Untouristy Tourist: Top Travel Tips
Barcelona is for tourists
If you’ve read my bio then you know that I enjoy all things basic...just kidding! But really, as “basic” as the love of travel is, if you do it right there is nothing basic about. And no, I don’t mean staying at hostels versus hotels because IMHO you don’t have to stay in a hostel to have a relatively cheap stay. Don’t get me wrong I have a TON of friends who love the hostel life, and honestly there is something about it, especially if you’re traveling solo and looking for friends, but I have done the Europe thing with my best friend every time, so for us its been more about finding a cute little room to spend a night or two and move on!
As the title might suggest, you can all tell how I feel about Barca. Again, nothing wrong with going there by all means...but when you’ve been to Spain countless times (okay not actually, but at least 5 lol) it gets a little boring. So hop on a train and go a little further south and you’ll find yourself in the likes of a little town called Cambrils. It’s super cute, right on the water, and the only tourists you find there are other Europeans, its amazing. And the food...OH.MY.GOD...seafood galore! Anna (bestie) and I sat down for an afternoon of proper fatting. 75 bucks and we got drinks, 2 lobsters, a fried fish, paella WITH MORE LOBSTER, and god knows what else. But to say we ate like kings would be an understatement. And let me tell you, they would not let us leave, I’m not even kidding...they made us “do like the Spaniards do” and basically make an afternoon of it, it was glorious.
Another cute little place is Marbella. A little more known than Cambrils, but still very quiet compared to the bigger cities. It’s an hour plane ride from Barcelona to the bigger city of Malaga and then and hour and a half bus but well worth the trip it is absolutely stunning! You’ll find yourself surrounded by a more European crowd more than anything, and that’s better than the obnoxious (no offence) North Americans that come and visit.
Tips for not being a basic:
Appreciate and respect the culture. Don’t stand out like a sore thumb! For something like Spain this isn’t as important, but for a place like Morocco (a place I just recently visited and HOLY SH*T it is a stunner) the culture is still very much a factor there so wear appropriate attire! I.e don’t be that basic bi*ch wearing lulu’s and a crop top LOL!
Leave the selfie stick at home! Just ask someone for a damn photo. *Disclaimer I own a selfie stick, not once have I actually used it yet though ;)*
Try and learn the language so you can at least be polite! Bestie and I frequent Spain because back in our elementary days we had to learn Spanish and it kind of stuck with both of us, her more than me (Spanish OBSESSED chica) but regardless, every time we go it’s refreshed and we can actually get around the city as well as NOT BUTCHER IT!!! So I guess the tip is, learn basic pronunciation more so than actually filling up your word bank, because they will judge and they will straight up not understand you.
Explore smaller cities and actually get rooms in those small places rather than the hub spots. You’ll be surprised how cute the “hotels” are and there is always amazing hidden restaurant gems around these places.
Don’t do the guided tours, excursions, or pub crawls. Who really wants to be smushed in like a sardine and told where to go for like 4 hours? Not these girls!
Actually eat the food!!! Don’t be afraid to try the local food and drink and expand your taste buds! Especially outside of the city, the food is so damn fresh it is unreal! Don’t stick to your classics, venture outside of your comfort zone.
Take public transport, NOT taxis. You’ll save a pretty penny, and this way you can actually see more local hub spots.
Dress nicely to the airport! Ohhhh what a pet peeve, set the stage; emerge from the plane in wait for it...a damn track suit! NO. Put a little effort in, and try to go back to the good old days (not that I would know, I’m just guessing!) but back then, the airport was a place of class! Let’s all go back to that shall we?
Just my two cents... There’s nothing more annoying than a bunch of obnoxious, loud, and rude tourists (again, no offence) Here are a just a few tips on how NOT to be one of them!
- an avid “European” tourist