Look Out Pueblo Español, It’s Alan’s Turn!

Greetings One and All!  As the title suggests, it’s my turn.  “Your turn for what?” you may be asking.  It’s my turn for Pueblo Español!  Heidi went through this intensive Spanish course in June, and now I get to go in November.  How am I feeling about it?  You’ll have to read on to find out.

I'm also planning on attending some intensive Spanish classes the week before Pueblo Español program.  This class will be like a typical classroom setting, and it is also organized by Diverbo, and it will be a good way of helping ramp up my Spanish before I jump into the immersive program.  I will be in the amazing town of Madrid, so I'll be able to experience the local culture.  

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What You Need To Know About House Sitting Europe & Beyond

We are asked time and time again about all of our house sitting opportunities.  We get questions like, “How do we find housesits who accept families?”, “How do you house sit all over the world?”, “Do you get to choose the type of animal you will be pet sitting?” and the lists goes on.  For us, house sitting is an excellent way for us to get time with pets as well as save a little money on accommodation when traveling.  Below we will share with you everything you need to know about house sitting.  Oh and a little something special, just for Wagoners Abroad readers!

Everything you need to know about House Sitting in Europe and around the world. Oh Pet sitting too! We have many house sits under our belts and think it is a great way to travel and save money, plus get time with pets. Read more about our experiences on WagonersAbroad.com

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9 Useful Tips For Renting A Car In Spain

I don’t know why, but it seems for the past few weeks many of you want to know more about renting a car in Spain.  I find it odd, as the high tourist season is over, but we are happy to respond and do our best to answer your questions.  Of course each person asks a slightly different question, but all relating to a rental car in Spain.  Of course when things like this happen, what do we do?  We compile all of our info into a post and share it on the blog, this way we have an easy link to point people to in the future.

Car Hire in Spain - Tips and Tricks for your rental car. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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How Much Did It Cost To Live In Spain For 1 Year?

Let me start by saying, we love that you follow along with our adventures and are curious about the cost to live in Spain.  You really keep us motivated to keep up with our writing.  I have to admit I do love that people actually read my boring budget stuff.  It’s great fun to play with spreadsheets, look for the best travel deals, and plan away.  I can’t believe there are other people out there that like this stuff too.  They don’t even include any exciting photos, but these budget posts are popular!

Update: October 2017 – Keep in mind these expenses were for the full year of 2013. Part of the trade-off of living in Spain as an American is dealing with an ever-changing exchange rate.   In 2013 the exchange rate average was 1 Euro to $1.38 USD.   As of October 2017 the exchange rate average was 1 Euro to $1.20 USD.  What does that mean?  Our spend in euros remains about the same after nearly 5 years, but the exchange rate fluctuates.

In 2013 1000 Euros = $1380 USD and in 2017 1000 Euros = $1200, so just from the change in exchange rate alone  it is a $180 USD savings per 1000 Euros spent!  Bottom line = It is currently cheaper for you to Live in Spain or your $ will go a lot further than it used to.

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Non Lucrative Visa Spain – The Process and Expert Tips

non lucrative visa Spain - Applying for the non lucrative visa Spain? We can help! The process can be time consuming. We share our tips to help you through the process. Read more on WagonersAbroad.comOur story from summer 2012

Doesn’t a US citizen need a visa to live in Spain?  (Non lucrative visa Spain Process)

You bet!  As of today, we are still waiting for our Spanish Resident Visas.

Yes, we can go to many countries for 90 days without a visa, but that just wasn’t long enough for us.  We wanted to really immerse ourselves and live there for a while. Back in October of 2011, we began to research our visa options on all of the countries of interest to us. Continue reading

How To Move To Spain From US – Non Lucrative Visa, Housing, Settling

If you want to move to Spain from the US or any other country, you have come to the right place!  Welcome to Wagoners Abroad and all of our knowledge about getting a non lucrative visa Spain style!  We know it can all be overwhelming planning a move and you will get years of experience within this page.

We have helped hundreds of people and families move to Spain, so this is the page for you to bookmark now!

This is the mother of all moving to Spain posts, so go ahead and save it to your favorites right now.  

Move To Spain - Planning your move to Spain, Best places to live in Spain, Getting a long-term visa to live in Spain, Getting settled in Spain with schools, banks, and more. We have been through the process and have helped hundreds of others through it too. Now is the time to live your dreams and move to Spain. Click to read more on WagonersAbroad.com

Okay, now that you have done that, read on.

We have been living in Spain a few years and have so many things to share with you.  Keep on reading and we will show you tips for planning and preparation, as well as share our experiences about public education, banking, medical insurance and more.  Oh and we can help you with obtaining your Spanish visa as well.  We have helped so many people and families with making their dream to live in Spain, come true.  Keep on reading and if you would like help, we offer consulting! (We can help you with the visa process, deciding where to live and more).

We have written many posts on how we obtained our Non Lucrative Residence Visa and were able to move to Spain. I thought it would be helpful to organize them all here for you.  When looking for residency in Spain, there are several options for the Non EU citizens, specifically US Citizens, Canadian Citizens and Australian Citizens.  Alan has written a very detailed and very affordable ebook to help you through the process of applying for the Non Lucrative Residence Visa for Spain.  There are many other types of Spanish visa options available, but this is what worked for us.

Move to Spain and visit Setenil de las Bodegas Sentinal de las Bodegas Spain - City built into Rocks. We can live in Spain because we have the non lucrative visa. You can apply for one too!

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Private Health Insurance Spain – For Non Lucrative Visa Application

Many North Americans (US Citizens or Canadians) who are thinking of applying for the non lucrative visa Spain or the retirement visa Spain, have been asking about the private health insurance in Spain.  The popular questions are related to costs, as well as the medical insurance coverage requirements for the non lucrative visa.  If you are looking for practical information on health insurance in Spain, this is the perfect place for you to start!  It has been a hot topic for us lately and keeping our email inbox buzzing away.

Explaining Medical Insurance in Spain or private Health Insurance Spain costs and options. This is all information to meet the non lucrative visa Spain or retirement visa Spain requirements. Read more about Private medical insurance Spain on WagonersAbroad.com

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The Schools In Spain Explained!

Our latest eBook, Education In Spain is now live!

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Everything you need to know about the schools in Spain

Over the course of the past 4+ years, we’ve had many parents ask us questions about how we educated our kids in Spain.  Through our consulting and through this blog, many of you have submitted some excellent questions about how the Spanish Education System works.  Since it’s such a popular topic I decided to write an eBook.  As I was writing it, I couldn’t help exclaim:

Wow!  I wish we would have had this book before we moved to Spain!

 

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Speaking Spanish Update: After 4 Months Of Studying

Guess what time it is?  It is time for us to give you an update on what we have been doing to improve Speaking Spanish!

Two Americans Speaking Spanish after 4 months of focused efforts towards learning Spanish and becoming more fluent. Check out the progress on video!

Remember our initial post, back at the end of November, with the goal of making it to Pueblo Español?  Oh and the video update of us speaking Spanish at the end of February?  Well, here we are at the end of May and we figured you were due another update of our progress.  Yes, there is another video.  As much as we don’t like speaking Spanish on video, it kind of needs to be done.  Thanks to all of you for asking questions and holding us accountable.

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