Top Secrets to Solo Travel in Spain: You’ll Never Feel Alone!

Our favorite season is quickly approaching: Summer! What does this mean? Well a few things; for one, it’s one of the most beautiful, exciting times to visit Spain. Secondly, it’s VACATION time! There’s a good chance you’ve got some vacation days burning a hole in your calendar, and you’ve got to use them in the best way possible. Our suggestion? Leave all your stresses behind, say “hasta luego” to the world as you know it, and buy a solo ticket to Spain.

We know, you’re probably thinking, “that’s a crazy idea! I’m not traveling solo to Spain!” Well, before you go and try to convince all of your friends, family, ex-roommates, that girl in the clothing store around the corner…to accompany you, why don’t you hear us out. Did you know that Spain is one of the friendliest countries in the world for solo travelers? Here are 5 secrets to help make your solo adventure to Spain one you’ll never forget; and one you’ll never feel lonely!

1. Tapas Bar culture is made for making friends. The social beauty of tapas bars is that everyone is “de pie”, or “on foot.” This makes it especially easy to mix and mingle with friends and strangers alike, meanwhile drinking your “cerveza” and tapa. The social atmosphere is made for making friends; you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to strike up a convo with the reveler at the high-top next to you!

2. Ask for advice from locals: people are always willing to help! Whether you ask for directions to the beach (“¿dónde está la playa?”) or for the best paella restaurant (¿dónde está la mejor paella?) Spaniards are generally more than willing to help. You’ll be surprised how friendly people are! Many times, they’ll even walk you to the destination you are looking for; and maybe even invite you out with them to their favorite tapas bar!

3. Travel Apps are “increíbles”: There are hundreds of travel app resources out there to aid you in meeting locals and travelers alike. For example, Couchsurfing is an amazing resource in Spain, as the community is extremely active in planning events for solo travelers across the country, and language exchange events to help you mingle with locals and practice your Spanish! MeetUp is another amazing website that organizes group events based on your personal interests. Or, with Trip4Real get a personal tour, guided by a local. There are hundreds of travel apps out there, designed to help you make friends with other travelers and locals while on the road, and Spain is the perfect friendly country to test them out. (More suggested apps: Withlocals, Tinder, Vizeat, Ventoura, Jetzy)

4. Learn 10 easy Spanish sentences. Learn a simple list of 10 short Spanish phrases, and you’ll be sure to have Spaniards open up to you in a heartbeat! Not to mention, they’ll definitely come in handy. Here is a list of some basic sentences for you to keep in your pocket. You choose your favorites!

5. Spaniards are some of the friendliest people in the world: don’t be shy! The social culture in Spain is one of the most special characteristics of the country. If you open up to people, they will likely open up to you. So, DON’T BE SHY! A new, exotic friendship is waiting for you, only a plane ride away ;)

So, who’s ready to buy a solo ticket to Spain? Written by: Casie Tennin April 28, 2016

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