Day Trips from Madrid

A day trip is the best way to do some exploring when you don’t have a lot of time or money.

One of the things I love most about Madrid, is the fact that there are so many awesome cities nearby.

TOLEDO

Are you a history buff? You have to check out Toledo (even if your not that into history). Toledo is the former capital of Spain and filled with history, charm, and a medieval vibe.

You can get to Toledo by bus, bla bla car (the uber of Europe), or train.

  • BusAlsa is the company that will take you there leaving from Plaza Eliptica. A round trip ticket starts 11€at and will take a little under an hour to get there.
  • Train: A round trip ticket on the renfewill start at 20,60€ and takes about 30 minutes to get there. 
  • Bla Bla Car–  A round trip farestarts at 11€. It will take a little over an hour to get to Toledo by car.

*Hmmm, I thought I wrote about my time in Toledo. Guess I need to get on that lol…*

SEGOVIA

Segovia is a beautiful getaway from Madrid. Want a day of the city this is the perfect place to go. It’s not super big but has enough to do and you can end the day by having some bomb food. I especially liked food and atmosphere at Jose Maria (a must do when in Segovia).

You can get to Segovia by bus, train or bla bla car.

  • Bla Bla Car– is an app you download on your phone then you’re ready to go. It’s like Uber where drivers put where they are traveling to and you can join them at a cost. A round trip fareto Segovia starts at 10€. It will take about an hour to get to Segovia by car.
  • Train-AVE high Speed– A round trip ticket to Segovia will start at 34€ but will only take 30 mins to get there. The train leaves from Chamartin Station.
  • Bus-La Sepulvedana is the company that will take you there leaving from Moncloa. A roundtrip ticket starts at 14,21€ and will take about an hour to get there.

Read More: Things to do in Segovia

AVILA

The world heritage city of Avila is a must see. Avila is known for its formidable medieval walls, an intact fortified ring around the old city.

Leaving from Madrid, you can get to Avila by bus or train.

  • Train– A round trip ticket on the renfe will start at 17€and takes a little under two hours to get there. The train leaves from the Chamartin Station.
  • Bus-Jiménez Dorado Autocares is the company that will take you there leaving from Estación sur. A roundtrip ticket starts at 13,41€ and will take about an hour and fifteen minutes to get there.

*Avila is still on my To Visit list*

CUENCA

This beautiful World Heritage Site  is full of charm and historical monuments. Warning, be prepared to walk uphill a lot, like a lot. But other than that it is a must visit.

You can get to Cuenca by bus, bla bla car or train.

  • BusAvanzais the company that will take you there leaving from Mendez Alvaro. A round trip ticket starts 21,57€ at and will take about 2.5 hours to get there.
  • Train: A round trip ticket on the renfewill start at 23,80€ and takes about 3 hours to get there. Whereas a round trip ticket on the  renfe AVE will start at 26,30€ and takes about an hour.
  • Bla Bla Car–  A round trip fare starts at 16€. It will take about 1.5 hours to get to Cuenca by car.

Read More: Things to do in Cuenca

Need Help on How to Get Abroad?

Thinking of moving abroad but have no idea where to start. Hopefully this post will give you a little insight on what you will need to do and what to search for.

Telling your family might be the hardest and longest part of the concept. If your family is anything like mines, they might not understand fully why you want to move and will probably try to talk you out of it. Just have your explanation written down, shoot I would even record it and just press play whenever someone asks “why are you doing this?” That will save a lot of time and headache.

Lets talk about what to do abroad.

  1. Volunteering at a hostel
    1. This can be an easy way to save money and get use to your new surroundings.
    2. A lot of hostels will give you free board in exchange for helping out around the hostel. If you want to be paid most hostels will not offer free boarding.
    3. If this is an option for you and you have a destination in mind I would reach out to a few hostels in areas you would like to stay and ask if they offer an arrangement like this or similar.
  2. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)
    1. As a volunteer (or the more common term WWOOFer) you would offer your services on an organic farm in the host country of your choice in exchange for room and board.
    2. This is a new concept for me but would love to try it out. This is especially good for digital nomads just getting off the ground. You would work in the mornings and have your afternoons and evenings free for your personal work.
    3. Want to learn more about this phenomenon and the possible destinations, check out their homepage.
  3. Au Pair
    1. Essentially, au pair is a fancy way of saying nanny. In exchange for free room and board, parents will require you to watch their kids. Activities may include dropping and picking them up from school, playing with them, and light housework. Your contract will depict how many hours you work a week and which days you would have off.
    2. Au pairs are especially popular in Europe and there are a lot of different websites and agencies to help facilitate the process.
  4. Teaching Aboard
    1. Teaching abroad can be a great way to explore the world and save a little money as well. And the good thing about it is you don’t even have to be a certified teacher in your home country to teach. You only need a bachelor’s degree (and honestly some private classes and even some businesses don’t even check for that).
    2. The one thing that is necessary in some countries but very helpful for all is obtaining your TEFL/TOEFL certification.
    3. Teaching opportunities are endless but in my opinion the countries that offer the best deals (in terms of being able to save) are South Korea, Middle Eastern Countries (Dubai, Saudi Arabia etc.), and Japan. Don’t get me wrong the European countries pay decent as well but don’t offer free housing or other perks like the Asian and Middle Eastern countries mentioned.
    4. Depending on the country you choose will depict how much money you can save. It really all depends on the type of lifestyle you want while living abroad.

These are just a few things you can do to earn money and get on your feet while abroad. Leave a comment below to let me know if you have tried or all of the suggestions and of any other ways to get established in a foreign country.

Let’s talk about Cuenca

One of the best things about living in Madrid is the fact that you can explore so many surrounding cities with ease.

Cuenca is no different. Cuenca is a beautiful city about an hour and fifteen minutes by car away from Madrid. Of course this all depends on if there is traffic and how fast or slow you are driving.

Cuenca is definitely worth a day trip to walk around the old city and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Be warned though, it is definitely a lot of walking up hill. Let me repeat, a lot of walking up hill. But it’s worth it.

My favorite thing about Cuenca, were the gorgeous views it had to offer and for making me realize that I could speak Spanish for an entire day. I was beyond shocked to say the least but pleasantly surprised that I was able to communicate, be understood, and understand what is said to me all in Spanish.

Lets talk about what to do there. I have found that all Spanish cities are extremely similar. They have an old part of town that allows you to feel their history and a new part of town that is filled with buildings, shops and bars. Cuenca definitely didn’t disappoint in the history department.

Must see things:

  • The Hanging Houses and bridge

 

  • The rocks at the very top of the hill (I know but trust they are not ordinary rocks. The view is worth the climb)
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The view, the shape of the rocks, just absorb lol

  • The Abstract Museum and the Contemporary Museum
  • The Cathedral

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