Five tips if you’re planning to move to Valencia

8 February 2017 0 Comments Category: Fleur Van de Put, Just Landed

To inform you about moving to Valencia, I have to go back almost nine years now. It was the best decision I have ever made. It changed my life completely. Yes, but at the same time it was not as difficult as I suspected. The biggest step is to make the decision and to leave everything and everyone behind. It was also clarifying to clean up and throw away things that were not important to me. The same thing goes for people. You will learn who your real friends are.

My five tips are really quite simple, but still can help you a lot:

  1. Don’t make the same mistakes everyone else already made before you. Try to learn from each other. Ask around, look on Facebook for groups/people who made the same step and ask them about: where to live, the best schools, for work, social clubs etcetera. I mean you can ask them everything and you will see that most of them really like to share their story and help you with everything you want. Expats in Valencia
  2. It is essential to learn the language. I know from my own experience, that this can be really hard, if you are at a certain age (children learn very fast) and not living with a Spanish partner. Learn the grammar on a language school and combine it with small talk on the streets and in a bar. Watch only Spanish television.
  3. Make friends. This sounds easy, but it is not. You don’t go out there and make friends. The tip is really that you should join a group. It doesn’t matter what kind of group. If you like basketball or volley, you join a team. Do you prefer dancing, get yourself out their on the dance floor for some dancing lessons. Lindy hop is one of the most popular dances in Valencia right now. Take a cooking class or an art class. Just make sure you belong to a group with people with the same interest. It really helps making friends.
  4. Find a job. Some of you might be lucky to bring your work over here. That’s great. Remember that the wages are much lower here than in many other countries. Although in Valencia the expenses are lower too. If you have to find work, remember that speaking English (and Dutch) can be a real advantage. Many international companies are looking for someone like you. You will see Valencia is more then only oranges and tourism. And don’t let you get down with all the negative talk about unemployment. There is a job for you.
  5. Make sure that the paperwork is all done within the first few weeks after your arrival. I choose to ask for help with that and I am really glad that I did. It can be tricky and time-consuming. You need a personal service number (NIE), registration with the municipality (empadronamiento), bank account (cuenta bancaria) and a social security number (número de seguridad social). Marja Beerens from Match Better can help you.

Good luck on the great journey you’re about to make. Remember that it’s better to take the risk and fail, than regret you never followed your dreams.

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