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Learn a little bit of Spanish.
Even if it’s only basic phrases. Many people here do speak English, but unlike in places like Scandinavia, it’s not a good bet to assume that most people do. Basic phrases such as “I don’t speak Spanish, do you speak English?” can at least help you find someone who can help or direct you. Plus, it’s seen as polite, and a good show if you’re attempting to learn the local language and/or customs.
Plan meals accordingly.
If you have a condition that forces you to eat on a schedule, or are just used to eating at certain times or intervals, bear in mind that Spanish lunch and dinner hours are not the same as those in the United States. Lunch is often not even served until 1:30pm, dinner not until 8:30pm, and often times there is a gap anywhere from 4pm to 8pm where a restaurant may be closed for siesta.
Learn the geography.
Spain might seem small, especially to a person from the USA, but it’s the second biggest country in Western Europe, so don’t plan to see too much of it in one trip. You might want to see one city per day, but due to the actual distances and need for transportation between cities, sometimes it just isn’t feasible. So, if you’re one of our build your own trip customers, check out google maps before deciding where you want to go and how many days you want to spend there.
Be aware of climate differences.
Different regions of Spain are better to see, or more accessible, at different times of the year. While the Southern Coast might be open year round, the Northern Coastal hotels and businesses generally shut down in late fall and stay shut down for several months. The inland plains and north central region are terrible to visit in winter, the south central terrible in summer. So, take a look at a climate guide to pick the best time for the region you want to see.
Guard your purse.
While crime is generally very low in Spain, the one thing that does happen with frequency is pick pocketing, so keep a good hold of your bag while you’re out, and don’t leave anything unattended.
Contact your bank before you come.
Make sure they know you will be using your card or cards in Spain so they do not freeze your account for strange transactions overseas. Remember that you will likely be using ATMs, as Spain has more of them per block than any other country, and cash is the easiest payment method to deal with.
Make sure to carry cash.
Some places, especially in smaller towns, might not accept credit cards and traveler’s checks are hard to break. While it’s not necessary to carry a huge bankroll, you should keep enough cash on you to cover you for a night out just in case credit cards aren’t an option.