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“The city that never sleeps” is a nickname given to 8 global 24 hour cities. Some may seem obvious but others not so.

Here’s a breakdown of the “Cities that never sleep”

New York City

Perhaps the most obvious one, NYC attracts 47 million tourists a year and in 2010 tourists spent $31 Billion there. Not the cheapest place to visit but you’ll never get bored! Definitely somewhere everyone should visit in their lifetime.

Buenos Aires

The Argentine capital is the 2nd largest city in South America and boy do they know how to party into the night. In 2007 it was voted the 2nd best city in the world by Travel + leisure magazine. It has quite a European feel to it making it more cosmopolitan and attracting tourists from all over the world.

São Paulo

Sao Paulo is not only the largest city in Brazil but in the Americas and the Southern Hemisphere. It’s the 6th most populous city in the world. While people may assume Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in Brazil it is in fact Sao Paulo that holds that title.

Tel Aviv

Often called the “Miami of the middle east” and it’s beach scene compared to that of Rio’s Tel Aviv is fast becoming the “in” non budget party vacation option. It has a thriving nightlife scene and a very european 24 hour culture. A common mis-conception of Tel Aviv is that is has a high crime rate, the reality is, every city has it’s bad parts but Tel Aviv is safer than most UK or US cities.

Mumbai 

With a population of over 20 million, Mumbai is the 4th most populous city in the world. It is India’s entertainment capital so naturally, something is always going on. If it’s culture you’re after, you’ll find it in bucket loads in Mumbai.

Belgrade

The Serbian capital might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of “The City that never sleeps” but it has a bustling nightlife scene. Many people from neighbouring countries travel to Belgrade just for the nightlife on weekend breaks. Lonely Planet ranked Belgrade top in their 2009 top party cities in the world.

Madrid

The Spanish capital and largest city in the country tops many different travel lists but it’s nightlife earns it the nickname. The nightlife scene here is so diverse and has a very bohemian feel.

Barcelona

The second Spanish city with the nickname…but what would you expect from the country that consumes the largest amount of Cocaine in Europe! The spaniards know how to party and Barcelona is the 4th most visited city in Europe. There are many sights that attract millions of visitors to Barcelona every year and at night, they all take to Las Ramblas to party. If you like it rowdy, go when Spain or Barcelona are playing a big match…they go crazy!

The following statistics are from the 2011 ABTA report and the stats represent between spring 2009 & spring 2010.

Crime:

  • 2,012 Brits were arrested in Spain
  • 1,367 were arrested in the USA
  • 831 were Hospitalized in spain
  • 5,930 deaths of British Citizens abroad
  • 27,272 had their passports lost or stolen (6,618 in Spain, 3,268 in USA, 2,400 in France)

Top Destinations; (In 2009)

  1. Spain (11.6m)
  2. France (9.8m)
  3. Republic of Ireland (3.5m)
  4. USA (3.1m)
  5. Italy (2.6m)
  6. Germany (2.1m)
  7. Greece (1.9m)
  8. Netherlands (1.8m)
  9. Portugal (1.8m)
  10. Turkey (1.6m)
Flights;
  • As a general rule flights are usually cheaper on Tuesdays and wednesdays. Avoid flying on weekends if possible.
  • If you’re flying with a budget airline, make sure you know the proximity of the airport to the resort centre. For example, Ryanair fly to more than one airport for Barcelona, they don’t however mention that one of them in over 100km away from Barcelona.
  • Take into consideration how much luggage you will be travelling with when you choose your airline. Some offer more weight and less restrictions on hand luggage sizes and prices differ on hold baggage.
  • Use comparison sites such as skyscanner.net to compare flight prices but it’s always a good idea to check with your local travel agent to see if they can offer you a better deal, this goes for the whole package of your holiday too.
  • Prices change by the minute so don’t be surprised if you see a cheap flight one day and check back to find it has gone up by £50 the next day and don’t fall for the “only 2 seats remaining” text you might see, it’s just incentive to get you to book at that time.
  • Look at departing from different airports, if the difference in cost is more than it would take you to travel to another airport, you can save.
 Resort & Accommodation;
  • Obviously not going away in school holidays. Going to a resort in it’s “off-season” has it’s pros and cons…not all amenities may be available but things will be much cheaper and if you’re hiring a car parking will be much easier.
  • If hiring a car, booking with a rental company based in the resort rather than the airport will generally be much cheaper and many of these companies will let you pick and drop the car off at the airport anyway.
  • If you find a hotel you like, search the price on other sites before booking as they can vary widely and deals are given to travel agent’s and websites so it will almost always be cheaper than booking directly through the hotel.
  • The further out of a resort you get, the cheaper things will be, this is easy if you hire a car or have your own transport, think about where the locals eat and shop.

If you follow these guidelines it shouldn’t be a problem to get a weeks holiday in spain/portugal form Jan-April for under £100 pp for flights & Accommodation.