8 TIPS FOR THE SAVVY BOUTIQUE HOTELS SPAIN TRAVELLER
There are many types of travellers, but you should always try to behave like a savvy one. At Boutique Hotels Spain we want to give you 8 tips to get the most out of your trip so that you enjoy your experience to the upmost in one of our charming destinations.
1. PLAN AND IMPROVISE YOUR TRIP IN EQUAL PARTS.
It’s good to plan your trip and to have some security … Choice of destination, the luggage you’re going to take, how you’re going to get around, things you want to see or do … But, it’s also good to leave part of your trip open to improvisation. To get intentionally lost in a place, explore the streets, the nooks and crannies … Leave behind the beaten path and immerse yourself in the local culture. You will see a more authentic version of the city and the true day to day life of the place.
2. BE OPEN TO ADVICE.
If BHS has something special to offer, it is that the hotel owners and staff look after their guests with the upmost care and professionalism, so that their experience is pleasant and unforgettable. In the figure of the host you will find the person to ask for recommendations for places to visit, activities to do, the best gastronomy to try … They are the ones who best know the area and will know how to give you the best advice, so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. Their recommendations cannot be found in any guidebook or manual … their suggestions are based on experience, which is something to be valued.
3. ADAPT TO YOUR DESTINATION.
Have the ability to adapt to the local culture, whether through its customs, the food, the language, etc. Keep an open mind to learning new things … There will be things that you will like more and things that you will like less, wherever you go. There may be things that leave you surprised or bemused, but always be respectful of others. As the saying goes “When in Rome…”
4. COMMUNICATE AND CULTIVATE FRIENDSHIPS.
In these modern times, with new technologies, we are more than prepared to look for information at any time and place. However, something that can make your trip more pleasant is to stop a local and ask them for advice, information or simple directions. There are lovely and kind people around the world, and you may be unknowingly missing out on great friendships too.
5. TAKE A BREAK FROM TECHNOLOGY.
Leave your mobile or computer behind for a few days, because the idea of travel is to get away from your day to day life. Don’t waste your trip and focus 100% of your senses on the sights, sounds and experiences that your destination has to offer.
6. YOUR TRAVEL JOURNAL.
Write a travel journal. We recommend you do it before going to sleep, as a summary of your experiences of the day. Although it’s not essential to do so, you could also carry it with you during the day, and take small notes or drawings, because sometimes if you don’t do it at the time there are things that are forgotten. Take photos and select the most special ones to print and put inside. This diary will be part of your life log, it will get more than a smile when time has passed by and you choose to flick through its pages… keeping your trip alive forever.
7. BUY LOCAL PRODUCTS.
Something that is always worthwhile is visiting a local market or small neighbourhood shops with hand crafted, local products. In this way you can enjoy and feel the essence of the local culture. Buying from them will help the local people and you will get unique and special items … It’s gratifying to go home with souvenirs or gifts and have them as a reminder of your trip.
8. LEAVE SOMETHING FOR THE NEXT VISIT …
Leave something to discover, something that will enable you to return on a future trip and continue to enjoy the experience … Don’t rush around furiously seeing and doing everything in two days, it’s physically impossible. The places that you most fall in love with must be discovered little by little, keep the travelling spirit alive … You know that at Boutique Hotels Spain you will always be welcome!