A student’s guide to exploring Cyprus #233

If you’re constantly skint and having to watch the pennies it may seem like a beach holiday is beyond your means. But the fact is, pretty much anyone can save enough cash to enjoy a beach break – all they need is a bit of forward planning and budgeting.

It’s best to decide where you want to go around a year before you want to be there. This way you have time to save up some cash – take a second job if you have to and put some money away. Watch your household budget and work out where costs can be cut. Most people can find ways to cut money off food budgets, for example, without it affecting their quality of life.


Next up is deciding where to go. It can be more cost effective to go for the more tourist orientated resorts, particularly if you’re looking to travel somewhere hot and popular. For example, the reasonably priced Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos is perfect as a base for exploring Cyprus. It gives you the comfort of a four star hotel with all the facilities, it’s on the beachfront and is an easy walk away from the gorgeous harbour, the major archaeological sites in the area, the shops and the buzzing nightlife.

Cyprus is a brilliant destination if you’re looking for a holiday in the scorching sunshine that doesn’t cost the earth. There is so much to do on this beautiful island and, with a little research and careful planning, you can get the most out of your sunshine break without spending a fortune.

And this resort gives you the best of both worlds. Just 15km away from Paphos International Airport, it’s super easy to get to by taxi or bus, or if you’ve rented a car to have a good explore then the car park is free.


The room facilities are top notch and include sea views, amazing showers, big TVs and access to all the leisure fun at the hotel, which includes three swimming pools, tennis courts, jacuzzis (both in and outdoor). There’s also a spa with a heated indoor pool, a gym and beauty and massage treatments.

You could either book all inclusive meaning you don’t have to worry about the extra expense of eating out or you could go half board, which gives you more control over the money you spend on meals. There are absolutely loads of fabulous Cypriot run restaurants on the way down to the harbour, which are extremely reasonable and guarantee a taste of Cyprus. Look out for the best prices and deals to keep costs down.

Walking, hiking, cycling and swimming are all freely available if you’re after an active holiday and the night clubs nearby provide all the nightlife you could need, without breaking the bank. For history and culture buffs there are plenty of archaeological sites to explore and for those who would rather just laze in the sun, take your pick from the beach or by the pool.


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