1.Bristol: Get creative with your English
Fly directly from Barcelona to Bristol airport and you can spend some time in one of Britain’s most exciting cities. Bristol is considerably cheaper than London, but equally as exciting. The city attracts thousands of young creative people from across the UK – it’s all about music, art and design. You may have also heard of the famous street artist, Banksy, who made his first masterpieces right here in his home town, Bristol.
What to see and do in Bristol
If you love eating out, going to live music shows and discovering new design trends, then Bristol will keep you very busy and very happy. To practise your English whilst enjoying some of Britain’s best shopping, make sure to check out Cabot Circus which is one of the UK’s most modern shopping destinations. Bristol was also voted as one of the best ‘cycling cities’ in Britain, so invest in a second-hand bicycle and save a fortune on your travel expenses.
Where to stay and work in Bristol
Bristol is famous for its huge selection of restaurants, cafes and bars so you won’t have to go far to find a fun and exciting bar or restaurant job. Accommodation in Bristol is drastically cheaper than it is in London and there are lots of short-term rooms available in shared houses. Try and avoid the Clifton area as this upper-class area also comes with upper-class prices.
2. Newquay: Surf your way to English fluency
It takes a little longer to get to Cornwall from Barcelona because it’s located in the South West of England, away from the ‘big’ airports. But as well as being one of the most popular British holiday destinations, it’s also one of the cheapest places to enjoy summer in the UK. The weather is (surprisingly) very hot in the summer and the sea is as clear as it is on the Costa Brava. Cornwall also receives some of the best surfing conditions in Europe and is full of young surfers and water sports fanatics with golden tans and sun-bleached hair.
What to do in Newquay
Newquay is a well-known party town and is even better known for its beautiful coast line and surf. Go to Fistral beach for a surf lesson, or visit my friend Pete at King Surf in Mawgan Pawth when Fistral is too busy (which is most of the time). If you need some peace and quiet then go to Bude or Saint Ives where the crowds are quieter and easier to manage.
Where to stay and work in Newquay
Newquay has more campsites than Spain has tapas bars and there are plenty of affordable and well-equipped places to stay for the summer. If you get to Newquay early in the summer season (May) you will have a better chance of getting a bar job or a job at one of the camp sites. Expect to earn around £6 (€7.50) per hour, campsites may also provide you with free camping.