Nearly two weeks ago, I landed in Barcelona with two of my best friends from university – Bryony and Holly. We had been dreaming of and planning this trip for about a year, with the inspiration coming from one of our favourite childhood films, Cheetah Girls 2 (cheesy, we know). I had never been on a girls trip before so was super nervous about everything and hoped that we would all agree on everything we wanted to do whilst we were there, but I wouldn’t have changed anything at all! And best of all, we all spent the same amount of money, and completed the trip on a student budget (we do all have jobs alongside being at uni so this made it easier of course!) of £500 each, which included flights, hotel, insurance, food costs and spending money!
The best way to ensure a holiday is possible on a student budget is by planning, planning and more planning! We made sure to figure out exactly what we all wanted to do, before researching how long each thing would take to make certain we were booking the right amount of nights at our hotel. We also booked all tickets for attractions online before going, which ensured we were not disappointed on arrival, and that we had the right amount of cash for everything else when we got there. As for flights, we initially thought that Birmingham would be the only place we could fly from, but after doing a little bit of extra research, we realised it was cheaper to fly from East Midlands Airport, and the flight times were more accessible to us as we could get the Skylink Bus from St Margarets Bus Station! We booked the trip at the end of March, meaning we had left it quite late, but we had to wait until this time to find out when our exams were timetabled for. We could have booked the holiday for last week, knowing that the exam period would have ended, but as it was half-term, this would have increased the price dramatically! It was worth waiting for the timetable to ensure we got the cheapest prices possible!
If you plan to go to this beautiful city, I would recommend you pay a visit to:
- Park Güell
- La Sagrada Familia
- Castell de Montjuïc
- La Catedral
- Camp Nou (try and catch a match! We did not manage to but it would have amazing I’m sure!)
- A nightclub, because it is so interesting to see how clubs/music vary from England! (we went to Opium)
I have put together a little video and posted a few photos to show you what we got up to whilst we were there! I hope you enjoy seeing what we did and let me know if you have any questions at all!