Here at Barcelona Tours we continue with our Travel Blogger Series. Asking what our favourite bloggers have been up to during the last year. Given that travel was off the table, how did they fill their time and what does the future hold?

We talked to Chris from Aussie on the Road.  We wanted to hear about his recent experiences and what he makes of it all.

Thanks for joining our Travel Blogger Series. How much did the pandemic affected your life as a travel blogger?

Both my travel blogging and my day job as a safari tour operator were severely impacted by COVID-19. My income dried up almost overnight. Thankfully, I was able to pivot into doing something different – running paid games of Dungeons & Dragons.

I am slowly starting to see offers trickle back in for partnerships as a blogger.  The depressed climate means people are making lowball offers. These aren’t worth the time and effort it would take to put them into action. I imagine travel blogging will be a hobby for the foreseeable future for me.

How do you think travel might change after the pandemic?

I think we’ll see a heightened level of caution being exercised by people, especially when it comes to travel insurance. Working in safari sales, I’ve seen countless people find out the hard way that their chosen insurance package did not cover them for events such as a pandemic. Thankfully, there are some reputable insurers who did work with my clients to help them recoup their lost money, but the vast majority were left high and dry by their insurers.

I also think we’ll see a slow period of growth.  Where people take tentative travel steps by visiting places closer to their own backyard, before making long-haul international trips.

We are asking everyone in our Travel Blogger series, what are your plans for future travels, where is top of your list to visit?

I haven’t seen my family back in Australia since the day after my wedding back in 2019, so my #1 goal would be getting back to see them. I’ve got a new nephew or niece on the way that I’m dying to meet!

Beyond that, my wife and I moved to Tbilisi right before the outbreak, and our plan had been to finally see some of Europe. Aside from having seen lots of Georgia, we haven’t made much headway in that area yet! My goal for 2022 would be to see as much of Europe as we can.

Do you think people during this time have lost interest in travel stories?

Not at all! I think there is still plenty of demand for escapism and daydreaming, but that doesn’t necessarily pay the bills as a travel blogger. I think as things begin to ease up, more and more people are excited to read about the countries they can visit now or will be able to visit soon. There are already plenty of countries opening for tourism with appropriate precautions- I think we’ll see these early adaptors getting a lot of attention, as cooped up bloggers make their way there and begin to sing their praises.

What is your opinion on the new travel measures that they are currently implementing in your country?

I applaud Australia’s efforts to curtail the spread of the pandemic. The swift and strict early lockdown prevented the pandemic from spreading out of control in Australia. Even if it did mean a major hit to the tourism economy.

What I wasn’t a fan of was the way my country left ex-pats stranded abroad high and dry. Between the inhibitive cost of international flights and the brutally expensive mandatory quarantine, it hasn’t been possible for us to get back home. No real support was offered to those of us who couldn’t get home before the borders were closed.

Now, our favourite question in the travel blogger series. If you have been to Barcelona before what would be your ‘must-see place to visit? If you haven’t visited Barcelona before, would you like to and why?

I’ve not had the pleasure to visit Barcelona (or any of Europe outside of Georgia and the UK) just yet, but that had been our plan for 2020. I’m definitely going to be building up a dream itinerary for a 2–3-month European itinerary once things get back to normal!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Chris and taking part in our travel blogger series. We hope that Barcelona is on that dream itinerary! And incase Chris feels like a sneak preview he can check out some of the amazing things to do here

We continue with our series of posts on Travel Bloggers! Discovering how they have been affected by the pandemic and what the future holds. We spoke with Thomas Dowson about his niche blog ‘Archaeology Travel’. 

About Thomas

Archaeology Travel is a travel blog written specifically for people who enjoy exploring archaeology and history sites when they travel. It is produced by travel blogger Thomas Dowson, an archaeologist who trained in South Africa. His research focused on prehistoric arts of southern Africa and western Europe. 

In the mid-90s he moved to the UK where he set up the world’s first postgraduate degree program on rock art. Other research activities include the contemporary significance of the past, which continues to influence his writing on Archaeology Travel. Thomas travels to explore the ways in which archaeological and historical sites and museums are experienced. 

  • How much has the pandemic affected your life as a travel blogger

In February 2020 when I was buying my visa to visit Jordan, already then there were restrictions for people from southeast Asia on entering Jordan. A few weeks later, on my return home via Paris, I got off the plane in Charles de Gaulle Airport and was very surprised to see how many people in the terminal were wearing masks. Back then it was voluntarily. 

A few weeks later Europe was in lockdown. It was a very strange feeling after 5 years of non-stop traveling as a travel blogger to suddenly find myself ‘grounded’. But I was able to use the time to develop a few features on Archaeology Travel. The pandemic, more specifically, not being able to travel, made me think carefully about what it is I was offering on my website. I am still learning! 

  • How do you think travel might change after the pandemic?

Hopefully, we have seen an end to crowds. With social distancing being the order of the day, there will surely be fewer people visiting the once very popular attractions such as the Acropolis in Athens or the Colosseum in Rome. Those that see millions of visitors each year. Being with fewer people sounds like a great thing. But the way we experience these places will change as we are forced to follow one-way routes. 

I also hope everyone starts exploring more, rather than just chasing bucket lists. While there is nothing wrong with seeing the most popular sites, there are many other places just as worthy of our attention. Thinking about the Colosseum, for example, it is a great place and well worth visiting. But there are the remains of some 200 other roman amphitheaters around what was the Roman world. They may not be the size of the Colosseum or as well preserved but they are every bit as interesting. Visiting these places can be just as rewarding.  

  • What are your plans for future travels, where is top of your list to visit?

Rome, I can not wait to visit Rome again. There are now so many new things to see there since my last visit, including the Mausoleum of Augustus. I have been to the Colosseum, but I want to see more of Roman and Middle Ages Rome. I would also love to do more long-distance travel, and the Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu are at the top of my list. 

  • Do you think people during this time have lost interest in travel blogger stories?

It is too early for me to say yes or no now with any certainty.  My feeling is people are going to be more interested in authentic travel stories, as they search for experiences away from popular attractions that are difficult to visit.

  • What is your opinion on the new travel measures that they are currently implementing in your country?

Personally, I think most if not all countries are doing the best they can: following good practices that are grounded in science. These measures in place now are not popular with everyone. But I have no time for conspiracy theorists. We are in a time when two groups of people are self-evident: those who are willing to play their part for the good of all and those who are shouting about some imagined loss of liberties. 

  • If you haven’t visited Barcelona before, would you like to and why?

I have not explored as much of Sapin as I should have, yet. This is definitely something I hope to remedy soon. One area I have visited a number of times, and love, is Costa Daurada – Tarragona and Reus. The area has such a long and fascinating history. So Barcelona must be the next step: to go from Gaudí in Reus and the Romans in Tarragona to the Sagrada Família and the Roman ruins in the Museu d’Història de Barcelona Plaça del Rei. And of course, Barcelona is one of Europe’s great cities. I hope to get there this year, if not, definitely next year!

Thank you Thomas! We’d love to see you in Barcelona very soon.

Looking for team building activities in Barcelona? 

Our Barcelona team building treasure hunt is one of the most popular team building activities in the city.  It’s an exciting, interesting, and unique way to get acquainted with Barcelona.

Every day, we get lots of questions about our Barcelona team building treasure hunt (see, we told you it was popular). Here are the answers to them all…

How does your Barcelona treasure hunt work?

It’s all pretty simple. We give the whole group a detailed briefing before splitting you into smaller teams.  Then each team gets a backpack crammed with useful equipment.

We then unleash you on Barcelona’s incredible Gothic Quarter (or old town, whatever you prefer to call it) in a crazy, chaotic, madcap treasure hunt. Using the kit given, and the brains of your team, you compete to solve clues, collect scavenger items, and take pictures.  This is all to gather as many points as you can to win the activity and prove your team is the best! 

Why are your Barcelona team building treasure hunts so popular?

Mainly because it is fun. We know it is fun because we designed it! Furthermore, people keep telling us how much they enjoy the activity. 

We’ve all done team building activities before. Let’s be honest, some of them are terrible, but we guarantee this one isn’t.

Our Barcelona team building treasure hunt is affordable, adventurous, and exciting. The activity helps to bring teams closer together and they’re a unique way to explore Barcelona.

Where do we go?

The entire treasure hunt takes place in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, which is the central part of the old city. During your treasure hunt, you’ll see attractions such as:

  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Placa del Pi
  • Sant Felip Neri
  • Placa Reial
  • La Rambla
  • … and plenty more!

More than that, the way the activity is designed you’ll notice more than you every would on a simple tour.  Your team wanders in, through and around lots of great architecture. You stroll past cafes, ancient buildings, monuments, houses, galleries, all while keeping your eyes peeled for clues. 

What equipment do we get?

Everything you need, we give you (well, apart from your own brain – you need to bring that). Each team is allocated the following items: 

  • Rucksack; easy to carry on the move and keeps all your kit together. 
  • Laminated map.
  • Clue booklet. This includes obscured pictures. It’s your job to find the unobscured sites in real life and answer the questions.
  • Scavenger hunt.  Which is a list of things you need to find. Haggling, buying, borrowing, and finding are all fair game.
  • Vintage Polaroid camera. Using this, you’ll need to snap some pictures. Some fun, some challenging, and some embarrassing. Your team will need to get creative.
  • A brilliant surprise prize (but only for the winning team).
  • All the other important stuff, like pens and paper.

Once it’s all over, your team gets to keep as a memento a photo album. Stuffed with all the photos you’ve taken on your Barcelona treasure hunting team building trip.

Who is it for?

Anyone, anywhere, who wants to have fun. If you want a team building treasure hunt in Barcelona, it’s for you.

Work in a small team? We accommodate teams as small as 8. Work in a large team? We have the capacity for up to 200.

Beyond company events, our treasure hunt is also suitable for families, groups of friends and anyone else.

How long does it last?

You should allow approximately three hours. Afterwards, most teams go for food or drinks, where we normally also hold a prize-giving ceremony. Usually, teams extend the night long beyond this ceremony.  To enjoy the excitement, laughter and good vibe still lingering long after the treasure hunt is over. 

Your team will still be talking about the activity after you’ve returned to the office.

Do you offer any other Barcelona team building activities?

Yes, we offer loads!

Our other Barcelona team building activities include boat trips, sailing races, tapas cooking, flamenco nights, city tours, plus many more.  

Hopefully, we’ve answered all your questions about our Barcelona team building treasure hunt. If we haven’t, get in touch and ask them – we’re always here to help.

Here at Barcelona Tours, as much as we love the beautiful city that is Barcelona, we also love to travel the globe.  

When we can’t do that travel blogs are the next best thing. At Barcelona Tours we love to hear from those who dedicate themselves to exploration.  We devour travel adventures accompanied by amazing photos. 

Curious to find out how travel bloggers have experienced the pandemic, we reached out to ask some of our favorites.  How has the pandemic affected them, and where they plan to travel to first when they are able to do so? 

Kathy is an Australian Travel and Lifestyle blogger at www.50shadesofage.com and although has travelled all over the world, she is very passionate about her own country – Australia. When she’s not travelling, taking photos and blogging, she enjoys long walks, yoga, reading, cooking and watercolour painting.

 We caught up with Kathy who shared some of her thoughts with us. 

Interview: Being a travel blogger during covid, what’s next? 

  1.  How much has the pandemic affected your life as a travel blogger? 

Covid-19 and the immediate introduction of international and domestic travel restrictions in my country Australia, have heavily impacted my life as a travel blogger. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to travel as frequently as before and this has limited the amount of material I’m able to write about. I also believe that my audience has disappeared dramatically because no one is planning trips nor can travel since the pandemic. Without the material and audience, it has been tough, to say the least.

  1. How do you think travel might change after the pandemic?

I think travel after Covid-19 will change dramatically. I think for many people they will be afraid to travel overseas again and will limit their travel to within their own country. For others, they will be super cautious about travelling and will probably take more precautions. I believe things like Covid vaccine certificates, wearing masks and using hand sanitiser, will be mandatory for air travel. It will be a changed world for sure. 

  1. What are your plans for future travels, where is top of your list to visit?

At present I’m only travelling domestically within Australia. I have trips planned to North Queensland and Tasmania this year. Recently I have paid a deposit on a cruise in June 2022 to Hawaii and Alaska, but I’m unsure whether this will eventuate at present. It will depend on whether the Australian government lift the international travel restrictions that are in place at present.

  1. Do you think people during this time have lost interest in travel stories?

Yes, I do for international travel, but I believe that people are still interested in travel within their own countries. Most of the Australian content on my blog is attracting a good audience. I’ve recently been writing for a publication called The Big Lap Bible about travelling in Australia. 

  1. What is your opinion on the new travel measures that they are currently implementing in your country?

I totally agree with the international travel bans that are in force in my country. However, I would like to see them slowly open up some of our nearest neighbouring countries within the Pacific and South East Asia sectors. We already can travel to our nearest neighbour, New Zealand which is a step in the right direction. I was totally in disagreeance with the domestic travel bans when they were in force. It made it very difficult for families and business people to go about their lives as per normal and impacted on businesses heavily. 

  1. If you haven’t visited Barcelona before, would you like Barcelona Tours to show you and why?

I haven’t been to Barcelona, but had a trip booked to Spain and Portugal in 2020. That obviously didn’t proceed, but Barcelona and Spain are high on my bucket list. I would like to see the La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and watch Flamenco dancers. Then sip on sangria, feast on paella, and stroll through the streets of La Rambla.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts Kathy. We would love to see you in Barcelona soon! 

When Kathy is able to visit us, we could certainly help her fulfil that bucket list. We would suggest she starts with our Gaudi Tour , follows that with a hearty paella lunch by the beach, and rounds off the day with a stunning flamenco show with some tapas and sangria at Poble Espanyol.  

The sun has pushed away the winter chill, and as we move towards summer our minds turn to the sea and all  the fabulous Barcelona Boat trips we can take!

Lots of Barcelona’s tourists walk down La Rambla, wander around the Sagrada Familia and stroll through the city’s countless markets.

But too few of them explore Barcelona by boat. With its massive coastline, Barcelona is one of the world’s best beach cities.

If you’re interested in sailing around and along Barcelona’s colossal coastline, consider boat hire in Barcelona, or one of our Barcelona boat trips. We arrange Barcelona boat trips, Barcelona boat hire, Barcelona yacht charters, Barcelona catamaran charters and more.

Our boat-based experiences are popular with an endless number of Barcelona’s tourists, including families, groups of friends, couples, staff teams and everyone in between.

We offer lots of different boats, lots of different experiences, and even distant day trips.

What types of boats can I ride on Barcelona boat trips?

We offer several types of boats, for both short jaunts and long journeys:

Catamarans

With our personalised Barcelona charter catamaran tours, you sail around Barcelona’s coast, enjoying incredible cityscape views and Mediterranean dips (and we don’t mean hummus).

Addable extra perks include catering, BBQ, a bar, snorkelling, wine tasting, live music, and much more. We offer both large and small catamarans for teams and groups of different sizes.

barcelona boat trips catamaran costa brava

Sailboats

Some of our sailboats are small, charming and humble, perfect for small groups. These diminutive boats can be rented by the hour, and come with snacks, drinks and some of the best possible views and vistas of Barcelona. Eat, swim, luxuriate, laugh and enjoy the excellent sunset views.

Feeling inspired? Check out the different options for sailboats right here

For massive groups with cash to splash, we also offer bigger boats with bigger reputations. The biggest name in our fleet is the Southern Cross, one of the most famous boats in Spain. Dating back to 1962 and popular with wedding parties and corporate groups, this thing once belonged to Frank Sinatra.

Luxury yachts

Our small luxury yachts are really more like speedboats, allowing you to zoom along Barcelona’s coastline. Again, they come equipped with food, drinks and a guarantee of being one of the best experiences that Barcelona has to offer.

Where do the boats travel to?

That’s up to you. If you just want to sail around Barcelona’s coast for an hour or two, you can. But if you want to take a day trip somewhere further afield, some of the most popular options include:

Costa Brava

Running a lengthy line all the way from Barcelona to the Spanish-French border, the so-called ‘rugged coast’ lives up to its name, with cliffs, caves, coves, shores, sands and a whole load of sun.

Barcelona boats costa brava coastline

Castelldefels

For something a little closer to Barcelona, this long, golden, dune-packed beach sits around 20km south of Barcelona’s centre.

Sitges

Just 35km south of Barcelona, Sitges is brimming with charm, but it’s also packed with contradictions. It’s upbeat, busy, and full of good nightlife, but it’s also homely, historic, and ridiculously loveable.

If you want to enjoy a Barcelona boat trip, Barcelona boat hire, or any of our other sea-based adventures, get in touch: Contact Us

Alternatively, you can find more information on the many different boat hire options, both private and shared, right here

Looking for team building activities in Barcelona? 

Here are some things you won’t want to do: sit in a windowless conference room. That overused activity where you fall back and pretend not to catch each other. Cringe-inducing team meditation. An in-office buffet.

If you want to avoid all those banal bore fests, Barcelona is a great choice for team building, team building activities and corporate events – and for plenty of reasons.

Why Barcelona for Team Building?

First, you get all the obvious good stuff! Including city-center beaches, constant sunshine, great weather, tasty food, Spanish smiles, countless restaurants, buzzing bars, excellent architecture, mega-famous sites, and one of the world’s best city breaks.

Secondly, and on top of the good stuff, we’ve built an incredible package of Barcelona-based corporate events and team building activities. Some of our most popular take place on the sea, in, on and around Barcelona’s shimmering shorelines.

Our most popular team building activities on the sea include: 

Escape Boat

We work with the best Escape Room company in Barcelona to offer you on-boat Escape Room experiences that are fun, unique and genuinely exciting. You get 60 minutes on the deck of a boat to show why you’re not all absolutely useless. And, even if you don’t solve the problems, at least you’ll enjoy sailing along Barcelona’s beautiful coastline.

Sailing Regatta

For those of you who aren’t well-versed in maritime lingo, a regatta is basically just another way of saying a race. For this sailing regatta experience, you and your team are split into groups and given the help of an experienced captain. All team members are active participants in the race, which is preceded by eating, training and learning about in-race maneuvers.  A fast-paced and fun activity, which really gets people working together to win the race! 

Team activity boat regatta barcelona

On-Catamaran Wine Tasting

For a gentler boat-based experience, we give you a catamaran, a trained sommelier, and a load of wine. You then enjoy it all in a tasty, relaxing, indulgent package of sun, sea, and slurping.

With space for more than 100 people, you get great wine, unbeatable panoramas, and a relaxing jaunt along Barcelona’s incredible coast.

If the sun is shining, which it probably will be, take your swimsuits to make a refreshing swim stop during the trip.

Check out the catamaran hire options for more information

Team Building Activities for Land Lovers

If you don’t want to explore Barcelona by sea, we offer landlubber-friendly team building activities and corporate events too. Our on-land options include tapas cooking, Barcelona Wipeout (our ridiculous version of Total Wipeout), flamenco nights, treasure hunts, salsa classes, graffiti projects, tours of the city and much more.

No matter whether you’d prefer a sea-based experience or an on-land event, we only craft bespoke, flexible experiences specifically tailored to what you and your team actually want to do. Want to make an event shorter? Longer? Gentler? More intense? Want to start at your hotel? Whatever you want from your Barcelona team building experience, that’s what we’ll give you.

A team building event shouldn’t feel like work – it should feel like fun.  And with us, it will.

For genuine, authentic, non-forced fun with your team, come and enjoy some team building activities and corporate events in Barcelona. For corporate events and team building activities, Barcelona is one of the best cities on the planet.

Get in touch with the Barcelona Tours team to chat about the options!

Barcelona’s top tourist attractions are diverse and wide-reaching. There really is something for everyone! If you are looking for a cultural experience, then there are countless museums, galleries, and examples of wonderful architecture to enjoy. Take a look at our blog on the top Gaudi sights for ideas of some amazing modernist treasures to visit.

If you are looking for something a little less artistic, then this is the blog for you. This time we will look at Barcelona’s top tourist attractions that show a different side of the city. A side that focuses on sport, wildlife, and general entertainment.

FC Barcelona Camp Nou

The mighty FC Barcelona is renowned worldwide for the team’s amazing achievements in football. The club has a rich history, and a roll call of players, past and present, which sounds like a who’s who of football. FC Barcelona has won many trophies which are kept at the stadium in the Camp Nou Museum. This leads us on nicely to point out that you can book a tour of Camp Nou Stadium and Museum, this is definitely one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions so it can get very busy, we recommend booking tickets beforehand. During the tour, you’ll have the chance to feel like a real insider, with a visit to the changing rooms, press room, and you can even touch the grass on FC Barcelona’s sacred football pitch!

For a really special experience check out the small group tour with a sports journalist! 

Barcelona Aquarium

The aquarium is a great family day out and conveniently located in Port Vell. From here you can also easily access two other important tourist attractions in Barcelona, La Barceloneta, and Las Ramblas. Both are within walking distance of the aquarium. The main attraction at the aquarium is the unique Oceanarium. This is a transparent tunnel, over 80 meters long, which allows you to take a ‘walk underwater’. It feels like walking along the sea bed while creatures of the Mediterranean, including sharks, swim around you. The aquarium has a lot more to offer, with different themed areas from sea horses to tropical coral.

We recommend that you allow a couple of hours for your visit. To avoid long queues during peak season, we suggest booking tickets in advance.  You can find these on our Tickets and Attractions page. 

Barcelona Zoo

The zoo is a great day out for both families and animal lovers alike. The zoo houses around 300 species of animals, plus rich flora and parkland that has about 320 botanical species. It sits within the city park (Parque de la Ciutadella), we recommend spending some time in the park before or after your visit. The zoo is committed to conservation programs and its mission; ‘to actively intervene in the conservation, scientific research, and dissemination of wild fauna and its natural habitats.’

There is much to see at Barcelona zoo, from the ‘land of dragons’ to the ‘aviarium’, plus all the other exotic animals we normally only see on wildlife documentaries.

The facilities on site are good with picnic tables and restaurants. So you can take your time and enjoy the day at leisure.

The Olympics! Stadium and Olympic Museum

The 1992 Olympics were a pivotal event for Barcelona city. The games propelled Barcelona onto the world stage. In preparation for this, the city underwent a major transformation which left a positive legacy on the now world-famous Spanish tourist destination.

The hill of Montjuic was the main hub for the games, more specifically the area known as the Olympic Ring. The ring is home to the Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi (sports hall), and the Olympic Esplanade. There is also the very impressive telecommunications tower (built for transmission of the games) and is said to represent an athlete holding the Olympic Flame. Montjuic is also home to the Olympic pools and diving pools.

The diving pools also have another claim to fame, they were the location for one of Kylie Minogue’s videos! For the music nerds out there (we fall into that bracket) take a look at these other famous videos that were filmed in Barcelona 

We recommend a full tour of this area and for the real sports enthusiasts, there is the Olympic Museum. The museum will take you on a journey through the history of sport.  There are also interactive challenges to enjoy, plus the opportunity to learn about the 1992 Olympics and view some great pieces of sporting memorabilia.