We lived along the beautiful southern coast of Spain for nearly two years. It was in a small town named Almuñécar and we used this as our home base to explore more of Europe as well. We kept track of every expenditure along the way and have shared our cost of living in Spain with you. This page is a compilation of our expenses in Spain and how much it really cost for our family of 4 to live in Spain.
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. At the time 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.
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.
This is the question many of you have asked and I bet many of you wanted to, but didn’t want to invade our privacy. So we are just going to share with you all of our 8 week European Road Trip Costs. Don’t worry, if you have a question for us, just ask! We are sharing our experiences, stories, budgets with all of you. This one gets a bit tricky, so pay close attention.
As you know, our move to Spain started with a career break, taking a sabbatical, planning a family gap year, or whatever you want to call it. After 3 years of travel, it has now officially turned into a travel lifestyle. Yes, we now have the lifestyle of the open-ended traveler with a home base in Spain.
- How did you go from Career Break to Lifestyle?
- How do you keep it going? (C’mon what is the real question here?)
- When are you returning to the USA?
It seems that you like to slice and dice the data as much as I do. Actually, I think you like me slicing and dicing the data, and you like to consume the output any way I give it to you. So for grins and fun for me, you get to see our expenses for the month of December 2014, which includes Laos and Vietnam. If you just want to see the breakdown by Country, then just scroll down a little further.
We are going to mix things up a bit this time and share our expenses with you in a different way. We usually go by calendar month, so I will share that info with you. I also think there is some use to viewing the expenses within one country as well, so I will add that too.
Another month has passed for us in Chiang Mai and it is time to share the numbers with you!
I thought I would provide you with a list showing the cost of everyday things around Chiang Mai. The list is a bit random, but I wanted to cover as much as I could for you. If there is anything you are curious about, and it isn’t covered below, ask now. I will do my best to figure out the price for you.