5 Weekend Trips Under €250

Taking a (long) weekend off is something we all should do more often. Usually we have great reasons to stay home: no travel funds, demanding jobs, family, a filthy home…  What if I told you there are ways to let loose and enjoy a perfect weekend trip without breaking the bank? I’ve made a list of 5 weekend trips under €250 to get you started. 


Who says you don’t have time to travel? I know, balancing your work-, family- and social life can be a struggle, especially when you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the week to do so. Taking time to yourself to rewind and relax is crucial for keeping a sane brain. And we all know you need that to properly do your job.

I also know travel planning takes dedication and time. That’s why I’ve done the work for you. All 5 weekend trips start from London because it offers loads of affordable travel options. You can – of course – change the starting location to any place in the world as long as you remember that prices will probably go up. Also, I’ve edited in a short list of things to do on every weekend trip as well as a place to sleep.

Unfortunately airfare changes a lot. However, I’ve been able to find these tickets – on short notice – for incredibly low prices. Check it out for yourself, or read my guide about how to get affordable airfare.


5 weekend trips under €250


Dusseldorf, Germany

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Dusseldorf is the ideal place to let loose. Famous for its modern architecture, great nightlife and festive Christmas markets in December and just a short plane ride away.

On your bucket list:

  • Medienhafen – Very modern harbor, with great views on Dusseldorf’s skyline.
  • Köningsallee – The most expensive shopping street of Dusseldorf, also great for window shopping.
  • Kaiserswerth – Visit the ruins of the old castle and marvel at 18th century houses in this old neighborhood.

Flight: €23

Hotel: Messezimmer am Thewissenweg €190

Total: €213


Toulouse, France

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Lovingly named ‘La Ville Rose’ (the pink city) because of its rosy-toned brick buildings, Toulouse is also the most laid back city in this list. Close to the border with Spain, life here passes by slowly. Perfect for us to clear our minds over a steaming cup of coffee.

On your bucket list:

  • Basilica of Saint-Sernin – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and probably the most famous church in Toulouse.
  • Musée des Agustins – After the Louvre, this art museum is the oldest in France.
  • Rue d’Alsace Lorraine – Just endless shopping opportunities!
  • Learn French – People in the Toulouse area speak slowly, which is the perfect opportunity for learning the language of love.

Flight: €34

Hotel: Campanile Toulouse Purpan €82

Total: €116



Bucharest, Romania

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Broad lanes, dramatic buildings and large, green parks is the best way to describe Bucharest. This vibrant Romanian city is the perfect starting point for discovering Eastern Europe and getting away from it all.

On your bucket list:

  • Visit Ceaucescu’s palace – After 3 hours of walking this gigantic, marble playhouse you’ve only seen 5% of it. Ridiculous, right?
  • Take a stroll through Herastau Park – This huge park offers a great view on Bucharest and is the ideal spot to meet some friendly locals.
  • Feast at Caru cu Bere – Treat yourself to a delicious dinner with traditional music in the best restaurant of Bucharest.

Flight: €62

Hotel: Little Bucharest Hostel (double room) €85,50

Total: € 147,50


Oslo, Norway

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Oslo might not be the most affordable place on this list, it sure is worth every dime! Purchase an Oslo Pass for getting most out of your trip, such as free entrance to most museums.

On your bucket list:

  • Visit the Viking ship museum – Vikings are awesome. Period.
  • Marvel at the Akerhus fortress – Great for spending a morning in to learn about history.
  • Get to know Munch – The work of the creator of ‘The Scream’ and  ‘Madonna’ – which were both stolen in 2004 – is displayed in the Munch museum

Flight: €39

Hotel: Comfort Hotel Xpress Central Station €185

Total: €224


Madrid, Spain

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Spain is always a great idea! Can you see yourself sipping sangria in one of Madrid’s crowded tapas bars or do you rather embrace the city through its architecture? There’s way more to do than what we can fit into a weekend, but you could make a nice start.

On your bucket list:

  • The Prado Museum, duh!
  • Admire the royal palace – It’s just the biggest palace in Western Europe.
  • Watch flamenco – Learn some new dance moves on the go!

Flight: €58

Hotel: Far Home Atocha €85

Total: €143


Got inspiration? Good!

Let me know in the comments which other weekend trips tickle your fancy!



Please keep in mind that every weekend trip listed below is planned on the same date (march 17-19) and that prices may change at any time depending on when (and from where) you book. As you know, buying airline tickets is most affordable between 3-5 months before departure.

All prices in this post are based on direct flights starting from one of London’s airports. Hotel prices are based on 2 nights in a double room (no dorms!), located conveniently and graded 8 or higher.

Also, you can replace the starting location (London) to any location in the world. Some of the most used airport hubs in Europe are Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Brussel and booking a ticket from one of these places can save your serious bucks.

The links in this post are affiliated links. Booking through these links costs you nothing extra but you will help me to bring you more travel stories.



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  • Reply
    Dana Nicola
    January 1, 2017 at 21:00

    love this, saved to my faves so i can check them each off!


    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      January 1, 2017 at 21:32

      Thanks, Dana! Make sure to tag me in your photos when you do! 🙂

  • Reply
    May 17, 2017 at 00:01

    Woow zie er geweldig uit, zou ik binnekort samen met mijn verloofde ook wel eens willen doen. Ik blijf je volgen,

    Alvast dank vor de inspiratie !



  • Reply
    April 20, 2018 at 07:57

    woow mooie foto’s heb je, welk fototoestel gebruik je? Heb je ook een speciale filter gebruikt (zoja welke?) ik wil dit ook kunnen.



    • Reply
      The Brave Dame
      April 22, 2018 at 12:01

      Dank je, Caro! Meestal fotografeer ik met mijn smartphone of Sony Alpha.

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