5 Things You Can’t Miss in Madrid

1) Free Walking Tours

I wish we would have started our trip with this tour, although I’m glad we snagged a spot with Adam from Utah. In his red Bubba Gump hat and waist length scraggly hair featuring crooked bangs, he was charismatic in both appearance and personality. When I first saw him, in addition to knowing this tour was absolutely free, I was definitely skeptical. However, the free walking tour ended up being a highlight of the trip. Getting a fun history and narrative of the city gave me some context and connection to the unfamiliar streets and sights around me. It was entertaining, informative, compelling, complete and free! I definitely recommend signing up for one at the beginning of your trip. The only cost involved is in the form of a tip. Choose whatever amount you think reflects what the tour was worth.

Plaza Mayor visit on Walking Tour

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The Great Franklin Street Pizza Tour

Why are there so many pizza restaurants on Franklin Street? Every year a new one moves in. What is the logic? It’s like gas stations that move in across the street from one another and compete by the penny for price per gallon. Let’s mix it up. Can I get a Chopt?? Can I get a Cookout????

Anyways, rant complete…

I decided to figure out what was so special about all these joints. In a stroke of genius investigative journalism, I spent the last couple months touring every pizza place on Franklin. Starting from IP3 and eating my way up to Benny’s, one slice at a time.

Drum roll please…

Below are the final rankings from The Great Franklin Street Pizza Tour:

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How to Spend A Week Abroad for Under $1,000

My past two spring breaks have been spent abroad. Last year in Bergen, Norway and this year in Madrid, Spain. I had the time of my life exploring these amazing cities and hope to continue the tradition next year.

When people see my different posts and pictures from my frequent and extravagant excursions, I get a lot of questions about how a college student is paying for it all. (Yes, it all comes out of my own pocket.)

To start, if you want to travel in any capacity, you need to be good with saving and managing your money. I prioritize travel, so after paying the bills and eating, my life goes something like work, save, travel…rinse and repeat.

Once you have the money to spend, below are my tips for making it go the distance!

Bergen

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