When I first visited Barcelona I could not believe my luck. Here I was in a major European city where the relaxed Mediterrenean life surrounded me. The only thing that put a dent in my vacation was that money was tight. I had to develop some money strategies to survive as a backpacker in Barcelona.
Why Barcelona you may ask? Rated the Top Beach City on the planet by National Geographic, Barcelona also boasts numerous museums, theaters, concert halls, and sports complexes, and also stunning architecture and multiple national monuments. The city is usually explored on foot or via public transportation and offers an abundance of opportunities for backpackers. Here are some quick tips for surviving in the city.
A. Getting There and Staying There
When you are on a budget, try and purchase your plane or boat tickets early. Search multiple websites, and talk to travel agencies until you find a very good deal. Book a hostel ahead of time also, and if possible, email or speak with other people who have stayed at the hostel that you plan to stay. If you don’t have money for a hostel, bring a tent. The climate is pleasant enough in Barcelona that sleeping outdoors is a possible option. However, if you take the tent route, leave your valuables at home. There is no approach to lock up a tent, so if you can’t sleep with one eye open, protecting your valuables during nap time can prove to be difficult.
B. Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
In an ideal backpacking situation, you’ll find someplace to stay where breakfast is included in the cost. Take advantage of this and eat a LOT. You can keep costs down if you eat a large breakfast, making your own lunch to carry along with you. Barcelona has an incredible array of places to eat and grab a glass or two. Ask around to search for the reasonably priced spots, and if you need to eat out, relegate it to one meal a day, avoid alcohol, and frequent the cheap eateries.
C. Don’t Appear like a Backpacker
Theft is prevalent in Barcelona. Don’t walk around with all of your bags hanging off your shoulders, with your camera around your neck, while looking up open-mouthed. If possible, lock your valuables away every day, and just take what you need when you head out the door. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings and, even though it is a lovely city, do not wander aimlessly.
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