Travel Tips: Save Money in Spain
Spain! The recent global financial crisis has led to excellent travel deals, especially in Spain. Want to head to this sunny land, chock full of history and great food? You might have scored a great deal on airfare to Spain, but you'll probably want to save some money while you're there - so you can stay there for longer! For instance, by finding affordable holiday apartments available to book in Barcelona, you'll save money and can tack on a side excursion to Granada. It's almost like a two for one!
Here are my top travel tips for saving money in Spain:
1. Shoulder season. We've said it before, we'll say it again - travel during the shoulder season is a great way to save money! Almost everything is cheaper - from airfare to accommodations - and there are far fewer crowds.
2. Visit smaller towns. If you visit smaller towns, you'll save a bundle of money. Everything is cheaper once you're out of the big three (Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville).
3. Rent instead of staying at a hotel. There are a variety of low-priced flats and rooms to rent for your holiday. You'll save money on eating out, and have much more room to rest (and play).
4. Tapas! Spain is known for its tapas - light, small dishes that compose evening meals. They are delicious - and inexpensive. You can make a meal out of them - and enjoy some convivial company along the way!
5. Eat out at lunch. As with anywhere in the world, restaurant meals are cheaper at lunch time than for dinner. If you're going to eat out, eat out at lunch to save money.
6. Research the free. Most museums have free days. Check local events calendars for free concerts, art exhibits, or fun things to do. Head to the beach!
7. Take the bus! It's the cheapest transportation option - besides walking (which I am sure you'll be doing plenty of).
8. Invest in a City Pass/Discount Card. If you're in a large city and want to see the sights, buy a City Pass or Discount Card. These will get you admittance to a plethora of attractions at a fraction of the cost.
9. Unlock your phone. Ask your cell phone provider if they can help you unlock your cell phone. When you arrive in Spain, purchase a local SIM card. You'll save a ton on phone calls, both locally and internationally. You can also avail yourself of skype and g+ hangouts, for free, if you have a good internet connection.
10. Know (or learn) Spanish. By speaking the language, you can ask locals where they go to shop, eat, and play. You can buy food in the local markets. You can shop at grocery stores knowledgeably. You'll also be able to function off the tourist track - and we ALL know that saves a great deal of money.