Budapest is one of the best cities in Europe.

Fact. Boom. Done. End of discussion.

Okay, allow me to elaborate…

Budapest has got a fascinating history, incredible architecture and a brilliant location (right on the Danube).

It’s also very cheap. Compared to most capital cities in Europe, it’s very affordable. We got a private en-suite room, 5 minutes from the city centre, for £7 a night. Hell, you can barely get a Big Mac meal in the UK for that much. Speaking of food… You can eat for under £7 a day too. Yes, 3 meals. A goulash (so good – I could genuinely eat it every day) will cost you about 1400 HUF (about £3). A pint will cost you about 80 pence. Read More

Lisbon is one of my favorite cities in Europe and thankfully it doesn’t have to be too expensive to escape to for a few days. I spent 6 days there last year and kept costs down to around £200, including flights and accommodation. Yeah, really.

We flew to Lisbon from London for about £40 return and we managed to find ourselves a private en-suite right in the heart of the city for under £8 a night – you could probably do this cheaper if you wanted to stay in a dorm. That’s under £80 for 5 nights in the beautiful capital of Portugal. While I wont give you a breakdown of exactly how I spent the rest of my budget (because, um, I don’t remember), I will gladly tell you about some of the free (or very cheap) things that Lisbon has to offer. Read More