Move to Costa Tropical Spain? Where is that? Everyone knows about the coasts with the big cities Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol, Costa Dorada (Alicante, Malaga, Barcelona, Valencia), but not many know about Costa Tropical. That’s why it’s one of the best places to live in Spain! Shhh, don’t tell anyone! With coast, mountains, sea, mild winters and more.
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 5 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 make money online? (C’mon this is the real question you want answered, right?)
We are often asked about our Spain cost of living compared to the USA. You know, the cost of daily life, to just live and do what you want to do. This was a question that came to us in our post – What Do You Want To Know or Have Us Show?
Before moving to Spain, we thought that the cost of living in Europe was going to be expensive. Of course we had our doubts that we would be able to live on the budget we set for our family of 4. We made it happen and with the right choices you can too.
I know this is what you have been waiting for, because people are actually contacting us and asking. Of course we always share it all with you and that includes exactly what we are spending. I haven’t done a budget post since leaving Spain, as I have been trying to figure out our routine and get a handle on things.
Nearly two years living in Spain and it’s time for us to move on to our new adventures. We had a rough time the last couple of weeks and it was a very emotional time for us all. The kids finished school, Lars graduated from 6th grade and it was all really hitting home that we were leaving. We of course shared with you a few things we will miss, and that we prefer to say “see ya later” rather than goodbye. Our time wouldn’t be complete without a final “Living in Spain” video interview with Anya and Lars.
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 →
Can you believe we have been expats in Spain for 18 months?! It is absolutely amazing how fast the time has flown by. We are in “just normal life” here and for us Almuñécar has been the best place to live in Spain. No matter where we travel, upon return, our choice is validated with that comfortable feeling of home.