Northern Spain, a place I will always remember for its delicious tapas, its olives and the beautiful Picos de Europa. And also the place that I became a new mum to a beautiful kitten. Spain need not be expensive to travel in and I certainly mastered this by travelling around the North of Spain in my Nissan X-trail camping car last summer.
Imagine being told that you had to leave your home. That the land that had been in your family for centuries was going to generate hydroelectric power and reduce flooding in the surrounding area. The forfeit for this was that your home was going to be underwater for years to come. This is what happened to the villagers of Riaño (or Riano if you can’t find the ñ on your keyboard) and six other villages located in the Cantabrian mountains, the foothills of Picos de Europa in Northern Spain.
There is a popular and common misconception that the experience of travel has to be stressful in order to be worthwhile or successful. This strange idea is one which is prevalent for many people, but there is not actually much truth to it. It is easy to see why so many people might assume that travel must be hard, for the simple fact that it often is. But if you approach your travels in the right way, with the right frame of mind, you should be able to keep the stress to a minimum. In this article, we are going to smash the idea that travelling has to be stressful by looking at some simple changes you can make for your next jaunt abroad.
There is something great about travelling alone, whether or not you have tried it yourself before. When you travel by yourself, you are more likely, in many ways, to have a more ‘real’ travel experience, one which is closer to the true idea of travel. Being with another person can be useful and beneficial at times, but they can also be something of a baggage, emotionally and sometimes even physically. And being with a whole group of people? Forget it. Solo travel is the only true way to go, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. There are a few things that you will need to make sure you have in order to make it work out for you. Let’s take a look at what those might be, so you can travel solo for longer, and with better results.
As the waves crashed against the bridge connecting the little church on the rocks, to the mainland, my mind could imagine how the pilgrims coming to this place would feel edging their way here in a storm. How the many lives that have been lost at sea around this treacherous coast. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spain used to be just know well known amongst pilgrims but now it is the most well known due to the tv series, Game of Thrones. This hermitage, on the small island which you can access via a man-made bridge is historically known as an important fortress in battles and against pirate attacks.