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Summer Getaways – My Top 5 2019 Destinations

Top 5 2019 DestinationsOkay, so I know it’s still only February, but I can’t be the only one who is ready to ditch their winter wardrobe and start browsing bikinis. Whether you’re planning a family holiday, a post-leaving cert celebration or a getaway with the girls, NOW is the best time to start planning in order to bag the best bang for your buck. Here are my top 5 2019 destinations I recommend this summer…

1. Budapest 

Budapest has grown in popularity over the past few years, and there are good reasons why. When booked early, return flights to Budapest in late June/July range from €150-€200 maximum for 1 week, which is pretty good as it is peak season. You’ll never run out of things to do in Budapest. From the beautiful architecture to the thermal baths, once you get to Budapest, you may never want to leave. Be warned.

 

 

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2. Iceland

Having recently just ticked this on off the bucket list myself, I cannot recommend visiting this country enough. However, one thing I will say is that if you are hoping to travel to Iceland, you will need to prep in advance. And by prep I mean SAVE SAVE SAVE. I had always heard it was an expensive country, but don’t think I really realised just how expensive. It can be done on a budget however by doing things like your own food shop rather than eating out every night. Unless you can afford to pay between €13-€15 for soup, in that case, live it up! The scenery is unbelievable and the Blue Lagoon is just as amazing as it looks in pictures. The weather is a bit like Ireland; unpredictable. Do plenty research before you go!

Read More: Tried & Tested: Tips For Saving Money In College

3. Malta

Ah, Malta. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters and sandy beaches, explore the winding streets through the city, take a day trip to some of the surrounding islands such as Gozo and have a go at some cave diving then visit the Ggantija Temples – they pre-date the Egyptian pyramids! Malta does not seem to be overly-expensive either, hooray! I don’t know about you, but I’m already planning a one-way trip. 

 

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Some nights I wish I could go back in life. Not to change shit, just to feel a couple things twice. ~ Drake, 6pm in New York

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4. Positano, Italy

The postcard-perfect colourful town of Positano in Italy along the Amalfi Coast has been slowly growing in popularity. The town is beaming with idyllic beaches, little boutiques and amazing food. This location is perfect for a lai-back holiday retreat. If you’re the type who prefers to stay busy on your holidays rather than relax, why not hike along God’s Path, or visit some of the other towns nearby. As Positano is becoming increasingly touristy, if you would rather visit the city minus the hustle and bustle, consider visiting during the off-peak season – it’s still just as breathtaking outside the summer months.

 

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5. Croatia

If I could pack up my belongings in the morning and move anywhere in the world, it would probably be Croatia. The town of Zadar may be overshadowed by its capital Zagreb and others like Dubrovnik and Split, but don’t let it slip under the radar. Cobbled streets, located by the seaside and scorching summers are not all they have to their advantage, the people are helpful and friendly too which is always a bonus when going somewhere you are unfamiliar with. While staying in Zadar and you take a boat trip out to one of the many surrounding islands or visit some of the national parks such as Plitvice or Krka. Best of all, Croatia won’t break the bank and while I was there, affording to eat out every night of the week was never an issue. Definitely one you will need to add to your travel list.

What are your Top 5 2019 Destinations?

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Planning Your Leaving Cert Holiday: Our Travel And Packing Tips

Congrats, you have survived the Leaving Cert! After all that studying and stressing, you and your friends have decided to book that Leaving Cert Holiday to blow off some steam before the college year commences!

You may not have organised a holiday before, so we here at Missy have put together some tips. From deciding where to go, to packing for that pesky 10kg carry-on limit, to budgeting and travel insurance, we’ve got you sorted!

Where to go…?

(Harder than deciding your Leaving Cert subjects…)

Tradition usually see’s Leaving Cert survivors head to the party zones on islands off of Spain or Greece, and that’s great if that’s your scene, but there are other options!

Before you rush into booking the next flights to Tenerife, sit down with your friends and decide if you want a beach destination or are you more suited to a city break? You’re bound to have a great time on either! Whether it’s the golden sands of Ibiza or sprawling streets of Prague, your Leaving Cert holiday can be fab either way!

 

Getting there…

You’ve decided on your destination, now how exactly do you go about getting there? We have two recommendations; you can either book via a travel agent who will usually sort out your flights and accommodation for you, or you can book search around for the best deals yourself. If you choose to have a look for flights and hotels yourself, you should check out sites like Booking.com and Kayak!

Use this link to get €15 off of your hotel with Booking.com.

 

 

Packing!

Now that the Leaving Cert is nothing but a vague memory we presume the flights are booked, the bikini’s and sundresses have been purchased, but now you have to figure out how to get that mountain of clothes into a carry-on case! And you thought Project Maths was difficult…

Here are our tips for cramming as much into that small bag as possible! If you crammed for the Leaving Cert, this will be a doddle!

1.Only pack the essentials

Holidays have a strange effect on people, we end up packing 20 outfits for a weeks holiday, as well as triple the underwear we think we’ll need. When you have a very small space you have to be brutal in what makes it in. Only pack those items that you’ll know you’ll wear. Repeat after us, you do not need 8 different pairs of sandals!

2. Versatility is key

You probably plan to go out most nights you’re away and don’t want to be seen in the same outfit twice (imagine!). To avoid this, opt for pieces that are versatile and can be mixed and matched with other bits you’re bringing. A pair of shorts can be worn with several different tops for example. Dresses and playsuits are great for saving room as they’re a full outfit all in one, so you don’t have to bring several items for one outfit!

3. Get the most out of your space

Roll everything! You’ll fit a lot more in by rolling your clothes as opposed to folding them. They also have less obvious wrinkles and creases when rolled, in case your hotel doesn’t have an iron. Stuff underwear and swimwear into any shoes you might be packing to save a bit of space! Or try vacuum packing your clothes!

4. Know your limits

If you have booked to bring a carry on bag then you are only allowed to bring a maximum of 100ml individual liquids through security. We recommend heading to Boots or Superdrug and stocking up on mini’s of shampoo and conditioner etc. If there are a few of you heading on holiday, it could work out better to hit up a supermarket or pharmacy at your chosen destination and get the essentials there. You’ll have full sizes of everything, and probably save a few bob by splitting the cost!

 

Budgeting!

Food and drink is usually a bit cheaper when abroad, so it’s easy to lose the run of yourself when it comes to spending. The deals on offer may seem great, but when you’re heading home with not even two euro’s to rub together you (or your parents) won’t be so happy! This is probably your first real taste of freedom away from the parental unit, don’t ruin it by having to ring home and ask for them to send on money via Western Union. You will never live it down, trust us!

We recommend budgeting and allocating a certain amount that you can afford to spend everyday. Save some money by heading to the supermarket for simple breakfast and lunch bits rather than eating out. If your accommodation is self-catering even better!

If you have cash on you, separate it up into smaller amounts and keep it in various bags, shoes and pockets. Make sure that you keep an amount aside “in case of emergency“. If you don’t spent it treat yo’ self at the airport on the way home, otherwise it’s off-limits.

 

Remember to stay safe and have a great Leaving Cert Holiday!