Moving To Spain This Year
If you are considering Moving To Spain This Year then I have some great tips for you as this will be my 12 year here in Almeria Spain and after moving here from the UK i now call this my home and love it here.
Now I am married to a Spanish girl for the last 3 years so can see both sides of the story and help your move here by giving you some tips that i have picked up over the years.
Each year there are thousands of British families who decide to up sticks and move to the warm sun shine of Spain and who can blame them with the unsettled UK weather.It is not just the weather that attracts them, the way of life in Spain can be so much more relaxed than that of most other eu countries.and the weather really is a big factor as it allows you to just do more out door things and enjoy the out door life.
below my local beach at first light
There are 3 things that i have found that will help you make the move here a long and lasting one.
Most of the Expats i see here do NOT do these things and end up returning home after just a few years.
If you want to really enjoy you stay here then take a look at these tips and see if they apply to you.
1: Learn Spanish.
About %90 of the British people i know here don't speak any Spanish apart from the very basics and i mean basics. Even though they have been here for many years. They mix with other British expats and therefore don't even practice what they do know.
If you are going to live in a new country you should learn their language even if it takes time.
There is a British club here and they all meet every week and chat about life in general but they are really just in their own little world. The main topics are how to get English TV here and where is the cheapest bars and restaurants.
I understand that it is not in our nature as Brits to learn a different language but will really need to start learning if we really want to enjoy the Spanish way of life and not just the sun.
Take some lessons online now…
Many British come here to live without doing any research on the area they are going to live in. They see it on TV or maybe have a weeks holiday here and then just pack up and move here.
When i first moved here i worked as a builder for many of these new arrivals and they all seem to think that they were going to have no problems starting a new business or finding work here.
The area i live in is seasonal and in the winter months it is very quiet here so things like this are important if you are starting a business or looking for work.
With the internet now it is possible to find out a lot about the place you are going to long before you move there.
Its hard to know just what the place is going to be like until you actually live there so why not rent first for at least a week and don't spend that time in the local bar but get out and about to see what is really like there and maybe come in the winter and not summer as things may be very different then.
3: Mix with the locals.
Now i am married to a Spanish girl and see both sides of life here both the British and the Spanish and have found that most Brits stay with Brits and don't have many Spanish friends, maybe because they don't learn the language.
If you are thinking of Moving To Spain This Year then You need to mix with Spanish people like going to their clubs and bars and joining in activities that they do not just the weekly days out with the British crowd. By meeting and joining in with these locals you will see a new side of Spain.
Take a look at the Spanish walking Club I am in
Moving To Spain This Year
OK so what do i mean by this.
Well i remember the first year i was here and went to a bar near the beach that is right in the middle of the square and has many visitors from all countries. I had a bit to eat and a beer but when looking through the menu didn't really see much there i fancied but it was all good.
As i sat there i saw a crowd of Local people about 12 all sitting at a long table and having all kinds of different dishes, I thought it was a birthday party of some kind.
Anyway several years later I found myself at the same bar in the village square but this time i was with about 10 Spanish people who were part of my walking group that i had joined.
We stopped there for lunch and out came all the different plates of food one by one. As the table filled up with food of all sorts and jugs of beer, I look over to the side and saw 4 English people sitting there with a burger and chips in front of each of them and they were looking at us just as i did all those years ago.
We had a great time and amazing food, this is the side of Spain you are missing out on if you don't mix with locals.
These are my tips that i have found really helped me to see and enjoy a better life style here and if you take these tips and use them i am sure your stay will be a lot different.
Moving To Spain This Year ?
Take a look at just how I am making my online income here in sunny Spain.