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A BUDGET-FRIENDLY VACATION IN BEAUTIFUL BARCELONA By: Ross Christianson

Ross’ biggest desires are to learn more everyday and to teach people how to make their dreams come true. Residing in Minneapolis, MN, Ross seeks to discover the world and show everyone else how easy it is, especially on a tight budget. Whether traveling or not, he is fun loving, outgoing, optimistic, adventurous, and a risk taker. Some of his favorite memories include skiing in the Austrian Alps, scuba diving in Thailand, and hitch hiking in Colorado. Ross has traveled to 25 countries thus far and cannot wait to experience what comes next!

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eautiful Barcelona is a European city that combines the old with the new in a stunning array of architecture, museums, parks, markets, beaches, and more. Visiting this city should be on everyone’s bucket lists who wish to see the greatest cities of the world. Whether you want to experience the art, enjoy the food and drinks, soak up the sun, or witness the majestic spirituality the city has to offer, you will leave as a satisfied traveler. BUT WAIT? How can you afford such a trip? This is the question that resounds in the minds of many people of various backgrounds with big dreams. The stigma is that any European excursion has to cost thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars. This can be true, but it is not the rule. There are a few factors you must keep in mind when trying to save money on a fabulous world vacation. How to Save Money First, you must be diligent and explore your options. Second, you must be flexible. Third, you must have faith in yourself to accomplish your dreams. I will give you many of the tips that I have acquired

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over the years on saving money while traveling, and I will use beautiful Barcelona as my example. First, you must ask yourself when you will experience your next adventure. Time of the year really makes a difference in many ways, and you must ask yourself what your budget is and what you are looking to get out of your trip. There are a couple factors to keep in mind. Climate and weather are some of those factors. If you want to spend time on the beaches, swimming in the sea and soaking up the sun, you obviously want to go in the warmer months. However, those months tend to yield higher levels of tourism, which is the other factor I would like to mention. Supply and demand applies to travel as much as it does to any other industry. The more people want to visit Barcelona, the more expensive it will be since people will pay regardless. When fewer people want to visit Barcelona, the cheaper it becomes. While summer is the most fun time to go, it is also the most crowded and expensive. Prices begin to drop in September, so this is a good time to go if you want to catch the cusp of the summer. The cheapest time to visit is during winter in January and February. Finding the right-priced flight is another way to either save hundreds or break the bank. If you

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