Living Abroad 500 Days – Lessons And The Unexpected

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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!

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Top 10 Posts for 2013 – They May Surprise You

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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!
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No Schengen Visa Needed For Wagoners Abroad!

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?
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What Does Adventure Mean To You?

We are officially entering an Adventure contest!

A friend of ours nominated us to take part in the Adventure contest put on by Southern Cross Travel Insurance.   The concept is simple: write a post showcasing a photo collage showing casing what Adventure means to us.  Hoping for that grand prize of $2000!

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Way Over the Monthly Budget! – Actual Spend (Months 11,12 &13)

In this particular post you will see we were off the charts with the budget and then I will tell you why.  I will also somehow convince you that we were actually on budget in some weird twisted way.

Our Monthly Budget in Spain for a family of 4 is $100/day. (not this time)

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Cost of Living in Spain Budget – Actual Spend (Months 8,9 &10)

We are now in our 11th month and it’s time to provide you an overview/summary of our cost of living in Spain and our actual spend from the last Quarter.  This post happens to cover months eight, nine and ten or Quarter 2 of 2013.

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What is a “Must” for places to see in Paris?

Of all the places to see in Paris, what is a must?  Well, if you’re like Anya, it’s the Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel).  Even before we moved to Spain, she was talking about how she wanted to go to France, and visit the Eiffel Tower.  As you know, we spent the Christmas holiday in Paris with my mom.  There was a lot of walking involved, but Paris is truly a beautiful city. Heidi and I first visited on our 1 year wedding Anniversary and were forever touched by Paris the city of love.

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How Can You Afford a Career Break? (Gap Year, Sabbatical, etc)

Time for a Career Break, Gap Year, Sabbatical?This is the question that mystifies most, thus we are regularly asked it in one form or another. Many people don’t like to bring up the subject, especially those we know in the United States. It is socially seen as “impolite” to ask such things, but not in our eyes!  Ask away. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straight forward answer. The best answer I can think of is “We worked very hard, made it a priority, simplified and saved”.

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Traveling with Electronics

This may be a bit of a “geeky” post, but I wanted to describe the thought processes we went through.  As I’m the Resident Geek in the family, I had some definitive ideas as to how to approach things.  Due to the cost, we wanted to do all of our purchasing in the U.S., as prices in Europe are usually 15% – 20% higher for the same product.

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