Today there is a guest blogger writing about his adventures here at Madrilicious.com. Will Peach, from MySpanishAdventure.com, came to Spain in September 2011 to learn Spanish, meet new people, live like a local and escape the 9 to 5 routine. On his blog you can find many interesting stories about his experiences in Spain and also many interviews with other expats who decided to live in Spain.
I hope you enjoy his guest post, I think the tips really help. So let’s start:
Last September I gave up everything to follow my dreams and move to Spain. Taking the risk was a big one. At 25 years of age, with very little money and next to no idea over how I was going to survive, I plunged headfirst into an environment where I knew neither a single soul nor a single thing about the place I wound up in.
Needless to say the experience taught me a shed load. Among those painful nights of solitude and wondering what on earth I had done, I was actually growing into a hardened traveller, picking up life-affirming lessons that were to forever alter my outlook.
Looking back now, my experiences living in Spain have been richer than any of travels I’ve made previously. What are the top ten takeaways that have helped ensure my survival? Read on and find out.
1. Learn the Basics Beforehand
Yes it’s a pretty obvious one but it’s also something hardly any travellers bother with due to the assumption that the whole world speaks English. Learning the basics of Spanish before arriving in the dry, barren lands of Extremadura, helped me out no end. If you’re planning on spending any long period of time in Spain make sure you do the same, you’ll be surprised by how few Spaniards speak it well.
2. Pack as Light as Possible
Chances are you’re going to want to travel around a bit or even hop around Europe when you wind up in this part of the world. Budget flights work out best when you have next to no baggage. Pack as light as possible and you’ll be handsomely rewarded.
3. Couch Surf Instead of Hostel Stays
Many a traveller will turn their nose up at the thought of arriving in a place like Spain and crashing on someone’s couch. Doing this however has always worked out great for me as it gives you a solid base to start with in a new place and some new contacts to boot.
Getting lost in a new city or town and finding your way back is the best way to get over any intimidation travels in a new place may bring. Make sure you have a good map and pick out some major landmarks and you’ll find it very difficult to get lost in the first place but much better for it afterward.
5. Introduce Yourself to Locals
Continue reading Guest Post: Living in Spain – 10 Travel Tips That Have Ensured My Survival by Will Peach