I’m not cheap; i’m frugal.
I like to make my dollar last as far as I can, I mean who wouldn’t right?
That being said I knew that when coming abroad to Europe I was going to do some travelling throughout the year. As we know, travelling isn’t cheap which is probably why many people don’t make it a huge part of their lives. In France, children get 2 weeks of vacation every 6 weeks of school. Typically if you get a good family Before I get to my budget for this day trip, I want to show you some amazing things that I was able to do!
Flight + insurance – 100 euros for flight + 10 euros for insurance
I booked this flight quite far in advance so just to be safe I bought the extra insurance. Needless to say, my flight got changed without me knowing and not getting reimbursed. Insurance failed in this situation.
In-ground Transportation – 5.90 euros
The best advice I have for planning your ground transport is to do your research before you go and either save your information to your phone or print off your directions. More than likely you will have wi-fi at the airport so you could always google it when you land. I took the shuttle bus to the city from the airport which was 5 euros and got me pretty close to my hostel actually.
The rest of the week I commuted throughout the city the best way I know how; with my own two feet. Walking does wonders people! Not only do I get to see the city as a local but there’s so many things you miss by travelling underground in the metro.
The whole duration of my trip I didn’t use the metro or bus system once because everything was in walking distance. For some reason on the shuttle bus back to the airport I didn’t have to pay which I wasn’t complaining about. More coffee at the airport!
Accommodation- 40 euros
4 nights at HelloBCN – 7.80 euros per night
This place was awesome to be honest. I was a bit skeptical at first because of the area but it turned out better than i expected. The best thing? It almost felt like we were a big family. I got to know people that were actually living there long term as well as a couple amazing Austrian girls who I hope to keep in contact with.
The bad: The wifi was one of the worst things about he hostel which really isn’t a big deal,I mean maybe in today’s world it could be but if I needed the internet I just used the computers that were available.
2 nights at St Christopher’s Inn – Free. FREE? oui, gratuit!
You know those contests that you see pop up on Facebook where companies will ask you for your favorite experience with them? yeah I got lucky. I really liked the location of this hostel better than the other one; actually this area seemed like the time square of Barcelona. Within a 5 minute walk, you could access pretty much anything. Let’s talk about Breakfast…. gosh what can’t I say about this amazing buffet! Fresh coffee, baguette, meat, cheese, milk, cereal, oh and fresh fruit that’s not apples or bananas! The bad: The walls a
re paper thin. I didn’t sleep good at all at his hostel because there were people coming in and out all night into the early morning. There wasn’t as welcoming as an atmosphere as the other hostel but that was to be expected since I have stayed at other St. Christopher’s Inn locations in the past.It’s defiantly a “party” hostel so if you’re looking for some cheap drinks and lots of people, this is the place for you. Food – 30 euros Breakfast’s were all free thanks to the hostels. I’m going to admit there wasn’t any fresh fruit, eggs or meat which is typically what I go to but hey, it’s free. Another great thing about my first hostel (HelloBCN) was that it had a full sized kitchen where I was able to cook a lot of my meals, other than tapas because that was just part of the experience. My first day I made a trip to the local grocery store to pick up some ingredients for the week. This maybe in total came to 20 euros for the week. I only went out twice for tapas, and since they were only 1 euro each I couldn’t go wrong with the price!
Fun – Priceless 😀
The plan for the first day anywhere that I travel to is always the free walking tour. Typically I end up going with the Sandman’s tours but unfortunately either their wasn’t a tour that day, or my blonde hair decided to come out and I wasn’t in the right location. either way, I found another tour at the same location which also was free! I figured that I didn’t have anything else planned so I went along with the group and ventured throughout the Gothic quarter.
It’s actually amazing how useful social media has become. My online nutrition program has facebook groups for our different regions throughout the world and through that I was able to connect with Ves who lives in Barcelona and we planned a meet up while I was here! We originally planned to study but we’re girls, you know how that goes. She took me to a juice bar and I finally had my first real “juice” experience that wasn’t just a smoothie.
I was in Barcelona so it’s pretty much obligatory that I enjoyed the famous tapas along with a glass of wine. I met some amazing girls at my hostel and after enjoying a homemade dinner together and a bottle of wine, we made our way down El Barrio street to essentially “tapas hop”. The whole hopping plan didn’t go as planned after finding a really great bar and stuffing ourselves with one euro tapas and 1.50 wine! You seriously couldn’t go wrong.
Tuesday we met for breakfast, and then ventured outside to tackle the mountain that the receptionist had informed us about. We did the reverse of what you probably should do and walked up the hill and took the gondola down, but it made for a good but workout at least.
If you have the chance, do the second free walking tour of Gaudi’s architecture throughout the city. I went alone, ended up meeting some really nice people and left with more knowledge than I should have gotten from it being essentially free.
Hands down my favorite part of Barcelona was the food market which was open everyday at 8 am which was perfect when I had nothing else to do and nothing was open yet. There you could find fresh local fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, and there were even a couple restaurants, or better known as tapas bars.
The trip ended with a night at Belushi’s with my friend from the states who was also visiting Barcelona at the time! Once again, met more great people, shared stories and enjoyed a bucket of beer. Barcelona, I will be back.