Having visited over 80 countries in the last few years I've now started a series of websites showing others how to plan and book their own tailor-made trips.
Antigua has a number of renowned Spanish schools - it's one of the towns main sources of income. I spent a couple of months there staying with a family for the fully immersive experience and learnt very rapidly, but I guess you could just as easily take an apartment relatively cheaply. It's also a very pleasant place to visit. ¡Buena suerte about 8 years ago
Another consideration would be that your attitude to travel may change over time. Before/during university I was much happier to rough it, stay anywhere, and try anything which led to far more unique adventures. After working for a few years it became a little more important to be able to occasionally find a decent meal or a comfortable bed at the end of the day, but the extra finances opened up many destinations which I couldn't fund before. Your responsibilities, perspectives and travel style may constantly evolve, so start travelling early in life and make the most of all the different stages. Regarding travelling on limited funds, consider volunteering. You'll spend the weeks working alongside like-minded people and have the (long) weekends free to visit your surroundings. For me Costa Rica was a great place to volunteer as it was possible to visit a wide variety of regions and even surrounding countries. I did unpaid construction work through Habitat for Humanity, but there are also fully paid TEFL teaching positions, which can be quite lucrative in Singapore, Korea or China. almost 8 years ago
I had a very pleasant time here: http://www.thequayhotel.com/ - it's right on the waterfront and has a decent restaurant. almost 8 years ago
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