SEVILLA on a budget. Let me show you how to travel to Sevilla without spending a fortune!
This is my very first travel post since changing my brand name to Johlene Orton. Yay!!! Last year we travelled quite alot (we were super blessed!). We love travelling and living in Europe (we live in The Canary Islands, Spain) has given us the opportunity to travel quite frequently. We have learnt how to travel on a budget which allows us to go on more vacations. The first thing we learnt along the way was to search for flights during off-peak times. Travelling to Europe is much cheaper during the colder months and to be honest you don´t want to go during Summer because Sevilla can reach temperatures up to (and over) 40C / 113F!!
Before I go ahead with this post, a quick disclaimer: Sevilla is Seville in English but since I´m married to a Spaniard and I hear the word Sevilla so often it would feel really weird for me to say Seville. So for that reason we´re sticking to Sevilla (pronounced S-E-V-I-Y-A) in this post 🙂
We normally search for flights on Ryan Air or Vueling. Once we´ve booked our flights we move on to search for accommodation. For accommodation we normally book via Booking.com or Airbnb. Those are our favourites and we have used them both, on numerous occasions, with great results. For our trip to Sevilla, we got return flight tickets (2 adults + 1 child) for less than 80€! We stayed in a tradional looking hotel called Hotel Doña Blanca (booked via booking.com), about 10 minutes walking from the city centre, for a great deal (steal) at 84€ for 2 nights! Which means we spent just under 164€ (in total) for our return flights and accommodation. Amazing right?!
Another way we save, while travelling, is on food. We normally have a big healthy breakfast (at Starbucks or wherever we find a good deal) a light lunch (wherever we find ourselves when our tummies start to rumble), and then dinner at the place where we´re staying. We don´t cook. Definitely not! I´m the cook in the family and I don´t want to be spending time cooking while I´m on holiday. We search for the closest supermarket from where we are staying (in Sevilla for example you would search for: Mercadona, Día, Lidl or Spar) and then we buy things we can heat-up, quickly, in the microwave.
During our time in Sevilla we ate at Taco Bell for lunch the one day and the other day we went to Hard Rock Café because we love their Jumbo Combo platter, which easily serves 3. Inbetween meals we normally sample quite a few things too, And because of all the Christmas markets (we went there just before Christmas) we could not resist the giant churros in the photo below…
Another trick is to buy disposable cutlery, plates and cups. That way you don´t need to wash any dishes while you are on your holiday (pack some in your suitcase to make it easier just in case the supermarket nearest to you does not stock it). You can take this along with you during the day too in case you have a picnic next to the river Guadalquivir, or look for parks or green areas.
Sevilla is famous for its orange trees. Just don´t pick or eat them because they are very bitter and are normally used to make orange marmalade. I´m not a big fan of marmalade unless it´s served with something sweet like this chocolate pie that I absolutely love (chocolate and orange go so good together!). They do however make Sevilla come alive!
Since this post is about visiting Sevilla on a budget, I have to add that we hardly ever pay to see sites where we go. We use to, when we didn´t travel that much, but we´ve learnt it´s the quickest way to blow your budget. There are many free museums and sites that have sections that are totally free to visit. Most of them totally worthit. Trust me on this one, unless it´s something you´ve always wanted to see, don´t pay for it! An idea is to go to Plaza España (see photo above), a must see when you visit Sevilla, and row the boats in the little canal that´s there…
Hubby and I like to go on one romantic trip per year (just the two of us) like in the pouting faced selfie photo below. The first time we went to Sevilla was in 2012. It was really great to go back and remember special memories of our trip four years before. Sevilla is beautiful! Perfect really. One of my favourite cities to visit in Spain with so much tradition and amazing architecture to be admired everywhere you turn.
Even if it rained when we were there we enjoyed every moment of our short two day trip! In the photo below you can just see the backs of my boys strutting their stuff in the rain. Love these two to the moon and back, and then even some more… 🙂
Another thing I love doing in Sevilla is to sip my favourite latté at Starbucks while watching the trams go (right) by! It´s awesome!
I hope this trip has inspired you to travel to Sevilla and I hope my budget travel tips will help you to book that vacation to Europe you´ve been wanting to! TRAVEL IS THE ONLY THING YOU BUY THAT MAKES YOU RICHER.
Happy week guys!!
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