Choosing Spain – Americans Live in Spain

So we are often asked, “How can Americans live in Spain?”

Did we just randomly pull up a world map and throw a dart? How about going to the library and seeing which country had the most books on the shelf?  Well, it wasn’t quite like that. I wish it were so easy.

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Actually, this was probably one of the longer decisions to make in the process.  Let’s just say that list-making was key and then more list-making and cross-referencing.


We first came up with our list of goals or what we were trying to gain from the experience of living abroad. This in itself was quite time-consuming. Trying to articulate what exactly we were trying to achieve, gain, “go for” wasn’t an easy process.  We did however come up with the final list and have a post on the outcome.


The second was the list of countries we wanted to visit, live in, learn more about, or experience.  They could be anywhere in the world. This was a breeze to come up with and we also listed several in which we had no interest in living, but wouldn’t mind a quick visit. We even have a more mobile option, where we would effectively not have a home base. We narrowed down our top few choices and decided to do a deeper dive into the possibilities for these locations.

How did choose Spain as your country to live abroad? What were we thinking, what was our criteria and motivation to be Americans who lives in Spain?

The Important Stuff

Next was the list of criteria we would balance against our goals and the countries. Cost of living, Schools, Housing, Visa’s, Health Insurance, Dental, Location, Language, Crime, Safety, Proximity to other cultures, Transportation, Politics, and a few more.

This was extremely time-consuming and Google was one of our best friends for months. We did a deep dive in each area on our top choices.
Choosing a country to live

Sprinkle a little pixy dust

Now is where the magic comes into the mix. After all of the research, we built a matrix with findings for each location. We then needed to map that info to our goals and find the winner. Of course, it was Spain and we have a few others as part of our “backup plan”, just in case. Basing ourselves in Spain will accomplish all of our goals and then some. Now we just needed to figure out how to make it happen.

Results – Americans Live in Spain!

Keep on reading in the blog and see how we have lived in Spain for over 8 years!  We have built 2 businesses from our experience.  One is this blog, Wagoners Abroad and the other is our website and business directory about our town in Spain, Almuñécar Info.

Update 2022

Over the years, we have turned our life story and expertise into a business.  We have several ebooks about moving to Spain from the US.  We also provide relocation packages and consulting to help you with your move to Spain.  

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