Surfing in Spain (and nearby!)

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While I’m in Spain, one activity that really interests me is surfing. I’ve never surfed before, but after spending a week in Hawaii this past year and paddle boarding, I would love to try surfing. Luckily, I’ll be in Basque Country which boasts some of the best surf spots in Spain! I’m hoping to check out some surf lessons while I’m there and maybe do a destination surfing visit somewhere. Here’s some ideas I have so far:

Surf Lessons – San Sebastian, Spain 

Surf Lessons – Bilbao, Spain

  • Wellentime: Offers both surf lessons, accommodations and rentals. Four days of lessons is 180-€ and six days is 260 €. They also offer family packages and have deals on their website. Definitely thinking about checking them out when I’m in Bilbao! http://www.en.wellentime.com/

Baleal Surfcamp – Baleal, Portugal

  • Offer different combination packages including accommodation (hostel or luxury), surf lessons and equipment
  • Prices vary based on season (high season: July 1-Sept 15, mid season: Sept 15-Oct 27, March 31-June 30, low season: Oct 27-Dec 31, Jan 2-March 31)
  • Offer in 3 day, 7 day and 14 day packages
  • What interests me: Low season package that includes hostel accommodation, surf lessons and equipment. 3 day package is 148€ (2 days of surfing, 2x day for 1.5-2 hours) or the 7 day package is 245€ (5 days of surfing, 2x day for 1.5-2 hours. Also includes surf factory tour and a sight seeing tour)
  • http://www.balealsurfcamp.com

Ericeria Surf House – Ericeria, Portugal

  • Offer different combination packages, including accommodation (shared room, double, twin and suite)
  • Prices vary based on season (special season: July, Aug, high season: June, Sept, mid season: March, April, May, Oct, Carnival, Easter, low season: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
  • Offer in one week or nightly deals
  • Offer surf camp, sufari (surf guide), bed & breakfast and full pack options
  • The only difference between surf camp and full pack is dinner included
  • What interests me: surf camp option during low season for a week 185 € which includes 5, 2 hour surf lessons during the week, accommodation, breakfast, transportation to the beach, equipment and coaching
  • http://www.surfinn.travel/surfcamps/portugal/ericeira-surf-house#content1-tab

Surf Camps in France

  • Available along the west coast of France, but are significantly higher in price (about double the cost) of week long surf camps in Portugal and Spain
  • http://www.surfinn.travel/france

Overall, in doing my research, the trend I’ve noticed is that Portugal definitely has the most affordable surf camps! My plan is to do some lessons in Northern Spain and then do a surf camp when I get a chance in Portugal! I’m hoping to go during the off season to keep costs lower but still be able to get the surf experience (it will be colder, but that’s what wet suites are for!).

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Have you ever surfed before or taken surf lessons? Where would be your dream spot to surf? 

What lead me to the Auxiliar de Conversacion Program in Spain

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Lately, I’ve had a huge internal struggle with if I should be doing this program. To be honest, most of my question is coming from the complete unsupportive and judgmental opinion of my parents. In the past few months, I’ve heard everything from me being selfish for doing this program to them saying they will never speak to me again if I do. While that is a hard pill to swallow, something is still telling me I have to go. Somehow, this program found me and if I don’t take this opportunity, I know I will regret it the rest of my life. It all began the day I decided I wasn’t going to apply to medical school. I remember crying on the phone to my dad, because I just was so confused. I walked into the union at my college campus, a half hour early for my student organization meeting. I decided to get on my computer and look at other post-grad options. The first thing I typed into the google search was “post grad travel options”. After spending only 30 minutes on google reading about people who got their TEFL certification and have been teaching abroad, I quickly decided that would be my next step. I began dreaming of teaching in Europe and having a life abroad after graduation. It was all I could think about….

The next day, I was at lunch with my friend and I excitedly told her that I had figured out what I wanted to do after graduation. I told her I was still looking in to ways to make it happen, but I wanted to move abroad. To my surprise, she didn’t think it was crazy and knew a friend who moved to Spain. She gave me his contact information and that is when I learned about the Auxiliar De Conversacion (North American Culture & Language Assistant Program) and the rest is history!

The tough part for me has been explaining to others that people change, dreams change and life doesn’t follow a direct path. All through college, it was about medical school. But when I finally let myself really think about post grad life, I realized there was a whole world out there, billions of people with different culture, perspectives and experiences to grow from and learn about! While I am not working an entry level job in the United States, or going to medical school, I believe I am making an educated decision in making myself a more cultured individual. Some may call it irresponsible, immature or foolish, but they can think what they want. Only the truly ignorant would not see the opportunities, self discovery and growth that this program has the potential to be. 

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Have you ever done something your family doesn’t approve of? Have you ever changed career paths? 

The Fear of The Unknown…

Maybe I’ve been spending too many hours working my life away at monotonous jobs that give me too much to time to think but not enough time to resolve thoughts, but lately I’ve been worried. Worried about a lot of things. To be honest, with the auxiliar program, there is quite a lot to worry about: VISAs, NIE cards, living arrangements, money (can you really survive off 700 euros a month?), the language barrier, going to Spain alone

Right now, my life feels like it is at a stand still. I’m not really going anywhere. I’m just kind of here, in Columbus, working towards Spain. It seems so far in the distance, so unreachable and not even real. Working three jobs and 65+ hour work weeks is really taking its tole on me. I was in an awful and pessimistic mood all day, but then at the end of my work shift, a buzzfeed article came up on my facebook wall….

http://www.buzzfeed.com/henrygoldman/10-trips-you-need-to-take-in-your-20s

Specifically, with this video…. 

….and I realized everything I’m doing does have a purpose. This program is the opportunity of a lifetime. I need time away from this monotonous life. I also realized that I am not only venturing abroad to find myself, but I am following one of my life passions…traveling. While it may not be a conventional life passion, and definitely not a passion my parents would want me to have, it certainly is a passion of mine. So here’s to chasing your dreams and never letting others, or society, define your life. 

The Adventure Begins!

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So I’m doing the cliche first post about myself. I’m Kaitlyn and a 23 year old recent college graduate. Before my senior year of college, I realized there was more to life than studying organic chemistry,  preparing for the MCAT and going to medical school. When it came time to submit my primary application, there was something holding me back from pushing the submit button, and that’s when I knew I had to stop dreaming and start living. I didn’t want to live with regrets and what ifs anymore. So I began planning my first eurotrip and also began looking into other options for traveling post college.

One year later, everything has changed. A year ago, I would have never thought that I would have actually backpacked Europe for a month and I definitely wouldn’t believe that I was preparing to move to Spain in the end of September…BUT I AM! Until I move to Spain, I plan on doing recap posts from my Eurotrip, posts about my job and getting ready to live abroad and connect with other wanderlust struck travelers! So here I am, a twenty-something girl getting ready for my next adventure and excited to share my travel adventures and everything that comes with it on this blog!