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.
Now that we have been back in Spain for 8 months, yes I said 8 months! I can’t believe how fast time is flying by. Anyway, now that we have been back, I am the one in the family with the itchy feet to explore, discover and move about. The rest of the family can give or take it at this point. Today happens to be Leap Day, but also a school holiday for the kids. With determination and a little of “We are all going”, we went to find the Roman Bridge in town.
Each night, we sit in our living room and have a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. While it is dark, off in the distance we see lights passing by. These are often cruise ships or some other type of ship making their way from one place to another. It is also symbolic of our daily life and our travel lifestyle.
It is time to talk money, money, money! Oh how I love doing these.
Why do we share our budget and actual spend with you? We hope it helps as a guide in case you are planning to live or vacation in Spain or visit any of the other destination we visit. Again, everything is different for each family, based on your lifestyle and choices, so this is only a guide. Plus, it seems that some of you like to read them too, so that is good.
I can’t believe we have been living in Spain for 19 months and are still pretty much on track with our budget. In this post we will show you Quarter 1 (January – March 2014) Actual Spend. Continue reading →
How in the world is time flying by so fast? I can’t believe we have been living in Spain for 16 months and are still on track with our budget. In this post we will show you Quarter 4 (October – December 2013) Actual Spend. In the past we have shared our budget of $100/day for the family of 4. The main reason for stating it that way vs. $3000 a month is there are a few months that have 31 days. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but I am just trying to be sure we give you an accurate representation of what we are spending. Continue reading →
By choice, I have been out of paid work since May of 2012 and Alan has been since July 2012. Yes, that is when we quit our fantastic corporate jobs and sold almost all of our belongings. That is when we decided we were going to temporarily “retire”, take a sabbatical, a mini retirement and have the life of leisure. Oh yes, and we were going to up and move to Spain too, to enjoy life. It was our dream to once again live overseas and we knew we had to take destiny into our own hands to make it happen. That is when many people thought we were crazy to give up our home, our security our storybook suburban life.
August 26, 2012 – We sold it all, each packed up a suitcase and back pack and moved to Spain!
We just wanted to share with you our Top 10 posts for the year. There was a tie for number 10, so you will see 11 listed. We have had a great year and we love keeping track of it all on Wagoners Abroad. We have an important milestone coming up on Monday, so stay tuned for a bigger trip down memory lane. We can’t thank you enough for following along, commenting, interacting, contacting us and supporting us. You make all of the hard work that goes into blogging worth it. Thanks!
So I am sure some of you are asking, “What the heck is a Schengen Visa?” While others are well aware of it and the limitations. Just to be brief the Schengen Visa is an agreement between 25 countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members). A Schengen Visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. So how did we manage to stay in Spain, a member of the Schengen Zone, the entire year without a Schengen Visa? Continue reading →