Monthly Archive: June 2017

Nine Things to See and Do in Spain

1. Explore Madrid

The capital city is well known for its tapas, museums and amazing nightlife. In this city, nothing really starts until midnight. Make sure that you visit one of the world’s largest museums, the Prado as well as the Royal Palace. You will definitely want to allot some time to stroll through Plaza Mayor, the main square.

2. Enjoy Barcelona

As in Madrid, Barcelona is also well-known for its amazing historic streets, late-night eating and partying. Here you will find ample amounts of history, learn to sleep until 10:00 pm, and just like the locals do, eat dinner at midnight. It is strongly suggest that you pay the history museum a visit – it is one of Europe’s very best. One of my favourite cities in the entire world is Barcelona, and I am pretty sure that it is already on your “places I must see” list.

3. Live it Up in La Tomatina

In Buñol, held on every last Wednesday of August, this small town becomes packed with tens of thousands of people in the morning at what time they throw tons upon tons of tomatoes at each other. This was the messiest, yet the most fun hour of travelling I have ever experienced. It cost 10 EUR to purchase a ticket for this festival.

4. Join In Running With the Bulls

In Pamplona, held in July the running of the bulls attracts the brave as well as the stupid. Although I myself would never join in the actual running, the celebration which lasts more than one day is still a great place to wear a red scarf, eat great food, drink sangria and celebrate in a way which only Spain can.

5. Lounge on the Costa Del Sol

Spend some time hanging out at the beach where you can enjoy the laid-back life that Spain is famous for. In Southern Spain, the sun coast is popular for its gorgeous beaches, amazing nightlife and tons of tourism. One of the biggest places on the coast is Malaga, however, further down there are better places.

6. Go to Valencia

Valencia is a town that is pretty awesome. At first it may seem there is no reason in particular  to be attracted to Valencia, as most of the people who have come for the Tomatina festival use Valencia as a home base. That being said, if you take the time to go around every little corner of Valencia, it has an amazing history, delicious seafood and paella and a great soccer team. It is a wonderful city.

7. Wander Through Seville

Seville is an amazing city filled with great palaces, churches and historic sites. This is also a place for great shopping. Something to really appreciate here is the Jewish Quarter as well the monument dedicated to various religions in Spain. This town is also a big student town.

8. Hike in the Sierra Nevada

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Six Tips for Cutting Costs on a Florida Vacation

A Florida vacation can be a splurge, but you can also visit the Sunshine State on a budget. Here are a few tips to cut the cost of a vacation to Florida.

  1. Fly to Secondary Airports

There are a handful of smaller airports in Florida; so many flights will land in these smaller airports. This does make for a longer drive to major cities, but it can save you hundreds of dollars on your travel costs. If you want to land at a major airport, you should make sure that you watch for Florida airline ticket sales to your preferred airport to make sure you get the best deal.

  1. Look for Package Deals

Package deals can save you a lot of money on your trip. There are flight deals to Florida that are round trip. You can also find hotel packages that include a rental car, which are deeply discounted. There are many travel websites that make it easy to find these packages. However, you should make sure that you check the individual prices of the items before booking. Some companies will mark up their packages, which makes them a bad deal for you.

  1. Plan to Visit in the Spring or Fall

Many vacationers visit Florida in the summer or the winter. So, this means that the best times for a budget vacation is during spring and fall. This is can save you around $30 per night on your hotel, which can quickly add up.

  1. Think about Renting a Condo or a Vacation Home

A rental condo or home can seem like a very expensive choice, but it can save you a lot of money. The main reason why it can save you money is that you have access to a full kitchen. This makes it easy to buy groceries and prepare most of your meals. Preparing your own meals can easily save you a lot in restaurant bills. Some rentals come with a private pool, laundry, yard, and a garage.

Most rental homes can house over six people, so you can share one rental with the rest of your party. This can save your party thousands of dollars on hotels bills.

  1. Eat Locally

If you are looking to cut your food bills, you should move away from the beachfront and ask the locals about where they like to eat. Housekeepers and bell staff at your resort can be a great resource for this information because they can tell you about really good cheap food that is close by.

  1. Buy Theme Park Admissions

If you are planning to visit any theme parks, you should see if you can buy tickets online before you leave for your trip. Most websites will run deals and offer coupons during the off-season. There are also online only deals, like Groupon passes that you can use to save more.

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