Spain has long been a tourist favourite for many reasons. Firstly in the UK, Spain is highly accessible – with many regional airports offering cheap flights to all the popular Spanish locations. Secondly the weather in Spain is beautiful, with many hours of sun and long summers and the landscape is equally lovely – with plenty of attractions both coastal and inland for visitors to enjoy. Thirdly, many Brits have invested in either holiday homes, second homes or even relocated themselves to Spain – or know friends and family who have done so. All these things combined mean that the British love affair with Spain seems to be enduring!
Hints and tips for travel – keeping safe in Spain Much of Spain is peaceful and friendly, however there are always potential dangers to look out for and keeping healthy and safe is a priority for all visitors. One problem can be if you find yourself unable to reach a public telephone. It’s a good idea to ensure that you have a mobile phone that can make and receive international calls. Save useful contacts into your phone address book, be sure to know the UK international dialling code (0044) and make sure your handset is charged before you head out on trips – take an adaptor plug so that you can charge it successfully! Good phones to look out for include the pink Samsung Tocco, or any number of handsets in the LG, Samsung or Nokia ranges. Check prices for international calls from Spain too – there may be special deals you can sign up to before you go to Spain which will save you money on sending and receiving calls and messages from home while you are away.
Keeping track of your money
Rather than holding cash on your whilst travelling in Spain, a safer way of using money is to either have a debit or credit card that can be used abroad, or take traveller’s cheques. These are accepted in many Spanish stores and reduce associated risks of theft or loss. You can get traveller’s cheques from your local travel agent or post office and they will tell you more about how the cheques work. They are simple and convenient and will give you one less thing to worry about on your holiday!
Some parts of Spain have low quality tap water, so you may wish to buy bottled, or bring water purifying tablets with you. It’s wise to bring some basic medical and first aid supplies in case you succumb to insect bites or holiday bugs whilst on your trip. Of course, chances are you will have a wholly relaxing, pleasant and fun holiday, but it is wise to take precautions just in case. Similarly, keep an eye on your possessions when in busy areas – as with the UK, leaving mobile phones, handbags and purses out in full view is unwise!