In austerity Britain though, more and more party seekers are being forced to tighten their belts and find fun closer to home.
If the streets of San Antonio were sadly out of reach this year, thank the good patriots at The Highlander – an oasis of Scottish jingoism in the thick of the world's clubbing capital – for bringing it here to us.
Their White Isle Reunion will rekindle the Balearic flame for one night only, meaning you can bounce like a loon to the summer's biggest Ibizan anthems without spending more than the cost of a bottle of water in Es Paradis.
If your budget does not even stretch that far, there is a Zoo Project-themed all day party at The Courtyard on Sunday, with Ian McNab, of Colours, on the bill.
Who needs Bora Bora Beach when you have Glesga Shore?
n Highlander White Isle Reunion, The Arches, Saturday, 11pm–3am, £10.
n Zoo Town All Dayer, The Courtyard, Sunday, 2pm–Midnight, free.
Best Laid plan
MILK, the club night we featured mere weeks ago, is apparently already so popular it has spawned an offshoot.
Laid takes place at the Bloc on Wednesday. Playing live are skinny-jeaned indie pop scamps Crayons, alt-country tinged Sebastian Dangerfield and the goosebump-inducingly good Meursault, above.
And what's more, we are promised "delicious treats".
n Laid, Bloc, Wednesday, 9pm–3am, free
BERLIN opened my eyes to many things, but by far the strangest was Balkanbeats – a raucous genre of music underpinned by the traditional music of southeastern Europe.
It has become popular in Germany thanks to an influx of migrants, mainly from Croatia and Kosovo.
My memory is hazy at best but it was a riotous mix of gypsy, punk and traditional folk, accompanied by energetic ceilidh-esque dancing.
It ended in a massive hangover, but that is not to say you should not get down to Stereo on Saturday for what might be the most bizarre night of your life.
n Balkanarama, Stereo, Saturday, 11pm–3am, £8