Every traveler knows how easily the wallet becomes feather-light towards the end of the journey. But if you are careful, that is know how to spend wisely, you could well end up saving those precious dollars.
You could fly to Spain and back for only $ 599. Take the time – and trouble – to visit relevant websites, especially Kayak.com and make comparisons. Most airlines offer cheaper deals for weekday flights. You would be well-advised to book very far in advance to get the best deals possible although some last-minute deals can be pretty good too. If you are travelling from the US, it might be cheaper to first travel to the UK. Booking your flight through reliable websites saves you some extra pennies as there is no agent (read middleman) involved. Some airlines known to provide the cheapest flights are: Thomas Airways, Ryanair, and Fly Thomas Cook.
You don’t want to spend all your money on accommodation while traveling, do you? The good news is that you don’t have to. You can rent holiday homes rather cheaply over the net. And if you are not fussy about living away from the city center you can actually strike a great deal. A holiday apartment in Catrojja near Valencia comes as cheaply as $ 326 for an entire week, to cite just one instance.
If you are traveling alone, however, try any of the youth hostels. They are dirt cheap, as low as $ 14 per day. Most of them are located in the city center. They are clean and offer the best facilities including guided tours, good wholesome food, etc. In other words, they offer good value for money. You can book online sans hassles.
Whenever possible try ‘car sharing’ as a means of travel. It is not only lighter on your pocket but also more eco-friendly. The more adventurous might want to hitchhike but it can turn out to be dangerous. Don’t lose your life (or worse) in order to save a few dollars.
Catch the bus as often as you can as bus travel turns out cheaper compared to the train. Buses in Spain also cover more routes than trains.
If you happen to be in one of the large cities like Madrid or Barcelona you can also try catching the underground metro trains, which are super fast and efficient. Operating the ticket machines is relatively easy and you can also change the display system into English.
Eating cheaply in Spain
You may not believe this but Spanish breakfasts are costlier compared to Spanish lunches. While ordering lunch, however, it is best not to go the a la carte way as this could turn out to be more expensive. Most restaurants offer a menu del dia or menu of the day that covers at least three courses.
Some people prefer to exist on ‘tapas’ alone. Tapas are small yet tasty portions that can be quite filling. Avoid the swanky restaurants; don’t be afraid of going into overcrowded tapas bars. Simply point to what you want. Some bars offer free tapas with a drink.
Live, travel, and eat cheaply in Spain. As you can see, it is not difficult!
Angelina Christy is a travel author who has written many articles that keeps on guiding the travelers throughout the world. Angelina herself is an avid traveler who has traveled more than 22 countries. She also talks about travel options like Cheap Flights Manila and Cheap Tickets to Manila that explains how tourists can minimize the cost of their travel fares.