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How Much Is Your Vacation Time Worth to You?

The truth is in 2021 anybody can go online and (if you have lots of free time), “cobble together” an apparently amazing private vacation tour of Spain or almost any country at least at first glance. You can even spend a LOT of money to do so! In this post, we ask just how much is your vacation time worth?

Listen if you tolerate risk well and are young and have decades more to travel maybe this is not a problem. When I was 20 something traveled around half the world the adventure of solving problems daily was exciting for me (but less so for others).

But most of our customers are like us, busy people, with limited vacation time. They are 40 to 80 years of age and want to do and see things in many countries. So they might not be back in Spain or Portugal. They have limited time and energy and want things done right without stupid mistakes or missing out on unique opportunities

That’s one big reason they pay for expert professionals for their home, taxes, investments, and unique, customized vacation experiences. So you see, they invest more for the peace of mind of avoiding problems and unpleasant surprises, tourist traps, and mediocrity of mass-market travel. This is why our professional private travel planning and 24/7 support + access to unique experiences, people and places is worth it to many busy, upscale, world travelers we serve at Magical Spain & Portugal private travel.

4 Problems with DIY Luxury Travel in Spain or Portugal

  • You don’t know what you don’t know... As of 2020, things change and fast. Our clients enjoy having the insider local knowledge of our savyy resident Spain and Portugal travel consultants, who live and travel in Iberia frequently so they avoid problems and risk.
  • Imagine you and your family or friends have a bad day on vacation. Maybe your hotel room has problems, or you get stuck with an dud of a guide or surly, smoking driver. This can be very frustrating and you’ll likely not be in a great mood. This makes it easy to not enjoy your day and maybe (if you are like most of us) have an argument with your significant other.
  • The supply of top-quality guides is limited and many of the top ones are not online as they are already super busy guiding. So you are risking a lot in terms possible planning problems, quality issues and insider knowledge.
  • If there is a problem along the way, like a late flight, lost belongings or missed train, who is going to resolve it and adjust the schedule of your transfer, private tour guide, meal reservations and hotels on the fly?

So how much is your vacation time worth?

If you enjoy math you might want to consider this scenario when you do a D.I.Y vacation in countries where things do not always go like clockwork and where good English is not always a given. So how many hours did you and your group of friends or family work last year to earn your vacation time?

Next consider the cost of a typical overseas vacation (vacation time, air, hotels, transport, meals, etc.) by waking hours your group will spend on vacation time. Then subtract the time lost doing research & planning.

Then subtract the time lost on your vacation with language problems, “mañana mentality” service mentalities, logistics problems, transport stress, long lines, getting lost driving on vacation, lack of parking plus more parking tickets, etc…

How much time or energy did you waste on logistics and worry? How much did that affect the authenticity and satisfaction with your experience on your European vacation? After a go-go European road trip did you ever feel like you needed a vacation as you were often stressed? We have certainly felt that way many times which is why we offer the Magical Spain full-service private adventures. For those smart math brains that come up with an answer, let us know on Facebook. We will enter your name in a drawing for a case of good wine for your group to enjoy on your Spain trip with us.
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Not planning stress  & no tourist traps.

Thanks for reading and sharing: How Much Is Your Vacation Time Worth to You And What is Your Risk Tolerance.

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Hola from Spain! I’m Dan O’Beirne, founder of Magical Spain.

Originally from America, I worked in the Health and Wellness sector until my desire to travel resulted in my settling in Spain. Having fallen instantly in love with the country, cultures, and people here, I have made it my mission for the last twenty years to share this passion with our clients.

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As Spain and Portugal return to normal following the pandemic, we at Magical Spain & Portugal continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate the health and safety of our guests is of paramount importance to our team. As you can see above, we’ve been awarded the “Safe Tourism Certified” accreditation for meeting and exceeding all government protective guidance.

The safety & protection of our clients is – and always has been – our number one priority and as such, some of the changes made are as follows:

All our luxury vehicles will undergo an overnight sanitizing and cleaning process (while drivers will also take opportunities during breaks throughout the day to wipe down the vehicles with sanitizing equipment);

We’ll be providing additional hand sanitizer and hygiene packs including masks for all travelers;

Fresh bottled water will be supplied for all passengers.

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Our booking promise means that if your travel is interrupted by Covid and you’re unable to enter Spain or Portugal due to travel restrictions, we’ll provide a free rescheduling service, or if you’d prefer a refund, we’ll return all costs paid for our services as long as the cancellation comes at least seven days before your tour start date.

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Hola from Spain! I’m Dan O’Beirne, founder of Magical Spain.

Originally from America, I worked in the Health and Wellness sector until my desire to travel resulted in my settling in Spain. Having fallen instantly in love with the country, cultures, and people here, I have made it my mission for the last twenty years to share this passion with our clients.

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The highlight for me was going to the restaurant you picked for us in Cadaqués. Wow, what a treat! Mercedes is an incredible guide. As I reviewed some Rick Steves videos, I noticed that your guides Jesús, and Mercedes featured in them! I’m so glad we had your company to get us to the airport or we’d be standing in Plaza Catalunya waiting to board a bus to the airport after wheeling all our luggage there from the hotel. We’re feeling bad for others but thankful for your excellent planning and the 24/7 support by Inma and Mercedes! Thanks again and we hope to return to do Andalucia and or Portugal soon!”

Anne & Sean K, (NYC)



“I hire lawyers, doctors, tax experts …. well this year I hired the Magical Spain expert team for a custom private guided Best of Spain trip with my granddaughter…. excellent luxury hotels, perfect planning, comfortable transport, no stress and memorable experiences of Spain’s history, cuisine, wine & culture.”

Cheryl Powers (San Francisco, CA)


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“I urge everyone who values unforgettable vacations to contact Magical Spain and talk to Dan or Rachel.

Beyond the personalized planning and fine 24-7 tour support, we loved the quality and care of the licensed guides, the delicious tapas, the exotic ambiance of Seville and Granada, Madrid’s majesty and art, medieval Toledo, and meeting the olive oil estate owners, artist, chef & winemaker.”

R. Mathews, wife & friends (Northern Virginia)



“Our private Spain guided trip was superb and stress-free, thanks for the customization.. we loved the Seville and Granada walking tours, but also the historic hilltowns, medieval castles, wine tasting with the winemaker,  tapas on the plazas, flamenco guitar…great insight and memories!”

R. Fergerson (NYC)



“Outstanding, seamless planning with a very personalized itinerary executed perfectly…..

In Spain, we felt like VIPs as we met the winemakers in La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, the chefs, the village mayor  and flamenco dancer in Sevilla! The unique experiences and memories beat that of 4 or 5 cruises.  We will be back to do Andalucia or Portugal in a few years”

Scott & Kisha McCann (NYC)