Posted on August 23 2017
Digital Diary | Barcelona—Sevilla—Lisbon
Summer is meant for vacations big and small. This year, I went big. The biggest I've ever gone onー I went to Europe. I'm talking 12 hour flight cramped in coach + multiple Airbnb's while hoping from city to city. In a nutshell, I finally understood what all the hype was about.
Traveling is one of the best things you can treat yourself to. From experiencing new cultures, to finally gaining a real sense of empathy for non-English speakers (I know the bare minimum of Spanish), traveling grounds you. And while it did leave my introverted self a little drained by the end of my two week Spain and Portugal adventure, every minute was worth it.
When it comes to traveling in Europe at the height of summer, I will leave you with two bits of adviceー pack the lightest thinnest clothes you own (the humidity and minimal AC made for sweaty siestas) and maybe book your trip in June or July as opposed to August (when European schools are on holiday). Things weren't crazy over crowded, but I've heard you'll experience a more authentic vibe if you plan to visit in the earlier months of summer.
From the staggering works of Gaudi in Barcelona to the plethora of hand painted ceramic tiles covering buildings in the cobblestone alleyways of Lisbon, every nook and cranny had its own special charm. Check out my summer vacation style and digital diary snapshots for a taste of the Spanish/Portuguese summer.