It doesn’t matter if you are moving down the street, to a new state, or even to a new country. Moving is Moving! With that comes a big list of things to do.
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!
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?
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?
As any of the comparisons we share, this is just our opinion of what we have seen or experienced. If you have any data to add, please feel free to comment.
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.
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
The move is on
Our kids were born and raised in the same house in North Carolina until May 2012. 8 moves in 4 months:
As mentioned previously, we viewed several places our first day here. The one we loved the most was advertised as a holiday rental. We inquired to see if he would rent long-term and waited for his reply. We did hear back from the landlord and he was willing to rent out his place long-term! We canceled our viewing appointments that were set up for Tuesday and Wednesday. So after just a day here, we have a place to live in Spain! Continue reading