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.
If you are generally into luxury travel and city breaks, you might think that they are the best ways of blowing off the cobwebs and seeing more of the world. However, there are some travel health benefits you can’t experience when sightseeing in one of Europe’s capitals. Sometimes you simply have to take a step back from civilization and connect with Mother Nature. Below you will find a few reasons why you should consider a camping holiday this year to improve your mental and physical health.
Ahead of me, I could see something stumbling across the road. Unsteady on its feet and squeaking. A tiny tabby kitten, hungry and alone. Or so I thought. I scooped her up and held her tight to soothe her and let her know it was going to be alright. Against a wall lay another kitten, ginger, lying still, limp and completely covered with ants. The were no signs of life until I gave him a gentle nudge. He gasped and fell still again. I brushed away the ants and held him with his sister and tried to give them some water.
Nowadays, travelling abroad can get quite pricey, especially if your destination is a sure hit to tons of tourists. Still, a lot of people opt to take a vacation overseas to get that much-needed break from all the hustle and bustle of the city.
While it’s true that travel expenses can soar way beyond your budget, there are simple ways you can do to save money and get the most out of your trip. In Malta, for instance, there are plenty of great holiday deals that will not overburden your wallet. From bundled hotel and flight bookings to discounted food and transportation, there are different ways you can do to stick with your budget effectively. Check out some of them below.
León (or spelt Leon for those who can’t find an accent on their keyboards) is a lesser-known city in Northern Spain but is well known by Pilgrims who are walking the Camino Way. I would say it is well worth a visit due to its beautiful architecture and its accessibility to the surrounding national park, the Picos de Europa. As it is less popular than more well-known cities such as Barcelona, Madrid and Santander, it is friendlier on your purse strings. However you can’t go wrong with this tourist guide to Leon which will give you the top 10 free things to see as well as other options and some great tips to make your stay in León, Spain more enjoyable.
Wild camping is a great way to get away from it all and have some time in nature. Whether you are doing this local to your home as a bit of an adventure or you are doing it whilst away to get to those less accessible areas, it is a fantastic experience and one that I highly recommend. There are a few items that I just love using when I am wild camping which I really want to share with you in this post but I am also aware that some people have never really experienced wild camping, so I will touch lightly on what wild camping is and the must-have equipment you need.
Where is one of the most underrated places I have visited in Spain? That is an easy one to answer. It would definitely be Picos de Europa in Northern Spain. Translated as Peaks of Europe, I really understand how it got its name. I drove through this beautiful area which reminded me a lot of the Lake District near my home in Northern England but on a grander scale. It was one of the highlights of my trip and something I recommend everyone to do if you love nature. So here is my guide to driving through Picos de Europa, in the Cantabrian Mountains in Spain.
Okay, so don’t judge too harshly. Don’t worry – I’m not one of those flashpacking types! Neither am I the sort of girl who would rather do one month of luxury travel instead of six months “slumming” it in various countries. Quite simply, no traveller has lived until they have spent a night in an Indian sleeper! All the same, I don’t enjoy calling people for the way they like to experience new things. At least they are getting out of England and seeing the world. If anything, I see their point of view. So, even with the nagging fear I’ll get excommunicated by the community, here’s my case for a bit of R&R.
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.