Travel in Spain
In the end of November, I was wondering how I spend my winter holidays. At first, I was planning to run much because I was going to run a full marathon for the first time in my life in the end of January. On the other hand, I had eagerness to travel overseas. When I wondered how many times I can travel by myself in future, it might not be so many. If I marry someone, and even have a kid, to travel freely becomes difficult. (Actually I have no plan to marry for now.) Although the flight tickets were freaking expensive in this holiday season, I decided to have another journey.
As for destination, I did not have any concrete plan at that time. I hate cold weather, so the destination is very limited at this season, when the north hemisphere is in winter. So, I was going to South East Asian countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, etc. However, the flight cost was not so different from Europe. I decided to fly to Europe, specific country Spain, which appeared the warmest place in Europe. The biggest reason I chose Spain for vacation was that, indeed. I really hate cold air. Adding on that, I like to visit the World Heritages, where you could see a lot in Spain. From my previous experiences in Italy, in the West in the U.S, and of driving across the U.S., I knew I could enjoy the World Heritage sites.
My travel is obviously not a group travel. I only get the flight tickets and reserve accommodations for the first couple days in advance of the departure from Japan. I do not bring a big suitcase, but a backpacks. It seems like backpacking or more like Flashpacking, which refers to an affluent backpacker according to Wikipedia. However, mine is a bit different from both of them. I travel in purpose of seeing interesting places as many as possible within limited time, but do not have much money. I have to save money, sometimes skip meals or just takes a snack.
I am not a student, so cannot have so long vacation, either. I would say my travel is “Bachelor travel” which means a bachelor like me travel wherever and do whatever as I want. I bring backpack and stay cheap hostels or dormitories because they are just enough for me and provide me agility. While I save money, I use it much when it is worth spending. “Time is money” – I often remembered this quote during this trip.
I departed on December 23, 2010, from Japan and came back home on January 1, 2011. The airline was Aerofloat and it cost about 1,300 dollars for round-trip.
The following is index of this journey diaries. They will be updated with links when they are ready.
Some unexpected things
Because of holiday season, I had to pay some unexpected extra costs such as the first class of AVE to Barcelona, accommodations for the last couple of nights of this journey. Also, I had to change my plan for example, a day trip to Toledo. Spain in the year end was busier than I expected in advance.
My digital camera died on the day 3 unfortunately. As it was exact Christmas day, the shops were closed and I could not get new digital camera… So, most of pictures were taken with iPhone in this travel. Thanks to the accident, I became the master of iPhone photographing.
Okay, now I am sure that you are ready to follow my trip in Spain. Start from the Day 1 in Madrid, Spain.