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.
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!
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.
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.
Our 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
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.
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.
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.
Our latest eBook, Education In Spain is now live!
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!
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!
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.