Is Barcelona Safe? And How to Avoid the Barcelona Pickpockets!

Hand stealing a smartphone from a woman's handbag - Barcelona Pickpockets

People often ask the question “is Barcelona safe?”.  To reassure visitors to Barcelona, I’ve updated this post to explain why Barcelona is safe, and a few tips to avoid the notorious Barcelona pickpockets and not get robbed in Barcelona. Is Barcelona Safe? The first thing I have to emphasize is that violent crime in Barcelona […]

15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona to Rock your Stay

Casa Batllo Barcelona, One of Gaudi's Masterpieces - Free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a perennially popular destination, and with its Mediterranean climate, spectacular food, nightlife, culture, and beaches, it’s not hard to see why.  Barcelona does tend to be more expensive compared to other cities in Spain, but there is still plenty to do for the budget traveller.  Here are just a few of the awesome […]

A Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona Spain

Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona - Gift Experiences to give for travel lovers

You’ve gawped at Gaudi’s works, peeked in the Picasso Museum & rambled down La Rambla. And now you’re hungry. But perhaps you are hoping for something a little more authentic than the pre-packed, frozen paellas offered in many tourist traps. How about learning to cook paella for yourself, in the home of a local teacher? […]

The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

Tapas Food Tour in Barcelona - The Barcelona Taste

If you are planning your first visit to Barcelona, deciding on where to eat can be a challenge. The city is bursting with literally thousands of bars, restaurants and cafes, all potentially offering the best food money can buy. Or not.  I found a saviour in The Barcelona Taste Tour. The choice of where to […]

How to Make Friends in a New City

drinks with friends - how to make friends in a new city

Congratulations, you’ve done it!  Taken the plunge!  Took a deep breath and leapt into the unknown!  And here you are, in a new city, excited at the adventure that faces you, thrilled at the prospect of discovering new places, learning new things, making new friends and living a new life!  But wait.  Ah.  Shit.  Friends.  […]

Preparing to Travel: Stress & Goodbyes……

Too Much to Do Too Little Time

So it turns out planning a nine month backpacking trip isn’t as easy as I thought. Or rather, trying to combine preparing to travel with working a 9-6pm job 5 days a week, a part time job 2 nights a week, trying to see all my friends & family before I leave, and putting something […]