Girls Back-Packing Trip: Barcelona, Spain - Part I
February 28, 2017
Travelling to Europe can be affordable!
You may or may not be familiar with the 52 week Savings Challenge... you know... the one where you save per week according to the week in the year. So for example, for week 1, you would put $1 in a mason jar... week 24... save $24 and so on. By the end of the year, you should have close to $1,300ish saved. Well i decided to give it a try back in 2015 and upon successfully saving every week.. I was able to use this money to fund my 10-Day-Girls- Backpacking-Trip. If you follow me on instagram, I will be sharing via instastory on exactly how I had it set up!
Travelling to Europe can indeed be affordable depending on your taste! If you are about that minimalist, carefree and frugal lifestyle then you can definitely see ALOT and do ALOT on a budget! Unbeknown to me, I always thought traveling to Europe would be super expensive. HA! Our flight to Barcelona was less than $300! We rented our room through Airbnb which was absolutely perfect and our host was amazing! Our gorgeous shared apartment was right in the center of everything and we paid a little less than $49 a night- which in reality was divided between the 2 of us! We chose to eat local foods which was dirt cheap.
First stop : Barcelona Spain
The city is truly beautiful and everyone was so nice and helpful. We stayed in San Antoni which was perfect because we were literally close to everything. The train station was walking distance, the famous St Basicilla was about 20 minutes by walking and then the beach was at most 15 mins away.. We were only in Barcelona for 2 nights and 1 full day. On our full day, we started out with breakfast from a pastry shop right underneath our apartment. We then got dressed and headed out to St. Bascilla.
View from our bed to the balcony
This cathedral is a must see! I was just blown away by all the architecture and intricate details and structures. I didn't take as much pictures inside because i think they had something going on at the time.
We then made our way to Tibidado by train. Prior to going to Barcelona, I watched tons and tons of youtube videos and I came across this amusement park. Besides the obvious... roller coasters, ferris wheels, carousels etc, it was also a great place to get beautiful views of the whole city. Tibidado sits on top of a mountain and you would need to take a trolley to get there. Be sure to check the hours and open times. We found out the park itself was closed but we were still allowed to tour and hike up to the tallest point of the city- And the views were AMAZING!
We got accustomed to the train system pretty quickly. I enjoyed people-watching! Barcelona.. or maybe the whole of Europe is truly the country of tapered jeans and heavy thick scarves!
Next Up - Morocco!
Useful Links and Tips
- April is an affordable month. It gets a bit chilly at night
- Flights from JFK to Barcelona was cheaper than from BWI or DCA. We caught BoltBus from Greenbelt Station to New York for $15
- Airbnb - Highly will recommend this spot
- For connecting flights to Morocco and Italy, we used Ryanair and paid less than $45 to each country