I’m going to Spain: Some thoughts on my first solo trip

I’m going to Spain.

I have to keep telling myself that because it still doesn’t seem real. But it is. I’ve booked my flight. I’ve booked accommodations. I’m reading my guidebook (shout out to Rick Steves, heyyy). I’m going to Spain!

I’ve also been brushing up on some important Spanish phrases.

This is going to be my first international trip (Well, besides Canada. But Canada is my next door neighbor, so that hardly counts, right?) And my first solo trip. And the longest flight I’ve ever been on.

So many firsts, y’all. I’m kind of freaking out.

So, why Spain? Why now?

Great question. For one thing, I’m going to be 25 next month, which is when I’m leaving. This is like a big birthday present to myself. And Spain is a place I’ve been wanting to go for a while. Like I talked about before, I’ve thought about teaching abroad there, and I thought it was finally time I actually see this place I’ve been dreaming about.

Plus, Spain is pretty affordable this time of year, as far as Europe goes (or so I’ve been told), and I’m nothing if not… well, I was going to say cheap, but let’s go with “economical.”

I’ll be gone for almost three weeks, and I’ve decided to focus my time on Madrid and southern Spain, which are the areas I’ve wanted to visit the most. After flying into Madrid and spending a few days there, I’ll be visiting Segovia, Toledo, Granada, Nerja, Ronda, Arcos de la Frontera, Sevilla, and Córdoba, before flying out of Madrid.

At this point, I have only a little over two weeks until I leave. Queue internal freak-out. I’m excited but I won’t lie, my anxiety has definitely been acting up over this trip. I’m trying to focus on the positives and excitement I am feeling, but that can be pretty difficult when you’re a person with anxiety.

If you have any recommendations on things to see/do in any of the places I’ve mentioned, feel free to let me know in the comments! I’m especially interested in any cheap/free activities, since I’m trying to do this a budget.

If you want to keep up with me while I’m on the road, check out my Twitter and Instagram. I probably won’t be making any blog posts about my trip until after I get back.