Now that the world is slowly opening up and everyone is trying to get back to normal, it is time to set your wanderer soul on the next trip. Of course, zeroing in on the perfect place to have some relaxing time can be a task in itself, but then it’s all fun once you are done with a few important checks.
And when you have decided to take a break after this long, you do deserve a road trip that lets you unwind as you take your own sweet time!
Of many countries blessed with scenic beauties and a landscape worth exploring on nothing less than a self-driven car, Spain scores some real good brownie points.
It doesn’t matter if you go around in your car or avail of Spain Car Rental services. From long winding roads up and down the mountains, broad highways on the plains to coastal roads, the country is best discovered by road.
Apart from the scenic beauty that Spain’s landscape offers, one can indulge in several activities. From adventure to gastronomic delights, the cities offer them all. Go skydiving in Empuriabrava, or ski in the Sierra Nevada, or attend festivities in Bunol. For party lovers, enjoy a night in Ibiza or attend the Benicassim Festival. One can go scuba diving, cycling, canyoning, mountain biking as well as paragliding.
So, what does it take to start your journey across Spain? First and foremost, some time off from your work and good company. With so much on offer, make sure that the trip lasts no less than seven days.
You can travel solo, with family or get your long-lost friends to agree to the trip. Once the travel mates are ready, if you go through the following checkpoints, the journey should be pretty smooth.
Check The Rules
Yes, first things first. The Corona Virus has certainly changed the way we are to travel. So first make sure what the rules in Spain are regarding travelers from both home-travelers and those coming beyond the boundaries.
You might have to carry your test reports to prove yourself fit for travel. Also, make sure to know, learn, carry and follow all the safety measures and precautions required by the Spanish Government.
These travel rules will also determine the frequency of flights or other travel means required to reach the country. Apart from that, it will also affect the hotel occupancy which you’ll need to know. Also,
The rules are currently dynamic with changes being made according to the COVID surge. So it is important to keep oneself abreast with the current travel restrictions.
Select Your Dates
So how long do you plan to travel for? Few weeks or a few days? Are there any special dates that coincide with festivities in the region? If yes, do the travel routes change during those times? These are some of the questions you might want to address before you start. So, select dates accordingly.
A culturally-rich country, the best time to visit is between March to May or between September to November. While this is the most popular time, there’s no denying the fact that the friendly people will welcome you around the year. The summer months of July and August are generally crowded. If you are someone who likes to avoid crowds, better avoid these months.
Chalk Out A Route
With over 683,175 kilometers of streets to cover, you better chalk out a route you want to cover. Check out the road-map and look for places you would like to cover or are there any particular landscapes that you would like to cover. You can either stick to particular regions like Northern Spain or Southern or decide to go cross country depending on the time at hand.
You may want to take the coastal road along the old N -340 street, or cover the mountains of El Chorro, or get the best of coastal and mountainous drive through the Autovia A-8 while covering Santander to
Gijón. If you love the scenic beauty that the countryside offers, you would love to travel across the Basque region.
Book A Car
Yeah, the road trip would be meaningless without a ride, right? If you are living in a Country/State closer to Spain, you may explore the option to drive-in your car. However, there are several Spain car rental services like Spania Leiebil that provide the perfect ride to complete the road trail. You can either book online or when you get down in the country.
Choose a car that can let you complete your trip without a hassle. There are many rental packages to choose from depending on various factors like duration of the road trip, number of members traveling together, and more. They also offer easy cancellations and entertain changes to your trip, if any.
Plan Your Trip Stops
All that excitement and driving is sure to make you look for a nest to get some rest. So next up is planning your stoppages. Once the route is decided, look for motels, guest houses that are en route and also fit your budget.
Check out if they offer free or paid meals and what is their room structure. You can also check out for best-rated ones by real people on the internet.
Looking at the current scenario, you’ll also need to check for hotels that follow proper safety and health measures. You don’t want to walk into an unhygienic place, to say the least.
While it is mandatory for all the hotels to follow the health safety protocol and work with maximum allowed capacity, it is better to do some research before taking the final call.
Pack Your Bags
Now that you are all set with the bookings, it’s time to pack your bags with the essential items. Check, confirm and pack all your important documents like passport and driving license to enjoy your much-awaited trip.
As you’ll mostly be traveling from one destination to another on your own, pack as light as possible. Your luggage will also play a role in determining the make of the car you book. So traveling light is the key.
While picking out the stops, make sure you know about the activities that the area provides. This way you can turn an overnight stop into an adventure-filled halt. The city might offer cultural activities or have a museum or art gallery or be renowned for its amazing food. Knowing about them in advance will help you align your stops with activities accordingly.
There, you are all set to start your trip!
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Author: Antoinette Navarro