Flexible learning week travels!

Last week was Flexible Learning Week. And at first, my plans involved staying in Edinburgh and binging on Schitt’s Creek on Netflix. I mean, what better way to relax? Sleeping in, going out with friends to a local pub at night, and maybe, actually, having the time to explore Edinburgh as a tourist rather than a student? Seemed like a great idea. Then, I was convinced to go to Alicante, Spain for a couple days with my friends. At first I was a bit hesitant due to the fact that I am student with not much income, but I do have to say that it is an absolute MUST to travel with friends while studying here (and in fact, you can do it in a very cheap way!) So here is a bit about my couple days in Spain as well as some tips!

1) Use SkyScanner

SkyScanner will find you the cheapest flights. There are round-trip flights as cheap as 30 pounds! If you put the setting to “everywhere”, it will give you a list from the cheapest to the most expensive destinations all over Europe

The coast from the plane!

2) Go with a number of friends! Save even more money!

By going with friends, you can split the cost of accommodation. Find a reasonably priced Airbnb. Amongst the 5 of us in Spain, we spent 28 pounds each for a total of 3 nights! Not too shabby I would say.

View from our Airbnb

3) Use public transportation and explore on foot

The airport was a tad far from the city centre of Alicante (definitely not walking distance). The bus ride was around 20 minutes, but again, it was around 3 pounds. Once in Alicante, we were exploring by foot! It is absolutely the best way to find all the best local spots!

Exploring “The Barrio”- Old Town Alicante

4) Eat local delicacies!

One of my favorite things to do is to try local food. There are so many things to try from desserts to snacks. We had empanadillas (stuffed savory pastries), to paella (a rice dish usually served with seafood that is so delicious), to churros with chocolate.

Seafood paella at a local restaurant