9 Best Things About Barcelona - Adelante Abroad

9 Best Things About Barcelona

9 Best Things About Barcelona - Adelante Abroad

Ahh. Barcelona. How I miss you so. If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, you’ll understand the beauty and warm feeling you get while staying there. There is something about Barcelona that keeps me wanting more. So, in order to persuade you, the reader, I’ve compiled a list of recommendations on what to do in Barcelona.

Here we go:

1. Spain has naptime (siestas)!

Who doesn’t like nap time during the weekday after lunch?? Although, in modern times, siestas have become less and less popular with most people just skipping it entirely. It’s sad considering college students live off of naps, but that’s the adult world for ya!

 

2. The FOOD!

I’ve been to Barcelona in the summer of 2012 and I must say the food was delicious. I live for tapas. Tapas are almost like appetizers you get to share since it comes in small portions. Plus they’re extremely cheap and EVERYWHERE! Tapas for life. Besides tapas, there is plenty of good seafood! Seafood is everywhere in Barcelona and it makes sense. Barcelona is a huge port city and being right next to the Mediterranean, access to seafood is easy. Check out this list of places to eat! I dream of the food from Spain…

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3. The Beaches

The beaches in Barcelona are to die for. Warm water, nice sand, great views, beautiful people, with good food, and good drinks! C’mon, doesn’t that sound like paradise? Then if you’re hungry, tired or want to go shopping, just take a nice walk through the alleys of Barcelona!

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4. Shopping

The wonderful thing about Barcelona was the narrow alleyways full of shops. From antique to modern, art to stationary, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find. And if the alleyways aren’t your thing, head to the main streets of La Rambla and you’ll find plenty of goodies there. La Rambla is a huge tourist attraction and if you go, you’ll know why. Looking for something else? Check out this list of places to shop.

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5. The Attractions

When I say attractions I don’t mean Disneyland, instead, I mean experiences, things to do, things to see, etc. There was a man named Gaudi and his influence over Barcelona can be seen throughout the streets and the skyline. Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, and La Pedrera are just a few building Gaudi has created in Barcelona. I definitely recommend La Sagrada Familia because that building is truly breathtaking and the fact that it’s taken more than 100 years to finish is remarkable. A MUST DO! If it’s Gaudi overload, there are plenty of beautiful museums spread throughout the city and some have spectacular views. I say it’s a must do if you want some fuego Instagram photos. #justsayin

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6. GOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!

Like futbol? GOOD! FC Barcelona is the primary team and have some of the best players in the world. So don’t worry, each game will be an exciting one. Ticket prices vary, depending on the season, team, post season, etc. Just be prepared for some good times, shouting and the occasional drunk person strolling through.

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7. Nightlife

The nightlife in Barcelona was crazy. There are people all over the world in the city who are there for work, leisure, students, international students and backpackers. For example, I found an Irish pub in the middle of a busy street and when I walked in I was surprised to the see the diversity. If you’re going to Barcelona, I would suggest going out at night! It’s a great time and everyone is out!

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8. R&R

If you’re looking to getaway for the weekend or just want a relaxing day, it’s easy to get around and it’s easy to find a coffee shop to people watch. Barcelona is a beach city and you can travel along the coast to other towns or fly to Madrid for the weekend. Whatever you choose to relax and unwind, you will find it. Whether you find that one special coffee shop or a means of transportation to a neighboring town, you will find whatever you need in Barcelona. Just make sure you enjoy the journey!

Relax in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad

 

9. Live music!

If you’re a fan of live music, there is plenty of good spots just for that! Personally, I haven’t been to any live music venues or hotspots and I regret doing so, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out! Finding live music isn’t hard, all you have to do is listen. But if you’re looking for a more specific genre, this list will be a good place to start.

Music in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad

 

Regardless of what you choose to do in Barcelona, it’s a wonderful city that has activities for anyone looking for an adventure. The activities I recommended were things I’ve done or wished I had done and are must do. Happy Siesta!

 

About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante Abroad

Drew is Adelante HQ’s Fall 2017 Social Media & Marketing intern and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antarctica.

Benefits of Traveling Alone - Adelante Abroad

The Benefits of Traveling Alone

Benefits of Traveling Alone - Adelante Abroad

Traveling alone can be terrifying and it definitely takes some time to adjust. Without a doubt, you will have anxiety when you’ve landed in your destination and off the plane. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine! Traveling gives you the opportunity to grow as an individual and as a global citizen, so any opportunity to travel is a #blessed one.

So, whether you are or you will be traveling alone, that’s awesome! I understand the fear, hesitation and, yes, the anxiety, I’ve been there. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying your time abroad, especially when you’re alone! Traveling alone is the best. Your comfort level, communication, patience, budgeting and other skills needed when traveling all become amplified and improve. This is where you are truly tested and pushed to your limits, but those limits that held you back start to diminish. You’re growing.

 

Allowing Yourself to Grow Out of Your Comfort Zone

That’s one of the key things you take away when you travel alone, you grow. You learn so many life skills and you meet so many more people when you travel alone. You are almost forced to be more social, extroverted and more open to the people around you. I always suggest staying at a hostel because that’s where you will meet people doing the same thing you are doing! Hostels are a communal area and that’s the point, so you can meet other travelers.

Make New Friends!

Take advantage of hostels, especially when traveling alone. Make friends! Go out and have fun! You will want people with you as you explore a country you may not have been to. You never know, maybe the people you meet at the hostel have been the country you’re in and can show you all the hot spots! Meeting people from around the world changes your perspectives on life, career, political issues, injustices, etc. Friendships that span the globe is one of life’s greatest attributes and it’s a beautiful sense of global unity. You won’t regret breaking out of your comfort zone while abroad. #Trust

 

Do As You Please #TreatYoSelf

Plus another benefit of traveling alone is having your own itinerary! You can come and go as you please. Want to travel somewhere else? GO! You don’t have to wait for anybody, unless you’ve made friends at hostels then yay! You can plan trips with your new friends too! It’s really up to you and your overall plans, but the best kind of traveling is unplanned and unscripted. You have the freedom, so go for it. You create your own happiness, not anybody else. Do what you want, live your best life. #LYBL

 

SAFETY FIRST.

As always, BE CAREFUL and BE SAFE! Whether you’re a man or a woman, you must always make smart decisions and to trust your gut. If you think walking down that dark alleyway at 3 am coming back from a bar or a club is a “good” idea, think again! Be smart. You’re alone in a country that may not speak your native tongue, have an embassy or a hospital within a reasonable distance. Recklessness will not be tolerated abroad, especially if the laws of the land are strict.

Regardless, traveling alone is a huge step toward independence and self-improvement. YOU make the most of your trip, not anyone else. You’re there for a short period of time and you should take advantage of the opportunities being presented to you. There will be many, I promise. Take a deep breath, then go.

Be smart. Be safe. Have fun.

 

About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante Abroad

Drew is Adelante HQ’s Fall 2017 Social Media & Marketing intern and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antarctica.

Adelante’s Travel Essentials for Going Abroad

Travel Essentials for Going Abroad - Adelante Abroad

So, you’ve decided to travel abroad! Congratulations! That is a huge step for you and I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing time. Now you’re wondering, “What do I bring?” “What’s the weather like and how am I supposed to prepare for that?” “HELP!”

RELAX.

It’s called Google, joking. But not really, you can use Google to find your answers about weather and all the logistics of the place you’ll be headed to. It is best to plan ahead but checking weather or the seasons depending on where you’re going. Remember, winter in the Northern Hemisphere is summer in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s flipped!

I’m here to help you decide, plan and maybe even remind you on what you should and shouldn’t bring with you abroad! Now, before I get started, I just want to point out that I am a man. I don’t know really know logistics to how women pack, so this is very broad overview of travel essentials. Bare with me.

You’re more than welcome to print this to use as you begin to pack!

Things to Bring When Traveling Abroad

I would like to point out that this list is based on either a short (one to four weeks) or long (10+ months) period of time. It just depends on how you travel and the list is based on how I would normally travel. Assuming you will do laundry and potentially purchase clothing/souvies abroad, will explain the limited amount of clothing.

Note: the clothing you bring should NOT be clothing that has a high price tag. Ideally, the clothing you bring can either be disposed of during or after your trip or clothes you don’t care about but don’t really want to toss it. You know the kind of attachment I’m talking about, ”I got that tank top in Thailand! It holds memories but I don’t mind a little wear n tear.”

Clothes

  • Shirts (2-4) – I say you would only need 3 since four is pushing it, but I digress.
  • Pants (1-2) – I usually wear a pair on the plane, but these can also be bought abroad. PLEASE NOTE: if you’re an American looking to buy Levi’s or any other American brand abroad, expect to pay a little more!
  • Shorts (1-2) – Depending on where you go and the season, this number may change. Check the weather!
  • Sports gear (1-2) – I sleep in shorts, so I bring an extra to sleep and workout in.
  • Swim gear (1) – Unless you’re planning on going to Bali or Maldives, you will only need pair of swim gear. If not, bring one or buy one.
  • Socks (2-4) – Please buy more socks…and/or wash your current ones.
  • Underwear (3) – Please bring underwear…
  • Undershirt (1-2) – I don’t really wear undershirts, but you will if you’re traveling for work abroad.
  • Tank tops (1-2) – It really depends on where you’re traveling to and the season.
  • Hoodies (1-2) – I’m a hoodie type of person, so I like to bring two. Cozy.
  • Jackets/Windbreakers (1/1) – Depending on the season, you may need more or none!
  • Dress/skirt (1-2) – For a night in the town, GNO amirite? Or a sundress if you’re headed to somewhere like Barcelona! “Floral in spring? Groundbreaking.”
  • Hat/Bandana (1/1) – I like to bring one of each. Both will come in handy.

Tech Gear

  • Laptop – Assuming you’re going to travel for an internship, you’ll need this. Also nice to use for blogging or research things to do in a city you’ve never been to.
  • Phone – Just don’t lose it…or buy an unlocked one for cheap!
  • Chargers for all devices – yes, don’t forget this. Muy importante! But you can also buy it abroad, but you may pay a little more!
  • Camera (film, if needed) – GoPro, Fujifilm, Polaroid, Nikon, Canon, etc. It’ll be nice to capture your adventures! Your phone works just as fine! #TeamiPhone
  • Earphones – You’d be a fool if you didn’t bring earphones for a flight…
  • Adapter/Converter for outlets – Also muy importante! These are cheap on Amazon. Voltage conversions differ from country to country, so don’t be alarmed if your hair dryer is working at half power.
  • Tripods/Stands – I’m not talking about your $100 tripod for your $5k camera. I’m talking about a selfie stick or a GoPro stick. These are small and can be tucked away in a checked bag. Just be sure to bring only what you NEED (if you’re not going to use a tripod, then don’t bring one).

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush – you can also buy this too but if you have an electric one or a fancy travel one, then by all means.
  • Contacts – If you wanna be cool in the day and nerdy at night…? Make sure you have extras!
  • Contact solution – To look cool in the day?? Contact solution can be bought abroad as well, unless you’re going somewhere with less medical access, then bring a bottle just in case!
  • Hair brush – You don’t reallllly need this but unless you have a specific comb or brush.
  • Cologne/Perfume – Not necessary unless you’re going to be fancy pants abroad or you like cologne for work.
  • Face cream – If you have a special face cream for your skin? This would also be considered sunscreen and shaving cream!
  • Electric shaver/razor – If you want to bring these, you can buy a disposable razor abroad and the other you can bring unless it is an expensive electric shaver, then I advise not to bring it. You’ll survive without it. #FirstWorldProblems
  • Feminine Hygiene Products – Ladies… be sure to pack ALL essentials, even necessities like *cough* pads, tampons, etc.
  • Health-related items – Medications, epipen, etc. Make sure you have enough if you’re going for a short period of time. Don’t risk it.

Miscellaneous Essentials

  • Travel journal – I highly recommend! It’s a great way to relax, take time to for yourself and to really think about your journey thus far.
  • Backpack – If this isn’t an obvious item to bring then I don’t know what to say. You can also buy a backpack abroad! A cheap one just to hold your things.
  • Reusable water bottle – SAVE THE PLANET. RECYCLE AND REUSE, BUT IN THIS CASE, REUSE.
  • Sunglasses/glasses – To look cool in the day and to look nerdy at night. Unless you always need glasses on then…you cool all day, every day. You can always buy some cheap pair of sunglasses abroad.
  • Jewelry – But not too much! You may risk losing a precious gift, or worse…be a victim of theft or pickpocketing.
  • Copies – Passport, credit card info, health insurance and other important documents you may need to get back into the country or to an embassy. NEVER carry your passport, lock it up and/or leave it at home. You should carry a copy around with you instead. Always have some form of identification on you no matter where you go.

Things NOT to Bring While Traveling Abroad

Sometimes, the things that you love and adore at home might not be the best “travel buddies” for your next trip. For good reason, it can weigh you down or you simply don’t need it. Here is a list of items you should NOT take with you while you travel abroad.

  • TOO MUCH CLOTHES – Seriously, if you bring too much you’ll only regret lugging it everywhere and if you run out of room for stuff you buy then you’ll have to purchase more luggage. No bueno.
  • Pillows – NO. Just, no. UNLESS it’s a neck pillow then those are a god sent creation for any level of transportation.
  • Bed linen – Unless you’ve got an allergy of some sort, then buy one you can dispose of abroad. Just in case you need more room in your luggage for when you come home.
  • TOO MANY SHOES – You can buy more shoes. Depending on where you go and the time frame, the type of shoes you bring will vary. Summer in Australia? Sandals and walking shoes. Winter in Amsterdam? Boots n socks and boots n socks.
  • Bulky electronics – Face it – even at home, you don’t need 2 smartphones, a tablet, 2 laptops and a desktop. So why would you bring those abroad with you? Not only will this be a hassle while going through checkpoint security at the airport, but it’s also a huge target for theft and pickpocketing. Sometimes, you’re better off keeping your electronics at a minimum and leaving the rest safe at home.
  • Bath/Shower necessities – You can buy a lot of bath products wherever you’re going. Don’t waste your luggage space and weight limit on toiletries you can buy abroad.
  • Weapons – If I need to tell you this and you double check yourself…don’t be on my flight. SAFE SPACE.
  • Expensive items – if your clothing or anything you’re planning on bringing abroad has a price tag of more than $50 (excluding tech gear and shoes), leave that sucker at home. Things you find valuable or if you’re concerned about bringing a certain item, leave it. Not worth it losing something that either cost you a leg or has a special meaning to you.

Now that you’ve seen my list of things to bring abroad with some recommendations, all you have left is to get going! Regardless of what you bring or how you pack, your trip is going to be amazing and take all the opportunities you can get! Don’t be that person who hesitates in doing something and then regrets not doing it. Live your best life! Make your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, YouTube and any other social media platforms you use look hot, fresh and aesthetically pleasing. Make your followers jealous of your travels!

Be smart. Be safe. Go explore.

 

About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante Abroad

Drew is Adelante HQ’s Social Media & Marketing intern for Fall 2017 and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antartica.

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part II - Adelante Abroad

How To Afford An Internship Abroad: Part II

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part II - Adelante Abroad

This is a two-part series to help you save and earn some extra money for your internship abroad trip. Part I has tips on saving money for your trip with your current job or cash flow. Part II includes tips on earning extra money without picking up three jobs and sacrificing your studies.

We highly recommend reading Part I first to get an idea on the budget you may need for your internship abroad. If you’ve already set up a budget and are saving money, but you’re looking to earn more money toward you’re trip, then Part II is the best place to start.

So you’ve successfully planned out your internship abroad program and know what it’s going to take to make it happen. This is a big step and shows your commitment to your goals and dreams! However, if you’re still struggling to find enough money for your trip (even with the money you’re already saving), there’s a couple tips to help you earn money toward your travels!

 

Tip #4: Fundraising & Scholarships

If you don’t want to bite the bullet and ask your Uncle Scrooge to help pay for your intern abroad program, then there are several other ways to low-key ask family and friends (or even your school) for money.

We all have that one relative… (GIF Source)

 

Fundraising

Fundraisers no longer have to involve lemonade stands or hot (and awkward) car washes. While they are still up for grabs (just because it’s old school doesn’t mean it won’t work), funding for trips in the digital era is no longer a hassle.

Crowdfunding is a great way to gain travel fund money with both local and distant friends and family. Sites like FundMyTravel and GoFundMe are well known for travelers and college students trying to fund their intern abroad program. The wonderful thing about FundMyTravel is that the creators of this platform understand what it means to fundraise money to travel, study or intern abroad. They’ve been in your shoes and they create content specifically for those in are in the same boat. By creating blog posts tailored to those searching for tips, tricks and answers on how to fundraise money for travel, it sets the potential traveler up for success.

Whereas GoFundMe is more of a broader spectrum for fundraising, GoFundMe is a great place to start; however, because it’s so broad, we would recommend looking at FundMyTravel first. Go through FundMyTravel blog and look for help or suggestions on how to create a successful campaign for your travels. Both platforms are actually quite similar than they are different, both take 5% of your earnings toward Administrative fees, you can put pictures, information and your fundraising goal. You can also share your links on all social media as well as email, letting everyone online know about your trip for both platforms.

There’s no need to be afraid of fundraising for your trip! (GIF Source)

 

For the purposes of traveling, we suggest FundMyTravel. It’s more travel-friendly and you have a team who has been in your shoes and knows what it takes to travel, intern or study abroad.

If you or a generous friend are creative and artsy, then you can create a t-shirt campaign through Bonfire. This is a great way to fundraise with donations without any startup or inventory costs that you would have to spend elsewhere. Your friends and family will also receive a shirt with your awesome design on it that they can wear for years.

Tips for Crowdfunding

  • Start talking to family and friends before your campaign goes live. Prospective donors who see that you’ve already begun funding before you opened your campaign are more likely to help chip in.
  • Write about your plans when going abroad, where the funds will directly go toward, and why taking an internship abroad is important to you and your future. Add a personal 2- to 3-minute video for some extra feels.
  • Offer “mini prizes” for higher donations. For example, you can offer a personalized postcard from your trip abroad to anyone who donates $50 or more, or you can offer a couple of hours of volunteer work to a local organization that they choose.
  • Most crowdfunding sites charge a processing fee for each donation that you receive (generally 8-10%), so if a family or friend says that they donated $50 to your campaign, you may only see $45 in your campaign. With sites like GoFundMe, you may not even notice the fee anyway, but it’s always good to keep that in mind while pushing for extra funding.

 

Scholarships

Finding scholarships is easy, but finding a scholarship that is specific toward studying or interning abroad can be tricky. However, there are resources out there that will be more than helpful in the hunt for free money.

Here are some helpful tips in finding scholarships:

  1. Narrow down your interested country selections, unless you’ve been selected into a program already.
  2. It would also help if you include your major or type of program you’ve been selected into or are interested in (i.e. marketing scholarships in Barcelona).
    • Utilizing filters will help narrow your options down.
  3. Always check the qualifications or requirements for the scholarships. You may or may not qualify for some! Check before applying!
  4. You can always check your school’s study abroad office for more resources! Most study abroad offices will have some sort of resource for students to find scholarships or a way to fund money.
    • They also have a lot of useful information on before, during and after studying abroad!
  5. Google search scholarships with the country in the search bar (i.e. Chile study abroad scholarships).
    • You should also check country education websites. Some departments of the government offer scholarships or grants for international students.
  6. These websites have been helpful in finding scholarships.

 

Tip #5: Selling & Odd Jobs

Another option for figuring out ways to make money to fund your travels is to do some odd jobs or to sell your stuff! I’m not saying sell everything you own or your organs, but to sell things you may not use anymore – clothes, electronics, furniture, old cars, etc. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

There are people out there that buy and collect old Beanie Babies on eBay… Just sayin’… (GIF Source)

There are plenty of websites or apps to sell your goods, here are few that come to mind:

  1. Craigslist
  2. eBay
  3. Facebook groups
  4. Mercari
  5. OfferUp
  6. Letgo
  7. 5miles

Like always, be cautious when selling things online. Your safety is more important than some dollar bills. Always use your best judgement when making a potential sale.

If you’re looking to keep all your things, then we would suggest downloading a variety of apps that allow you to make some quick cash in exchange for some tasks. These apps work around your schedule, so it’s entirely up to you if you want to make money.

Here are some apps that will help you get started:

  1. TaskRabbit
  2. Takl
  3. Wags!
  4. Uber
  5. UberEATS
  6. Postmates
  7. Lyft
  8. DoorDash

If we got a nickel for every time this question was asked… (GIF Source)

When using these apps, be aware that they normally have some administrative fees (15-30 percent) that are included in your earnings. It is mainly for your protection – financial and physical – so don’t be alarmed when you don’t receive your total amount. Also, some apps require background checks, which may cost you up to $50, it’s normal! Just remember to be safe and be smart!

We’ve been in your position, wanting to travel but funds are low. Instead of pushing those dreams aside, it should motivate you to work hard and to save up for the destination you wish to go to next. Don’t let something as little as money stop you from living your best life. Money will come and go, but you can’t put a price on the memories, the personal growth and the feeling you get when you return from your travels and you feel nothing but absolute bliss.

It isn’t impossible to figure out how to make money or figuring out ways to fund your travels. By looking at some of the tips and tricks we’ve supplied you in this article, you should get a head start or at least an idea on what steps you need to take next. If you’ve got the drive, then there is no telling where you’ll go.

The cost of traveling and interning abroad can add up, but if you know how to work through the ins and outs of the travel industry, you will be fine. BUT if you don’t have no fear. There are plenty of resources and platforms for you to earn, save and fund your travels! FundMyTravel, the various apps and the many tips and tricks in this article will be your guide to exploring the world. So, let’s start filling up those piggy banks!

Adorable doggo not included in program costs. (GIF Source)

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How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part I - Adelante Abroad

How To Afford An Internship Abroad: Part I

 

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part I - Adelante Abroad

[This is a two-part series to help you save and earn some extra money for your internship abroad trip. Part I has tips on saving money for your trip with your current job or cash flow. Part II includes tips on earning extra money without picking up three jobs and sacrificing your studies.]

 

Congratulations on making the decision to take on an internship abroad! Whether you’re doing it to gain college credit, gain work experience, or make an impact abroad, this is going to be one of the most memorable events in your life.

With the decreasing resources and scholarships available through college, however, more and more of our candidates are searching for ways to afford their program of choice. So many students will not even apply for a program this year due to doubts about getting the funds in time. It’s totally normal to have these concerns, and we’re here to help you!

If it can happen to Kristen Wiig, it can happen to all of us.

Fortunately, there are plenty of strategies for saving up for your internship that doesn’t have to involve picking up a second job during college. Saving money is a great habit of create during college, but here are some tips to help you grow that savings account to help accommodate for your program!

 

Tip #1: Create a Budget

Preparation is essential. Although most internship abroad programs are here to assist you ahead of time, anything can happen; flights can cancel at the last minute, transfers can be missed, and your luggage can disappear. These are things that we don’t necessarily have control over but can always prepare for.

You should save more than what you think is enough.

Wherever you create your budget spreadsheet (Google Docs or Excel are both a good start), your budget should include the basic expenses.

 

Program Fees

Adelante’s program costs vary depending on which city you want to travel to and how long you want to stay in your program. Check out our Pricing page for more information on this.

Your housing expenses are included in your program, whether you choose to stay in a shared apartment or with a homestay family. In some programs, your meals and laundry are also included in the program. Contact us if you have any questions about specific programs and what they have to offer.

 

Airfare/Transportation

Your plane ticket will probably be one of your biggest expenses for your program, but Adelante’s team is here to help you find inexpensive flights. Our social media intern searches for price drop alerts with different airlines and sends the information to our team so that we can let our candidates know. There are several websites, such as SkyScanner or JustFly, that help you search for the lowest costs possible. Airport pickup is included in your program fees, so you don’t have to worry about calling a taxi to take you to your housing.

#YoureWelcome

In major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, buses and trains are one of the best ways to commute and travel to different areas nearby. This, of course, will cost extra, and so it’s wise to determine (once you know your housing) the best ways to your internship and to calculate a good monthly budget. This can also include extra trips that you know you’ll be taking on your free time while abroad.

 

Pre-departure Expenses

Visa(s), passport, health and travel insurance are some extra expenses to consider. You may need to do your research on these items, but Adelante has some free resources to help you begin. It’s very wise to do this as soon as possible to save some money and not have to deal with “rush fees.”

Please note that Adelante does not assist with Visas; however, candidates spending less than three months abroad do not need a Visa. Our team is also happy to answer any questions that we can on rules with Visas abroad.

 

Food

Alas, the food. For most of Adelante’s programs, it’ll be up to you to do your cooking and grocery shopping. #Adulting much?

Before your program, Adelante sends candidates a pre-departure orientation packet that will include some tips on finding food nearby and how much to expect to spend while abroad. Lonely Planet also has good resources on what to expect to spend in your city of choice.

Even if your program offers a couple of meals in your fees, you will still want to save some extra money in case you decide to go out with your new friends abroad or treat yourself to local pastries (because why wouldn’t you?).

 

Personal Expenses

You *do* plan to have fun while abroad, right? Then you’ll need to save some money for that as well. Some excursions are included in your program fees, and your program director can also help you with finding some of the best deals on trips to other fun spots near your city!

You’ll also want to save some money for souvenirs and presents for family, and you’ll want to prepare for some indulgences while you’re there.

#TreatYoSelf

 

Tip #2: Outline a Savings Plan

Once you’ve set up your ideal (and realistic) budget, you want to create a savings plan to ensure that you have the money. The total price of your trip can feel nerve-wracking, but by breaking your savings plan down by weeks instead of months, you can determine what you’ll need to save.

This may mean saving 20% percent of every paycheck or making yourself deposit $200 into your savings account each week. Stay consistent with your plan and ask friends or family to help ensure that you’re adding enough money to your savings.

There are also several apps and online programs available to help you automatically put money into your savings so that you don’t have to keep reminding yourself.

 

Tip #3: Minimize Your Expenses

Let’s face it. Most of us in college do not spend money as wisely as we should. The average person between the ages of 18 and 24 spend $400 a month on fast food, takeout, and dining. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?

Think about how many times you buy new shoes or clothes (or where you get them), or how many times you eat out with friends. Video games are also a major spending issue (unless you’re a famous YouTuber making fast cash off playing them).

If you’re serious about saving money and going abroad, perhaps now is a good time to find out where your current cash flow is going. Start shopping thrifty, track all of your expenses, and keep a weekly budget to ensure that you are saving as much as possible for your trip.

You won’t only save the money that you need, but you’ll learn great spending habits as well. Look online for apps that track your expenses from your credit cards and banks (such as Mint); that’ll help you start looking at your current habits.

Ways to Minimize Expenses:

  • Cook food at home instead of eating out
  • Check out student events that offer free food
  • Go to Happy Hour if you want to eat out with friends
  • Shop at thrift stores or clothes swap
  • Use websites like Meetup to find free things to do

Or you know… keep something like this around your house.

 

Stay tuned for Part II, where we show you how to make some extra cash toward your program!

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Best Spanish Learning Apps and Websites

 

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Living in a foreign country means being immersed into a different culture and a new language. Many of our candidates who travel to Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Uruguay, or Chile are nervous about relying on an unfamiliar language with their limited speaking or reading skills. Trying to learn Spanish can be a difficult feat for anyone. However, we have Spanish language tools and apps to help you brush up on your skills or even take your learning to the next level!

 

Free Spanish Learning Apps

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Duolingo

This app is completely free, for apple and android, and is a great tool for learning Spanish. It breaks down all information into sections, helping you understand everyday phrases and key terms. Our favorite aspect of Duolingo is the microphone use. This is unique because you cannot move onto the next section unless you can pronounce words and phrases correctly. When you download this application be sure to approve microphone use in order to take advantage of this one of a kind feature.

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Memrise

Memrise is another free option for apple and android users. It remains free for the most part, besides offering some in-app purchases. The best part about this Spanish language tool is that it repeats the words multiple times and gives answers in multiple choice format. Seeing the words mixed into different phrases is more challenging but also extra beneficial. Get this app, turn up your sound, and start learning!

 

Paid Spanish Learning Apps

FluentU

Available to Apple users, and soon available to Android users, FluentU is a Spanish learning tool that is accessible for $15 a month (Be sure to take advantage of the free trial before committing to this tool). This application is unique because it offers a special type of training. FluentU focuses on an online language immersion technique, turning music videos, TV shows, and commercials into a learning experience. This is exactly why FluentU is on our top list of Spanish language tools. This app helps users to understand everyday words and phrases by using a type of language immersion. Download FluentU and start studying Spanish today!

 

Best Websites To Learn Spanish Online

TakeLessons

If you want the option of learning the Spanish language face-to-face with a teacher, TakeLessons is the best option for you! TakeLessons.com offers paid lessons online or in person with local language teachers. These language experts will help you learn either online or at a local destination. Prices generally range from $15 to $50 per 30 to 45 minute session (Keep in mind prices will range by length of session and the skill of your teacher). What we love about TakeLessons is the flexibility of location (online or in person), schedule, and price. This is one of the only websites that offer face to face lessons online or in person, so take advantage of this amazing tool and schedule your lesson asap!

BaseLang

At BaseLang.com, you get unlimited one-on-one Spanish tutoring with professional teachers, over Skype, for just $129 a month. This program focuses on helping beginners to learn and practice to become conversationally fluent. Classes are online and unlimited, meaning that you can take 30 minutes a day if needed or even 4-5 hours per day to become fluent in as little as 1-2 months.
We have listed some amazing applications above. Be sure to take advantage of these Spanish language tools and begin learning today. If you are interested in putting your Spanish to use, or learning in a country where you will be fully immersed, check out our internships abroad in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Uruguay.


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Feria de Abril in Seville: A Guide to One of Seville’s Most Popular Festivals

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Here at Adelante, we highly encourage our candidates to engulf themselves into new cultures. Whether they participate an internship or study abroad program, there’s always something to explore and experience for the first time.

Spring is one of our favorite times of the year due to the festivities held around Spain and South America. One of the most popular spring festivals is the Seville Fair, or Feria de abril de Sevilla.

 

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What is Feria de Abril?

Feria de abril de Sevilla is held in Seville, Spain about two weeks after Easter Holy Week. The events run from Monday all the way to the following Sunday, but it’s very common to see festivities begin as early as that Saturday.

The first official night, Monday night, is known as “La Noche del Pescaito” or “Fish Night.” During the evening, fish is traditionally served for dinner while the Mayor of Seville switches on thousands of lights at midnight to emphasize the beginning of the festival.

By Tuesday, the festival brings in horseback parades filled with carriages, riders, bullfighters and breeders. Women wear their favorite flamenco dresses and dance with men dressed in traditional suits.

The rest of the week proceeds with more festivities as well as bull fights. Shows are held at the Plaza de Toros, and the top bullfighters appear during this week. You can easily participate in local activities and enjoy street food, circuses / carnivals, and dancing.

 

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Adaeze C. and Adelante’s Seville Program Director, Catherine

What is the origin of Feria de Abril?

The traditions from the Seville Fair can be traced all the way back to the early 1800’s, where a cattle fair was held and continued every year afterward. Each year, more and more people joined in to celebrate and socialize together in Seville, which brought in ‘casetas’ for food, bars and music. By the 1920’s, Feria de abril became one of Seville’s biggest fiestas.

Looking to celebrate in Seville? If you missed this year’s Seville Fair, there’s still plenty of festivities and celebrations going on in the next few months!

There are also other celebrations happening in other parts of Spain, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay! Apply now to take advantage of Summer start dates!

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6 #HowToAdult Realities When Going Abroad

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We All Have Had Those #HowToAdult Moments

Whether you’re 13 or 30, you’ve been through some kind of stage in your life where you had to start doing things without the help of your family. It’s definitely tough in the beginning, and you may not even realize how tough it was going to be. But eventually, it starts to become second nature.

The same reality goes with travelling abroad. Whether you choose to intern or study abroad for a few months, here are the realities on #HowToAdult when going abroad.

#1: You’re in Charge of Everything

Unfortunately, your parents or guardian can’t come with you to your abroad program. I mean, they could, but is that really what you want? Weren’t you trying to travel so that you could get away and explore on your own? Sooner or later, you’ll learn that you have to take charge of everything while abroad; fortunately, many programs provide you with some helpful resources prior to your travels.

Did you know that Adelante Abroad gives you a pre-departure orientation (PDO) packet a couple of months before your trip? That packet provides plenty of information on the area that you’ll be living in, plus helpful tips on going to different places. It can be a great resource to show you the next step in your travels.

#2: You Need to Learn How to Cook

While some internships are based in large urban cities, many programs are centered in rural areas, where grocery stores and restaurants are not as close by. What does that mean for you? It just means that you’ll have to experiment with local ingredients and mix them up in a kitchen pot. Yup, that’s right. You’ll need to cook.

Never cooked before? That’s alright. It is strongly advised to practice some basic cooking skills before travelling. Even if you’re not interning or studying abroad and just travelling on your wanderlust journey, cooking could save you hundreds of dollars on your trip.

You don’t have to be a culinary major to understand the foundations of cooking. Check out this WikiHow on cooking, or check out these 30+ dishes that anyone can make (quick tip: pasta is a great dish for starters).

#3: You Won’t Have a Cleaning Maid

You may have a host or hostess who comes in every so often to fix leaks or cracks where you’re staying, but they won’t be picking up dirty laundry for you. Although many of our parents teach us the importance of keeping a clean room or doing the dishes in early adolescence, not having someone remind you to clean up on your own may be a new experience.

Even the most seasoned college students and those who have lived alone for years can often forget a pile of clothes on the floor or even to vacuum the carpet from food crumps and dirt. Did you really think it just vanished magically?

Cleaning does not have to be difficult. Set up a reminder once or twice a week and dedicate a couple of hours to straightening up the house. You’ll be surprised what 20 minutes a day can do for an apartment. Look up “life hacks” online for quick tips on keeping your place looking nice and organized with little effort, too.

#4: Without a Budget, You Probably Won’t Last Too Long Abroad

If your parents have given you money before, and you’ve spent it all in less than a day, then this trip may be the best thing for you. Travelling abroad means being away from family, meaning being away from your constant cash flow that you were used to back at home.

It’s completely okay if you’ve never set up a budget for yourself before. Do you know how many adults in their 30s and 40s STILL don’t know how to budget? There are some easy ways to ensure that you don’t spend your entire savings halfway through your trip.

Do some research before you leave to determine how much money you need to save up. This includes cost of food (groceries and going out), transportation (bus and train passes, etc.), and souvenirs for yourself and your family.

Add some additional funds for emergencies (you never want to go without a backup). Then decide how you will split up your money each week. Write down what you spend and try not to go over your weekly budget.

If for some reason you end up spending more than planned, or there was an emergency, do not be afraid to contact your family for help. They may have extra money saved up for situations like these. However, this, of course, is a last resort.

#5: You Will Make Friends from Different Cultures

Here’s a shocker – you’ll probably meet other people just like yourself when you travel. And you’ll also probably meet people NOT like yourself when you travel. And that’s totally okay!

As you continue with your travels, you are going to meet people that you like a lot and people that you don’t like a lot. Your journey going abroad will bring these obstacles, but you will learn how to make friends with people from all over the world, many of which you might have not attempted to be friends with if you stayed at home.

You’ll learn different cultures and languages (especially if you’re in one of our Spanish countries), and those friends will be helpful as well in your journey as you learn to adjust to your solo travel life.

#6: You Will Learn How to Be Independent

If you haven’t figured it out by now, you will probably have to do everything on your own. Congrats! You’re officially “adulting”!

By all means, we encourage you to be as independent as possible. Not only will you master your adulting skills faster, but you will have a far better experience once you learn the ropes. And if you still need help, you can always ask your family (and your Adelante Abroad team) for some assistance. We’re always here to help and want to make this “adulting” abroad experience the best one ever.

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5 Bad Travelling Abroad Advice You Might Receive

5 Bad Travelling Abroad Advice - Adelante Abroad

Travelling abroad is an amazing opportunity for anyone who is looking to try something new in their life and engulf themselves in a different culture. Many of our candidates have heard from family and friends about why they shouldn’t travel, and we’re sure that you will start hearing that as well when you begin your plans. Here are common advice that you will receive before travelling abroad – ignore them!

There’s Not Enough Time

pocket-watch-adelante-abroadThere’s only 24 hours in a day. Perhaps you’re only travelling for a week or two, and you’rebeing told that you won’t be able to do everything that you want during your travels. Make every moment the best moment when abroad.

Plan your trip ahead of time with things that you would enjoy the most. If you believe that your time may be limited, stick with what you’re the most interested in. You can even take advantage of making friends with locals by asking them for suggestions on great places to visit.

You Don’t Have the Money

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There are several ways to save money or make extra income for your travel plans. Did you know that you could save almost $2,000 a year on average for opting out from buying Starbucks every day?

Many travelers have taking extra part time work to save up for their trip. Others have budgeted all of their expenses for savings and even held garage sales for items that they no longer need. There are even some jobs that will allow you to work remotely while travelling – you could get paid while travelling!

You Won’t Finish School on Time

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There are several ways to travel while continuing your studies! You can look into study abroad programs for a semester or part of summer, or you can look into an intern abroad program related to your major area of study. This may even help speed up your college program, rather than prolonging it!

Even if you choose not to do either program, you can spend summer or spring break travelling abroad, which is a peak time of travel for several other students your age!

You’ll have to Travel Alone

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So what? Solo travel has had many positive stories from veteran travelers. Not only are you able to do whatever you’d like without asking someone else, but it helps you learn how to enjoy being by yourself.

If your family is worried and does not want you to travel, remind them that eventually you will have to leave their nest and be on your own – so why not now? Research all of the ways to stay safe during your travels, and check in with them when you have a chance to lessen their worries while you venture out on your own.

It’s a Different Language

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There are several resources, both online and off, that can help you learn a language. What’s the quickest way to learn a new language? Go to a country that speaks it, grab a language book, and start a conversation with a local! You will make many mistakes in the beginning, but you will be an expert in no time! Plus, you might even make a new friend or two!

So what’s stopping you? Apply now for one our internship programs!

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Dealing with Loneliness Abroad

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Considering studying or interning abroad and worried about being away from home for too long? Loneliness abroad is a completely normal feeling, and anyone can have some discomfort while in a new place, whether it’s culture shock or being on your own for the first time.

Here are some ways to ease your transition when living abroad:

Put Yourself First

Allow yourself enough space and comfort when adjusting, and give yourself a break if you need to. Your physical and mental health are the most important; taking care of yourself always comes first.

If you’re feeling under the weather in any way, give yourself some time to rest – use Adelante Abroad’s resources provided during your trip if you feel the need to visit a local doctor in your city. Use common de-stress methods such as breathing exercises, yoga, writing in a journal, or even soaking up in a bubble bath. Do whatever you can in order to feel “at-home” in your new place abroad.

Search Online for Other Expat Blogs

Chances are that someone else has travelled to the same city that you’re going to (okay, pretty high chances). Our team provides you with as much information as we can about the neighborhood you’re staying in and the resources available to you with your package; however, there are several websites and blogs made from expats currently living or have experience living in the same area.

Adelante also provides you with access to a private Facebook group before and during your travels so that you can network and potentially meet up with other Adelante Abroad candidates staying in your city.

Join the Club

Outside of working or studying within your program abroad, you can join fun clubs or groups in your neighborhood area, where you can mingle and network with locals who share a common interest with you. Try looking for a group on Meetup, for example; you might even discover a new hobby while abroad!

Take a Class

You may sign up for any classes offered locally during your free time while abroad. Take up an art class with other like-minded locals, or even take tours in nearby museums to learn more about your city’s culture. You can learn something new while also meeting someone new!

Get Uncomfortable

If the above ideas are not available, you can go out and introduce yourself to new people in the city. While this may be a scary thing to do for you, getting out of your comfort zone may be the solution to your homesickness. Ask the locals about the best places to purchase lunch or dinner, offer to spend time with someone, or even give a simple gesture to a stranger.

Please note: Make sure to follow any resources provided to you before and during your trip about safety when going out alone in the city. By staying safe and following city guidelines and tips, you’ll have no problems meeting new people and having a happy experience.

Get Used to Being on Your Own

Being homesick is a feeling that should be taken seriously, but it can also be temporary. Many candidates abroad experience this for a couple of weeks and then adjust to their environment soon after.

Set weekly and daily goals for yourself, such as creating a routine before your internship or classes, or making at least one new friend each week. Focus more on absorbing your new environment and less on reminiscing with people back home (maybe call your family here and there to let them know you’re okay).

Going abroad is an amazing opportunity, but it is okay to go through regular ups and downs while travelling. Remember that this is only a temporary part of your once-in-a-lifetime experience!