The Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine

5. Bar, Montenegro

Time to take a look at the sea resorts in Montenegro. Bar is a small coastal town, located on the Adriatic Sea. By the way, you won’t find a single megapolis in this country.

Montenegro no megapolicies

Mild weather and warm sea attract tourists from late April to early October. Whether you’re an explorer or laying on the beach is your passion, Bar will become your favorite place for cheap beach holidays. You may rent a room or fully equipped apartment from $17 per night. The cup of coffee in the nearest cafe will cost you approx. $0.5-1.5 and the lunch in a restaurant wouldn’t affect your budget too.

What about attractions? Check this list with must-see places:

  • Old Town Antivari
  • The Aqueduct
  • Stara Maslina (the over 2,200 years old olive tree)
  • King Nikola’s Palace
  • Skadar Lake
  • Take Medjurecje Canyon tour
  • Order a private boat tour to Queens Beach

Best Choice for Your Caribbean Vacation

If you’re looking for cheap Caribbean vacations, you should check my top 5 list below:

1. Curaçao

No, I’m not talking about the famous liquor. However, the famous Genuine Curacao Liqueur, sourced from the lahara oranges from a single plantation on the island, is the only truly authentic Curacao.

I’m talking about the beautiful island in the southern Caribbean Sea. The country is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. If you like snorkeling, diving, hiking, or cliff jumping— pack your bags. The accommodation fees start from $28 per night.

Curaçao oldest synagogue

2. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

For those who can’t live without tasty food, beach, and wants to avoid crowds, the Caribbean vacation on Playa del Carmen will be the best choice. The small tourist town along the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip will not disappoint you.

And here’s my short to-do list you should try in Playa del Carmen:

  • Go scuba diving or snorkeling
  • Visit Coba or Tulum Mayan ruins
  • Party at Coco Bongo nightclub
  • Take a boat trip to Cozumel

If you don’t have much money to spend, choose a hostel. Prices start from $5 per night. Mexican food is also cheap but delicious.

Playa del Carmen Mexico

3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Almost 20 miles of sandy beaches, luxury resorts, and tropical vibes. It’s all about Punta Cana, the easternmost town of the Dominican Republic. You can expect to go on scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, and horse riding here. Another great attraction for nature lovers is a private protected nature reserve Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park, where you can pet animals or visit exhibitions.

Are you a chocoholic? Then you must visit the ChocoMuseo, located on Don Lucas’ Cigar Factory, and visit the museum’s ‘bean to bar’ factory, as well as the history of chocolate making exhibition.

By the way, you can find twin room accommodation for $15 per night.

Punta Cana airport fact

4. Barbados

Even though you won’t meet Captain Jack Sparrow or other pirates here, Barbados is still worth visiting. And here’s the check-list of activities and places you should see:

  • Visit Farley Hill National Park
  • See historical Farley Hill ruins
  • Take a sunbath on the Crane Beach
  • Take a photo at picturesque Bathsheba Beach
  • Take a tour of the parliament buildings in Bridgetown
  • Taste rum at the Mount Gay Distillery, the home of the world oldest rum
  • Delve at Harrison’s Cave
  • See the legendary Concorde at Grantley Adams International Airport
  • Try fish fries

The accommodation prices are a little bit higher than in Punta Cana or Curaçao and start from $30 for 2 bedroom self-catering apartments.

Cheapest Places for Your Asian Holidays

Do you like Asian culture as much as I do? Then check my top 5 list of cheap holidays to Asia and Pacific region:

1. Penang, Malaysia

In case you choose Malaysia for your Asian holidays, visit Penang, a state in northwest Malaysia. There are plenty of attractions to see here:

  • Penang Hill
  • Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
  • Escape Adventureland Penang
  • Made in Penang Interactive Museum
  • Khoo Khongsi clanhouse
  • Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram temple
  • Kek Lok Si Temple

Hostels and homestay prices are low and start from $10 per night.

Khoo Kongsi Chinese clan house

2. Siem Reap, Cambodia

One more place to visit during your Asian tour is the unique city Siem Reap, the mixture of splendor and culture. The Angkor temples, the symbol of Cambodia, will leave extraordinary expression.

Among other activities you should try during your stay in Siem Reap are:

  • Fish spa
  • Horse riding in the countryside
  • Visiting a floating village
  • Attend the Phare circus show
  • Try a scorpion salad

3. Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, as well as Siem Reap, is the cheapest option for a vacation. 2-star hotels and hostels offer a bed only for $7-8 per night. At the same time, the capital of Vietnam has a lot of tourist attractions:

  • The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh fact

  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Ngoc Son temple
  • Temple of Literature
  • Thang Long Puppet Theatre performances
  • Trang An complex

As I promised, you don’t have to get in deep debt to see how exciting the world can be. So plan your vacation and don’t forget to share your experience in comments below!

Yvonne McQuarrie
Yvonne McQuarrie

Yvonne McQuarrie is a freelance recruiter and resourcing advisor from Portsmouth, England. Her passion lies in people and knowledge. She worked as a student advisor and recruiter for two years. Yvonne also has an outstanding academic background as a private tutor which allows her being an advocate for self-improvement and development.

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