This year, you should try to broaden your horizons as much as possible. Affordable city breaks will do that. You can pack your bags and be on the way without breaking the bank.
I love traveling. And our trips are one of the best things about CGD. Last year we went to Paris and Ibiza.
I’ve been to Denmark and Sweden, and every year more exciting things happen. I love city breaks, they give you a chance to broaden the mind without breaking your bank.
Are you ready to pack your bags?
Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine. It’s quite affordable especially if you live in Europe, and you can usually spend quite little. It’s been named the most cost effective large city and is definitely one to book. As you can even get a five-star hotel for a seriously affordable price.
Where to stay: Kharkiv Palace Hotel has outstanding reviews and a sky bar to see the city. You can get a premier room for quite a nice price, too. Check it out here.
What to do: Eat at Pushka, the Mediterranean restaurant that everyone loves. Ride the Giant Ferris wheel at Gorky Central Park, visit the Mirror Stream Fountain, or see the Kharkov Dolphinarium. There’s so much to do in this hidden gem of a city.
Budapest is Hungary’s capital. With views of the River Danube and beautiful architecture and culture, you’ll be spoiled for choice while spending hardly any money. You can see Ottoman architecture, trace the Roman empire and enjoy so much that this city has to offer.
Where to stay: Aria Hotel Budapest is one of the best-rated hotels in Hungary, and number 21 of the top hotels in the world. With a rooftop bar and premier service, you won’t regret checking in here. Check it out here.
What to do: See St. Stephen’s Basilica, visit the beautiful parliament buildings, take a walking tour. There are some many points of interest including the Danube and other important buildings. Pop into the museums while you’re there, too. The city’s history is fascinating.
Krakow, in southern Poland, is a medieval city that is full of charm and has so many things to see and do. From the market square to the Jewish quarter and medieval walls. You will definitely feel richer after visiting this city and sampling what it has to offer.
Where to stay: Topolowa Residence offers beautiful apartments and suites to make your stay more comfortable. With a lavish breakfast and a patio to sit and soak up the sun on, you’ll definitely feel rested here. Find out more here.
What to do: While you’re there, book an Auschwitz tour, it’s about an hour and fifteen minutes from Krakow and can be booked in advance. It will break your heart, but leave you with an understanding and reverence for the events of the past. There’s so much to do from the salt mine to Schindlers museum. You can also visit the old town, shop in the markets, visit the Jewish quarter, and see the beautiful architecture while there.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
If you live in the US, a trip to Europe might not be so affordable but San Antonio in Texas is definitely worth a trip. With so many landmarks and a rich heritage, you’ll have a great time. A lot of the best things to do are free (like the river walks!) so you can save your pennies.
Where to stay: Hotel Emma is widely reported to be one of the best in the area. Previously a 19th-century Brewhouse, this hotel has charm, character, and comfort. Plus, it’s in the heart of things, so is great if you want to spend some time finding out more about the city. Find out more here.
What to do: Visit The Alamo, go on a walk along the San Antonio River. This city is culturally rich as well as stunningly beautiful. Make time to visit the National Historical Parks and sightsee the Cathedrals. You won’t regret it.
With incredible weather, history, and a rich cultural center, Tucson is another great city. You’re spoiled for choice here. The Mexican and Native American influences in this city mean it’s rich, diverse, and beautiful. Grab great food and have a great time while you’re here.
Where to stay: Stay at the Haciendo Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort if you want an authentic experience with a hint of luxury and a chance to ride the horses. This ranch supports all the outdoor activities you can dream of while giving you the luxury of two pools! Find out more here.
What to do: Visit Sabino Canyon or the botanical gardens. Enjoy the outdoors, ride horses, and go hiking. You can also play golf, enjoy the amazing food and explore the Art galleries during the day!
Berlin is another gem of a city. While it can be pricey in some parts, you can find seriously affordable food and entertainment in this city. This is definitely a city to visit if history interests you. You have to see the memorial of the Berlin Wall.
Where to stay: The Gorki Apartments are widely regarded as the best luxury stay in Berlin. It might not be affordable but you’ll certainly be saving money elsewhere. With the luxury of a boutique hotel but the privacy of an apartment, you’ll absolutely LOVE your stay – and be so close to everything. Find out more here.
What to do: Visit the Reichstag building and the Brandenburg Gate. Make sure to book time to see the memorial of the Berlin Wall, and the Holocaust memorial.
Name the best city you’ve ever visited in the comments, I’d love to add it to our list!
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