If you’re planning a weekend away or holiday in 2020, you’ll want to get the best value you can for your hard-earned cash. That’s why we created our interactive travel budget tool, which can be used to compare the cost of different cities across the world. It shows you what you could get for £100 a day, from the type of accommodation to the number of meals and taxi trips, according to average costs.
Here, we highlight three of the destinations featured on our travel tool. We also share some specific recommendations from members of Team Starling about where to eat and what to see.
Prague isn’t just a popular option for stag dos and hen parties. It’s also the perfect city for a weekend away with a partner or friend. There are direct return flights from many major UK airports for less than £50 and according to our travel tool, you can stay in a luxury hotel for £40 per night, on average.
You can see all five top attractions in Prague within a £100 per day budget. Free attractions include the Old Town Square, where you’ll find the medieval astronomical clock, which still chimes. Walking across the beautiful Charles Bridge is also free, as is seeing the John Lennon wall - a kaleidoscopic, graffiti monument to the singer songwriter. One of the few attractions with an entry fee is the Castle, which costs £12.
The Czech capital is famous for its beer, which is usually very reasonably priced. Traditional meals of goulash or schnitzel are also inexpensive. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, try Clear Head, housed in a building that’s more than 500 years old. Over the centuries, it’s been home to goldsmiths, wine makers, puppeteers and tea makers. It’s now a meat-free restaurant serving tacos, curries and salads. Another recommendation is a bar called A Maze in Tchaiovna, where you can play board games, see comedy or enjoy one of their weekly quizzes, usually run by British expats.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading south to the Thai islands or north to see the forests and temples, chances are you’ll be landing in Bangkok. And it’s always worth spending a few days in this bustling city before heading off.
The most popular attractions are the Grand Palace and the Temple of Reclining Buddha, both of which can be visited for 300 baht, which is roughly £8. For something a little less busy, head to the Jim Thompson house, which costs about £5 to visit. Jim Thompson made his money by trading silk. He spent it on an extensive art collection, now on display in the four traditional, ornate Thai houses which he combined into one to create his home, surrounded by a luscious green garden.
When it comes to Bangkok, there’s something for everyone no matter what your budget. According to our travel tool, for £100 a day you’ll be able to see all five top attractions and enjoy a three course meal, local meals and even taxi rides. For only a few pounds, why not try Thai green curry made by street vendors or at a Lee Café outlet?. Or you could make restaurant reservations at Bo.lan or Sühring, both set in renovated Thai homes. For a view over the city, head to rooftop bars Banyan Tree or Brewski.
Bangkok’s backpacker community is concentrated around the Khao San Road - 410 metres of bars, hostels and clubs. It featured in the book and film The Beach by Alex Garland as a melting pot of cultures and meeting place for travellers.
The capital of Argentina is a city on many people’s bucket list. During the day, you can see the colourful streets of La Boca or the elegant carvings in the Recoleta cemetery. In the evening, you can wander through Palermo, a district full of bars, cafés and restaurants.
Recommendations include Floreria Atlantico, a speakeasy bar that sits underneath a florist and La Carniceria and La Cabrera, both famed for Argentinian steak. Buenos Aires is also known for its ice-cream. For unique Latin American flavours such as dulce de leche try Tufic, or to visit a gelateria that has been run by the same Italian family since 1881, head to Cadore.
According to our travel tool, you can find hotels for around £30 per night and three course meals for less than a tenner. A great option for lunch is Latino Sandwich, a small café in the Montserrat district near the Plaza de Mayo. It was in this historic square that the 1810 revolution began, eventually leading to Argentina’s independence.
Wherever you decide to book your holiday this year, take your Starling card with you - we won’t charge you for withdrawing cash or using your card abroad. We’d also love if you could share your travel photos using the hashtag #TravelWithTeal on Twitter or Facebook!