Students, I get that you're currently in the planning/ back to college/ can't wait to get back and see your friends stage. But once the madness calms down and push comes to shove, you'll be back staring at the greying walls of the library, assignments and impending exam doom crushing your tiny little soul. Well, fear not, because I've got just the thing to shake you up and kickstart your semester. How's about a trip away? But not just any trip away mind you, how's about a weekend with a difference? Here are the best student weekends of the year. Now, get packing....
Berlin is a pretty magical place as it is, but add a sprinkle of Christmas magic to it and you have yourself a very special place indeed. The Christmas markets are an experience in themselves. Soak up the hustle and bustle of the city, indulge in some baked goods, smell the cinnamon laden air, buy some hand crafted goods and revel in it all because the markets are an experience like no other.
The Christmas markets start around the third weekend in November and run right up until Christmas.
For those of you who like the finer things in life, a trip to London might just be the ticket. Sure, it might not be everyone's cup of tea (or cucumber sandwich), but for those of you who like mingling with rowers, drinking Pimms and hearing all about the educationally elite, this is the place for you. Over 300, 000 spectators are expected to line the four and a quarter mile stretch of the Thames where Oxford will face off with Cambridge. Expect boozing, crisp shirts and a spot of pub crawling too.
The boat race will take place on Sunday March 27 2016.
What better way to celebrate the creepiest night of the year, than to do so in the underground company of six million deceased souls? The Catacombs are a must see when visiting Paris and what better night to do so than on All Hallows Eve? Immerse yourself in the chilly underground maze (which spans over 170 km) and discover the bones of the past, quite literally. The Parisians call it "les carrières de Paris" ("the quarries of Paris") and you'll certainly get a spooky sensation as you explore the past. Just don't wander off because you quite literally may never return again....
Apparently Madrid is THE place to spend New Years, who knew? While other cities have freezing conditions and plummeting snow, Madrid has a slightly less severe climate and many traditions of their own making it something new and relatively exciting for you. But if you really want something different, why not head along to the 'We Party New Years Eve Festival' where you'll be treated to international DJs, stellar music, amazing crowds and the best pride scene around. Five days of fun? Count me in!
The We Party New Years Eve festival runs from Sunday the 27th of December until Saturday the 2nd of January.
Valentines day, I assume we can all agree, is just the worst. (Please say I'm not alone on this one...) So what better place to wile away the lovestruck blues than in the city of singles? London plays host to a huge variety of Anti-Valentines, love bashing bashes and you're sure to see not a happy couple in sight. See this guide for some specific nights and remember, it's not all chocolate and roses on the love side of the river (hopefully).
KBC bank is currently offering students something very exciting indeed. When you open and use a student current account with KBC, you’ll receive either €100 OR two return flights* to any of the above destinations. See KBC.ie for more details.
*Flights from outside Dublin may incur a supplement cost. Terms and conditions apply to the KBC student current account and the student offer. KBC Bank Ireland plc is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.