With university finished until September and the sun shining, that summer feeling has well and truly kicked in; and the need to travel is a must. With so many options out there, every budget is catered for and excitement and adventure is everywhere…
From the beaches of Devon and Cornwall, to the mountains in the Lake District – now is the perfect time to explore the UK. With the weather at its best, why not go camping? Pay £20 for a pop up tent – no strings attached, and can get yourself a night under the stars without breaking the bank. Don’t forget to use your rail card to get the best fares (no brainer).
Looking further afield? With Europe on the doorstep and cheap flights galore, now is the time to take advantage. Classics such as EasyJet and Ryanair can whisk you away to places both known and unknown. Keep your searches as flexible as possible to find the best deals available, and if you haven’t heard of the destination, simply Google it. Sometimes, low cost carriers keep the cost down by flying to secondary airports in major cities – so, if you have never heard of the city, have a quick look on Google Images because you never know what you might be missing out on (Podgorica, Lublin, Linz, Palanga).
Want to go global? …Well, let’s not hold back. For the simple price of 1 day of your life, you can travel to Australia Or India… Or Japan… Or Brazil! In fact, you can fly (almost) anywhere in less than 24 hours, and with websites like Skyscanner at your fingertips, you can find the cheapest way to get there. Again be flexible with your search, traditionally, Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays can be a little bit more expensive to fly (but not always). Also be flexible on your route and who you fly with to keep the cost down. Quite often long haul flights stop and change enroute, and it is usually very cheap (or free) to extend your stopover by a few days or weeks. If you’re heading to Australia, popular stopovers include the Middle East and South East Asia, while common stopovers for New Zealand are Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Fiji. Hey presto, you just got a two for one holiday!
Oh and one more thing, don’t wait for last minute flights for two main reasons. Firstly, it will probably sell out and you’ll be going nowhere, and secondly, you could end up paying more (much more!). Most airline prices are based on availability, so when the availability decreases, the price increases (supply and demand). Real last minute bargains are hard to come by (very hard), so don’t leave it late and get your hopes up.
There are a billion tour companies out there who can spend all summer showing you the very best of wherever you are, but for a good old fashioned adventure – let your walking feet lead the way, follow your nose and find your own way.
Whatever you do and wherever you do it, you’re going to have a great summer. But remember how quickly time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it you will be back to uni. So, enjoy the summer, and don’t forget that preparation is key; look after yourself and you’ll be in great shape to tackle the next year of study. Wear sunscreen, eat fresh and colourful foods, drink plenty of water and get some quality sleep – this way you’ll not only look good, but you’ll feel good too.
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