Planning a trip anywhere can be an overwhelming process. Follow this guide and before you know it, you will be well on your way to Spain!
First, you must decide on a budget. This should not only include the basics such as lodging and airfare, but a budget for food, cultural events, museums, travel within a particular city, as well as some extra spending money for all of the souvenirs you are sure to bring back with you.
Once you have set a budget, decide on the time of the year that you would like to visit Spain. For example, May is often noted as one of the best months to visit Spain as it is not too hot yet and it is not the wettest month either. The end of July and August tend to be the hottest months to travel to Spain, so you may want to avoid travel during this time. March and April may also be very good options, since there are several fiestas, flamenco shows, bull fights, and other festivals.
Along with deciding when you are going to travel to Spain, you have to decide on the length of your trip. This may be easily determined based on your budget. Clearly, the higher your budget, the longer you can visit Spain and the more you can see.
Now you have your budget and the time of the year you are planning to travel to Spain. Next, you must decide what part of the country you want to visit. Madrid? Barcelona? Valencia? Segovia? Are you going to stay in one particular city the entire length of your trip? Are you going to visit multiple cities? Once you have mapped out your specific destinations within Spain, you are ready to move on to the next step.
At this point, you need to investigate public transportation within your specific destination. The metro is always cheap and extremely efficient when traveling in Spain, especially in the larger cities such as Madrid. If you have decided to visit multiple cities during your visit to Spain, researching transit to and from each of these cities should be your next step. Do you want to fly or take the Euro Trail? Spain has many public transportation options available which are also rather inexpensive. When booked far enough in advance, you can even book a flight from Madrid to Barcelona for as little as 40 Euro (a little under $60 US).
Now that you know how to get started, you are ready to book your travel plans to Spain. Bon Voyage!