Bosses do it BIG on a little budget, just how they want on their own terms. No predetermined routes, no predictable snapshots, no over-priced paella that tastes eerily similar to a lipton rice out the box. Bosses rollup on the cheapest form of transportation possible with every intention to get down to the nitty-gritty of their latest travel destination. Traveling can be both enlightening and fun, especially so when you get out of the tourist traps and find yourself amongst locals. Here are 4 tips to ensure your next travel experience you do it like a boss!
1. Get a map (A free one)! Everybody and they mama has a smartphone with some form of gps map. But if your are traveling from the states, these maps become undependable without wifi. If you are arriving by train or bus, head to the client information desk and grab a free map (ask first, its just polite). These maps are great because they are FREE and they usually show the most important areas, as well as some of the off the beaten path stuff too. If your are coming in by air any tourist information booth in the airport should have a map, or once you are in town, grab one and the tourist welcome center. A map will give you the layout of the land and you can decide what sites interest you the most.
2. Avoid the touristy areas like the plague! Ok, don’t get me wrong, you don’t want to visit Rome and not see the Colosseum. But you also don’t want to find yourself trapped in these areas. These areas are all about draining you of that hard earned coin and giving you the most watery and sterile experience of the destination. Everything will be more expensive and less authentic in these areas. See the sights, enjoy them, but head to other areas for authentic food and drink and prices that the locals pay.
3. Go where the locals go. Great! Wait…how do you know where the locals go? Here is where your map will be your new bff. Take a look at your map, look for plazas, mercados, and iglesias (churches). These places are magnets for locals! Around plazas (away from tourists) you can witness typical spanish life, where family and friends gather for socializing. Mercados are especially great for those of us who are always concerned about matters of the belly (Me!). Mercados are where spanish people shop for their daily produce. You can find fresh veggies, fish, and meat and usually there is a bar where you can grab a caña and a tapa. If you want to try local dishes in all their glory, best to try these where spanish go to enjoy them. Even if you find these places closed or dead, try a restaurant or bar near them, they usually cater to locals as well. When I was exploring Tarragona during the holidays, I was starved and broke as usually. So I took a look at the map and found a mercado opposite side of all the touristy attractions. Since it was Sunday afternoon the mercado was closed (typical in Spain), but across from it was a bar that had a sign for 1 euro pinxos (pronounced pinch-os). I had 5 of the most bomb pinxos, and was seriously stuffed for the whole day, plus a caña con limón (beer with lemon soda) for a total of 6.50 € THANK YOU!
4. Go against the flow. It can feel counter intuitive to avoid the crowds and go against the flew. But I promise the most fulfilling traveling experiences come when you go against the herd. It can be unsettling to against the norm and get away from the areas most frequented by tourists. While these areas are most definitely worth checking out, I challenge you on your next trip to spain, to go against the flow, check out areas that tour guides wont tell you about. Forget taking photos of the same stuff everyone else is, go explore and you will definitely walk away with a more fulfilling traveling experience.by