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You might be under the impression that you can’t afford a few days away if you have already made plans for your summer holiday. However, there are some great ways to cut costs on a city break - just read on for some top tips.

A city break is surely one of the most delightful holidays we can take - short but sweet. This sort of trip can encompass some great food and drink, quirky accommodation and an enjoyable immersion in a foreign culture. And if you take the time to plan your getaway carefully, there are many strategies you can implement to make it more than affordable too.

Choosing the destination that is likely to offer the best value for money will depend largely on how much you will need to spend once you arrive. For example, costs in France tend to be much higher than those in Spain, and Italy is almost always expensive. So if you’re looking to get away on a budget, you might wish to place Spanish cities such as Madrid or Barcelona at the top of your short list.

It’s easy to cut costs by eating frugally - for example, by buying a sandwich lunch rather than opting for a sit-down meal. Overall, it is the combination of the cost of your accommodation and how much you need to spend to get to your destination that will dictate how much you spend overall.

The cost of hotels across Europe is broadly in line with the general cost of living, but this can vary fairly significantly, even between cities in the same country. Going back to the example of Spain, you will find that Barcelona is noticeably a more costly place to stay than, for example, Madrid.

Generally speaking, the more obvious city break destinations - Paris, Rome or Venice - are far more expensive than a city such as Lisbon or Prague.

Another way to cut costs is to slightly reduce your expectations - maybe look at staying in a three-star hotel instead of one that is rated four- or five-star.

Checking the reviews of hotels is the best way to get a feel for what sort of facilities and ambience they offer, and it really is worth allocating a decent chunk of time for research purposes. Once you have earmarked your destination and accommodation, you will be able to start shopping around for a cheap flight. If you are able to leave this to the last minute, you could pick up a real bargain.

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