How To Apply for the Spanish Resident Visa – for the American Traveler

We have been asked a few times “How do you apply for a Spanish Resident Visa?”  Let me start by saying, it was not quick and easy.  I know we applied specifically for Spain, but when researching other countries, the requirements were very similar.


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Budget And Cost Of Living In Spain & 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. This American family of four share their Cost of Living in Spain and all expenses. A perfect data point to plan a gap year in Spain. Continue reading

The plane trip across the pond…

If you recall from our previous post, we were stressed about the luggage situation for our trip across the pond. We were not only worried about the airport, but also if it all would fit into the USA rental car as well as Spain rental car. We were also in fear of the $100 per extra checked bag (if carry on didn’t qualify) as well as our checked luggage either being over weight or over sized (big duffel bag) $200 per bag.
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Departure Day Has Arrived!

Today is the day to leave the country and begin what we hope is the fun part of the adventure. I have to say the past 11 months of planning and preparing has been “fun”, but this is what it has all been for.  This has been the project of all projects and now we can reap the rewards!  We leave on a late flight this evening, so I am sure the day will take time to pass. We have a long journey ahead via DC and Frankfurt prior to arriving in Barcelona on Sunday.  We will be keeping the blog and Facebook up to date with the activities of the Wagoner Family.

First thing this morning, a little panic set in… OH MY GOODNESS… what are we doing?  Did we remember to do everything to prepare for this trip? I have to admit, we were not a diligent with our Spanish lessons as we should have been. We will pay the price for that, without a doubt. I guess we opted for the sink or swim model.  Are we taking the correct things in our luggage, too much, too little? Oh well, guess we just go and wing it!


Just 2 more days!

We were fortunate enough to be able to meet with several of my former colleagues last night for happy hour. It was sure great to see everyone and they will all be missed. Several questions were asked of us, so I thought you may have the same questions as well.
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Saying good-bye to the Y (YMCA) Thank You!

It is never enough to just say Thank you or give a hug and promise you will keep in touch. I wanted to send a letter to the Cary Family YMCA to express how much they have meant to us over the years, but thought would the counselors actually see the letter?  Will they really understand how much they mean to us?

Josh YMCA Counselor

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One more week!

One more week!

Things are just humming along, yet it feels like we are just waiting.   Our social calendar is jam-packed with good-bye hugs and a Craigslist frenzy too.  We have sold most everything and living with lawn furniture. The kids mattresses went today and we will post our bed later today.

We will move to a hotel early in the week and we migrate to a rental car and sell Alan’s car.  The final shut down is coming along. We ordered some Euros from the bank and they will arrive Tuesday. Time to start living out of our suitcases. The final packing will be complete by Monday.

This is soooo exciting!