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. From 2012 to 2020!
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 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?)
Who is sitting at work right now, feeling stuck, not knowing if you will be the next to be let go? Or perhaps you have so much stress you can’t think straight. It is time to take the bull by the horns and be in control of your life and your dreams.
We quit our jobs over 3 1/2 years ago and haven’t missed it for one minute. We have designed our freedom lifestyle and today we feature Nicole, who has gone above and beyond with her freedom lifestyle design.
I want you all to take a minute to read through her story and take advantage of what she offers from her experiences. It is time for you to be in control and live life, rather than exist in it. Her tools are perfect for someone wanting to start their own business, work from home or anywhere in the world/ That is freedom and this is the real deal!
Nicole is living proof we can all be in control of our own lives. We met Nicole online, as a fellow traveler, and admire how she has created a location independent life. Continue on to read her story and learn how you can live the life of your dreams too!
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.
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.
Please see this Schengen area day calculator, to ensure you don’t go over the 90 days in a 180 day rule.
So how did we manage to stay in Spain, a member of the Schengen Zone, the entire year without a Schengen Visa? Continue reading →
As mentioned in our post reflecting on 1 year in Spain, we have started the process for our resident card renewal. Our resident cards officially expired on August 28, 2013. We had the choice of renewing our resident cards or say adios to Spain. After much family discussion and a long look at the budget, the goodbye part just wasn’t option (at least not for now). As mentioned before, if we can supplement with some income, we can go a bit further. So how long will we stay in Spain?
Many of you keep asking “What do you guys do all day?” We don’t currently have paid jobs, so what could we possibly do to keep busy and prevent us from being bored? I know it is difficult to believe we are Not Working, but in a sense we really are. To be honest, we wonder where the time goes and still think that there is not enough time in the day. We also wish that money grew on trees, but nothing wrong with being dreamers right? Continue reading →
A little food for thought for you on this Friday. Why should you consider taking a Sabbatical? Wait, isn’t a Sabbatical just for teachers, students or professors? Well, the term did start that way, but apparently the dictionary has updated things with the times. Continue reading →
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