The splendor of Spain can’t be put into words. Many have tried and failed miserably, hoping to do so. There is only one way to know it, and that is by experiencing it firsthand, yourself!
Being blessed with an amiable climate throughout the year, the influx of travelers in Spain is steady. This makes the nation pricey like any other European country. So, where does that leave budget travelers? Is there no way that they can admire the beauty of this place and yet not break the bank?
Of course, they can!
Holidayme has come up with these insanely easy tips to travel to Spain on budget and yet not make it tiresome. Read up and let us know in the comments if you have more tricks up your sleeves!
Travel during off or shoulder seasons:
Known for its gorgeous beaches, the best time to visit Spain is during the warm summer months. Sunny weather and the clear blue skies act like a balm for aching wanderlusts. Nevertheless, it also means hiked airfares and elbowing for cheap accommodation. So, if you are looking to travel to Spain and yet save money, visit this destination anytime from April to mid-June, and from September to October (shoulder season). In the winter months, you’ll find fewer crowds, milder temperatures and better prices.
Share Accommodation: Youth Hostels, Couchsurfing, and Airbnb
Thanks to the various accommodation options, putting up in a budget option is a cakewalk. And, gone are the days when you had to compromise on cleanliness or hunt for breakfast. Today, most of the budget accommodation options come with breakfast and free Wi-Fi etc. Youth hostel, couch-surfing and websites like Airbnb are giving shared accommodation its due recognition. Not only they are easier on the pocket, but also, they are one of the best options to mingle with locals.
When in Spain, eat like the Spaniards do:
Another important tip to save money while vacationing is to take inspiration from the locals.
Spaniards are known to have a small breakfast and a large lunch, and you should too! You would be surprised to know that it is a legal requirement in Spain to offer a ‘menu del dia’ i.e. a soup or salad, main course with a side dish and dessert offered all at one price. This makes lunch far cheaper than evening snacks.
Make Public Transport your best friend:
Taxis and private cabs are a luxury. If you are really looking to save those bucks, make use of the excellent public transport the country offers you! Opt for multi-ride tickets from airport or train station vending machines, if you are in the country for a long period. Also, after inquiring from a local to understand the best way to reach a certain destination, chances are, you will reach there in half the time and money.
Spain and its architecture deserve your undivided attention. Don’t spend your money on those expensive guided tours that rush you from one spot to another. Instead, take this opportunity to learn about the country’s history and culture by taking free walking tours. Also, visiting just the top museums in every city can quickly add up, thanks to the entry fees! So, again the trick is timing! Many museums across the country have regular free-entry timings, either on weekdays or in the evenings. Time your visit during these hours and save a good amount of money.