Barcelona on a Budget: 5 of My Life-Savers! (also Photo Diary + Vlog)
Next stop on my Euro-trip is/was Barcelonaaaa. Good food, beaches, fantastic weather, history and architectural gems awaited. But yo, I was approaching home-time which meant the bank balance was starting to cry a little. But that's a terrible excuse to not enjoy an amazing city like this and many others!
1. The locals are and will always be your best resource
If you're as lucky as me and get to stay with a local, ask them to tell you everything. Where they buy their groceries, where they eat out and/or party, how they move around, what mistakes they've seen tourists make, all of it. If not, strike up conversation with cool-looking people or make plans to go to events/meet up with people on apps like Couchsurfing and Tinder (no judgement here ;) ).
2. Hold on to your dough at tourist traps
In life, almost anything that's convenient is expensive. Buying a beach towel at a beach. Parking closest to a stadium/arena. Just don't do it. Walk a street or two over from La Rambla or the Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower and find better priced (and often better quality) food, clothes, even postcards and magnets.
3. Walk it out
Lovers of walking, European cities in the summer time will feel like your natural habitat. But for real, even if you don't think you like to walk, you may find yourself thinking of all the euros you could save not using the metro/buses/trams for distances you could walk in under 30-40 minutes.
I did, and I bought extra paella and drinks instead. Priorities. I also made NO efforts to work out while I travelled so I made sure I was walking every day, plus there are often gems to stumble upon on the way to your destination. My favourite accidental walk-by's in Barca were Casa Mila and countless bakeries.
4. Self-cater and eat al-fresco
For the most part, hostels, AirBnB's and private homes will have a kitchen, so use it! Prepare your own food for one or two meals a day. If you eat out less frequently, you can buy better food/ go to nicer restaurants. If you don't have a kitchen, buy some eats at a supermarket (or even some bakeries) and eat out in a park or at a beach.
5. Check deals for specific days of the week/month
I was able to gain entrance to quite a few events/activities in Barcelona because I went on a day that it was free. Castell Montjuic museum on Sundays. Club Opium (and several others) before 1am. Do a little research and you might even save some dinero with student discounts, free stuff on your birthday or pre-booking entrance online.
And there you go! How I survived Barcelona's often high prices while approaching the end of my trip (so real talk I was approaching 'broke as hell' status.)
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