Moving Abroad? How To Select The Country, Town & Make The Move

So you’ve decided you are moving abroad, or even better, you are moving to Spain?

Congratulations!

We are often contacted by Couples, Families and Travelers planning their move to Spain. For some it is open-ended and for others it is for a couple of months, so they follow that Schengen Visa rule.  Either way they ask the same questions:

“How did you choose Spain?”

“How did you choose Almuñécar?”

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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!

500 Days Living Abroad - Lessons and the Unexpected

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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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Living Abroad Budget in Spain- Actual Spend (Months 5,6 & 7)

We are now in our 8th month and it’s time to provide you an overview/summary of our Budget in Spain and our actual spend this Quarter.  This post happens to cover months five, six and seven or Quarter 1 of 2013.  Continue reading

Our Budget for Living Abroad and Reality (First 4 months)

Ok, so we have been away for a few months now and it is time to see where we are with the budget.  A huge part of this trip was planning our budget.  What can we afford?  What kind of lifestyle can we have and for what price?  With countless hours of research, and the help of a few tax calculators prior to departing, we found so many people willing to share their information.  This is what helped us plan our Budget for Living Abroad. Budget_for_Living_Abroad_and_Reality Continue reading

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”.

How Can You Afford a Career Break?

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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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Spain Expat – Getting Settled check list

When you are moving abroad, so much planning and preparation is involved.  It is always handy to have a check list, to be sure you haven’t missed anything.  Once you move abroad, that doesn’t mean the check list stops.  There is even more to do to get settled into your new location.  Here is a sample of our check list of To Do’s once we arrived in Spain: Continue reading