As Western European countries go, Spain is fairly affordable -- but we wouldn't call it cheap. To help reduce your vacation price tag, seek out hostels and homestays, and cook for yourself when you can. Pensiones, or small guesthouses, are another good bet for basic and affordable accommodations. Buses, trains and subways offer affordable alternatives to rental cars and taxis. When eating out, look for fixed-price meals; many restaurants offer them and they're often a great deal. Tapas, or small plates, make a delicious and affordable snack.