Posting a question because honestly I'm split. Been to Europe once: back in 1996. We were in Spain for 6 days and Paris for a day and a half. I had to fly back early to take a test so I missed the last 3 days in London. Hate that. My parents, siblings, and I went. Today, I'm 48, married, with 4 kids. Love traveling. Been to NYC, DC (2-3 times), Charleston, Disney World. Loved Europe. Absolutely loved it. The Old World.
While in Spain, loved the old churches and art we saw. Liked a little bit of the food: gazpacho, potato omelet, and also paella (national dish of Spain). Some of the food I didn't go for. We were in Madrid, Seville, Granada, and Malaga.
My wife and I want to take a trip in 2021. Internationally. Debating on Mexico or Spain. I am fluent in Spanish; minor in it from NC State. I've read a little on the Internet. It seems that more would go to Spain: Old World, architecture, and more culture (debatable). Mexico is the preference for better food (with most). Obviously Mexico is cheaper. I have not been to Mexico.
I like architecture (old buildings), statues (like you see in the European countries), art, music, old churches, museums, good food. Like stuff from Middle Ages, Colonial Era. Not so much into ancient history. Not into bars, partying, drinking.
If we go to Spain, it would be to Madrid, Barcelona, and a few other towns in the northern part for 8-9 days. I'm looking at a trip right now that's $900 for 7 days. Factor in flights: $500-$700 per person. Also $ for meals, extra attractions, souvenirs. Trip for 2 (wife and me) would probably run us $3500-$4000. Am I right?
If we go to Mexico, it would be Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, and Morelia. Colonial towns. I love Mexican food. Cost of trip I'm looking at is around $900. Could probably fly to Mexico for bet. $250-$300 a person. Spending $ might be $400-$500 total for 8-9 days. Total cost for 2 maybe $2500-$3000. Am I right?
I personally think I'd like Spain more, but I know I like Mexican food better and the Mexican people are so friendly. Worked with Mexican people for a few summers back in the early '90s. It's a tough choice. I love Europe, but haven't been to Mexico. With my interests, I'm wondering if I'd be more bored in Mexico.
For those who have been to both countries, I would love for you to answer my questions and tell me which country you prefer and why. Explain. Also are my budgetary figures in the ballpark range of what it would cost? Thank you.