4 Insider Tips for Your Time Abroad in Spain
Spain is absolutely beautiful, whether you’re studying in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, or Granada, it’s bound to be a life-changing experience.

4 Insider Tips for Your Time Abroad in Spain


4 Insider Tips for Your Time Abroad in Spain


So you're going abroad in España! As someone who has spent a couple weeks there, I must say you’ve made a good choice. Spain is absolutely beautiful, whether you’re studying in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, or Granada, it’s bound to be a life-changing experience.

But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t make any mistakes on my trip. Luckily you can learn from them. Here are a few pro tips on how to make the most out of your time in Spain.


Pack for all kinds of weather

This goes especially for those staying in Spain during their Winter/Spring semester. The weather during that time can be a little unpredictable. During a 10-day period I experienced warmth-filled days with not a cloud in the sky. But on other days I clung to my rain jacket as I endured freezing hail.


So you want to make sure your ready for any kind of weather. From swimsuits to raincoats, you can’t be too careful. This may mean you need another suitcase, and if checking multiple bags for your flight is a hassle, you can NowShip them to Spain before you get there.


Take a break from sight-seeing

You’ve probably written up a list of museums and architecture that you’re dying to see. And that’s all well and good, but it’s healthy to take a break from sight-seeing every now and then.


If you’ve got a list mandating everywhere you go outside of your studies, you’ll never enjoy the simpler pleasures of living in a different country. Try spending a few hours just walking around town. Visit a local cafe or take a seat in the park. Soak up the culture around you.


Don’t be afraid to use your Spanish

Even if you’re not fluent in Spanish, you should still use any phrases you may have retained from high school. It can be intimidating to use the language when you know you can’t keep up with the locals, but they’ll appreciate you made the effort.

If you don’t speak a lick of Spanish, check out these common phrases and practice them before you arrive.


Leave your comfort zone

One of the most important things you can do is leave your bubble and try things you normally wouldn’t do. If you stay within your level of comfort the whole time, you’ll have missed out on a lot of new experiences.

Whether it’s something as small as trying a new food, or as big as going cliff-diving, you’ll be glad you put yourself out there.


Tags: International students, packing advice, studying abroad, Spain

Author: Tanner Hackney

Author Bio: Mr. Hackney is a Junior Journalism and Marketing student at American University. His travels have taken him to England, France, Germany, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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