Spain, Part 1: Getting There and Getting Around

This year Chistina and Tim planned an awesome trip to Spain.  Like a true Ends In Style girl, Christina did this trip on a budget and in style.  This whole week we are going to tell you about her amazing trip in 3 parts; today we tell you how to get there affordably and how to get around.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Getting There

When planning a trip it's important to know 1- when to travel, 2- when to buy your tickets and 3-price compare as many airlines as possible.  Christina and Tim signed up on Clark Howard’s website for travel updates and flight deals.  Through that they found their tickets on One Travel for only $835 round trip!

The best day to buy a ticket is Tuesday and between 5 1/2- 1 1/2 months before departure.  The cheapest days to travel are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.  (Via)

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Getting Around

When figuring out how to get around once you touch down in Spain, use a combination of travel books, online travel websites and social media.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Christina bought a small guide: Frommer’s: Barcelona Day by Day, checked out some of her favorite travel websites: http://www.spain.info,  www.tourspain.es, www.barcelonaturisme.com, and sent out a Facebook post asking friends if they have been to Spain and if they had any travel tips for getting around.  

Thanks to these 3 methods, they found out that renting a car would not be necessary, they used a combination of public transportation, tour buses, taxis, bikes and walking--oh! and even a cable car!  While there they also learned that city hoppers are fast and cheap if booked in advance. Christina got a flight from Spain to Portugal for around $70.00!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Christina and Tim spent the majority of their time in Barcelona, there is so much to see and it is definitely a walking-friendly city with plenty of public transportation.  Their rail system is underground and extremely clean and well kept.  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

In Barcelona, there is a main street that goes through the city and leads you right to the ocean, it is called Las Ramblas.  Las Ramblas is perfect for walking and stopping at shops and vendors along the way to the beach. At night, it comes alive even more than during the day!

To get a nice aerial view of the city, they decided to go to the top of the hill in Barcelona. To get the the top of Montjuic, the hill overlooking Barcelona, they took the cable car, in which the journey was just as breathtaking as the top of the hill.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

One thing to splurge on: either upgrading your cell phone plan to international, or purchasing a cell phone when you get there (you can buy prepaid phone cards at almost any location).  Just like it is hard to function without a cell phone in the US, its hard to function without one in Europe as well.  

When traveling, it is important to have a general plan for transportation and pre book any transfers from city to city that involve a fairly long distance, and have the potential to be expensive. However, it is a really good idea to keep your plans open when it comes to getting around the immediate city.  Anyone who has traveled will attest that sometimes walking is the best way to sightsee and get from place to place.  Things like bike rentals, available in so many cities, make self-powered transportation even better and only enhance your sightseeing experience.  

So, when planning your trip to Spain, have a general transportation outline and leave days for wandering on foot and by whatever means of transportation strikes your fancy that day.