4 top backpacking destinations to beat the exam blues!

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This you right now? Sick of it? Want to get away?

Here’s where you could be once it’s over…

1. Budapest

Budapest is defined by its river. The Danube cuts it in half, one side is old, one side is newer, and both sides are pretty. Pest, the newer side, is known for its windy streets, unique bars, chilled atmosphere and cafe culture. The latter needs to be seen to be believed, the world’s best cakes at 70p a slice? Sign me up!

Buda, the older side, is known for its churches, museums, architecture and sights. As a lesser known tip, The Hospital in the Rock Museum, a hospital turned Nazi hideout, turned operating nuclear bunker, is worth a look. If you ever want the terror the Cold War realised for you, an hour tour will leave you scared, nihilistic and with a sudden urge to listen to John Lennon.
My favourite memory from Budapest is standing on the top of Gellért Hill at sunset, looking over the entire city. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen 2 million people in a single view, but it certainly leaves an impression.

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